Although I think it's very smart to ask for comments on showreels and other sound design projects, I don't think this is what SSD is meant for. I get the feeling people are using it as a means of getting attention for their work, instead of accelerating debate on sound design topics. We can of course learn from each others work. However I think talking about end products is much less interesting than discussing design issues.
How do other participants/contributors of SSD think about this?
I've been thinking about my question and the responses it has received. Although I agree with most of you I still feel the same about my concern. But I guess I wasn't very clear as to why it is a concern to me and could be to others.
I believe that this forum is very interesting because we can talk about issues in the design process. This is valuable information comparable to talking with colleagues on the work floor. But most of us don't have colleagues around, work on their own, with a deadline ahead. In other words there is no easy way to get an answer quickly to common issues. And exactly this is what SSD is very good at.
Providing feedback to an online demo reel is still a good way to talk about sound. But those demo reels tend to disappear after a year or so. This doesn't mean it's not useful to post demo reels etc. But as an online resource SSD has the ability to become a go-to source with instant advice for an emerging work field with newcomers on a daily basis. They are welcome to share demo reels, but I'm personally more interested in a their thoughts and those of other more experienced designers.