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Questions Concerning Soup-Etiquette -- Part II
Blog Posted:11/20/2012 11:52:00 AM
Hullo again, Soupers:
Firstly, a kind thank you to those of you who offered advice on my other
soup-etiquette blog. Since some of the personal insights and advice had me
ponder the situation from different angles, or reinforced other thoughts,
I would like to continue with another 'Soup-nario'.
A member leaves a comment with you, such as this:
"I was hoping you would check out my newest poem that I posted,
and offer an honest opinion of it."
Now, there are two key-words in this comment: "hoping" and "honest".
In this specific situation, it might be seen as being rude, to completely
ignore the request.
Upon reading said poem, you find the poem to be one of the all-time worst
poems that you have ever read in your entire life. Ever.
How should one respond?
The member(who could very well be one of the most supportive and kind
people on this site)asked for your honesty. In this case, is total honesty, the
best way to go about it?
My first instinct would be to tone-down the "this is a most terrible poem"
evaluation, and offer a constructive criticism.
But wot if there isn't ANYTHING to work with?
The more you analyze the poem, the worse it appears,
until there truly isn't a single evident positive aspect in the piece;
it appears to be a poem that even with massive amounts of editing/re-working,
it just might be an utter lost cause. A write-off.
Do you give your honest opinion? This member did ask for your honesty.
Or, do you out-right lie? -- "This is a great poem. I am impressed. Every time
I re-read your poem, it gets better and better! Smoocheese!" ()
Wot would/do you do in such a situation?
One doesn't want to be rude, to dampen the self-esteem of this member,
so, is being a fake and a liar, the best option in such a soup-nario?
*Thank you kindly for any advice or insight