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Leaving constructive criticism
As it says in rule number 10:

We encourage constructive criticism, but flaming other authors will not be tolerated and may result in you losing your account.

While Leah and I are firmly in the camp of believing that constructive criticism can only benefit both writers and readers, we have had some instances recently where the criticism left has skirted close to flaming so I wanted to remind everyone that rule 10 also goes on to say:

'I think your story sucks...' is not a flame, as it is talking about the story not the author, but it is still rude and not constructive, and we're no more fans of rudeness than we are of flaming. Be polite.

Let me re-emphasise that: be polite. In fact, I'd say that the more critical the feedback you are leaving, the more essential it is that you are polite about it. If you're leaving criticism because you want to help the author improve, then the more politely you word such criticism the more likely it is that the author will listen to your points and take them on board.

That's part and parcel of the whole 'constructive' bit of 'constructive criticism'. Being rude isn't constructive. It's behaving like an ass. If you're leaving criticism because you want to behave like an ass in public, feel free but go do it somewhere else.

What I truly find boggling, though, is comparing those who leave constructive criticism to 'nazis'. Yes, because pointing out grammatical mistakes on the internet makes you part of a regime that murdered millions.

Needless to say, that comment's gone bye bye.
Posted by: Alyse on 14 Jun 2006 1:47 pm(14 Comments)
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Some people actually do it? Say 'your story sucks'? So very interesting... I wonder what kind of psychological mechanism stands behind that. Just imagine - you read the story, you don't like it, and instead of skipping to the next one you read it all the way through and comment that it sucks... Hm... You have a lot of experience with running the archive, so may I ask you a question? What kind of stories usually trigger bad comments? It couldn't be just grammar... Or it couldn't be that the story is boring to someone... May be the person who posted bad comment has some 'history' with the author?
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