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Poetry Hound Male, 61, United States (8/24/2005 11:12:00 AM)

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It's hard to read people's minds as to their intent in posting a poem. How do we know which ones welcome constructive criticsm and which ones don't? All we know is that they want to go public with their poem. So if they go public, I must assume (unless they state otherwise) that they want a reaction. Etiquette is important, but there's a huge gray area between a polite pat on the back and insulting personal attacks. I think civil criticism and even humor are perfectly acceptable responses to each and every poem posted here.

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  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (8/24/2005 11:46:00 AM) Post reply
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    Well, I suppose you're right, Hound.
    I have some suspicion though that some people who come here don't know about our 'critical' tradition and might not understand it, and that they think they're simply coming to a user-friendly site. It's true, you can't read everyone's mind and know for sure, but I think I can tell *most* of the time...

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