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"Reviews" Tab
This area within everyone's portfolio showcases members' reviewing details including their style and preferences, public reviews they have sent and an area where others may request a review for a specific item. As with your "Portfolio" Tab, the Reviews tab will differ based on whether you are viewing your own or someone else's Reviews tab.

Since your public Reviews tab is essentially the same view without the tools, this article is going to focus on the features of your private Reviews settings.

Requests: Incoming
Clicking on "Incoming" will expand an area that displays your incoming requests for reviews from other members. Sort these requests by checking the boxes by Pending, Waiting, Completed, Declined and Expired to easily see which incoming requests still need attention or are completed. Use the Search Box to find a specific word within your incoming requests. Click the column headers to sort your Incoming Requests accordingly. (See: "Review Requests)

Requests: Outgoing
Clicking on "Outgoing" will expand an area that displays your outgoing review requests to other members. Sort your requests by checking the boxes in front of Pending, Waiting, Completed, Declined and Expired to easily see which of your outgoing requests still need attention or are completed. Use the Search Box to find a specific word within your outgoing requests. Click the column headers to sort your Outgoing Requests accordingly. (See: "Review Requests)

Ratings: Received
This area will give you a breakdown of all of the ratings you have received from other members of Writing.Com. The default listing is "By Item" and will show first your item which has received the most ratings total along with the average and total number of ratings it has received. Click the drop down menu to sort this list in a variety of ways. Page through the list to view your items' ratings in their entirety. Choose to view your received ratings "By Genre" to see a breakdown of your received ratings by genre. (See: "The Star Rating System)

Ratings: Given
This area will give you a breakdown of all of the ratings you have given to any member on Writing.Com. The default listing is "By Author" and will show first the author who you have rated the most, along with the average and total number of ratings you have given him or her. Click the drop down menu to sort this list in a variety of ways. Page through the list to view your ratings in their entirety. Choose to view sent ratings "By Genre" to see a breakdown of your sent ratings by genre. (See: "The Star Rating System)

Stats
Clicking on Stats will expand a menu that will provide you with a summary of the various facts and figures about your reviewing, rating and review requests on Writing.Com.

Reviews: Pending Response
This area will provide you with quick and easy access to the reviews that you have received and not yet responded. Feedback on Writing.Com is very important to our authors and members who take the time to read and comment on your work deserve a thank you or acknowledgement for their time spent. We encourage everyone to respond to each review that is received and this area of your Reviews tab makes it very easy to do so. If there is a review that you know you will not respond, just click the "Ignore" link beside it and it will be removed from your Pending Response list.

Reviews: Received
This area will display all of the public and private reviews you have received for your items on Writing.Com. Details are shown for each received review, including your item's title, the reviewer's username and handle, date and time, public/private review status and an option to hide the review, star rating, and total character length. The review ID is shown to the top right of each review. At the bottom of each review, you can quickly and easily see for which reviews you have sent a response. If you have not responded to a review, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. This will encourage members to visit your portfolio and review your items more often, because they will know that you respond to reviews you receive. Click the drop down menu to sort this list in a variety of ways. Page through the list to view your received reviews in their entirety. (See: "Reviewing On Writing.Com)

Reviews: Given
This area will display all of the public and private reviews you have sent for other items on Writing.Com. Details are shown for each sent review, including the item's title, author, date and time, public/private review status, star rating, and total character length. The review ID is shown to the top right of each review. At the bottom of each review, you can quickly and easily see for which reviews you have received or not received a response. Click the drop down menu to sort this list in a variety of ways. Page through the list to view your sent reviews in their entirety. (See: "Reviewing On Writing.Com)

ReviewTool
This area allows you to create and manage your Review Templates and existing Draft Reviews. It provides a pop-up, full size review box with additional tools including a character counter, WritingML icons for easy formatting, and a spell check function. Also included are rotating "Review Tips" above the review text area, a link to the WritingML help page, and a link to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. (See: "The Review Tool)

Manage Reviews
Clicking on this link will expand an area that allows you to manage your Review Settings and Details that visitors to your portfolio "Reviews" tab will see. After you turn your Review Request: ON, you will automatically be listed on our Request a Review page, an area that showcases willing reviewers for our writers. Choose your preferred option for who will have access to your Reviews tab. Set a minimum Gift Point amount to accept "Review Requests. Choose a maximum content rating for your review requests and set your maximum number of pending Accept/Decline requests.

Below this area, you are provided with various text boxes that allow you to expand on and detail your reviewing style and preferences to the visitors who may access your Reviews tab. If no text is entered, then the title of the section will not show up in your public Reviews area. Choose a cover to decorate this area and make it your own. (See: "Covers)

Public Reviews
This area will automatically display all of the public reviews you have sent for other items on Writing.Com. This is a great way to showcase your review style and attention to detail when you review. Visitors to your Reviews tab can see how much or how little effort is put into your sent reviews and it helps them decide if they would like to request a review from you.

Details are shown for each sent review, including the item's title, author, date and time, star rating, and total character length. The review ID is shown to the top right of each review. Page through the list to view the reviews in their entirety. If you are visiting another member's Reviews tab, you can easily reward the reviewer with Gift Points for a great review well done! (See: "Reviewing On Writing.Com)1


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