How much I would love to see good reviews become the main theme of the Challenge. It has been and remains my main disappointment within FW; and yet I too have fallen foul and now only leave positive comments. Honest reviews on this site are dangerous to your reputation; but i also worry about hurting someone and the sore remains.
Even writing this is sort of scary for me, but I would love to see a whole group of us jump in and thrash this subject out. Entering the Chalenge should be about LEARNING to write, not about a contest with winners. I know that sounds 'challenging' (pun intended) but when our motivation to enter is to win then the constructive reaction of others isn't what we are looking for, we are already preset in our minds to only receive favour; we want to win.
If somehow, and I know it's hard and I don't have the answers, the entries could be graded by the biggest winner being the one who learnt the most (think of the biggest loser mentality) then when we enter we would be looking for constructive feedback and our motivation to enter would change.
Or perhaps the prize could go to the best critique in each level; to give a critique you must enter the Challenge and both receive and give critiques; the winner would be the best critique given by a member in each level.
And before anyone tells me, I know, submissions would fall through the floor.
But it is sort of counter productive to be a website designed for the improvement of writing skills, and good critiques are essential to that, and yet most comments simply use words like great, wonderful, powerful and well writen.
Sorry if I've offended anyone; that isn't my intention.
My last point is that I know giving a good critique is very time consuming and I really do not have any answers at all. But, just a thought, a few members could be enrolled to the task of giving one good critique a day to a Challenge entry. Say maybe 8 members, two to each level, starting from the top (to encourage earlier entries), one on the odd numbers and one on the even so they don't both do the same entry; maybe to make it easier they only have to do five a week. All of a sudden at least 40 good critiques would go out every week, ten to each level and every entrant would know that red ink is a part of the deal. For those worried about negative comments being left on display for the general public (and I do worry about doing that to someone else, although I don't care about them being left on my entries as long as they are constructive) maybe these critiques could be by private message.
May we all get eyes to see and ears to hear,
A Revelation of His Word, crystal clear.
Admitting our need to be drawn in,
Less of self, more of Him.
My prayer for us all.
God bless us with the Revelation of His Word, Grahamhttp://www.shekinahcloud.com/page/page/8464330.htm