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View Poll Results: What should we use to refer to comments in Literature?
"Critiques" 19 47.50%
"Reviews" 6 15.00%
I'm fine with either 15 37.50%
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:37 AM View Post #1 (Link) "Critique" or "Review"?
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Shaun and I are planning some improvements to Literature. One issue is whether we should refer to literature comments as "critiques" or "reviews". Answer the poll, and give your reasons. Shaun and I have ours, but I don't want you all to be influenced or anything until you've had your say.

Old 06-27-2008, 12:49 AM View Post #2 (Link)
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Honestly I've just grown used to critiques so I feel that it would be better to leave it that way
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:50 AM View Post #3 (Link)
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Hm, they're synonyms so I don't think there'd be a huge difference, however I'd prefer we go along with critique as that is what most of us already refer to it as. Also because critique can be shortened to crit. Anyways, I don't see why we should change it now that mostly everyone refers to it on the site as critique.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:55 AM View Post #4 (Link)
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If you want my two cents....
I was thinking that newbies would be more used to the term "review" than "critique" and would get the idea better. Not much of a reason, but yeah. It went through my head.

Old 06-27-2008, 01:17 AM View Post #5 (Link)
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Most newbs who come here have some idea what critique means though...
I think.

Either would be fine really.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:43 AM View Post #6 (Link)
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Well, my two cents on this would be: isn't the point of dealing with newbs to teach them how things run around here? Lots of newbs have no idea that they're supposed to critique, doesn't mean we should let them get away with it .
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:05 PM View Post #7 (Link)
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"Review" and "critique" can mean very different things or very similar things. "Review" is a friendlier, warmer word, I think - but it brings with it that wrong connotation that the reviewer needs only to voice their opinion on a piece of work - maybe throw in a score. Both of those things are well and good, but a "critique" is more in-depth. It's a thorough examination of strengths and weaknesses. I think that's what we're looking for here.

I think that if a newbie doesn't understand the general concept of critiquing, we don't really want that newbie on this writing board... not to sound like an elitist. On the other hand, Shaun's right about newbies not understanding YWO's expectation of them to crit others. I, personally, was surprised to discover the heavy responsibility of each member to crit others, although I agree with the policy.
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I think we should stay with critique...

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Old 06-29-2008, 02:31 PM View Post #9 (Link)
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When I first went on TW, which was the first writers' site I'd ever been on (before the dreaded AOL Chatroom "Writers' Corner", which should be renamed "Cliche Corner", in my opinion), I had no idea what a critique was. But after a few hours I soon got the idea. I was very nervous when I gave my first crit, which I cannot remember, because I thought I may have done it all wrong, but it turned out to be okay. But I knew what a review was. However, yes, reviews tend to be more friendly and focus more on the good side of things, unless the reviewer is reviewing something terrible. Critiques seem to be more helpful. I'm sure we'd all rather have someone being incredibly awful to us but actually helping us improve our work rather than someone praising us like Gods and never actually helping us at all. I know I would. In conclusion, I say I wouldn't mind either, it's just the newbies we should be concerned about. So, choose whichever you wish, though i don't think we should be imposing any rules which say that using the word 'critique' is banned and we should all say 'review'.
Old 06-29-2008, 02:40 PM View Post #10 (Link)
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Thanks for the feedback, Shadow. Very helpful!

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