How to tell someone politely that their work is badThis is something very important when you are in the deciding post. People come to you with ideas and sometimes these ideas are less than what's good. If you flat out tell them it is bad, it is gonna rub in a different way and if you politely tell, it is gonna rub in an entirely different way. You are not always supposed to entertain bad thoughts and reply politely. Sometimes harsh rejections are required, otherwise, valuable time can be lost in persuading. But this thread is about the times when you are not wanting to hurt anyone's sentiments.
Whenever you tell someone that their idea is flawed right away, it hurts their ego and they feel you can't take them surpassing. We all love our creations of course. To us they are flawless. But when such lovingly crafted work or thought gets rejection, we show tantrums and moodiness.
Here is what we can do to politely refuse bad or harmful ideas. First, after properly going through the entire work/idea, ponder for sometime before you give the verdict. This gives an impression that you are not biased. Then site the good things with the work or idea. If none, praise how the idea or work could have been presented worse but how it was not the worst now. Then finally cite properly, in detail about the cons in the work. Since you have established that you are not biased, impatient, indecisive or insentient, your words now carry weight. Rejection won't cause anger and rebellion. What do you think of this?