Do we need both, or maybe they should be merged?
(6 questions currently have both tags.)
Feedback suggests direct communication like between beta-readers and author. Concepts like "compliment sandwich" and "saying something positive" may only be useful in this context (actually may be required in this context).
Criticism has a negative slant because it is about pointing out shortcomings, softened by the borrow-word critique to re-enforce a constructive/academic aspect. I don't think there is direct communication or consideration for the author's feelings, rather a critique is suppose to be about the work itself. It might even be more professional to divorce the work from the author to provide a fair criticism of the work on its own merits.
I'm not sure if that difference is strong enough to need 2 tags. (I am not seeing how they are being tagged in context, there may be no practical distinction.)
Feedback is a specific writer's tool/process, a synonym of test-marketing.
Criticism is how we describe a flaw in a work or concept: "A criticism of the damsel-in-distress trope is that she lacks agency…" Clearly "feedback" is not the word here.
I would not make criticism the sub of feedback. Criticism should be the "top" word if they are combined (not sure if there is an implied hierarchy in synonyms)
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I added feedback to a question that just had criticism because the post really was about both and I thought one tag was too lonely (though seriously, we discourage single tags, yes?).
feedback is obviously the broader tag and should stay. Asking for help with criticism is reasonable as a separate tag, but then pretty much it would be with feedback too. There's no point in having a tag that will always go with a broader tag.
I'm fine with making criticism a synonym of feedback. But I'm open to hearing why we need both.