I was over in finally finished and felt the urge to post a "wow thats totally awseome" comment when I was reminded of a presentation of work we did at uni.
The tutor was trying to encourage us to give objective feedback rather than just saying "Cool work I love it!" to everything.
He encouraged us to find 3 things to say about each piece of work. I notice, I Think, I feel,....
His example, to one of my best friends work was something along the lines of:
"I notice you have created a nice environment but your creature has no eyes"
"I think this makes it unbelievable
"I feel you should consider giving it eyes.
(Of course I leapt to her defence with "I notice you have left the eyes off your creature because its underground and doesnt need them, I think that shows you have a good understanding of zoology and I feel that I really like your work and that its toatlly amazing... lol, fierce in the defence of my friends even when it makes me be an idiot :p)
Despite that I think he had quite a good system, it allowed for constructive criticisim and forced the person giving the feed back to consider whether what they were saying was the result of observation, thought/intelectual factors or emotion.
I know someone I asked to look at my work the other day totally destroyed me for 24 hours by launching straight into a huge list of problems with the piece and didn't say if they liked anything or if I was on the right track or if I had just wasted my whole day working on it and I should just trash it (which I felt I had and ended up deleting it all, first taking the crits on board for my NEXT attempt of course ) I know a lot of people say if you can't take a good bashing get out of the business, and maybe thats true but I like to try and give a positive in with my crits, even if its just well done for trying, better luck next time.
So I think that sometimes a system for giving feedback can be really helpful to avoid things seeming like a big attack on your work, or equally a big fan fest with nothing constructive included.
Anyone else have any good systems they like to use for feedback?