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Date: 5/8/10 11:21 AM

Deepika, There has been a long discussion about the idea of a critique area here at PR. Please see this thread. It would be a step forward for many of us who depend upon PR for frank and honest advice, rather than just compliments. Thanks for checking this out!
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Date: 5/8/10 3:39 PM

I'd certainly be interested in participating in such a forum.
I cant speak for others, but personally I find it very gratifying and encouraging to have others praise my efforts when I post a review. These comments are a part of the reason I post reviews, especially as no one close to me sews. I also post reviews to share my ideas with others and to share what did and did not work about the patterns I used.
While the praise is very nice, I have often thought it would also be helpful to receive some constructive criticism. I would be happy to have others point out areas I could have improved or suggest changes to make next time, or different techniques that would have produced a better result.
I guess most people do not do this in comments already because, like myself, they dont want to offend the reviewer.
I wondered if maybe when we are writing reviews we could have an option to tick a box that would add a message to the bottom of our reviews saying something like "This reviewer has requested constructive criticism" or something to that effect.

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Date: 5/8/10 5:45 PM

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I wondered if maybe when we are writing reviews we could have an option to tick a box that would add a message to the bottom of our reviews saying something like "This reviewer has requested constructive criticism" or something to that effect.


That's a good idea, addicted2fabric

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Date: 5/15/10 12:29 PM

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I wondered if maybe when we are writing reviews we could have an option to tick a box that would add a message to the bottom of our reviews saying something like "This reviewer has requested constructive criticism" or something to that effect.


I like this idea too, but wonder if it opens the door a little too much. Perhaps (and I admit I already suggested this in the thread that was linked to earlier) a field could be added to give reviewers a place to write down the particular concerns about which they want feedback. For example, I'm guessing people would feel safer/more confident about responding to a "Is this too tight/too loose/too high/too low"-type question if the reviewer asked it, than about diagnosing the problem in response to a request for general feedback.

The other thought: have the reviewer specify the areas of concern in order to limit them. For many of us, especially those of us who are newer or less proficient, being given too many suggestions, even if all of them are valid, can be overwhelming and counterproductive. Especially for a beginner, "good enough" can be fantastic.
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Date: 5/15/10 12:51 PM

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I wondered if maybe when we are writing reviews we could have an option to tick a box that would add a message to the bottom of our reviews saying something like "This reviewer has requested constructive criticism" or something to that effect.

This reminds me of a feature I've seen on the site DeviantArt.com. Artists can select this box and it lets people know that they're open for constructive criticism. This could be a neat feature here. However, even without this feature, it's certainly not difficult to just mention on the review that you want open honest criticism. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've seen some reviewers do this before.

However, I certainly don't see the need for a whole new forum. I've seen posts asking for constructive criticism before and they always have gotten answered just fine.

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Date: 5/15/10 6:21 PM

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However, I certainly don't see the need for a whole new forum. I've seen posts asking for constructive criticism before and they always have gotten answered just fine


Yes, we discussed this in the thread linked above. It is the general consensus of those members posting in that thread that a separate forum or gallery would be cleaner and used more easily.

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Date: 5/15/10 6:29 PM

I'm with marec here, although I'm not sure that an entire Forum would be necessary - but at least a subsection category (whatever those are called) under one of the existing Forums (either Expert Forum or General Sewing?).

I tend to just check on Active Topics when I'm reading here, but if I wanted to post my own topic, I really would be much more likely to post questions about a specific WIP if there were such a category. I'm making a skirt right now & want to change the waistband, & I'm also wondering about the length. I was thinking that I could figure it out on my own, but if there were a critique area, it would be so nice to gather some opinions & maybe get some ideas I hadn't thought of.

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Date: 5/15/10 7:57 PM

I think that a forum is a good idea as it can be found quickly and easily. sometimes it's so hard to find a thread and I don't find the search engine works particularly well.

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Date: 5/15/10 7:58 PM

I think that a forum is a good idea as it can be found quickly and easily. sometimes it's so hard to find a thread and I don't find the search engine works particularly well.

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Date: 5/15/10 8:28 PM

The benefit of a gallery would be that it could be sorted by type (pants, for example). And it might be possible to see fitting issues by garment and body type and learn from them, and have them readily available, unlike threads, which tend to get submerged quickly. I can see this being somewhat of revolutionary concept: a compendium of sewers working on fit and style in a format that would be highly visual and indexed.



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