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Confused about The Buddy "Honor System."

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Confused about The Buddy "Honor System."

Postby lish1936 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:52 am

The guidelines for what is and what is not acceptable when it comes to The Challenge "Buddy System" is a little fuzzy, at least for me. I want to adhere to the "Honor System," but the rules seem to vary as to how that's done. I've seen variations of the honor system rules, from limiting comments to grammar, spelling, and punctuation to commenting on paragraph clarity.

How far can we go before violating the honor system?

Deb wrote: As part of our desire to help you hone your critiquing skills when leaving feedback on entries, as well as when working as part of a Challenge Buddy group, we're more than happy to make the rating worksheet available. If you keep this scale in mind when reading each entry (whether as part of a pre-submission Buddy group or later when commenting), it will help you to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses as you work through each of the ratings categories.

When acting as a buddy, use the judges' rating categories to help pick up the weaknesses and strengths of each piece.


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Re: Confused about The Buddy "Honor System."

Postby RedBaron » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:58 am

How I would do it is first, simply point out typos/mechanical errors.

If something absolutely makes no sense, say so, but do not make suggestions on how to fix it. Leave that up to the writer.
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