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How to get more from your commenters!If like me you crave critique and feedback, but only ever get "nice work" comments, here are some tips to get what you want!First of all, allow me to briefly elaborate on what I mean by critique and feedback.Critique - Noun, A detailed analysis and assessment of something.Someone who offers you a critique gifts you with a full evaluation of the good and bad parts of your piece, as well as offering ideas for its improvement.Feedback - Noun, Information about reactions to a product.They let you know which parts they like / don't like, and possibly how the piece made them feel.Comments such as "Great work!" "Awesome" don't fall into either of these categories. Reply to them with a question.Asking a question prompts a response. Not only that, but it forces them to take a look at your work again! Below are two screenshots where I have used this technique.Common questions you could ask in
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