This is basically a thread to provide constructive criticism on decent to good fits. One of the very justified complaints about the Composite thread is that it was only indirectly educational. It compiled, by and large, very good fits for the purpose of rapid viewing. It was educational in the sense that a reader with decent analytical abilities and a comfortable familiarity with clothing (i.e. he knew what he was looking at, knew what he was looking for, and knew why he was looking for it ) could then learn from what he was seeing. But it definitely wasn't as educational as it could have been. One of the reasons is that, for whatever reason, we didn't discuss the fits too much. Perhaps part of this is the tendency for those keeping the thread active to post 20 fits at a time (it's pretty annoying to post fewer but more often), so there was always a lot to take in.
Anyway, this is a thread that will hopefully encourage more conversation. It will hopefully involve greater discursive participation and be more educational as a result.
1. Qualifying fits must have at a minimum 15 thumbs: There are a lot of bad fits out there. Bad enough that it should be obvious to most people what needs to be fixed. And if it isn't obvious, a few months looking at what works and what doesn't in the WAYWRN thread of Composite Thread should address that. The 15 thumb minimum ensures that the outfit is good enough that what needs to be addressed isn't painfully obvious, while the effort it takes to find and copy such an outfit ensures that there is actually something there worth talking about and learning from.
2. Don't be an ass: I'm actually not to worried about this. Styleforum has grown to be a kinder place. And in some respect, it has suffered for this (nothing makes for great reading like (ideally) intelligent individuals with (ideally) well-informed opinions being willing to offend strangers on the internet). I think that the kindlier bent that now defines the posting styles of many regular posters also establishes a certain credibility. As in, if they are offering criticism, it isn't because they want to put a person down but because they actually want that person to look better.
Regardless, don't be an ass. Put yourself in the shoes of someone who's outfit is posted here. Though actually, I expect most of us regular posters will get their outfits posted here, so we won't have to imagine. Offer criticism in the same manner you'd like criticism to be offered to you.
3. Try and post multiple outfits at a time: Ideally, a post here shouldn't be in response to a single outfit. I don't want someone to see an outfit, think "that trash got 22 thumbs? I gotta tell the world what's wrong with it" and repost it here. At the same time, I can see someone thinking "Oh, this is a really good example of X; I should write something about this" and not wanting to bother finding another couple outfits just to post this. Use your judgment, I guess.
4. Tag people: if you repost someone's outfit, it's only fair that you tag them.
5. If someone asks you remove their outfit, remove their outfit: Is there any reason to comply with this unreasonable request (and I do think this would be an unreasonable request on their part)? #2
6. Anyone can repost outfits: Moderators, Dubiously Honored, a 10,000 post senior member or a 5 post newbie. As long as they are civil and have something intelligent to offer.