Criticism is welcome, but remember to give constructive criticism, which includes consideration of how your criticism will affect the other person emotionally. The golden rule applies: how would you feel if you read the message was directed at you? It's hard for someone to constructively make use of criticism if receiving it is an emotional drain.
@cwebber As an addition to the "how would you feel" rule, I'd add the "if you spent the past # years working on a project and trying your best to make it as good as possible".
It's the emotional involvement with the project combined with the "y u no fix it?" requests that are the most draining.
@cwebber Yes. The "Critique sandwich" as one of my professors suggestion paired with the use of terms like "in my opinion" and " do you think that maybe". Make it a suggestion paired with positives.Also asking the creator's intentions with a piece first helps. Having context of what's intentional and what isn't helps too. :)
@cwebber True in most instances. It's difficult to be constructive about everything, however, particularly if the toot itself is problematic.
Take plagiarism, for example. I'm hesitant to agree that a thief's feelings on being called out should be given much consideration.
@cwebber Funny thing is I find most Americans and Brits are so concerned with not hurting feelings that their criticisms are sugar coated to the point of being effectively useless even honest.
If I were to follow the golden rule I'd be harsh, to the point most people would see it as almost mean. Because thats how I want people to be with me, brutally honest.
The golden rule only tends to work when everyone has the same sensitivities as you.