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30GOTO10: Schrodinger's Razor by NeuronPlectrum 30GOTO10: Schrodinger's Razor by NeuronPlectrum
A contributor to#CommanderLuminaire created a button:

Faithfully recreated by =wLadyB91 (who only credited the group and not the deviant for reasons unknown) and given peer review by ~MiasmaMollie [link]

Schrödinger's Razor (DevART doesnt allow umlauts in titles) obviously isn't a real scientific concept, but it sounded close enough to demonstrate the complexity (however absurd a complexity it is) of this vicious cycle and the double-edged sword of exercising freedom of expression on the internet.

Granted, when you post your artwork on this site, you're not exactly shoving it in the faces of random strangers begging for input, but on the whole you might as well be, especially if you actually go to the trouble of assuring people that "all comments are welcome" a red flag if ever there was one, given that it either reads as desperate or condescending and practically nothing else.

They're called "Comments" not "compliments." If you want to play gatekeeper to what's said of your work, here's some free advice to make it easier on yourself:

Disable comments.

You can still get :+fav:s if people like it, and if someone wants to say as much as well (as is their right, of course) they can send you a note or write a journal feature. If, however, someone does have some less-than-flattering things to say, then they can at least discretely note you, so as not to make you feel embarrassed (even if you have no reason to be, which you most likely don't). If they push the issue or can't leave well enough alone, then feel free to block them; again, it's all discrete. It may not paint the most flattering picture of you, but if you're the sort to employ these methods (buttons, disables, and the like) then you never really cared about that anyway, did you?

I'm not going to pretend that taking criticism is easy, and I've sure had my share of irrational outbursts in the past (keyword: past), but while in the grand scheme of things you will always be your own harshest critic, that's not going to prepare you in any way for what anyone else is going to say to you. You have no clue, no concept, and ultimately no inkling as to how people will respond to your work, what they'll latch onto or what will go completely over their heads. As such, however prepared you think you are for negativity (well-meaning or otherwise), it's still going to hit you like a ton of bricks. If you don't think you can deal with that, even with gatekeeping methods like these buttons or disabling comments, then you need to think long and hard about why you're here and why you make art.

If you have an answer to that question, any answer at all, consider yourself welcome. All that anyone will expect of you is to stand by that answer. Surely you can keep your own promises, can't you?
intrepidati0n Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's true. If I really want a critique, I will privately show the unfinished piece to several people whose opinions I trust, and then work with what they have to say. Criticism from strangers is kinda weird unless you ask for it. It's also hard to take it seriously if the criticism is from someone who can't do any better themselves.

On the other hand, if I'm actually serious about being an artist, I should carefully examine what people say about my art and use it to improve myself in the future, if what people say has merit. I don't usually go back and change a piece I'm already done with (too lazy), but I do try to take it to heart and look more carefully at those areas next time I make something.

The trick is to like what you did because you worked hard, but be determined to do better next time. Taking criticism without losing my enthusiasm or self-confidence (or temper) is easier when I keep that attitude. :]
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July 22, 2012
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