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Old 08-25-2008, 09:33 PM View Post #11 (Link)
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:37 PM View Post #12 (Link)
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:00 AM View Post #13 (Link)
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:43 AM View Post #14 (Link)
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I'm so-so about the idea.

I realize that some people can't handle harsh critiques, but those people will never get better if you don't tell them the hard, honest truth. In my opinion, it seems cute, but it seems to defeat the purpose of a critique. If people can't handle a good yet harsh critique, they shouldn't be posting their work and asking for reviews/opinions.

Personally, I see the literature forums as a place to improve and help others with their craft, not give them what they want to hear.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:28 AM View Post #15 (Link)
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At Critique Circle, a common phrase people used when posting was "I'm thick-skinned" or some variation.

If we went ahead with some sort of idea like this, I'd REALLY prefer it to be a difference between "Show no mercy!" and "Give me a good, honest critique." NOT "Give me a good, honest critique" and "Don't say bad things about my writing."

The difference between the first two, I think, is a matter of whether you're just trying to help the author improve (good & honest), or whether you're treating the thing like it will be published in a week, and your critique is the only thing that can save it (show no mercy).

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Old 08-27-2008, 02:56 AM View Post #16 (Link)
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What if we added a small thing to the new thread thing as an option where you can tag your work. And it would show somehow in the forum on the title of the thread so people know "this guy wants us to rip him a new one" or something? That way we don't have to have a whole new thread area...
And when people open the thread it could have a small bit of text that tells the person going there that this person wants a harsh crit or a standard one or whatever.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:33 AM View Post #17 (Link)
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Ah. I've gotten pretty non-harmful crits so far... I just went and put something to the effect of "Rip it to shreds" on each of my literature posts.
However, on another site that I belong to, someone told me my entire story was wrong... Just like that. He said, "This is all wrong," and left it at that. Very anti-helpful. But we don't do crits like that here!... I hope.

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