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Ann Philips
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RE: New Year... same old s***
Reply on June 1, 2017 06:01 PM
I'm new and found this thread very comforting and helpful. I don't understand the dynamics of the site yet and the depth of options. I found it frustrating that five stars seemed to be handed out like water and people are sensitive to being awarded a four. I'm afraid to review anything I couldn't bring myself to award a four even with stretching. I also found, through very limited experience, that a few people seem to want real critiques or even real feedback about the reader's impressions; but, a number of other writers simply want a pat on the back.
I came to the site hoping to improve my writing and to get honest thoughts, critiques and suggestions. Is that unrealistic?


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RE: New Year... same old s***
Reply on June 1, 2017 09:34 PM
Hi, Ann.

This has been discussed in the Forum many times. Sadly the stated value of the number of stars is ignored by many reviewers in favour of staying in the good books of those they are reviewing. Thus the star system is fairly meaningless in many cases.

However, if you are fair and friendly and prepared to offer positive and meaningful advice on how to fix the faults you find, then you will generally be accepted and indeed serious writers will welcome your critiques.

From the other side of the fence, you can safely ignore 90% of the reviews you receive, but you will discover a core group of reviewers who do take this task seriously. Take note of the names recently listed as place-getters in this month's reviewing contest and cherish any reviews you get from them.

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RE: New Year... same old s***
Reply on June 5, 2017 06:10 AM
I'm new too and all the new people have exactly expressed my experience. I have skipped reviewing work because I felt I would only give it 4 or even 3 stars, but seeing that almost everything gets 5, felt that it 'wasn't the done thing'.
I mad a terrible 'feaux pas' on one review in my very first week. A mistake unforgiveable for one of my age and experience! I hadn't read the guidelines for using the stars. What was I thinking? NOT! I wrote a glowing review but gave the work 4 stars. The author sent me a message expressing concern. I replied. THEN I read the guidelines. I was mortified, My reply in this context must have sounded flippant and sarcastic. In the meantime the author had checked me out and written a message saying 'Ah, you're new, that explains everything'. I apologized profusely and changed my stars to the RIGHT, acceptable rating. (This is where I claim the possible effects of old age on my brain.)
But back to the reviewing. I skip making comments on quite a lot of work that comes up for review because I don't believe it is a 5 star piece for me. I've only got 4 stars from ONE reviewer who read one piece of mine. The feedback was stashed with helpful hints and specific pointers, sooooo helpful.



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RE: New Year... same old s***
Reply on June 5, 2017 06:12 AM
I'm new too and all the new people have exactly expressed my experience. I have skipped reviewing work because I felt I would only give it 4 or even 3 stars, but seeing that almost everything gets 5, felt that it 'wasn't the done thing'.
I mad a terrible 'feaux pas' on one review in my very first week. A mistake unforgiveable for one of my age and experience! I hadn't read the guidelines for using the stars. What was I thinking? NOT! I wrote a glowing review but gave the work 4 stars. The author sent me a message expressing concern. I replied. THEN I read the guidelines. I was mortified, My reply in this context must have sounded flippant and sarcastic. In the meantime the author had checked me out and written a message saying 'Ah, you're new, that explains everything'. I apologized profusely and changed my stars to the RIGHT, acceptable rating. (This is where I claim the possible effects of old age on my brain.)
But back to the reviewing. I skip making comments on quite a lot of work that comes up for review because I don't believe it is a 5 star piece for me. I've only got 4 stars from ONE reviewer who read one piece of mine. The feedback was stashed with helpful hints and specific pointers, sooooo helpful.



   
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