WFG Redesign Suggestions

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  1. pravus (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago


    It is just weird to see stuff like that instead of actual chapters on the front page in my opinion.

  2. Rhapsody In Prose (Inactive)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Something I haven't seen brought up is the propensity towards not rocking the boat that's inherent in all online communities; if you post something negative, there is always the concern, suspicion, or outright fear that doing so will stir up hordes of defenders who then come after your works and not stop until you've been "hit back twice as hard," to quote Obama. As a result, people will purposely post nicey-nice reviews or worse yet, just say nothing. Feedback shrivels and the whole purpose for a community withers away until you're left with some kind of mutual appreciation society that's as sincere and as deep as a petri dish. I don't have any particular solutions in mind, but I've seen this happen in so many different places, and I'd like to not see it happen here.

    May my words be balm to the hurting, and acid to the tormentors.
    Boring serial fic
  3. capriox (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Okay, I know this is much belated, but it's still something you should probably consider...

    Anything you can do to highlight the information on the "more info" page would be excellent. I'd been around this site for months before I accidentally stumbled on that page. Rankings are addictive to a certain percentage of readers (see: myself & probably the others at the top of the WFG total reviews rankings, also: the pursuit of higher level badges/status in MeiLin's forums), so that can only help you get more member reviews. I love that you have both a "total reviews" ranking and a "helpfulness" one, since the latter is democratically bestowed by votes of others, not the member herself. Displaying the "help out/move up ranks by checking out these unreviewed listings" link prominently alongside the rankings is key, of course. That's how you got me to review a bunch of those otherwise ignored stories.

    In response to RIP's comment above: I agree about that fear of rocking the boat. Already around here you see good stories being reviewed positively and bad stories simply not being reviewed at all. However, I went thru the unreviewed listings and did a bunch of reviews that were much less than glowing, and somehow that translated into me being ranked the most helpful member-reviewer. That suggests to me that there is a desire for critical reviews alongside the glowing ones. The trick is to get members to translate that fear of censure/reprisal into writing their negative reviews tactfully, as opposed to not writing negative reviews at all. A very clear guideline on what is and is not acceptable in reviews is a start.

    Strong Heart
    A female mercenary who insists she's a man, a naive young magician, and interesting times ahead.
  4. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Good ideas, capriox -- thanks! :-)

  5. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Should reviews have a shelf life?


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