I agree with John about critiquing poetry. I tend to avoid that area of the forum because it's not my strong point, so apart from saying I liked it or I didn't there's not much more I feel equipped to add.
But in other areas, like Anya, I've spent days reading and critiquing and had nothing in return. I've got more than one piece posted up here that's not had a single response.
We've also had people in the past who don't take critique well, they're only posting to showboat and have got quite aggressive when someone has suggested ways to improve their work. If a newbie or less resilient member is on the receiving end, it tends to put them off, understandably.
We want to get back to how it was a year to 18 months ago. When people knew they would get the support they were looking for if they posted. We've lost a number of talented members lately because of the way things are going around here, and others are staying away more and more because there's not much point coming here just to argue in the conversational threads.
Any suggestions for how to improve things are more than welcomed.