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The forum where Mari posted our final presentation has had a number of comments.  They have been 'nice' comments.  1 so far has been constructive which was really good to read.  I hope that my reply may encourage a few others to offer more constructive criticism.  This is hard to doubt after reading the comment found it really useful, more useful than those that have written how they enjoyed it or how useful it will be later in the module.  Though these are excellent ego boosters they haven't been helpful.  They don't make you think or consider what you could have done differently, that other approach. 

I have also felt the need to go and answer the posts even if its just a thanks to those who have taken the trouble to post.  All posts are gratefully received and each writer of the post should know that even the simplest of comment was appreciated.

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Hey Jo,

Thank you for doing the thanking - it's been really nice of you to keep on top of the comments.

I agree that the positive comments are nice, but don't necessarily help with your critical thinking. I still think they are valuable though - I seem to remember reading we all need 5 positive comments to be able to accept one good 'constructive' one without it damaging our ego, or confidence. Bit like the pareto principle I suppose - 8 nice but no content comments to 2 not-so-nice by fertile-thinking-territory comments is possibly the best balance. What do you think?


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Sounds like a good mix, the ego boosters are always welcome but too many 'constructive' comments do lower the enthusiasm. Not heard of the principle before so off to google land - thanks for stopping by