See, I don't understand that. In brainstorming sessions in the industry, when you are told maybe or no, asking for clarification grows feedback -- it enables new direction and being able to find the perfect idea all while being polite and showing that you're going the extra mile for the customer/client. If we're not allowed to ask, and we're not allowed to engage back and forth, we're truly doing a disservice. Feedback is meant as feedback. It cannot be so simple and halting as it has become. Engaging in brainstorming and back and forth discussion should not be seen as 'challenging a rating'. On the other hand 'I don't agree with you giving me a nty', 'this entry is better than you think', and any other passive aggressive or even aggressive response IS challenging a rating. At least in my mind. But, I know we're not allowed to do this, I'm just saying what I've thought all this time and given I've been part of brainstorming sessions, I have to stop myself SO MANY TIMES from wanting to reply to the CH and garnering at least a bit more explicit feedback and personal feedback so I can determine a new diection so the have to sit for a few hours racking my brain deciding if it's worth asking a directional question in the message center -- and if so, what that would be without seeming challenging, and making it beneficial for all. So much work and usually not worth it for the time and with the factor it probably wouldn't be specific enough to help, may never get answered, and many other factors. I just want the CH to benefit from my engagement as much as I can from theirs, but it's a bit hard with how things are, especially since engagement is a two-way street.
Edit: Honestly the NTYs are hard with some of the responses, I agree, but the ones that are the hardest are the otrt ones, where that should be prime opportunity to engage on both ends. An otrt is not a no, afterall, and the CH is trying to say that they like the track you've hit and you're getting there. But okay, how? What about it is on the right track? What ddo you like about it, what don't you like about it? This should be included as feedback, and if it's not, we can't ask. So many times do we get otrt and that's it. What can we do? How do we take that otrt and have better chance of next entries being possibly what the CH is looking for without spamming, without trying a dozen more suggestions just because we have no idea what part of it they liked and what they didn't like, etc. It's confusing sometimes.