Yeah, okay. This is super late and kinda only happened because someone hit me up on the discord server (hint: join, so you too can tell me to do the things I totally said I was going to do but then never do).
In my defense, Zelda came out and then that consumed like 2 weeks of my life and then I got Total War: Warhammer which took another 2 so that was fun. Everyone makes fun of me for playing Vampire Counts but I don’t really care.
I’ll finish this off with the Monster Girl of the month, Zoras!
Time for some “sit down and listen” real talk for a few minutes. Ever since I added the rating system and enhanced the whole thing, the situation about a stories quality not being reflected in the score just got a lot worse than before, which is mostly due to tons of people who read stuff on the site and just blindly rate everything 5 stars.
Let’s break down the arguments I will inevitably recieve personally.
But I don’t rate 5 stars on everything!
Yes… yes you do. If you give 5 stars to 20 stories and then rate a single one 3 stars, you are part of the problem.
Rating is hard!
Not really. You don’t even have to be registered to rate. A single click at the end of the story will do the trick.
But ratings are subjective!
Yes and no. If you eat at a restaurant, chances are there are some you like more and others you like less, even though the food is generally good. Would you give every single restaurant the highest rating? Does that pizza place on the corner deserve the same score as the BBQ place in the center of the city with free beer and naked waitresses serving Filet Mignon?
Giving less than 5 stars is bad for the author and demotivating!
While it can be demotivating to recieve, let’s say 10 single star ratings, giving 5 to everything makes the whole process utterly trivial and meaningless. If you give a more nuanced score, the writer will be able to check much better which stories did something good and which stories did something bad. In a sea of 5 star ratings, your vote is meaningless.
This small picture to the right is an excerpt of what my ratings database looks like, page per page… I salute that one guy who had the balls to give something else than 5 stars.
So what should you rate then?
3 stars is average. 3 stars is not a bad story. You might enjoy a 3 star read but it doesn’t stand out from the crowd. 4 stars is good. Hell if most of you people would give 4 star ratings instead of 5 stars all the time, the whole base situation would be a LOT better than it is right now.
5 stars is a -perfect- score. You have never seen something like it, the grammar is solid, the storytelling is impeccable, the worldbuilding draws you in, the characters are a joy to experience… and honestly not many stories deserve that rating.
All you do if you give 5 stars like a donkey that has a pavlovian reflex is to diminish all the good stories that deserve 5 stars.
At the same time, if you read something you don’t like, give it 1 or 2 stars, that is perfectly acceptable. It doesn’t mean you’re an ass. You are leaving valuable feedback for the author. More importantly you leave valuable feedback for other readers as well.
Our ratings are horrible.
And if you give 5 stars all the time, you are not helping. Take a step back and breathe and reevaluate.
Yo, Dan here. Uploaded a few new sketches up on my gallery. Check ’em out. Did them during a live stream.
Speaking of live stream, I’m gonna be streaming more regularly. As in, on every Saturday n’ Sunday at 3 PM (MST). I’ll be playing some games then draw for a bit. Peep the link if ya interested in that.
In other news, I made a Discord server. If you got an idea for a drawing you wanna run pass me, maybe you wanted to keep up-to-date on whatever projects I’m working on, or you just wanted to say hi to me, then come on in.
Oh, and I think I forgot to mention this, but I got my Etsy stop up.
So, if you wanted to buy a sketch I’ve done, you can do so by clicking the link above. If you’re short on cash, that’s fine, but if you can share the link around I’d super appreciate it. Thanks!
First place in art goes to Axem with his Scylla picture
And the first place in writing goes to
rserenity – Two Apart Jonas is hot on the tail of his enemy: the top general in the monster army, a dragon of considerable combat and tactical prowess. He’s found an invitation she left behind and charges forward, certain of a trap but determined nonetheless. What he encounters, however, is something completely different.
This is MiFi0, one of the moderators from the discord, taking over the weekly review from Aftyn as he has resigned from the position. I’ll try to be on time with these, but I make no promises all the same. Feel free to bug me in the chat if I forget.
This week saw the submission deadline for the Valentines event so most of the published stories for the week are for that. Winners will be announced soon. I think. I actually have nothing to do with the judging so I’ve got no clue as to a time frame, sorry.