After a (very) trying day, I have finally successfully (as far as I know) migrated all the data from WFG* into the new system.
Uh, yeah, that asterix, well, there was some fun things that were discovered during this process.
Two ghost reviews which are broken on the main site, reviews without ratings, wildbow’s Twig entry got overwritten back sometime in October and all the reviews attached to it got orphaned, and so many other things that I have been trying to purge from my memory.
Speaking of reviews, I thought I would detail the new review system and how reviews were transferred over from the old system.
Old reviews were:
A checkbox if you wanted to recommend a listing. (optional) (People apparently ended up using this as a superlike, since it attached their username to the listing and put the listing on their page. There are a LOT of 5/5 rating reviews with no recommendation checked.)
A rating from 0 to 5 stars.
A review title and post content. (optional)
After a huge amount of research, I ended up with the following for the new review system:
A review title (optional)
A review body (required)
If you are posting as an author page you own (more on this later)
A “Would you recommend this fiction to others? Yes/No” button (required).
The new system is much simpler, but the means it was arrived at was anything but. 5 star ratings are highly subjective, personal to the person rating, and tend to form a J curve. (The average trends toward 4.5-4.7). With accounts no longer being restricted, I wanted reviews to feature more heavily in ranking calculations, but at the same time limit the ability to “review bomb”. To ensure full transparency, all reviews are public, and there can no longer be ratings without a review.
So, how does the transfer work from old reviews to new?
If your old review recommended the listing, your new one will too (duh). If you rated a listing 3/5 stars or more, your new review will be marked as recommended.
I know this is a major change, and I am hoping to gather feedback. Please note that all the old data is still there, and can be used as needed.
As for other changes, the following has been done:
All user accounts were already imported into the forum, but just in case they have also been imported into the new system. This shouldn’t affect anything, as you still need to log in via the forums, but it helps keep the audit trail unbroken.
If you had ever posted a listing, an Author Page has automatically been generated for you.
A quick note: Author pages are different than user pages. A single user can have multiple author pages. So if you publish under multiple names, you will no longer need multiple accounts to manage your listings.
All listings have been attached to their respective author pages.
If someone other than you submitted your listing, you will need to go through a flagging system to request ownership transfer. This is a manual process (as verification cannot be easily or reliably programmatically achieved) and will be slow upon launch of WFG 2.0. (Thank you in advance for your patience.)
Multiple users can “own” an Author page, so if you co-write with someone else, your combined author page will be editable by both of you, as well as any listings attached to it.
Users can now freely update their listings as needed.
Users can post reviews on listings under an author alias. You can still only have one review per listing, no matter if it is under your username or author page name.
With the data migration complete, I will be focusing on building out the site into a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) that can be fully navigated, then deploying the site to a subdomain for feedback and testing.
I look forward to finally getting something in front of you guys, and hope to have it up tomorrow. But for now… sleep.