I have participated from time to time on the DT&G forums. Mostly to get feedback on site designs, and to provide suggestions to other designers. I got this flippant comment on my design by somebody named fred. (I didn’t capitalize his name, because he didn’t) I chose to respond, by asking them to back up their claims with examples.
It seems pointless to critique by throwing stones and running. If you don’t like something explain why. Especially in a design forum. These drive by critiques seem to be a specialty of fred, and the DT&G forum is full of them. Individuals who are asking for a critique are seeking constructive advice:
“The word critic comes from the Greek ÎºÏÎ¹Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚, kritikÃ³s – one who discerns, which itself arises from the Ancient Greek word ÎºÏÎ¹Ï„Î®Ï‚, kritÃ©s, meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation, or observation.”
With critiques even if you don’t have anything nice to say at least have a point, and back it up. To the opposite, if you like something be able to articulate why.
Upon further investigation this stone thrower may be none other than Fred Showker…but I can’t be certain.
We’ll see what fred has to say about my critique of his communication skills.