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How to present the idea poster with flaws in his contribution without seeming ill-willed?

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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Aug 11, 2022
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This is similar to the challenge for creating a social media platform where people are radically honest with each other that Darko Savic posted some months back
Yet that was more from a platform standpoint. I'm thinking about things I can do as a user not to come off as brash. This challenge is basically the other side of the same coin.
Shubhankar Kulkarni provided some great suggestions in the second paragraph of this post.
Of course, one should always try to think of a way to make the proposed flaw work.
What's especially difficult is when you don't have a way to improve the idea, to solve the flaw, and still see it. I somehow feel I owe it to the platform to indicate it. It legitimizes what we're doing here. It also makes the platform more alive. It's a challenge, not a putdown.
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Aug 15, 2022
Most times when I find one flaw or the other in an idea, I ask questions a la Socratic method. This alerts the poster to the flaw and forces them to think up a solution. I think it's effective. More importantly, it shows I am genuinely interested in making the idea better and not simply picking holes.
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Dares, not put-downs

Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Aug 11, 2022
The challenge train of thought made me think of maybe having a button for a comment that labels the comment as a challenge (objection) to what has been written. To signal that its purpose is not a put-down. So it's a both platform and an individual solution in a way because you have to press it, to signal it.
Yet, for branding purposes and to make it seem more lighthearted, the feature should be called different, like a "dare" or "test" or "Achilles' heel". Especially the latter as it suggests that the idea is great overall, just for that small suspect part. It would also frame the comment in a specific colour, as Reddit does for awards. With a different icon instead of fireworks. The graphics would also make it less confrontational.

We can go even a step further and make the "dare" giver tick the comment when he has been convinced otherwise. This would give the original post a significant push in the algorithm and make it go up. Making the "dare" less of a one-way nuisance.
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