The new critiques forum is a great alternative for people who are looking for real crits. There are a lot of threads around with no responses because, I think, people are afraid to be rude when someone really needs advice. If I take a look at myself: I really want to learn 3D modelling, doing it a few months now and I have a lot to learn. But I need people who crit me.
This said, I have a question. Is the new forum only purposed for advanced artists? I mean if yes, I can understand why, but beginners need critiques to make progress. A thread with no replies doesn't help me! If the new forum is only purposed for advanced people (what I understand from lildragons post) is it a good idea to also start such a forum for beginners?
I don't think it's an argument if you say you'll get the same discussion over a hundred times. Firstly, the new forum is a few hours up and now already half of them are character threads. Can you imagine how much discussions will discuss the same if the forum exists for a while? Beginners AND Advanced artists have the same problem: they don't know how to use the search button