I'm going to make a bit of a rogue suggestion here that we write up a bit of a pact for people dedicated to some level of quality in the halls of TPF. This is just a draft, and I'm very open to edits. Consider this revision 1. My thought is that those of us who are into this commit to the pact by signing this and putting a big bold link to this in their sig, and this becomes our modus operandi, regardless of whether or not it will make "everyone happy". Maybe this is too extreme. I dunno. It seems like this is the way the forum ran before, and it seems like people want it back that way, so I figured I'd take a shot at it... as stated in the pact... be direct and honest with your criticism. Giving Critique Critique is given to help people become better photographers, artists, and occasionally business people. I will offer honest critique when it is asked for. I will critique the work, not the person. I will not hesitate to be direct. I will not hold back critique, even if feelings may be hurt. If a shot has fundamental flaws, I will not hesitate to say so. I will offer both technical and artistic critique when possible. I will respect the requestors wishes if specified (such as if they only want technical critique) Summary comments along the lines of "I like it!" or "Great job!" or "It sucks!" do no one any good and will be avoided at all costs. Opinions must be expressed with reasons and analysis. Lastly, I will make a reasonable effort not to hurt feelings, but not at the cost of sacrificing the aforementioned statements. Accepting Critique Critique is given to help people become better photographers, artists, and occasionally business people. I will accept critique graciously. I may not agree with or use all that I receive, but I will still but I will still take into consideration all critique provided. I will actively and openly discuss critique so received. When appropriate, I will challenge those who critique me to gain a better understanding. I will not attempt to discredit or insult those who would take the time to provide any form of critique. I will not discount opinions without serious consideration. Know Theyself I hereby acknowledge that I am not Ansel Adams. I will be mindful of my own skill level when speaking with others and actively point out where I am speaking of things I am not totally certain of. I acknowledge that no matter how good I am, there is always going to be someone better out there, and there is always going to be something else to learn. A Committment to Community I am a part of this community and therefore a stakeholder in it and will act as such. Anyone who acts shoddily on this forum is a detriment to this community. I will take it upon myself to make polite comments to those people and (in extreme cases) report them to the moderators if appropriate. I will actively participate in trying to redirect discussions to improve the quality of discourse. I will actively suggest and promote changes to the community to make it better. Response to Smarm (Antagonism/Ingratiation/etc.) (I like the word "smarm") If someone rails at a response where I am adhering to this pact, I will point them to this pact and suggest that they read it. If someone rails at me and I deserve it, I'll apologize and correct my behavior. I will do my best not to get involved in flame wars. I will give everyone at least one chance to take back what they said or correct their approach. If all else fails, I will actively employ the ignore feature and move on with my life. Did I miss anything?