Graham Powell commented:
My own opinion is that a critic needs to point out the flaws in a piece of writing, but gently. Flaws can be fixed with more experience, but if the writer gets so discouraged they quit, well, that's
IMO, beginning writers shouldn't post their work where anyone and everyone can read and comment on it. Not everyone is interested in helping the writer; not everyone knows what constructive criticism is.
The best reader is someone the writer respects, who knows when to be hard on the writer.
I agree with Graham that critics need not be absolutely brutal; however, if the writer gets so discouraged he quits, he never had what it takes to be a writer.