There are a few threads where people post their critiques of someone else's photo(s) in a somewhat (imo) tactless way. They don't say what they like about the photo, only what they dislike, and even then they present it in a way that seems very negative to some. Then, I saw someone say "Be harsh with your critique, cause it helps me learn." This baffled me. I replied and said you can maintain a critical eye without being mean, harsh or rude to the OP. But the whole thing peaked my curiosity. So, do you think when critiquing a photo you can be nice and critical at the same time? Or do you think this is not possible? Its my personal belief that its quite easy to be both, and those who don't make the effort to be kind and courteous only do so because they like to be negative towards others (it makes them feel better). But I also cannot comprehend any reason to act this way towards someone else, so I'd like to hear the argument for this sort of behavior. Also, the argument of, "I shouldn't have to," doesn't make sense to me, either. You don't have to critique a photo at all, yet you do. If you don't care about the OP, then why are you posting a critique in the first place? How do you care enough about a person to want to help them out by means of critique, yet not care enough to present your opinion in a way where they'll actually take your advice? Its almost like the people who do this are just being rude because it makes them feel better (like some sort of e-bully). This argument seems very selfish, all the way around. Anyway, I just don't get any of it. If someone would help clarify this for me, I'd appreciate it.