Given recent posts on review threads, I felt it necessary to create this thread in order to solicit responses with respect to the subject line. To put my money where my mouth is, I will go first. As always, I could be wrong and I stand corrected in that case.
A site review to me is not done to make the requester feel good. It is not done to say, "site looks cool" or "site sucks". It is to point out flaws with the sole purpose of making the site better. It is like going to a *real* church - you don't go there to feel good but to receive a message that will make you go back home and think, "am I really living my life right?" Of course, a review is a 2-way street - I tell you what is wrong, you fix them. There might be some fuzzy areas where you either choose to implement such changes or not, or we agree to disagree, but for the most part, such flaws are pretty standard stuff and obvious.
When I perform site reviews, I try to stick away from stuff like, "site is cool" or "color combination is off" cos those to me are subjective. Rather, I stick to again, the obvious (contact form doesn't validate, grammatical errors, layout, code structure, logic, etc). The latter is more objective, IMHO. I also am the type of person who hates it when someone complains to me about something without offering a solution. To that effect, with each point I make, I try to offer a solution. What's the point of saying, "form doesn't validate" if I don't say, for example, "I entered bad data in your email field and the form took it" or "use of inline/page level styles is bad" if I don't follow it up with, "unless for a very good reason. Put all your styles in a stylesheet. This will among others make your site more readable as well as reduce page load time"?
Some might not want to hear the truth but as they say, the truth hurts. If you are not ready to stand the heat, as they say, leave the kitchen. Don't leave a site review feeling bad over what your peers have said. Leave with the attitude of, "at least, I have learned something new". Whereby you find none of such reviews helpful, kindly ignore and walk away. In YIMs with fellow forumites as well as at work, I take it and I dish it. Worse case, I agree to disagree. I never come back with, "oh, can I see your works?" or turn to ad hominem/"do you know who I am?" arguments. Off-topic rants don't help me at all.
We are on an online forum folks. You have nothing to lose. It's not like I will one day walk on the roads of Warri and say (for example), "remoranger, how u dey now? na you b dis?". Chances are that we will *never* meet each other in our life time.
The floor is now open to debate.