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Was just reading an essay on open-source (computer) programming and a, maybe, profound insight popped out:

"With enough eyes, every bug is shallow."

Translated from programmerese, what the writer meant is that when there's a problem (bug) in a program (text), it can be very deep (hard to disentangle from the rest of the code (poem)) or even find for the lone programmer (writer).  However, with enough user/programmer (reader/poet) eyes on the code, one set (or several) will  not only discover the problem but present an elegant and functional solution which also addresses all its deep-rooted (in the rest of the code/poem) ramifications.

Another way to say this is, "I'm smarter than you are, and you're smarter than I am."  That is, my poem may be genius, but your solution to a weakness I didn't even see is genius, too, even if we don't think we're at the same level of skill.

So that's why crit works, even if it seems snide or shallow.
"With enough eyes, every bug is shallow."

Yet the Goldbach conjecture is unsolved.
(08-31-2016, 11:26 PM)Achebe Wrote: [ -> ]"With enough eyes, every bug is shallow."

Yet the Goldbach conjecture is unsolved.

Not the right eyes yet?  (Diversity in numbers.)
Great insight and you are spot on. Regardless of the source, feedback can be useful. Just finished reading a biography of William James; he saw everyone as a potential teacher - whether it was a child, a laborer, a professor - anyone. It's like having zen mind. Truth can be revealed in surprising places.

(08-31-2016, 11:23 PM)dukealien Wrote: [ -> ]Was just reading an essay on open-source (computer) programming and a, maybe, profound insight popped out:

"With enough eyes, every bug is shallow."

Translated from programmerese, what the writer meant is that when there's a problem (bug) in a program (text), it can be very deep (hard to disentangle from the rest of the code (poem)) or even find for the lone programmer (writer).  However, with enough user/programmer (reader/poet) eyes on the code, one set (or several) will  not only discover the problem but present an elegant and functional solution which also addresses all its deep-rooted (in the rest of the code/poem) ramifications.

Another way to say this is, "I'm smarter than you are, and you're smarter than I am."  That is, my poem may be genius, but your solution to a weakness I didn't even see is genius, too, even if we don't think we're at the same level of skill.

So that's why crit works, even if it seems snide or shallow.