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Sex and drugs and rock'n'roll
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j4 From: j4 Date: October 11th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I sort of see what you mean...

Having said that I can't think of a single reason why I'd be offended by somebody praising me for something they can't do themself. The only negative reaction I'd be likely to have would be to argue with them about it, I mean to tell them that I'm not really as good as they think -- e.g. if somebody told me that I was a really good violinist I'd suspect they'd not heard many violinists (I'm competent, and more confident than I used to be, but that's a long way off 'very good').

I think what it comes down to is that if somebody who obviously knows nothing about a particular field praises me for my efforts in that field, I'd take the compliment as a nice-thing-to-say rather than a useful critical assessment of my skills. I don't mean that to sound dismissive, I just ... oh, I'm not explaining this very well. I just hope you know what I mean. So much for my lucid writing. ;)

But, anyway, your writing on LJ suggests that writing is something you can do yourself, so I suspect that even if lack-of-ability in a field disqualified you as a reviewer (and if that were generally true, the reviews pages of the newspapers would be empty) you'd still have a 'right' to comment.

Hope that makes sense.
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