Here's a question for you: Have you ever had someone start critiquing your critiques across various threads questioning your observations, and not the works critiqued? It is polite but pointed. I'm evil because I point out an issue, therefore, should not be heeded. Basically, I'm being informed my critique should be null and void because I don't say, 'It's perfect just the way it is.'. The cases for critiques like this are few and far between. In most instances, I think they are a disservice to the writer. When I critique, I'm tough but fair. I try to balance the negative with the positive, and it's the fact that I comment on flaws that started this. Have you ever encountered anyone who berates critiquers for giving a thoughtful review? I'm the kid who pointed out the obvious in the Emperor's New Clothes, but I'm not going to sell myself or other writers short. They deserve the effort and the insight. I've ignored it, but it's irritating to have one's critical thought processes called into question. Folks on this site remind me why I write, so thank you.