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giraffmang
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Hypocrisy...

   Thread Started November 16 at 2:59PM



Ever notice how the people who say they want honest reviewing really don't?


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RE: Hypocrisy...

Reply on November 16, 2017 03:29 PM


Whatever gave you that cynical, but true, idea?

You are going to burst someone's bubble of perfection

of themself. Meanie! How dare you speak the truth!




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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 16, 2017 10:11 PM
If they don't want a true critique, they shouldn't say they do. If they say they do, then they should appreciate getting one. Can't have it both ways.

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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 05:51 AM
As with most things, I don't think this is as simple as it should be.

Most of the time, I'd rather get an honest review. Particularly from a few people who tend to really know their stuff, and put a lot of effort into their critiques - even if sometimes it hurts to be told something isn't as good as I thought it might be.

Then there are others who'll give you a one or two star review, and say that a piece is rubbish, because it doesn't agree with their particular world view, and they aren't capable of understanding the difference between writing that is rubbish, and writing they may not necessarily agree with. From those people, I think I'd rather have a five and a comment like "This is a piece of writing that contains words - oh, and have I reached my 150 character limit yet? I have? Thanks for the money, and best of luck in the contest!"



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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 09:32 AM


There are reviewers that I wish would always read my work, some do, mainly because they'll let me know if I forgot to dot and I or cross a t...(not literally)..and when I read their thoughts, and comments, I can feel like I've done a pretty good job...on the other hand there's are those that rate by content, and should they not agree with the essence of a point they'll rate lower...I'm happy with the ones that mean something to me, and push me to do a better job on the next piece...reviewing poetry can be quite different than reviewing a story...there's much more to stories than spag, and as I've said many times, in order to be helpful to a writer one has to know what to look for when reviewing a post...I don't know all about that so I hesitate to review...of course some writers will allow me to just say what I like about his posts, and don't expect any lengthy line by line critique...not all writers are like that and I don't want to put my foot in my mouth...so I choose not to review much..poetry yes, but stories no!

Just Some Thoughts!


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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 11:03 AM
I don't think there's ever a reason to hurt someone, and giving a one-star review would do that. There must be a better way. Give a four and explain what's wrong. Then go back and review again if corrections/improvements are made.

Giving 1, 2, or 3 stars could crush someone's spirit, and they may never try again. After all, the majority are on here simply to share.

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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 11:12 AM

I agree with you Yvonne, If a work is so 'bad' that it warrants
a rating of 1 star, then the author could be notified by pm. I
have done that several times when the author forgot to color the
words & used a black background making the words disappear.

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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 11:21 AM
I certainly agree with that. and so I try to include in the review, my own experiences...Sometimes I think, especially with new writers, they feel any criticism is an affront to their efforts...but if we try to let them know they are not alone, that we all make mistakes, and look forward to readers comments...it seems to include them as writers too...and any critical comments may be more easily accepted..I could be wrong, but it seems to work for me.

Just Some Thoughts!


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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 02:32 PM

It's not just the newer ones either...



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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 03:01 PM


I didn't want to say that, but its true...lol


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RE: Hypocrisy...
Reply on November 17, 2017 11:09 PM
So you ladies never give a 2 or a 3? I'm afraid I don't agree with that policy. 4 stars is still supposed to be 'Good' and I think we all know that there are many pieces that are not good.

I believe I am still a little generous with some reviews, but I am not afraid to give a 3 or even a 2 if warranted. I always try to back it up with sound reasons and supportive comments. I have very rarely had any sort of adverse comment - perhaps once a year I seem to prod a spitting viper!

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