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I miss him too. Unfortunately, the fact that criticism on SF is more and more being dismissed as uncalled for or besides the point, or as in this case, even being compared to trolling, has made the good-natured EliodA take a back seat for the moment.
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1. Someone posts a pic of an outfit.
2. Another poster notes some possible flaws or areas that may need improvement
3. Immediately, an apologist (seldomly the OP) jumps in by defending the OP. In almost 100% of the cases not by refuting the points of criticism, but by ad hominem jibes like casting doubts on the criticasters' ability to judge, or -as here- by even telling him to GTFU and post his criticisms elsewhere
4. Then in most cases, more people get involved and a (heated) discussion follows about technicalities which in most cases carefully steers clear of the most salient points of the original criticism, ending with the old cliche that you can only learn so much from a pic online and that every judgment should be taken with a grain of salt. (Why is it the opposite never happens? When someone posts a pic of a perfectly fitting suit, do we ever get a reply "well, maybe this fit isn't good at all, it's merely an online pic, so what can you say"?)
When I joined SF I came here to learn from people with a lot of experience and whose style I admired - such as yourself- , sharing their knowledge. Most of what I learned was by reading critical posts and the replies to those criticisms. If that aspect of the forum is being taken away, and it looks like that more and more, then yes, it probably does affect my positive attitude to the forum.
Only a few days ago, there was a discussion on WAYWRN where a few new posters were lamenting the lack of constructive criticism. Turns out many older posters refrain from offering their criticisms because they usually are so ill received. So those posters prefer to remain silent and opportunities for newcomers to learn are missed. I think that is sad.
Same here. Funny story, well to me at least:
After joining I saw a post EliodA made and took notice of his avatar. I thought, "What a wonderful outfit, I hope I see the full picture sometime," not being aware it was a crop of the cover of "The Great Beauty" DVD cover. A few days later I was looking through the Criterion Collection in a bookstore, and thought, "Wait a minute....."
Still need to pick up that movie. I'm waiting to put in a big order and need a payment to come in later this month.
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