[…] keeping your site a bit private […]
Ah, yes. I don’t like to show off unfinished work, except to a smaller group for testing and critique. My Web site was started as a design project for college, and remains to be completed, but I hope to have it up and running soon.
Pixelate: friends tend to give feedback in a very polite way
Vynx: but not “mom polite” or “best friend polite”.
I think you guys have the same point. Real friends you see face-to-face every day will be more ‘polite’ toward you than friends you meet over the internet, on Kongregate. We critique a lot in art school and it is supposed to be somewhat critical, but not everybody knows how to critique effectively without being personal. The point is to help the person improve their art, but not to protect their feelings, necessarily.
This is why I value Kong friends like Vynx and Pixelate, et al., because they will not be “mom polite” with me. But I will value their opinions, even when critical of my work.