I just finished reading capriox' review of Arcana Magi and I have an objection to a part of the review that is off. For the most part the review was good pointing out what the story was about and what was wrong with the writing.
But it's at the last paragraph I don't like.
*if so, check out Strange Little Band first'
According to the review rules of Web Fiction Guide states:
'To the best of our ability, we try to rate objectively, not on our likes and dislikes, and not to what might be popular (we have separate measures for those, that our whole membership participate in: recommendations and reading status).'
What I also didn't like was that capriox was able to read the first five chapters AND is willing to continue to read upon the wroter's improvement, but still recommends everyone else to not read Arcana Magi and go read something else. So what is it? Is capriox giving the author a chance to flurish in both writing and readership or no chance whatsoever? Or is the reviewer saying that only capriox can give the writer a chance, but everyone else shouldn't give said writer a chance at all?
Finally, I read the 2 star reviews done by capriox and nowhere did I see this statement at the end of those reviews:
'*if so, check out Strange Little Band first'
Which was put in at the conclusion of the Arcana Magi review, after giving 2 and a half stars. A half star more than the 2 stars reviews without the Strange Little Band advertisment. I question as to whether the reviewer has an investment to this story 'Strange Little Band'. That capriox was willing to go out of the way to advertise this particular story in an Arcana Magi review or any other story review. Arcana Magi has nothing to do with 'Strange Little Band'. I have looked into many over low star reviews in Web Fiction Guide and I have yet to see a reviewer say "Go to this [insert name] story instead".
So we have a review that concluded with, hypocrisy, bias, personal dislike of a genre, and telling us readers to go 'check out Strange Little Band first'. The review was fine without that last paragraph and I find it unfair to us readers of the Arcana Magi Review. We should decide for ourselves if we want to invest our time in reading any story and not be dictated to not read this story and go read Strange Little Band.