Maybe I'm totally off base here. I know some people may look at profiles in order to find a writer, although I've never had it happen nor have I heard of anyone. I've heard of people getting jobs from the general submission section though.
Even if a publisher did look at the challenges, I still think anyone who is credible and would want to publish something wouldn't need a constructive critique "to point things out." I would think they would discover it all on their own.
When I look for articles for the newsletter, I'm more impressed if I see someone who had some constructive critique and the person was able to apply the corrections or suggestions. I would think wow that person is able to take feedback and make it work for them That's a good trait to have.
Now if someone leaves feedback and the author doesn't agree with it or the person was wrong, it wouldn't reflect on the author. For example, if someone commented you need to do more showing. If I were a publisher I might not agree. It wouldn't influence my opinion on the author at all.
It's just frustrating. I know I'm super sensitive so maybe I should step back and not comment here anymore. I feel like that's what people are saying without saying it. There is no way to please everyone. Either people complain because someone leaves a constructive critique (which in the real world, editors, publishers, reviewers and readers are going to be way more critical than any feedback I have ever seen on this site, so if people truly hate critiques or reviews, then writing may not be best suited for them) or people complain because all they receive is fluff comments and they don't know how to improve.
I probably get about an average of ten requests a week to help someone with their writing. They know to ask me because they have seen my feedback on the challenge. At one point so many people were asking I had to say no to some which was hard for me to do.
When the thread was first started I felt confident that God has been calling me to give feedback. I had no doubt about it, but now I'm totally doubting his will, my ability, and the whole process in general.
I have no idea where to go from here, but I will continue to pray and ask God to show us the path he needs for us to take.
I saw your comment Graham as I tried to post this and I believe both Collin and Lynn were saying that they too like and want the constructive critiques and that is what has helped them become better writers.