In my experience, it`s often hard to get (negative) criticism from friends-- never mind from strangers. When I think of "what`s at stake" with this community and forum, I think that the next time someone puts up a post for *free* evaluation, it would be a shame if a potential contributor hesitates --even for a second-- because of a thought that someone was going to pooh-pooh their sincere advice..... especially non-professionals just contributing to the team spirit of helping other fledgling startups who may not be able to afford professional advice.
Your point that a `pretty site is not everything` is more than valid-- I`ll give you full points for that one; however, the style judge on my panel is furrowing her brow, thinking that it would have been so easy for you to have made the same point in a much smoother, more encouraging manner.
Well thank you for the observation and comment. However, I think we might differ on a few points.
I can appreciate the fact that we might have some non-professionals here that might simply be lurkers. Some of my best ideas have come from "lurking", however the post was mainly directed at a few that have consistantly touted themselves as "professionals". I simply challenged them to dig deep ... rather than simply look at the "appearance" of things. It was never meant to ridicule, chastise, or demean anyone`s efforts. However, if we are all going to simply sit around the camp fire, holding hands and sing "Kumbaia" ... then we truly will never challenge each other to rise to great heights.
Sometimes it takes thinking outside the box to find new and innovative ways of doing things. I recall Thomas Edison being asked about his 2000 failures regarding the light bulb. His response was classic. He simply replied that he did not fail 2000 times ... he learned 2000 times how not to make a light bulb.
Each of us can learn for others mistakes, and also our own mistakes and goof-ups. If we become soooo sensative ... thinking that others will make fun of us if we screw up ... than we may not have what it takes to truly succeed. Remember, "Real Lions don`t need to Roar ... they already know they are the King of the Jungle". Its that inner confidence that makes a winner.
But thank you for the constructive criticism. It is greatly appreciated and welcomed.