Over at Compuserve we've been having a discussion on giving feedback. Is it good etiquite to rewrite some of the author's work when giving a crit? You know, where someone will take a sentence (or paragraph, or page) from the work and rewrite it to emphasis how it could have been tighter, more grammatically correct, etc.
Some said they like when this is done to their work because it helps them understand what the person giving feedback meant. Others are very territorial of their work and while they accept the crit, don't want anyone else rearranging their words.
I've seen it done respectfully and I've seen it done not so respectfully. Personally I think it's ok if used sparingly and wisely, just a sentence or two. And only if you know the author thinks it's all right. I have seen people rewrite a whole page (not a red-line but a rewrite) and I thought that overkill. What was so important that you had to rewrite a WHOLE page? couldn't you give feedback without twisting every one of their words? Maybe that's the problem. Maybe if we learned how to give better feedback we wouldn't need to rewrite each other's words.
So what do you think? Do you like it when others rewrite your work or not?