to add to that, it is not forbidden at all to have technical discussions on personal design or AU threads. what however is frowned upon, is forcing your opinions of what needs to be done on other authors. if the artist decides they want to keep something as is, then the discussion is closed on that matter. I have not always been the perfect example of how that should be done, and there have been issues with people asking comments on their design and then not being happy with being told the design was somewhat 'awful', but I try to do it that way, and I believe that is the way it should be done on this board. comments are always allowed, just don't go too far with them.
most of my work is in the never build section, as I like researching how plans and the ships actually build compare. however, I do a lot of real designs as part of that and what I can think of as 'why has this never been done' finds its way into the personal designs sections and sometimes an mini-AU. This is the way I like to develop ship designs.......... which makes me completely different from most of the people having AU's on this site. but still, I applaud discussion always, but I hate it when people keep dumping their idea's or critisicms multiple times in a single thread. Keep an eye on that, and you can never go wrong in my book
on a sidenote, I am really interested in discussions concerning my project DX thread on other boards, Hood