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Forum topic by Iwud4u posted 148 days ago 1321 views 0 times favorited 54 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Iwud4u

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148 days ago

I posted a thread regarding Constructive Criticism and the consensus is that you shouldn’t give any unless it is asked for.
I think we all would benefit if there was more Constructive Criticism given. The problem is that nobody asks for it.
I think if there was a Selection Box that you could check when you’re posting a project that more people would check it and therefore would be open to any suggestions for improvement that someone may have. This would not only benefit the poster but even the lurkers that are just reading the posts.
I don’t believe this would turn into an opportunity to slam someones project, LJ’s are just not like that.

This is just my thought, I don’t know what anybody else may think about it.
Please feel free to add your “Constructive Criticism” to this subject.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --


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Manitario

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#1 posted 148 days ago

The issue of “constructive criticism” has come up regularly about every 6 months in the 4 years I’ve been on LJ’s. If you want an amusing read, just do a search on it and you can see past discussions on this topic.
Bottom line, we’re all here for different reasons. Some just want encouragement about their projects, some want criticism. I frequently see projects where LJ’s ask for criticism; I’m not sure having a selection box would add anything to this.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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lepelerin

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#2 posted 148 days ago

+1 for Manitario

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 148 days ago

There’s no such thing as “constructive” criticism.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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bbc557ci

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#4 posted 148 days ago

Hmmmm…..

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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jmartel

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#5 posted 148 days ago

I beg to differ, Clint.

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Picklehead

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#6 posted 148 days ago

Jmartel, do you really think that was constructive?

I’m just kidding. Really. (But if you must criticize my sarcasm, please do it constructively ;) )

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Wildwood

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#7 posted 148 days ago

Think time for “constructive” criticism,” is before project is completed and someone asks for advice. Please post pictures of your uncompleted or nearly complete project. Once a project is completed why create drama? You either like it or you don’t! Post your photos & questions in anything but completed project section.

When post a picture in project section I thank people for looking and welcome any comments. I am okay with criticism up to a point once a project is finish not much point in correcting someone’s perceived flaws in my work!

Honestly think if someone really has constructive criticism of a completed project posted they should send that person a PM.

-- Bill

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 148 days ago

How does one construct criticism for which to criticize? LOL

... just playing with words… no reason to get mad…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 148 days ago

What makes criticism “constructive”, and who is qualified to proffer it? If you don’t like something I do, keep it to yourself; I don’t need your stinkin’ criticism.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 148 days ago

Constructive criticism is an honest attempt to offer suggestions that would make something better.

That’s the way I see it…

If I make and post a project, I welcome any and ALL criticism… Good, Bad, or indifferent…

I am here to learn as well as have fun… Is there a better way to Learn?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Rob

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#11 posted 148 days ago

Plenty of people will provide constructive criticism if they think there’s a potential safety issue.

Occasionally you’ll get some suggestions on how a functional design could be improved for better usability, etc.

But when it comes to aesthetic design, very few people feel qualified to criticize your work, and even those who are abundantly qualified may not feel like it’s appropriate. I think this is the only case in which you would ever need to explicitly ask for criticism.

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SCOTSMAN

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#12 posted 148 days ago

It seems to me if you post a project here and ask for comments,it might be a definite advantage to have all comments especially from someone who has done the job many times before as he or she may be able to advise of a different way of doing something for example.
You can’t have it your own way all the time with nothing but unrealistic praise.
If I find something that does not look good to me I see no reason since it is put up for your comments in the first place, to say very politely this is not to my taste or similar. In short don’t be so childish as to post and not welcome what people really think.I can think of nothing worse than being intimidated into liking all that comes up here on this site , some of which,well imho actually most of which is lovely and well made designed etc.However there are some which to put it politely don’t always fit that category as we all know.I agree we should never be rude or childishly impolite like Clint is being.There has got to be rather and intelligent well meant offering of Critique from which we can all benefit from occasionally including my self.LOL Alistair ps in other words don’t post IMHO if your easily offended or upset by well intended words sympathetically and poiltely put negatively or positively. All websites I know work in this exact way.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Iwud4u

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#13 posted 148 days ago

OK, I guess we don’t need a box.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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Bob Current

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#14 posted 148 days ago

So does this mean you are against box builders. :)

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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Iwud4u

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#15 posted 148 days ago

I’m all for Box builders, I like boxes.

I just didn’t think it would be such a bad deal to have a box to be able to check for people that may want feedback either way. Really wouldn’t have to use it if you didn’t want to, but I realize that the people that have been here forever know what’s best for them. Newbie’s don’t know the ropes, That is why I thought a box would be helpful

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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