[GIVE LENGTHY AND HONEST CRITIQUE TO HELP THE AUTHOR OUT A BIT (Fanfic Flamingo) “SHUT UP IT’S MY FIC YOU CAN’T TELL ME HOW TO WRITE GOT THAT”]
Let’s clarify here: this is legit if the person asked for concrit. I, for one, specifically ask for no concrit. It’s in my header. If you left me some, in the name of “helping”, I would have essentially this reaction.
There’s a reaaaaal thin line between being helpful and being a pedantic dick. You’re tapdancing on it.
Thought experiment. You bring a dish to a potluck. Some people take a taste, don’t care for it, and load up with something else. Some people come back for seconds and thirds. Pretty normal potluck experience. Then someone comes up to you. “Did you make this? It’s okay, but I can tell you how to make it so much better!” And then they give you a “lengthy, honest critique.” And they seem hurt and dismayed that you don’t hang on their every word of advice.
But… you didn’t enter a cooking competition. You weren’t asking to be judged by anyone, definitely not by a total stranger who tells you that you should’ve used cilantro, when you hate cilantro. You didn’t come to the potluck so that Rachel Ray could track you down and teach you how to be a better cook and drag down your night. You came to share food and have a good time. It’s a potluck. Everyone who can bring something, brings something; you brought something. Some people liked it. That’s all you were going for. In that context, unsolicited critique, “lengthy” and “honest” though it may be, rarely helps anyone. And it’s just as likely to come off as inappropriate and rude.