Reading about a current submission contest for artwork in Open Source land and remember, yet again - why you never ever ever do that.

Nothing, absolutely NOTHING good comes from it. It doesn't improve community relations, it never creates new contributors in the long run and at the very least you'll get people disappointed and some times toxic as well.

What it does do is prove over and over that "Criticism" is a skill, and a skill seldomly possessed by computer enthusiasts.

Not saying its done out of bad motives - just that it doesn't work.

The downside with programming is morons like me comes along going "well you should have added this simple [is actually insanely complex] thing into it!" with a smug tone of voice.
The downside with design and artwork is that people think their opinion is relevant beyond personal preference because they have eyes and can discern color.

In both scenarios it often come with a side of "just telling the truth! Get thicker skin!"

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Design is particularly tricky I agree. A project I keep tabs on was asking for opinions on some new logo designs. But it was just a bunch of forum randos responding. Probably none of which have any background in design so what good is that feedback?

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@kelbot See feedback I get, even if you know that the majority is bad/useless.
The best is when randos go INTO it, and goes "what if this?" or "I added this change badly in Gimp?" and get invited into the work. Thats golden - because it means that yes its gonna be trickier to get done on time but that that person will be "one of the team" and find something brilliant to contribute to, even if its not design.

But I dont envy the programmers though... uy "Add this feature NAOW!" :)

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