Hello, all, and welcome to the 2014 MNFF Spring Term Review Drive!

Back in the days of yore while in search of a particular story, I happened to notice that there are a lot of stories that people worked hard to write which haven't been showed a lot of love by the masses. After a discussion with the lovely Hannah/coolh5000, the previous moderator of this fine forum, we thought that we could do something to remedy that. So we bring you the MNFF Review Drive! Now in its third year, the Review Drive is responsible for hundreds of reviews to stories which may not have been noticed otherwise. Also, the wonderful reviewers who have made this possible have earned a lot of points for their efforts. We aim to keep up the pace yet again this year!

Your hard-working moderator (that's me!) scoured the entire archive, category by category, for any story that met the requirements I set. The requirements are as follows:

  • Stories validated or updated between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013.
  • Of these stories, one-shots or single-chaptered incomplete fics with two or fewer reviews, and
  • Chaptered stories with an average of one review or fewer per chapter.

This is how the activity works: a maximum of eight points will be available for EVERY story listed. You all review the stories listed, and points will be given based on the quality of your review. This is a great opportunity for members to show a bit of house pride and put up some points. Not only that, it gives the authors of these neglected stories the lovely, warm feeling of receiving reviews.

As mentioned, points will be awarded on the quality of the review. A few lines that say what the reader liked about the story will earn one point, whereas a review with detailed, in-depth analysis and constructive criticism will earn up to four points. The scores to these reviews will be edited in to the review posting thread by a mod, and the points earned for reviews posted will be subtracted from the Points Available for the stories reviewed. If a story has fewer points available than a review has been awarded, you will still receive the full awarded points, as discouraging quality reviewing is rather counter-productive. Reviews for stories which have no points remaining, however, at the time a review is submitted will NOT receive points. You will, in that case, be rewarded by the author's satisfaction instead.

Minor rules and notes: If you don't like a story, DO NOT REVIEW AND BRING NOTHING BUT CRITIQUE TO THE TABLE. Nobody likes receiving reviews that are nothing but things the reviewer didn't like. It's okay to bring up points that could be improved, but these points must be accompanied by encouragement and a caring demeanor. Any reviews not complying with this directive will NOT receive points. Basically, if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't.

There is no limit to the number of reviews you can submit, nor a limit to the number of points you can receive; it is all determined by your participation level. Ideally, we would like to see each one of the listed stories receive at least one review, but the ultimate goal is to award maximum points for each and every one. Everybody wins!

As you might notice upon perusal of the eligible stories, we have a record number of poems that meet the criteria of this activity. In order to give them all the best chance of receiving reviews, I hereby place a SALE on all poems for the duration of the year. For every poem reviewed, you will receive one extra point than your review would've originally earned after scoring. Write an amazing review, and you will receive 5 points instead of 4. Write an okay review and receive 2 points instead of 1, etc. On top of this, for every 10 poems reviewed by a single reviewer, that reviewer will receive an additional 5 bonus points on top of their overall score at the end of term. If you don't feel confident reviewing poetry, have no fear! Take a gander at Poetry, Anyone? in the Great Hall and see how the poets critique each other, both in their individual poem threads and in the Review Circle. Anyone can do it, and I'm about 99.999% certain that you count as a person.

Anyway, as of right now, the activity is officially open. For a review to receive points, it must be posted and time-stamped for today's date and the end of the activity, which will be April 20th. Please post your review links with the provided form in the 2014 Spring Term Review Drive Submission Page. The applicable stories are split into General Categories and Romance Categories in separate threads for your convenience, and a menu of the categories will be at the top of each. Any questions are to be posted in this thread.

With that, go forth and review!