I used to nit-pick quite a lot. But, then I re-vamped my entire reviewing style, and the nit-picks sort of got left behind. I guess the difference is that in my old reviews they were my critique, my way of helping the author improve. -hangs head in shame- I'd also point out parts I thought were wrong in terms of characterization, flow, plot, etc., but the majority of my "here's-how-to-improve" was misplaced commas, misspelled words, wrong tenses, etc. I think also, though, when I reviewed then I wasn't sure when characterization and such were off. As a new reviewer, I used nit-picks to add critique to my review because I didn't really know how to critique the other things, I guess.
And I can see why the RAC and we as SPEWer want to avoid that, the nit-picking-as-only-critique, but I don't think that we can totally write off nit-picks as something to avoid at all costs. I agree with the whole perfectionist thing. I mean, I haven't edited my stories based off reviews in a long time, but that doesn't mean I'm not planning to. >.> I'd like them to be as error free as possible and it's completely reasonable that they aren't perfect because both me and my beta are, after all, only human.
Plus, we're kind of supposed to be nit-picking:
I'm just putting that out there. And I think that's why, early on in my beginning reviews, I did nit-pick so much, because I thought that's what SPEW reviews were supposed to contain. Then, as I spent more time here and read other people's reviews, I moved away from that.Originally Posted by SPEW RULES
It is kind of annoying to get a review that explains 'there' vs. 'their' though. So, I think that if we nit-pick we should give the authors the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was just a typo, unless the mistake is a frequent recurrence, then, I think that the grammer rule could be explained.
Mostly, though, I think that nit-picks are just add on, they do not make or break a review, and it's completely an individual choice of the review to include them. They shouldn't be relied on though, as the only source of critique. In fact, they shouldn't be relied on as a source of critique at all. But I don't think we can say that it's wrong to nit-pick or that there are authors who don't appreciate reviews that include nit-picks. Basically, I agree with Jenna when she said that it's not wrong to nit-pick as long as nit-picks aren't used to beef up the review.