Spring(ish) Break!

The Feedback Loop has had a consistent goal for as long as I can remember: Produce new, quality content about feedback and reviews every week. It's a lot of work, and the team has been doing an amazing job of providing that content for the Judge Program. I've been leading the team for about half a year and I've realized I made a mistake: we should have taken a break in December. Between the end of the GP year and the holidays, things just got a little hectic. So the solution? Spring Break! (It's

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Things You May Want to Know About Reviews (Before You Write Your Next Review)

Quite often someone will bring me a concern they have about a review, something that is keeping them from submitting it and providing their feedback. For my first contribution to The Feedback Loop in 2018, I’ve decided that I want to take some time to address some misconceptions and drop some knowledge bombs to help clear the air and get some people’s pens moving.   “Who can read reviews?” That’s a good question, in fact the one I received the most while doing some research

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Celebrating 100 Posts!

Welcome to The Feedback Loop's 100th post! In celebration of this milestone, we as the blog staff have each written 100 words about feedback and a brief introduction to our involvement in the judge program. Join us next week for a continuation of the celebration with contributions from you, our readers!  

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Breakfast of Champions

Earlier this year I was the Head Judge of the SCG Modern Classic in Richmond, Virginia. During round one, I was out walking the floor and decided that I would take a call near me. As I delivered my ruling, I thought to myself:  “I’m in this shirt for a reason. I know this ruling; I know that I’m correct.” Spoilers: I was wrong. After walking away from the call, I was approached by one of my floor judges, . He asked me about the ruling and whether I was correct. I was still pretty

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On Shields and Feedback

Some time ago on this very blog I wrote about what it felt like to be recruited by Captain America himself to be a part of The Avengers. A little over two years after being recruited, asked if I’d like to pick up the shield. (Riki insists that he’s Nick Fury, but this is my article so we’re using my analogy.) I quickly accepted the shield and got to work on polishing it. So what shield am I talking about? The Feedback Loop? Sure, that’s part of it. But it’s more than that. What

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Journey’s End

As I type this, I’m reminded of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode with the same title. No, it wasn’t the series finale. That one was titled All Good Things… which is a good one, both as a title and an episode. Just never try to explain Anti-Time to anyone. Ever. Sadly, Journey’s End was that last Wesley Crusher episode where he discovers that he has a bunch of super powers and goes off with another super-powered being to explore those powers. *record scratch Wait. Was

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The Spiderman Review

I’m not sure how many of you out there have been called a superhero. For those of you who haven’t, let me tell you: It definitely gets your attention.  A little over a year ago I received a review from that I refer to as the “Spiderman Review.”  This review was eye opening; it helped me realize that I had been living the “great power, great responsibility” mantra Spidey has become known for. The scope of the work I was doing at events and back home in Richmond was above the expectations

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Feedback Accountabilibuddies

RIKI: The idea of an accountabilibuddy comes from fitness and exercise. It’s much easier to stick to a diet or workout plan when you do it with a friend. You can set up a competition between you if that type of thing motivates you. You can support each other through tough times. But most often, you have someone to talk to about the journey and check in with from time to time. With that introduction, let’s call upon my accountabilibuddy. Hey, Eric! ERIC: Early this year I set two goals

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