Kill the Spare
Autumn Term Review Drive — The Lightning Round!
Hello, all, and welcome to the Autumn Term Fiction Junction Review Drive of 2012!
In search of a particular story one day moons ago, 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 moderator of this fine forum, we thought that we could do something to remedy that. So we bring you the MNFF Review Drive!
The hard-working members of SPEW (Society for the Proper Evaluation of Writers) scoured the entire archive last December, category by category, for any story that met the requirements I set. The requirements are as follows:
- Stories validated or updated between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011.
- Of these stories, one-shots with two or fewer reviews and
- Chaptered stories with an average of one review or less 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 less points available than a review has been awarded, you will still receive the full awarded points, as discouraging quality reviewing is rather counter-productive.
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 demeanour. 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!
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, September 18th and the end of the activity, which will be December 20th. Please post your review links with the provided form in the Review Drive Submission Page. The applicable stories are split into General Categories and Romance Categories for your convenience. Any questions are to be posted in this thread.
However, as this will be the last chance to review this particular set of stories, it was time to up the stakes. Welcome to The Lightning Round. In this round of the Review Drive, you will all review stories as you would've done for previous rounds, only it's double stakes and extra points! Here's how it works: you review a story with, for example, four points remaining. You can review that story with a four point review, but you will receive a total of five points for that review. Likewise, you could review that story with a two-point review, receive three points, but there will still be two points left for someone else.
Also new to this term is reviewing a story that hasn't yet been reviewed. The person to first review a fic not previously reviewed in this challenge (i.e. has all 8 points remaining) will receive DOUBLE points for that review, but the review score will only count against the story at original points level. For example, if you review a previously unreviewed story/poem with a three point review, you will receive six points, and the review will still have five eligible points remaining. Not only is this incentive to review more, but also to make sure that the goal of this challenge — to garner at least one review per story — is met.
With that, go forth and review!