Honk the Horn

Recently, while driving, I honked my horn at another driver. It doesn’t really matter when you’re reading this; the previous statement will hold true. We all honk our horns, but this most recent incident made me think a little beeper about honking and how it relates to feedback. Yes, feedback! Here in the US, horn-honking is generally associated with what we would call negative feedback.   Recently, I was riding in a car with Erik Aliff. He drove down a slight incline, and due to

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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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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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Feedback Loop’s One-Year Anniversary!

This week on The Feedback Loop, I’m taking a break from our usual content to talk about the blog in general, both its past and its future. As of this post, we have been publishing weekly content for a full year, which is a great accomplishment. There are certainly other judge blogs that have been operating longer, but those come with more ready-made structures, like Judge of the Week and the Rules Tip Blog. One of the ongoing challenges for The Feedback Loop has been coming up with the topics themselves,

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Forward the Feedback

“This is a 2011 review.” If those words don’t mean anything to you, consider yourself lucky. This phrase is an inside joke amongst older judges (and trust me, if you get it, you are now considered old in the Judge Program). Back in 2011, judges writing reviews in the Judge Center noticed that the drop down selector for the “observation date” year stopped at 2010. No 2011, no 2012, and most certainly not 2017. Strangely, this did not affect the “entered date” for reviews, which

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Protection from Feedback

I coin a lot of words and phrases related to feedback. Usually, these are complete nonsense.  But sometimes the framework of this good game we play and judge offers a phrase with usefulness beyond rules enforcement. This is true of protection, a keyword that prevents something from being blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted [by a quality]. In this blog’s context, we can understand “protection from feedback” to be a characteristic that makes an individual incredibly difficult to

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Introduction to Coaching

The New Year is a convenient time to make changes big and small. We make resolutions and goals in an attempt to alter the fabric of our lives for the better. Here at the Feedback Loop, we’re going to be altering our content for 2017 (hopefully for the better). We’ll still be bringing you quality blog posts on the art of feedback and reviews on a weekly basis every Tuesday, but there’s going to be more consistency to the material in two important ways. First, we’re going to have themed

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The Carrot and the Stick

There has long been a difference of opinions about the proper application of carrot versus stick--positive versus negative reinforcement--in encouraging the culture of feedback in the Judge Program. There’s really not much stick in the Judge Program when it comes to reviews these days. The current review-writing requirements are solely for advancement and maintenance. In the past, there was a “requirement” for L3s to write one review per event they judged with 10 or more judges on staff

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