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Please post your nominations for Best of Code Review 2013 — Diplomat category: Tough advice in an answer, delivered in the most tactful manner.

In your nomination post, be sure to include a link to the answer, as well as a short justification. One nomination per post, please. Answers being nominated must date from 2013.

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First Java program critique (Game of Life)

@rolfl started with some encouraging words for a , followed by a few thought-provoking questions, and finished by giving away some (but not too much) code that could be used to vastly simplify the solution. Very well written, in my opinion.

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Very simple PHP PDO class

Elias did a good job explaining why the OPs' idea is essentially not very useful and what the shortcomings are.

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Typesafe Java properties with events and runtime reflection

It is not easy to tell someone that "What you have written here does not seem very useful at all". I did my best in explaining why that was my opinion, and what other approaches to use instead.

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