Before we begin, I want to lay the groundwork that this thread is in relation to WiP threads and not any other topics.
With that laid out, let me address a few things from a post I moved out of a WiP thread specifically made in reaction to my flagging a particular feedback post.
With regards to this statement, I feel that some have lost track of the simple fact (or perhaps never realized this in the first place) that the purpose of Work in Progress threads made in the Hosted Games and Hosted Games Adult sections are to get games being made published.
When a post is made within the WiP thread of a game, the very first thing that needs to be asked, is: Is this post going to help the author in getting her game published?
This does not mean that a post should be direct feedback. It can also be discussion and it can also be indirect feedback. Regardless of the actual type of post it is, it should be “actionable” posting.
What is actionable posting? It means posting that an author can use to improve their game. It is that simple.
A WiP thread is not the place for self-expression or creating “safe places” for everyone to bond at. There are places to do this: Off-Topic and other sub-fora that have no direct relation to the specific goal of getting feedback to improve something the author is hoping to get published.
I’m going to switch gears here to explain how toxic feedback hurts the author. Toxic feedback is feedback that puts authors on the defensive without offering a way for them to improve their works.
Stating an author’s “shit better end” just like a controversial and no longer even live game is giving an author advise that is not actionable to make their game better.
As the author said herself:
Offering feedback demanding that her work follow this controversy and feelings is not right for a tester or reader to make. It isn’t productive for authors or other testers and it often leads to derailment where people are talking about the feedback itself instead of the game. That in of itself is wrong.
Just because a post isn’t malicious (which we agree on) does not mean it isn’t toxic.
The moderator officially asked people to post about the game in question not the feedback given or anything else - yet people chose to ignore that.
I’m curious why this self-projection is taking place?
I didn’t judge the original poster, as a matter of fact, I praised him for his feedback elsewhere and told him so. Why am I being projected on as being judgmental, when that isn’t the case?
Hence this thread.
Carry on bashing me all you want from this point forward.