Gilles Tran wrote:
> To be fair, I'm not too happy with the comments (starting with mine). Some
> people feel that they are too negative and indeed they are, which is both
> unavoidable (only positive comments wouldn't make much sense) and not very
> nice for the artists. A diplomatic touch is necessary when writing comments,
> but after penning a few dozens of them the varnish wears off...
Part of the problem is that the comments can be read, one after another,
all of a piece. It is when read in that way that they can appear
unremittingly negative. For the individual artist, reading just the
comments for his/her entry, it may not be so bad. I think the artist
really does want to know the negatives. You may not agree, and it may
make you angry, but you still want to know. It is nicer to have it
delivered with a spoonful of sugar though.
I thought the commentors did try to leave the safe ground of technical
concerns from time to time, which was a relief, and there was often a
good natured, coach-like tone. Certainly these efforts started to flag
but again, I find it entirely understandable. I rarely make comments in
the IRTC. But I think it is fun and even necessary to write some
"appreciation" from time to time.
> However, I'm all for starting threads here about the images, such as the one
> you suggest.
My point is to keep it oblique and open ended and let the chips fall.
Any attempt to be comprehensive will be deadly.