Wouldn't you agree that sometimes just giving a silent nod is more beneficial than acting on emotions? Sure, I'm being strict on author and not on tester, but the obligation to be gracious lies on the one who receives the benefits, in whatever form they may come.
Surely the enttertainment you may have got is not benefical? I understand that some maps are quite rboken, but I still think both tester and author can be civil about it. When defending Im not trying to say that the author is free from criticism, far from it. If the author is overly defensive about every criticism (dont worry i know plenty of people like that, know the feeling), then he is being just a bad sport too. Again, you are free to look at the feedback I have given on occassion. I will be critical when required, while still trying to be civil, and avoiding being insulting or degrading. DeltronLive is a rpetty good example of a guy who can give tons of criticism and still being constructive about it.
I wonder if there were any other people who didn't leave feedback because they didn't have much good thing to say and censoring themselves to be positive was more of an effort than what seemed feasible. I know I played a few bi-weekly maps but refrained from posting stream of consciousness because of not wanting to come off too hurtful.
The "Don't be an asshole" rule, is slightly annoying. I mean, even if someone is an asshole in their feedback - someone else can go clarify the points and go in more detail, catch and elaborate the train of thought. Discussion at the expense of hurting someones feels is more beneficial than nothing at all, no?
About authors replying to feedback - from what I care - just "like" the post and move on, I'll know that you've read it and be happy that my X hours spent into playing and writing feedback posts served their purpose. There is nothing that grinds my gears more than mapmaker going defensive (or excusing themselves) on the feedback he recieves (unless defense was explicitly requested by poster). Politely asking for a ways to improve is ok tho.
I'll be looking forward to this Thursday.
I feel you are definitely welcomed to post any form of constructive criticism withou necesarily being derogatory or backhanded.
Admittedly, I find strange that you dislike the idea of not being able to be mean to an author, and angry if an author defneds towards what they feel is an attack. While I can agree sometimes some stuff simply doesnt work, just as many others its simply a case that deisgn choices simply are not the cup of tea for the tester. There can be a mutual feedback on this however and iterate certain aspects while not dismantling the core.