Honest criticism (case scenario):
Wife (or other female relative): Does this dress make my ass look fat?
Me: Yup, real fat. You may want to rethink that one, it's adding at least 15 pounds to your frame. Else, hit the gym every day this week until the wedding, thereby dropping about 10 pounds to compensate for the weight this dress is going to visually add.
CRACK! BAM! WHALLOP!
<25 mins later I'm being rushed by ambulance to the ER for a trauma head CT>
I could be the right man for this job.
I'm always honest and straight forward when I comment on peoples work here so this brings the question to my mind: Should I reserve speaking what I think about someone's work for just this section unless all I would say is "This is great"?
Like I've said before, when I see something I have no complaints about I do sometimes just say something short like "awesome" to show my support for the work.
Sometimes though I feel it might be helpful to mention what could have been better.
I do also take into consideration who did the work too. Some of you guys have been doing this a lot longer or less time than me and I have a good idea what your standard work looks like. That plays a part in how I respond. Then again even if I know you are very new at it, if I see 2 poloroid looking shots on a kitchen table with coke cans around it and a sloppy mild touch up job of a figure, I just won't comment at all.
My honest critique on this whole section idea-
If I was one of the people helping to run this site I'd vote for this section to exist because here, it seems we are divided. We have our guys just here to advertise, some here just to get tips and parts (who usually complain when they don't get anything despite not being very active otherwise), the main badasses who you know will get mostly praise and therefore have little to worry about and usually cooler heads, the hotheads that hate criticism of any kind, and those who are here to get honest opinions as they try to improve. I have other types that conflict often in mind but lets stop there.
With that explained, I personally probably won't post here much because it seems like it leans more towards negative than positive. Like it is a cold comment free pass that exists to appease those who want to prove a point, and the extra critical types.
The rules "No pussies" and "You must state something you don't like" will probably make most customizers only post work they doubt much negative can be said about. Like I said, it also comes across to me like this is the bash center, though I don't mean that as harshly as it sounds.
I think the entire website should have the rule of-
This is a place where customizers learn from and help one another through honest opinions, tips and pointers, getting needed parts, and making friends you can trust for all of the above.
If you can not take criticism or people legitimately defending why they did what you criticized, then you have come to the wrong place.
To be a Pro-member you must be and stay at least fairly active and not only pop in for any one soul purpose such as "Need partz" or "My newest werk".
Every Pro-member is expected to comment on other peoples work, post new work, answer non-retarded questions, and check the BST board at least sometimes.
Pro-members should also know when to take a matter that is heating up to PMs as to avoid public arguments that can divide the community little by little like a poison that causes the genitals to slowly rot away into a puddle of bloody slime.
I think what you say is right. Here's why I pushed for this section. There are some that post that actually want real criticisms and get none or hardly any comments. Then there are others that post and didn't want or ask for criticism.
This is for people who want real critiques and for those that like to give real critiques. Before this, I only gave critiques to those that actually requests for them in their posts. This just makes it clear.
But I also see this section as a WIP. We might leave it as is or if we need to refine it, we will.
As I mentioned before, I will use this a lot but not on every custom I make.
Also, so far, it seems like the comments posted have been very helpful to those that posted their customs. And the posts seem like an actual conversation. Let's hop it stays that way.
Well if that can stay the case than this can be useful for learning what to do better next time.
You know what, I think I will post a couple of my least successful works here to find out ways I could have done better. A few of the really out there ideas I did that were loads of work just came out messy. Learning how to better pull off such projects for next time would be helpful. They are already sold and gone, and will be listed here as such for the theme of- How could this have been executed better.
Also posting here as sort of a WIP then posting the final product in the right section sounds like a decent idea.