Welcome back, Graham.
You are right Lillian, you did start the thread and the thought occurs to me that I've hijacked it
Not for one minute, Graham, should you entertain the idea that you hijacked anything! I was in the middle of writing the following when your previous post came through. So I will keep writing, except to say that I think it is a good idea to start a new thread with guidelines and ideas just for reviewers. We might even solicit a name for the thread, something catchy.
As our Coordinator, what do you think about trying to elevate the conversation here, so that we don't have to address every adverse reaction to comments made? We've already acknowledged that there will be differences of opinion. A once very expressive Faithwriter buddy always admonished me when forwarding her reviews "to eat the meat, and spit out the bones." That should apply on both sides.
I would love to see this thread as one that supports the reviewer, not discourages him/her. In my opinion, anyone who has a problem with a critique should address it directly to the person. As I've previously stated, we're all aspiring writers who should be willing to learn and to share.
Some ideas for the new thread might be:
1) Post samples of anonymous reviews from the Challenge that demonstrate the sandwich approach.
2) Post samples of anonymous, negative responses and discuss how one would handle it.
3) Post a sample fiction and non-fiction article, and give each reviewer an opportunity to write a critique using the sandwich method, followed by a corporate discussion. We would use Faithwriter's Guidelines as well as those posted on this site.
More ideas welcomed. The learning component kicks in when we take our questions to Jan, which will give her more topics. I already have one in mind.
All this, of course, would be for those who are interested in giving and receiving improved critiques. I hope this isn't too much to swallow.