First question. Do people on this forum want to know when their writing is horrible, or do they just want to be patted on the back and encouraged, and only criticized when they ask for criticism? I try to be very careful and approach giving unsolicited criticism as politely and gently as possible, despite that ugly part of my brain in the back, you know, the guy in stained sweatpants, chewing on a leaking hoagie while scratching his balls and yelling, "Yo! That fuckin' sucks dude." Second question. How blunt do people want their criticism (on this forum)? I am trying to improve my craft every single day, and I welcome bold, intense, detailed and even painful criticism, because it helps me develop my skills. Even criticism I don't agree with teaches me something. Am I alone in this? The reason I ask is... Some of the writing I see on this forum is just abhorrent, and some of the writing advice these people are giving is (if I'm being charitable) counter-intuitive at best. I frequently stop myself from jumping on this kind of thing (if only to help me stay focused on my own work) and I sometimes wonder if I'm doing these people a disservice by not saying, "That's really horrible and bad and wrong."