It's up to the voters to decide if they value quantity over quality, and which critiques they like best, but I do reserve the right to go "actually, that person is WAY more awesome". But as the point of this is maximum number of people finding something useful, majority vote is going to be the deciding factor.
- Three or more critiques between now and July 13th.
- Must be made on this forum.
- Nominations to be sent in via Private Message on this forum, to me.
- Decided by the most nominations sent in for you
- Nominators get to decide if your critique is actually useful.
- I reserve the right to use a bit of personal judgement in deciding the final winners (e.g. no bribing people to vote for you! Or if someone awesome gets overlooked)
- You may not nominate yourself
- You may nominate people who critique your articles
- You may nominate people that you have critiqued (for the spot prize) and as many as you like (it's a random draw, so it doesn't matter how many names are in it)
- You may nominate up to two people for the Critiquer Prizes (either for first/second, or "I can't decide")
- You can change your vote later, but please try and reply to the original message so that I can keep track.
- Critiques can be on any article written for Squidoo, Zujava, Wizzley, Hubpages, etc. Just stick them in the relevant part of the forum.
- You definitely may encourage people to post their stuff up for a critique.
- First Prize: US$50 Amazon voucher (or equivalent from Amazon.co.uk - if neither works for the winner, we can look at something else. Free website banner, maybe? )
- Second Prize: $25 as above
- Spot Prize (drawn from nominators): US$10 as above.
- Spot Prize (drawn from nominated critiqued people): US$10 as above.
How To Ask For A Critique
Pick one lens that you want feedback on.
Identify what kind of feedback you want: proof reading, overall appearance, anything that someone can see wrong, something specific you're unsure about. You can just ask for very specific help, if you think you know what to do with the rest of the lens.
Provide a link and a quick intro of some kind (e.g. “this is my first lens about... I would like help with...”)
Use a descriptive title on the thread (e.g. My jigsaw puzzle lens needs a proof reader/ please critique my shower curtains!) so that people scanning can tell if your lens interests them specifically, and to help them tell your post apart from all the other requests. Much better to get five shower curtain experts than seven uninterested people who clicked by sheer chance.
Once you get feedback, say thank you (or respond with actual discussion!). You may or may not agree, but you don't have to change your lens at all, and they did take the time to comment. If it upsets you, just step away and let it be. Most feedback is well meant, but by nature, critique can slip into 'harsh' territory sometimes, so it can be natural to feel attacked.
Once you've posted and gotten some feedback, take the time to make sure your next lens doesn't have exactly the same issues. People do notice if you never bother to implement the feedback they give, and will start ignoring your threads.
How To Give A Critique
Find a thread and a lens that interests you.
Check what they are asking for, so if they just want their titles checked, don't start talking about their images (an aside might be nice, but read what they're asking for). Most people want any feedback they can get, though, so this won't come up often.
Read the lens!
Note any general impressions, and any specific issues. If there are typos and broken bits, quote them so that the lensmaster can find them easily. If there are common “newbie” mistakes, explain the reasons for doing it differently, or link to a tutorial. Clarify which things are just your opinion and why you think something should be changed.
Point out the good things as well, so that they know what they are doing right. Suggest fixes for anything that you think they are doing wrong.
Don't assume they're idiots, or that they're doing it on purpose (at least without evidence!)
But equally, you don't need to avoid pointing out TOS violations. If they asked for a critique, then there's a high chance they didn't realise that something was a problem. And if you only have nice things to say, then maybe you aren't actually giving a critique.
“Ideal” critique format is generally: positive, negative, positive conclusion. (E.g. I liked the lens, it got me interested right away because of..., however I noticed these issues... apart from that though, you have a good lens, it just needs a few tweaks).
You only have to mention as many things as you have time and energy for. Just let the writer know that you haven't covered everything/that you were only focussed on a specific thing, so they don't just assume everything else was fine.