Lizzardis' lesson on reviewing 2009-03-15 18:40:19
I have spoken to the mods about this and they gave me the green light to make the thread, thanks to Zerok and Malachy for letting me do this!
Almost every flash that gets submitted to the portal has at least 5 reviews, maybe more depending on how good the flash animation is. Now whenever I view a flash I have a check through the reviews first, to see what other people think of the flash. I view the flash anyway but I like to get other peoples perspective on the flash.
Recently I have been noticing a large amount of very unhelpful and not very criticizing reviews. The point of reviewing is to give feedback on the flash and say how the user who submitted the flash, can make it better. If they can make it better that is. However I have come across some reviews which are not criticizing and some which are unhelpful, sometimes being abusive.
Now this thread is not about me complaining about the numbers of abusive/unhelpful reviews, this thread is about how we can improve reviews put on flashes from you guys, by doing simple things to make your reviews look and sound a lot better!
I will explain a good way to structure your review which is easy to remember and easy to read.
I structure my reviews like this;
Explain what you liked about the flash in some short bullet points. E.G. The scenes went together well, the music tied in well etc
What you disliked about the flash, E.G the music wasn't that good for the flash, the scenes were jittery etc
How many stars you are going to give the flash, and what you are going to vote.
<Something supportive here>
Like well done/Keep it up, Come on you can do better, better luck next time, I think you need to do some more learning etc
Using that structure for your flash reviews allows you to give supportive yet criticizing feedback and also allows you to express that OK yeah maybe the flash is rubbish, but at least you didn't go out and say "Crap!" "Never make this again!" or something like that.
If we all did that then there would be no bad comments and no unhelpful reviews.
Next time you are about to review a flash saying "Crap!" Think back to this thread and think back to this review structure. You can say a lot in one sentence....You can say a lot more in a paragraph!