I've asked this question a lot lately inside or outside the discord and figured a good place for it would be a TF2maps thread because I'm starting to lose my mind. I've had this issue in development of my first two maps, and I am having it on my third. I don't know if I have grown my sensible to feedback by players over the time period I took a break from mapping in, but I am feeling confused and flustered. The prime issue is what the title says; How do I deal with conflicting feedback? If there is a select group of people that constantly trashes the map while another praises it and aspects of it? Who do I listen to? When one maptest, people go "Wow that was fun!" at the end, yet at the other you have people trashing the map? I don't know - maybe back then, my confidence and ego was bigger - when I made the first two maps, because I am confident there were similar kinds of people back then. But I am just struggling. A thing I was told was to don't take criticism from people you wouldn't go to for advice - but I simply can't get myself to do it. I don't feel confident enough, or my ego isn't big enough - whatever. I doubt the things I did, and pay more attention to people that criticize the map compared to the group of people that praise it, sending me into a loop of feedback where I just walk in a circle trying to please everyone. BONUS: How do I deal with people that, for example, complain about a sightline for 3 maptests in a row you personally decided/observed to be entirely okay? Am I expected to come down downtown with the person and have an open debate during a bloody maptest, or should I just take it, reading it every single maptest until eternity?