Updated reviews deletion policy

21 Jan 2006 at 15:21

One charasteristic of the downloads section has, since some time, been that there is a lot of chit chat between reviewers, and posts that are complaints that do not add to understanding the quality of the upload.

From heretofore, we will have a no-nonsense policy on the following types of reviews, which will be deleted immediately:

1. “First to review!/comment!” reviews which do not contain any information besides that. You may want to have the first spot on the review page, but spamming the downloads section is not the way. Just write something that adds to the understanding of the level instead.

2. ‘Will review later’ posts. These are of no interest to anyone. Just don’t post them. Note that ‘initial reviews’, which some people have been posting, which give a quick review of the upload, or a quick explanation of what it is, and serve as a placeholder for a more detailed review later on, are totally fine. These add to an understanding of the upload. These are not useless messages containing nothing interesting, which is what this is about.

3. Complaints about an upload being Secret Files only. These are understandable for really good uploads for which it would be great to have them converted to version 1.23. Complaining for every TSF upload that it’s TSF is totally unacceptable however, and is not much different from trolling. These users generally only have 1.23, so your complaint will do nothing to aid it, either. It only aids cluttering up the downloads section more.

4. Replies to types 1, 2 or 3 contributing nothing to the site or understanding the upload and its quality.

Useless chit-chat of other types, and comments that have been outdated because problems with the upload have been fixed (“why is this download specified as being TSF?”) will be deleted at times, too. Altogether, there will be a stricter policy and useless reviews will be deleted faster.

- Fquist


KboutR on 21 Jan 2006 at 17:43

first to comment! =p

Niels aka ChippieBW on 22 Jan 2006 at 00:43

Bah, I was about to type that =(
Anyway, good job guys. Although it might decrease the already small number of reviews we have.

blurredd on 22 Jan 2006 at 02:44

Any plans to implement ranks again?

FQuist on 22 Jan 2006 at 15:40

Yes. We’re working on it (albeit with large delays)

Violet CLM on 29 Jan 2006 at 10:25

“from heretofore”? Would that mean that this policy has existed since the time before the policy began to exist?

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