My first reaction would be that for those who truly want to be rated on what they post that they use the "Critique Wanted" and "Advice Wanted" prefixes more often. That way they'll know beforehand that they may be getting some less than favorable responses. Opening all posts/images to an unsolicited quantifiable rating could be problematic.Here's an idea. Instead of just "Like" or "Winner", the forum should have something akin to Lightroom's Star Rating System. This would give the shooter actual feedback on the image or set.
I was wrestling with a lengthy post yesterday that essentially boiled down to this - but Walter said it way more graciously than I would have. Thanks for that!Like Ad I'm using Like - Cool - Wow - Winner to show my reaction in a graduation. And when in any way my feelings are especially touched it's the heart emoji.
What I appreciate in this forum - and this is far more important to me than any emojis - is verbal feedback.
And that's exactly where the difference between cam and other forums lies: the friendly appreciation and critique from its other posters.
No bashing or unfriendly comments, just appreciation signalled and friendly helpful remarks.
And when I see the under one of my posts I take it as a signal that a little information might be needed about the "thing" shown.
So in my eyes we don't need any "school grading system" nor any more emojis.
For me the list of emojis is sufficient. And when I use the "groan" emoji it refers to the content displayed, never the quality of the photo.
It's just to express my very personal feelings that the photo evokes.
@Kevin: If I wanted critique for a post I just mentioned this in my posts ... and always got the helpful reponse. Nothing else needed on this side from me.
If at all one more emoji were needed imho it would be one saying "put this post on the start page asap" for those posts I find outstanding.
It's nice to exchange opinions! You put it perfectly yourself - it's about inspiration and the exchange of photographic experience! Cheers!Yes, after hearing your responses and pondering it a bit more, I agree I don't want to make this haven another competitive arena.
If I really care, I should ask for feedback, but mostly just see how others interpret the subject and, often, gain a bit of insight or inspiration from someone's imagem
Thanks everyone for thinking about the idea. Glad I'm here.
When something strikes me in a photo that I can put to words, I will make a text comment, but only if it's something positive. I'll only post negative comments if the photo poster is explicitly asking for critique. In all other cases I assume that the poster is happy with what he/she has posted, so who am I to detract from that?But what I really would love to see is more verbal interaction and comments about pictures.