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Welcome to Feedback Week here at Project Educate!



Welcome to Feedback Week! This week is being brought to you by a team of very devious deviants over at FeedbackFrenzy.

In January of this year, the marvelous Beccalicious led a Critique Week in which we learned about many of the critique groups here on deviantART and also the essentials of giving and receiving critique for various media. In case you missed it, here are a few of the fantastic articles that were shared that week:



So, for our week, we wanted to take Critique Week a step further and put the skills we learned to use! We have developed some activities that we hope you will find enjoyable as well as useful for your own work.

Without further ado, we would like to introduce you to . . .




Feedback Frenzy!



Feedback Frenzy (housed at FeedbackFrenzy) is a week-long challenge designed to help deviants like you and me get better feedback on our artwork! For the past two weeks, deviants have been registering as entrants for this exciting competition, and we can't wait to watch them do their thing! :la:

Goals:



"Feedback Frenzy" is a week-long game designed to encourage deviants to (1) step outside their comfort zone and practice giving feedback to others, even if not in their own media; (2) meet new deviants from across dA, and (3) receive as much high-quality, useful feedback on their work as possible.

Time frame:


July 2nd to July 8th (one full week) :excited:

How does it work?



:bulletpink: Entrants have signed up to critique and include art they want critiqued. (Sign-up is now closed.) We have more than 140 members participating! :w00t!:
:bulletpink: Contestants have been split in teams of four based on medium (such that there is a variety of media represented in each group). You will be responsible for communicating with your group members about who will critique which deviations.
:bulletpink: You'll have one week to write your best comments or critiques for as many of the pieces as you can. You don't need to be a premium member to participate!
:bulletpink: In the interim, people will be giving YOU feedback on your work!!!
:bulletpink: FeedbackFrenzy staff will rate the critiques for quality according to a grading rubric (see below).
:pointr: Since quality matters, one fantastic critique is worth more than 10 poor critiques!
:pointr: The team with the highest total number of points wins!  

So give us the best you've got - make your comments useful, accurate, applicable, informative, and friendly (but honest). Pull together resources and provide direction for the artist. Remember, you'll be receiving comments through this contest as well as giving them, so write the kind of critique that you'd really love to get in return!




The Rules!



The rules for Feedback Frenzy are fairly straightforward:

:bulletred: You can only comment / critique on deviations from the FF July2-8 2012 favorites folder at FeedbackFrenzy. We encourage you to start by critiquing your group members! :)
:bulletred: Comments are fine; you do not have to be a premium member to participate.
:bulletred: Get together with your group right away to decide who will critique which deviations. Work as a team, and you'll make more progress more quickly.
Note: More than one person per team can critique a given deviation. However, we recommend that you start with one critique of each deviation per TEAM and then add more if time allows. The same PERSON cannot critique the same deviation twice.
:bulletred: We suggest that you not look at the other critiques before writing your own. Blatant copying will get you disqualified.
:bulletred: At the end of the competition, each team should send ONE note to the group (FeedbackFrenzy) with links to ALL critiques from all 4 members (separated by member). We must receive this note by July 9th at 11:59 PM Pacific US time.
:bulletred: No critiques will be accepted that were written prior to 6 AM Pacific US time on July 2nd or after 11:59 PM Pacific US time on July 8th.




Scoring Guidelines



When we score your critiques, you can earn up to 60 points. Your critique will be rated 0 to 5 on 10 items:

  • :bulletgreen: Greeting (We want the artist to know that your comments are for our competition, so don't forget to mention FeedbackFrenzy!)
  • :bulletgreen: Description of what the deviant did correctly in the deviation
  • :bulletgreen: Description of what needs improvement in the deviation
  • :bulletgreen: Description of HOW to make the needed improvements (to the best of your ability)
  • :bulletgreen: Statement of the overall impact / your overall impression
  • :bulletgreen: Encouragement for the deviant
  • :bulletgreen: Overall tone of critique
  • :bulletgreen: Usefulness of critique to the deviant (can he/she apply what you have told him?)
  • :bulletgreen: Relevance of critique to the deviation (Were you on-point?)
  • :bulletgreen: "Wow" factor (Does it have that extra flair, that extra special "something" that you can't quite define? Does it stand out from the others in the category?)





Prizes



Each member of the winning team will receive a One Year Premium Membership! (from Moonbeam13 and Community Relations) as well as these donated prizes! :trophy:

:bulletyellow: 10 Constructive Comments/Critiques!
:bulletyellow: 12 Journal Features!
:bulletyellow: 4 Group Features!
:bulletyellow: 510 :points: (to be divided among team members)
:bulletyellow: 4 :+fav:
:bulletyellow: 5

The second place team will win a deviantWEAR T-Shirt for each group member (from Moonbeam13 and Community Relations) in addition to these donated prizes!

:bulletyellow: 8 Constructive Comments/Critiques!
:bulletyellow: 13 Journal Features!
:bulletyellow: 2 Group Features!
:bulletyellow: 200 :points: (to be divided among team members)
:bulletyellow: 4 :+fav:
:bulletyellow: 5

AND!!!! There will be a few bonus prizes awarded for stuff we aren't going to reveal yet!!! :XD:




The game is ON!



Are you ready? Then let Feedback Frenzy begin!

Wait!! What do I do now??

Here's the short, short version:

:bulletpurple: Find out who your teammates are by clicking here. Talk with them and come up with a game plan.
:bulletpurple: Click here to see the deviations that you can critique at FeedbackFrenzy. Or, even better, click here to see the deviations by medium.
:bulletpurple: Paying attention to the rules and scoring guidelines above, go do your critiques! Stop at 11:59 PM Pacific US time on July 8th.
:bulletpurple: IMPORTANT: Keep a running log of links to each deviation you critique.
:bulletpurple: Before midnight Pacific US time on the 9th of July, send ONE NOTE PER TEAM with all team members' links on it (split by member) to FeedbackFrenzy.


That's it! GO PLAY!!

Note FeedbackFrenzy if you have any problems. :D Best of luck to each of you!!!



:community:




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:iconchiantyvex:
ChiantyVex Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Hello, I did a small feature with some of the amazing artists that I met here and included the contest as well.I hope that is okay...Here is the link [link]
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Digital Artist
that is an awesome feature! THanks so much for including us. This was a great thing to do for fellow deviants! :heart:
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:iconchiantyvex:
ChiantyVex Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
thank you!
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:iconerinm31:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Tomorrow, do you want links to the deviations each member has critiqued? Or links to the specific comments/critiques?

Thank you! This has been really awesome! :dance:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Hey! I'm glad it's been awesome for you! :) You can submit links to the specific comment if you don't mind; that'll make our lives easier. :) Thanks!
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:iconfadeddreams5:
FadedDreams5 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you tell me how to find the link to the specific comment?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Sure. Right-click the "reply" button on the comment and click "Open in new window." Then take the URL for that new window. :)
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:iconfadeddreams5:
FadedDreams5 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Thanks a bunch!
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:iconerinm31:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Will do! :)
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:iconkara-a:
Kara-a Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i don't no why nobody answered? maybe nodody noticed it so here i go again :aww:

how will you rate the critiques if the artists already updated their works and the problems aren't there anymore?
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:iconsplinter-ops:
SPLinTER-OPS Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Photographer
I thought it too :D
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Digital Artist
We can still rate the critiques. It will be okay. We have a system.
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:iconkara-a:
Kara-a Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh alright. Thanks for the answer.
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:iconsaiyan-frost:
saiyan-frost Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops a bit late to sign up, but I'll try and improve my critiques anyway C:
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! We are now running our second Feedback Frenzy contest!
If you're still interested in participating, make sure you catch this one! ;)
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:icondjemilahgordon:
djemilahgordon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Were we only meant to do 10 critiques? 0.o
The comments(each is expected to give 10 critiques) and the actual post (critiques for as many of the pieces as you can. ) seem to be contradictory. . i guess i'll stop critiquing for now as I don't want to be breaking the rules :ohnoes:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Where are people getting 10 critiques?? You can do as many as you want to. :hug: You're not in violation of the rules. :)
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:icondjemilahgordon:
djemilahgordon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xD okay, i just got so confused :ohnoes:
maybe it's all this critiquing messing with my brain- you guys should've put up a health warning ;)
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
hahahaha!!! :D
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:iconkara-a:
Kara-a Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have one question :
Some people already update their works
and i think that it is really good to know they take out critiques to heart and follow them !
But the thing it want to know is how you will rate the critiques if the problems aren't there anymore? :aww:'
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:iconserel:
serel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I wondered that too. That's why I will wait with any updates until after the challenge.
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:iconkara-a:
Kara-a Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
well...we have to wait until someone responds to know more ^^'
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:iconselimeia:
Selimeia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Same for me.
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:iconkerrigore:
Kerrigore Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Didn't even know this was going on... lame.
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! We are now running our second Feedback Frenzy contest!
If you're still interested in participating, make sure you catch this one! ;)
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Is there a maximum number of critiques that can be submitted per team member? So far I've done 22 and it's only Tuesday. If there's no maximum I'm afraid you guys are going to have quite a few comments to rate :ohnoes:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm working on that right now. Thanks! :)
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Baaah if I'd known about this I totally would have participated. |D Oh well. Hope those who do have a great time!
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! We are now running our second Feedback Frenzy contest!
If you're still interested in participating, make sure you catch this one! ;)
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Same :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! We are now running our second Feedback Frenzy contest!
If you're still interested in participating, make sure you catch this one! ;)
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, sir. :nod:
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:iconwakagi-chan:
Wakagi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Writer
How did I manage to miss this? :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! We are now running our second Feedback Frenzy contest!
If you're still interested in participating, make sure you catch this one! ;)
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:icontherealjonathan:
therealjonathan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If (by some miracle, I suppose) we win, are we allowed to get 1 years membership worth of points (2,396) instead?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Probably, but i will find out for sure.
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:iconziinyu:
ziinyu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yes! :dummy:

Or I'm guessing so, at any rate - ^SanguineVamp and $Moonbeam13 have the final say. Usually though, these sorts of contests have an "or the equivalent amount in points" phrase.

No miracles involved, just awesome critiques. :heart:
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:iconsnow323:
Snow323 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just curious, if me and my group DO happen to win 1st place. is it possible for my 1 year membership to go to someone else who I feel needs it??
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
absolutely!
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:iconsnow323:
Snow323 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh okay I hope me and my group get 1st place then :3
that way I can get my little sister membership, woot!!!

*motivated*
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:iconstivia:
sTiViA Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist
:eager: this is exciting! Good luck everyone!
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:iconanime-halo:
anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Just curious...but since there are 156 participates and each is expected to give 10 critiques which is a total of 1560 critiques if everyone does so (although Im sure many will not do this...so maybe 1000? :P) Does this mean that you and your team will go through and personally read each of these critiques and look at the deviations?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
man you are thorough. We are hoping they only do 10, but if there are 156 participants with 3 deviations each there could be a total of 468 deviations x 156 deviants = 73,008 critiques. I don't know what we're going to do if that happens because yes, we were planning to rate every one of them.
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:iconanime-halo:
anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
haha I guess...btw it wouldnt be that number because people cant critique their own submissions :O but thats besides the point >.< Just like to know how everything works and make sure that I do things correctly...I think Im one of the few people that actually reads the terms on things before I press the accept button if you know what I mean lol...>.< good luck with the rating of the critiques...Ive already done 7 XD...also since Im probably leaving right after the contest is done and Im not sure the next time I will be able to get internet access I was wondering how the system would clean things up with the contest if you know what I mean :P
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
tell you what, I'll invite you backstage and you can count them!! Haha. Oy, a girl can't simply make an estimate without getting shot down.

Well, good luck with the contest.
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:iconanime-halo:
anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
haha sorry XD thanks and good luck to you too O.o I think you may need it more than me >.<
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
totally.
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:iconanime-halo:
anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I was looking at the scoring and it says you can earn up to 60 points but then it says that you can earn 0-5 points on each critique for 10 critiques which only adds up to 50 points...so could someone explain how the judging of critiques works?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
0, 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5

six possible scores. Count the 0. :)
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:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah, I think they (~anime-halo) are right. I overlooked this.
While there are 6 numbers there, and 6 x 10 = 60, the number zero doesn't count for anything - so if we had three questions scoring zero, the score would still be 0. Whereas if we bumped them up one number (so that it's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) scoring three ones would give you a 3. Since there are 10 questions, 10 x 0 = 0 so that's a whole 10 points which can't count towards anything, meaning our max score is actually 50. :confused:

Am I right, or not? You're better at this than me. :)
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