How to Ask for and Receive Critique

Tips on how to ask for and receive critique for artists.

Often amateur artists don't know how to ask for critique and more often, they don't know how to receive it in such a way that they can get the maximum benefit from it. There is certainly an art in providing critique which is a topic for another article however, it's equally important to know how to ask for critique in such a way that you maximise your chances of getting useful, actionable advice.

The first few tips will focus around how to ask for critique while the remainder will deal with how to make the best use of the critique that you receive and some situations you may encounter in getting feedback.

Recently I decided that I would backup the network and device configurations for the gear at my work, because we didn't have any backups more recent than 2018. I started off trying to find some automated solution in the devices themselves but unfortunately only one of them was able to be backed up in this way. I took some manual backups and tried to be happy with that but the problem gnawed at my brain for a bit till I finally looked for a proper automated solution that would work with the majority of our random assortment of devices.

I initially looked at using RANCID however it didn't support CheckPoint Gaia devices out of the box and I didn't much feel equipped to create my own check. It was around this time that I had Oxidized suggested to me and I started looking into and installing it.

All went smoothly with the installation by following the official Oxidized instructions. My configurations would download with no issues when I was running directly from the command line during testing. I ran into real issues when I started looking into how to daemonize Oxidized. It seemed like there wasn't a very good set of instructions for CentOS specifically. I did find a blog post that covers it off really well for Ubuntu and I did actually follow this one for the Oxidized user tasks. In the end, I did a lot of searching and a lot of trying different things (and removing things I tried to see which ones I could keep), before finding the solution outlined here.