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A corner of the Forum for Reviewers?

richardshagrin

Here is a sample post for a new Category of the Forum for Reviewers.

Barron of Ideas here. (Not barren of ideas). I just read another review with N/A where the numbers should or at least could be. I feel that shirks one of the reviewer's tasks. Tell us what you think, and quantify it. If you want to give a 6.5 but rounded up to a 7 say so, and ideally why.

If you have a reason for N/Aing a particular score say why. Dyslexia or English as a second or third language could be a reason not to score Technical. If you decided to write a review, why not tell others what score you give the story. Keep in mind scores below six raise the question why review this story? A review recommends the story to others. A ten says a lot. A six maybe not so much.

ustourist

If I understand correctly (which isn't a certainty), poor reviews are discouraged from being posted, which I can understand. However, at the time a story is chosen for review the content is not necessarily known so scores below six should exist. Cherry picking stories to review undermines the whole review score system.
Whilst a ten gives some indication, it does depend on the reviewer and their foibles or fetishes, and a six or nine is probably more indicative of quality and readability level than a ten since some reviewers show strong bias on certain genres.
If I wrote a review I would feel competent to score on plot and appeal, but not on technical quality. The English I was taught and the American English used in many stories are different languages with different spelling and meaning, so it would be wrong to be critical of those not written in my mother tongue (Queens English). Some British critics can overcome this. I can't, and will not review or offer services as a proof reader or editor for that reason.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@richardshagrin

I modified the 'Editors Hangout' to Editors/Reviewers Hangout to accommodate this request as the 'Editors Hangout' is seeing rather low volume of discussions (nothing for the last six days).

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Dominions Son

@ustourist

The English I was taught and the American English used in many stories are different languages with different spelling and meaning, so it would be wrong to be critical of those not written in my mother tongue (Queens English).


Ah yes, the US and the UK, two nations divided by a common language. :)

Crumbly Writer

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I modified the 'Editors Hangout' to Editors/Reviewers Hangout to accommodate this request as the 'Editors Hangout' is seeing rather low volume of discussions (nothing for the last six days).

Alas, when I suggested the Editor's Hangout, I was hoping to generate some discussion (since the initial few people on the few forum seemed to be editors). But it seems to now be a site strictly to request editors, and not to talk about editor or bitch about pain-in-the-arse authors.

Crumbly Writer

Once again, I'd like to commend Lazeez for the new forum. Not only are the discussions blossoming, and new contributors joining in the discussions, but the discussions are broadening as well.

A few topics were a bit threadbare, but with a few comments designed to include more people (like including Author's opinions of editors), it's really opened up those forums.

My only problem is, not only am I checking in much more frequently (I went out for lunch, and came back to find 5 comments in one thread I wanted to respond to!), I'm getting no writing done reading all the discussions.

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Crumbly Writer

I am noting a similar situation. I insist its not a problem. Of course I only write reviews, but need to read stories to find ones I want to draw readers to, but I have spent hours looking a new posts and like this one (surprise) responding to it. I think I can limit myself to only one fix a day, I just need to find a nice long story to read.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@richardshagrin

The real fact-of-the-matter is that, if we're spending this much time on the forums, then we're already stuck and are looking for a distraction.

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