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#21 11 years ago

Personally I think its all a big fuss over nothing. While a review can help, ultimately whether you like a mod is down to personal experience, and you can only get that from playing the mod. So, lets just have simple reviews (i.e what this mod does) and then leave the reviewing proper to those commenting on the file.




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#22 11 years ago
Squire James;4261469lets just have simple reviews (i.e what this mod does) and then leave the reviewing proper to those commenting on the file.

Staff who review the file "proper" are, in effect, commenting on the file.

Plus the "simple reviews" you refer to are the first thing, text-wise, the reader sees when those files are "featured downloads".

So there has to be something written of adequate length in the actual box itself. I don't think it's unfair to suggest a minimum word length. We're not asking for essay response.

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#23 11 years ago

Well yes, thats what I was suggesting. A simple, to the point "what does this do" kind of piece, maybe with a section about the reviewers opinions after. That would give people enough information to want know whether they want to download the file, and then the users can review the file more fully in the comment section. Its unfair to ask every reviewer to test the file that they are reviewing, especially when most are staffers and have a lot of other duties to attend to. However, the people who download the file will naturally be using it, so they can give a review of their experiences with the file.




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#24 11 years ago
Squire James;4262143Its unfair to ask every reviewer to test the file that they are reviewing, especially when most are staffers and have a lot of other duties to attend to. However, the people who download the file will naturally be using it, so they can give a review of their experiences with the file.

The only reviewers are staff. Unless it's people writing their own reviews. Either way, they'll have play-tested it. And there's no guarantee the people commenting after using the file will necessarily be using it correctly.

In short, what you're describing is a process that already exists. Sure, staff have other duties. But the primary one is the forwarding of progress in the community through the timely and objective review of submitted material, not just for credit and creativity issues, but in order to better promote that material throughout the community through its distribution via FileFront.

Besides which, I look forward to play-testing all the new mods that come out. It's the best part of the job. People will offer their opinions no matter what the review says. That's what the comments section is there for.

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