From what I’ve noticed, people with delusions of grandeur (not to embarrass him, but we talked quite a lot publicly about how he’s going to get famous and reach the stars, so it goes well beyond this thread) respond much better to, “Fuck you, this sucks!” rather than actual, friendly criticism that hits a nerve.
I remember some people who used to post here years ago who really inspired me with their music, but somehow managed to get really upset and take it out on other members when their track would actually receive criticism in the LB (which I thought was a place for constructive criticism all along, since endless praise doesn’t always help us get better at mixing, sound design and other things). It seemed like all of the constructive criticism was always a great recipe for making their track better, but rather than relying on the advice that they asked for, they’d have to revert to the idea that their track was perfect all along.
I’m glad Andrew wasn’t banned, because it’s not like he’s being nearly as toxic as some other members in the past who would literally antagonize others mercilessly, so allowing him to post here when he inevitably comes back is clearly taking the high road. I always remain sympathetic to these delusional types for some strange reason, but I’m not sure if they’re really capable of reinventing themselves to actually become the thing they think they’re destined to become. I mean, that whole fame thing might require some iterations and refinement – sounds like a working definition of hell to me anyway, but to each their own.
Still, I love everyone who posts here and that includes @AndrewWinds. If you ever find your way back here, I get this feeling this whole thing would blow over and nobody would think any less of you. A lot of us (and myself probably more than anyone else, if we’re being honest) have said a hell of a lot of stupid shit on here. But I guess this might require you to be human like everyone else, and you’re always going to be better than that.