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21-10-12, 02:36 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
The most annoying thing is someone posting, asking a question and then never replying after you answer it. A quick thanks is all that is needed. It makes people feel appreciated.
Opinions will vary and sometimes people will be offended even by very good constructive criticism. Recently our camera club had an open forum where members brought in prints and others reviewed them. This was a blind review, they did not know who the photographer was. The opinions were much more honest. One thing I noticed the senior members do, aside from one person who actually referred to one of mine as "one of the bad ones", give critique in a formula. "I see what you were doing here (or I like this) but it could be much better if..." . I see the followed a lot online as well. Start by stating it is not all bad, and then how to improve it.
Since some people will get offended no matter what, many people do not want to give any criticism. However if it is given in a nice friendly manner, then usually this is not the case.
In the past, now distant past, we used to have a problem with a person here who often gave negative comments. He was also not nice about it, and used insulting language. This was not thin skinned people complaining, I just took a look now but it seems we had deleted all of those posts or I would quote one.
So that comes back to opinions. Everyone has one, not everyone has to give one. However the more that do, the better the site is.
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