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Will Mego

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 07:35 PM

Usually the poster themselves points out the flaws we could never tell from a picture anyway. Usually somebody is their own worst critic. In the event somebody does post some junk, it’s usually more from ignorance of the alternative than anything else, in which case there’s usually some friendly comments about trying it another way, or a link to somebody’s project which accomplished the same thing while doing it a lot better. I do recall a project on here where somebody posted a project designed to hold a collection of small tools, and made the statement that it didn’t matter what it looked like or how well it was made because it was just for some tools, and that did create a small fight with several people (myself amongst the group that says that everything matters, even if you’re the only one who will ever see it). I think that on this site, where you’re dealing with objects that represent somebody’s possibly massive investment of time, money, and emotion, having only positive forms of feedback is probably best, and I think most of us do in fact know this and follow it, even if it’s somewhat subconscious. So perhaps just finding better examples of whatever the work is, or “Have you ever tried doing it this way?” along with some small praise for the effort and courage it takes to just post something and have it be judged and commented on by thousands…well, maybe it’s all for the best.

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