You probably don't want to read a bunch of extraneous text, so let's get right to the point. I think criticism is a good thing -- criticism of people, practices, products, companies, you name it. However, there are good & constructive ways to criticize and there are bad & inexcusable ways to criticize. Here are some analogous examples from each side of the fence. Backstory for this article is shoved down at the end, if you're interested!
- I don't like this at all -- to me, the old version was way, way better. This seems much too simplified & it doesn't have any character anymore. A step in the wrong direction.
- This sucks. It's just unforgivable rubbish compared to the old version. It's like they sucked all of the character out & remade the whole thing just for babies. How stupid & lame.
The same honest sentiment is shared in each case, but one form is respectable and the other is just plain nasty & immature.
- Seems seriously overpriced. It's just too small for what they're charging & lacks any "must have" features. I'll pass.
- Corporate greed at its finest! Such a tiny little nothing, does nothing. Total garbage being force-fed down consumers' throats. All this company cares about anymore is money.
- Hey nice video, but the glare from the sun was really distracting.
- How much of an idiot can you be? Surely I'm not the only person on the planet capable of seeing, oh I don't know, the SUN, blaring straight into the flippin' camera lens. You are a total failure at life itself.
- Gotta tell ya, I have a bunch of problems with this. First of all, you're using the wrong side -- have a look at the illustration in the manual. Next, the dogs barking in the background drowned out your voice half the time, so it was really tough to follow. At 4:35 in the video, you want to use the green switch, not the blue one, then it'll work. Lastly, I think you overpaid -- retail price is about 30% less.
- Idiot! You got the whole entire thing backwards! How could you be so stupid? Have you never heard of a manual? Read it! Or do you not know how to read? And what, were you filming this at a dog shelter or something? What on earth were you thinking in that empty shell of a skull of yours? 4:35??? Uh, hello? Green, not blue, moron. And guess what? I got this for 30% less just this morning. Wanna cry now?
One last one, relating to MOC feedback in particular...
- I don't like how you shaped the nose. It looks pretty flat and lacks detail. I'd suggest using two 1x2x2/3 slatted slopes instead.
- The front is awful! Take all that off right NOW and use two 1x2x2/3 slatted slopes instead.
There's a cardinal rule for maintaining sanity on the Internet: If you see something that's wrong and it bothers you, just ignore it. I like that rule. I think it's a good rule. I support anyone who chooses to adhere to that rule.
Sometimes, though, I personally choose not to adhere to that rule. I look at another side of things: To see something that's wrong and to ignore it is to be complicit. Well, I see a lot of kids criticizing other kids (and adults, since anonymity generates courage). That in & of itself, though, isn't wrong. In fact, it's often a very healthy thing that can lead to constructive discussion or personal growth for the people involved. What's wrong is how a lot of kids criticize others. Really, really, really wrong. To avoid complicity, when I see criticism delivered in a toxic, hostile, completely destructive way, I say something about it. While this intervention is able to cease the direct offense against innocent victims, the perpetrators rarely take it the right way, spinning it around with even more of their own toxic thought processes.
I've written this post up so that I can offer a handy link that explains a lot more of where I'm coming from than any single comment on YouTube can. I will continue intervening when I see nasty, destructive, vitriolic criticism in comments on my videos, no matter who or what it's directed towards. I will also continue going out of my way to publicly acknowledge and thank folks who understand and freely and eloquently share mature, constructive, intelligent criticism, also no matter or what it's directed towards!