What's up this December?
2013 December Sr. Captains's Newsletter
Be ye hot or be ye cold—We're in December's grip and news must be told.
(Yes, I'm aware of my poetic shortcomings.)
Thanks to all our enthusiastic and creative reviewers "December 2013 Power Reviewer Sleigh-Raid" was a smashing success, with over 200 reviews brightening the Public Review Pages. All participants deserve a thundering round of applause.
Thanks, Captains, Lornda Maryann eyestar Nixie for all your hard work, crediting, and fundraising. I think we're all a bit worn out.
Thanks to all the captains who credit, review and fund raise. We appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to jump in and take a shift (or two) for daily and raid review crediting. Isn't it great to be part of something large, yet cozy and friendly?
All your Captains sincerely appreciate everything you do on behalf of the group. Some of you run raffles or auctions that generate funds for the group so we can honor our reviewers with merit badges and gift points. Did you know for every raid, your reviews are credited by three Captains? How far up on the Most Accredited Reviewers list can you climb?
Members review according to their own style, and your creative endeavors, whether simple or complex, are highly valued. Any feedback for an author is a gift, and that's what we do best.
The main goal of a Power Reviewer's review is to encourage and champion the author. Not all items are perfectly created, and there is no obligation to offer corrections. If you want to offer only praise, go for it! We're thrilled you're out there highlighting the group with your amazing work, visible on the Public Review Pages.
But if you're like me, the compulsion to offer suggestions is irresistible. Try to avoid telling the author how you would have written a sentence. If you must 'rephrase' to demonstrate your point, use only the words the author has written. Indicating an area of confusion suffices. Allow the author to rephrase (or not) on their own.
The 'suggestion' section of your review should not outweigh the positive or dominate the page. An excellent tool to avoid an unbalanced review is the dropnote, easily accessed from the tool bar. Simply click on the 7th square from the right, labeled drop and WaLa! Captain eyestar has informed me she's seen non-functioning drop notes, so remember to preview your review!
Here's the suggestion/editing component in action.
Click here ~ You'll find not only an editing example, but something else you may or may not appreciate.
A last note? Although I offered suggestions, please remember:
Every single review is appreciated and viewed by at least one captain.
The reviews sparkle and you're all
We have over three hundred members, but that many emoticon stars seems impractical.