Originally Posted by Threadbearer
There's no reason it can't be both, dawg. I'm not suggesting that we stop voting. Far from it. I'm proposing that entrants offer critiques in addition to voting. Competitive individuals will still get their fix.
I don't find that to be the case, Mike. The challenges ought to be able to fill that need much better than WAYWRN because in the challenges we're all shooting at the same target. That should make it easier to "tailor" our critiques in a more helpful manner. In WAYWRN, on the other hand, casual looks, business wear, and even formal wear images stand side by side, making that thread, rather than the challenges, a better place for simple showcasing.
I stand by my proposition that all entrants in future challenges make an effort to offer constructive criticism to at least three other entrants. It can't be enforced, of course, but it ought to be encouraged. I can't see why this would be even remotely controversial.
Well, TB, I think WAYWRN has become much more focused on being critical as of late, as opposed to just a showcase. There are some members who come to WAYWRN almost exclusively to offer suggestions on improvement.
With that said, I have absolutely no objection to the Challenges being a launching pad for additional critique. My comment merely was that they are a competition, and despite protestations to the contrary, when people vote and a "winner" is declared and awarded the prize of picking the next Challenge, that satisfies the definition of a competition. Either way, I think a little competition is a good thing, especially if it inspires people to do their best.
In the end, it is up to the individual to make of it what he wishes. For me, it is a chance to bring what I consider is my best fit for the week (or if it is some Challenge I am out of my element in, to try to bring something decent that is outside of my comfort zone) and see how it is received by others. For someone else it may be a means to improve upon their overall approach to dress, etc.
I think they are fun. If I did not, I would not participate.