First off, I know I wont win many friends with what I am going to write here, but some things quickly amounted to the proverbial last straw on the camel-back of my patience.
First of, a couple of semi-relevant statements and observations.
a, the majority of things created by humans, is, by definition, mediocre. And there is nothing wrong with it, as all the really memorable and superb pieces of any art or sience are swimming in a necessary sea of mediocricity. For every Picasso, there are a hundred non-remembered painters, and the same goes for every other field. Sometimes, the mediocre stuff even serves as the ground or base out of which superlatively described masterpieces go. Such is the way of the world.
b, The majority of humans is, like their work, mediocre. Gaussian distribution and all that.
c, People usually have overblown egos, and are prown to poo-flinging and overplayed whining more fitting for Kindergarten or a zoo.
And now, onto the cake.
I have long ago noticed a ceratin trend in the comments on this part of the Paradox Fora.
With a very, very small margin, almost all of them are conglaturlatory and praising one-liners. While such comments are certainly needed (I am well aware of my own hypocrisy here, as I have repeatedly whined for comments in my own AAR's), perhaps something a little more colourfull and deep is also needed from time to time. Oh, and I personally hate smiley-invasions.
Does this look mature? We are not 13 year old emo girls here.
And those that are not generic one-liners are mostly flamebait. Sadly. Or de-rails of the thread and aar, which is even more sad. There are some HOI2 AARs that have page-long, completely offtopic "discussions" in them, which are both unneeded and annoying. We have an OT for a reason, we have a PM system for a reason, etc.
And now, the critical respones are also overtly positive in almost all cases. While this is, again, also needed, there is nothing wrong with some negative criticism.
Take me, for example. I consider myself at best to be a mediocre writer, and I never seem to get the whole of my message across, and sometimes I feel like one chapter has completely failed to deliver the blow I expected it to be. Maybe I am a perfectionist, yes, but that does not really matter now. What matters is the complete absence of any negative, constructive criticism. Seriosly, If you do not write about waht is wrong or what could be improved, improvement will be a lot slower or non-exsistant.
Of course, there is always the fear of the criticised behaving like point c, but I assume that we are all mature enough to swallow some of our overblown egos and take notice of our flaws. We all have some. Period.
So, for the generic commenter crowd: Be a little more imaginative, use metaphors, for example (I regulary try this where possible, though this could get on the nerves of some), write something a little more colourfull than before. Quality before quantity.
For the spamiard, de-railer, flamer crowd: If you have nothing valuable and/or ontopic to add, shut your gob. Server space is too costly for your idiocies.
And for the critics: Do not be afarid to criticise in a negative way, as long as its at least marginally constructive. Lauret leaves are all afir and good, but thron-crowns have to be handed out as well (<--- example for the generic crowd).
Again, I am very much aware of my own hypocrisy here, but I think somebody had to say it, and I eagerly take on such roles.
Comment away, fellow writers.