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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 08:33 PM

You have brought up a very valid point, one I have often thought about in my short time here on LJ. I usually don’t feel good offering suggestions, unless they’re asked for. I would typically just not respond. There are so many different skill levels—-and personalities, that how can you really criticize on a constructive level. What is very easy for me to accomplish because of my experience, and quality of tools would be very difficult for some. I have seen work by brand new LJ’s that I am very impressed by what they have done, even though it would be junk compared to some here. Sometimes they just need some encouagement. The critique might come later.

I also feel you should earn the right to criticize. Know the person and their personality and level before you offer what might be a great suggestion. I have had people in my life that were actually rude in their comments. That said, some of those were instrumental in my development as a craftsman (and no, I didn’t like hearing it) The ones I listened to were craftsmen that knew their stuff—-very well. Without the input I would not have improved my skills. Some love to critique to enhance their own self worth. Others are genuinely intersted in teaching. I guess what I am trying to say is, yes I agree with your concern, just be careful how it’s done.


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