There has been much discussion over whether we need the separate gallery/critique sections. On the old NPN everything was open for critique and the critiques were visible to everyone, including non-registered members.
On the new site we have them separated in order to keep critiques private, the thought process was that people would be more likely to share their incomplete images that they want honest feedback on.
This was a test and I am completely willing to change it if the members think this is the right way to go. I also found a way around a major technical limitation that was preventing me from even entertaining this idea. Let’s hear your opinions! There are pros and cons to each which I have listed below the poll.
- Keep critiques private
- Make critiques public for viewing (not commenting)
Keeping critiques private
- Members more likely to share images if they are private (questionable)
- Less lurkers hanging around only reading the critiques and not participating
- Confusing having two different sections with the same categories
- Cannot share images with non-members
- Non-members cannot see the critques which is a big reason for them to sign up (but there is a 30 day trial)
Making critiques public (only to view, not comment)
- Simplifies posting having only one category
- Can share with non-members
- Non members can read critiques
- Critiques and Galleries will be in one category so you have to pay close attention on whether the poster wants feedback or not (there would be a tag that is required to add to critique or not-critique). You could still organize by critique vs. non critique using the tags.
- Non members can read critiques - a con as well because many will just come to read and never sign up
- The text that appears below images that instructs whether you should critique or not would have to go away because this is category specific. You would have to rely on the tag on whether to critique or not.
Changes that would be made:
- Categories would be merged from gallery/critique, new category heading would be called ‘Image Critiques and Gallery’ with sub categories of just the name (Avian, Wildlife, etc.)
- A new tag would be added for critique / not-critique
- 30 day trial would go away since everything is open to the public now