Yeah guys, here it comes to the supreme rule of level commenting: Respect the designer.
Rules on Runouw wrote:If you truly dislike a level, try to explain why rather than attacking it with comments such as "this level is really bad. I have never seen a level so bad before" or "this level is a mess. It probably took you 5 minutes to make it". It is beyond offensive and, honestly, it makes you look very bad. Try to research the problems that you see in the level, and offer a more constructive comment. This does not necessarily mean you have to make a very long review, though. Sometimes brief is better.
Poor levels and levels with little effort exist. Often enough they're the start of remarkable LDing careers. There's also admittedly levels that make you, the professional experienced level designer and/or forum veteran, want to facepalm the creator because "it's so awful and original" and you wonder "how could they seriously make that level and exhibit it as something serious". Just please keep that to yourself, and by no means make mock of them.
If they're butthurt like this, it may qualify as immature, or even against the rules, but keep in mind that you're still responsible for creating the situation,
and calling them out for being "salty" and being extra blunt to them just has the purpose to distract or even deny the offense of the people who have inapropriately replied first. It qualifies as bullying and even worse, just like AirSeus emotionally said, it can turn wholeheartenedly interested and talented LDers away from the forums even before they want to register and share levels
. Using the Report button is a better idea for this kind of situations.
Offer your advice and share your experience positively. If the author keeps to not improve, you can stop helping them at your own discretion oc if you think it's useless, but at least you gave them a chance (similarily if they leave).
Analogous advice goes to those who receive negative reviews - don't be overly angry over that
, and also take a positive chance for yourself to see how you can do better. If you refuse to change the way your design, fine, but that's still no reason to rage. Furthermore, if you find a post really offensive, taunting or patronizing, use the Report button yourselves instead of replying
and hope for staff to cooperate.
Excuse me for eventually targeting some people for their posting habits, and I also know that just one thread isn't very representative for the level of discipline that should be enforced, but this is a Must
to be enforced by the mods and Level Judges wherever it's necessary. I've learned this by lots of experience on Runouw.com: Even if someone has submitted 10 or 20 bad levels, it doesn't mean that they'll never submit a good one. I've made myself guilty as well of such bad behaviour, and it made me feel ashamed when I recognized that there's a lot better ways to keep new people in the business.
Also this is off-topic but many people have asked to change the name of "The Trash Can" because it's very intimidating. Why not just call it "Poor"? That may still come off as a little offensive for people who have their levels moved there (that's something you can't really fix), but at least it's a more neutral name that also matches with common grading designations.