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First off, thank you very much for all the time you put into this contest. It seemed very well put together and the rules were quite clear. Also, the “no questions” rule definitely added a bit of…uniqueness to the contest. But in a good way. I could go on about how nice it was to have the prizes offered, the reviews,…but that could take awhile. So, anyway, thank you!

Next, since reading the review of mine I’ve been thinking about my entry and the how I could have improved it based off of your review and things your review made me think of; and I’ve realized just how much better I really could have done. One thing that you’d mentioned in the review, though, was that it didn’t make sense for two thieves that had broken in some place to just be standing around to have their guns stolen by a another pair thieves. I actually had thought of the people below as guards and not as thieves, although I didn’t state it in the MOC. When I looked back at the MOC to see where you might have gotten the idea that they were thieves, I found yet another mistake I’d made by writing that “A break-in has occurred” instead of “A break-in is occurring” like I should have. Also, I could easily have put shelves of vials/chemicalwhatevers, like you suggested, in the wall to the right of the doorway in the corridor, which would have cleared up the issue of this being a generic corridor. There were a lot of things I could have done better in the scene that your review helped me to see, so thank you very much for the tips and I’ll definitely keep those suggestions in mind for later MOCs.

Finally, it’s very encouraging to have an experienced builder like you compliment me on some of my other creations like you did at the end of the review. Thank you for that, too.

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| February 4, 2010, 7:14 pm
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Quoting Ethan M.
the “no questions” rule definitely added a bit of…uniqueness to the contest. But in a good way.

I thought it worked well, the entertainment value was a definite bonus! I instituted that after having seen groups like the official MOColympics one, where people were constantly asking questions about things that were clearly stated in the rules, if they'd only take the trouble to read them. I wanted to put the kibosh on that right away.

Quoting Ethan M.
One thing that you’d mentioned in the review, though, was that it didn’t make sense for two thieves that had broken in some place to just be standing around to have their guns stolen by a another pair thieves. I actually had thought of the people below as guards and not as thieves, although I didn’t state it in the MOC.

I thought they were guards at first too, it made more sense if they were guards. What made me decide they were thieves is where you not only said, "a break in has occurred," but "will the thieves escape?" It seemed clear that the orange guys weren't escaping, so I figured it had to be the guys below. I can't deny it was confusing.

Quoting Ethan M.
Finally, it’s very encouraging to have an experienced builder like you compliment me on some of my other creations like you did at the end of the review.

If I felt a review had an overly negative tone, I tried to point to a positive elsewhere. At the same time, I don't believe in empty praise, and those builds definitely deserve compliments.
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| February 5, 2010, 1:52 pm
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