Reviews are Down in April

Chris Messineo (Founder) ~ 4/30/2012 11:09 PM

The number of reviews each script received this April are at all time lows.

I'm hoping this is just a momentary statistical blip. Maybe it was just a busy April all around. I know it was for me (this is only the third time I haven't reviewed every entry).

At MoviePoet we depend and thrive on the thoughtful and insightful reviews we receive from other members.

If this isn't a blip, I will make changes to the quota system to "encourage" those members who enter without reviewing to become more active, but I hope it doesn't come to that - I always prefer the carrot to the stick. :)

Let's all keep this from becoming a trend in May.

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 4/30/2012 11:16 PM

I'm going to assume it's because there are a lot of early deadlines for scripts in April. I know I only reviewed 4 and I feel terrible about it.

Or maybe the theme didn't pull people in. Who knows. I know I'm definitely reviewing all the ten pagers. Can't wait for those.

Reginald McGhee (Level 0) ~ 4/30/2012 11:20 PM

"The number of reviews each script received this April are at all time lows."

Chris, I see. It usually be on average 30s every since I first entered the Six Contest, and I'm not surprised either by the lowest number of reviews.

"If this isn't a blip, I will make changes to the quota system to "encourage" those members who enter without reviewing to become more active, but I hope it doesn't come to that - I always prefer the carrot to the stick. :)"

Unfortunately, I don't think I will be reviewing for May, because of my busy work schedule. I just started my externship yesterday and it ends in June.

And the review system looks fine to me. I hope it is for everyone else (I'm still new here though, so I probably don't know what I'm talking about). :)

Nick Miranda (Level 4) ~ 4/30/2012 11:52 PM

I know that I, for one, have had one bastard of an April. Stressed about graduating, stressed about starting a new job, stressed about the looming Feature contest. I only had about four solid hours of writing this month, and most of that was used tonight to finish my Feature entry.

Things should pick up in the summer (at least for me) when all I have to focus on is working, casual reading, video games, movies, screenplays, and whatever else I want to do.

Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 5/1/2012 12:07 AM

I'm happy at Level 4.

Plus I'm a paid screenwriter now with a stack of assignments. So my free time is even more finite than before.

Chris Messineo (Founder) ~ 5/1/2012 12:10 AM

All of you are great.

As one might expect, the people who are the issue, probably aren't the people who are active in the forums. It's the ones who just pop in and then disappear. The trick is to make the site easy enough to entice new quality members, but not so easy that other writers take advantage of our generosity.

It's a balancing act and like I said, hopefully April was just a blip.

Denise Jewell (Level 5) ~ 5/1/2012 10:36 AM

I'm guilty - I only reviewed one in April, and I LOVED the premise. I blame it on having to do the 10 pages.

I'm setting a goal of at least one review a day this month. That should get me through all of them.

Pia Cook (Level 5) ~ 5/1/2012 10:57 AM

I always read all of them if I enter a script. I didn't have an entry this time so I shouldn't feel guilty...but I still do a little bit.

Brian Wind (Level 5) ~ 5/1/2012 11:35 AM

I've been on a self-imposed hiatus from reading & writing for a few months in order to refill my creative juices. As luck would have it, it seems to be working and I've recently had a few idea bouncing around in my skull. (Unfortunately none are found footage type scripts though.)

Ammar Salmi (Level 5) ~ 5/1/2012 2:51 PM

I, for once, not reviewing any more. Being a horrible person aside, at the end of every month when I read other reviews, mine always look so meaningless. I know, "Write better reviews then," but it's a tough competition in here even in reviewing. So I stopped. My point is reviewers my need a carrot of their own. We have the levels and quota thingy, but this carrot works for new comers only. I for instance have 6 bullets, but the year always ends with spare bullets in my pocket.

The other thing is the appreciation of reviewers by writers is too subtle. I know writers won't have to send pizza to every reviewer, and they are already paying them back by reviewing back their work. Still, there is a sense of shouting-in-the-void to reviewing on moviepoet. So I'm not complaining here, I'm not a reviewer remember. I'm just making a point to prepare you for my awesome suggestions.

New carrot concepts:

1- When a reviewer finish all the scripts Chris grants him an awesome super power. Like: Being able to post a second entry, be a moderator for one month, get to vote on what's gonna be next month contest. Extra quota. Anything that won't include extra programming for Chris. The supper power has to change every month. And super reviewers are not allowed to tell others about it.

2- Reviews rating program. Writers are allowed to secretly rate every reviews. The top three reviewers are announced. A gift may be for them as having their script reviewed by others or something.

I know I may sound like 10 years old, buts that's an improvement. Most of the time I sound like 6.

Long life movie poet. More power. More fame.

P.S. Chris, gonna email you my new stick concepts.

Ideas for new carrots:

Rich Keel (Level 4) ~ 5/1/2012 3:32 PM

Little Alli takes up 90% of my free time to where I do not even have time to enter let alone do reviews. Everyone gets busy, maybe everyone was busy in April...still a great site, Chris. :) - Maybe if someone would just let me shoot his kids in the cemetary script I could find...some time to do some reviews. :) - j/k - I wouldn;t I'd just do the film LOL

Bill Clar (Level 5) ~ 5/1/2012 9:10 PM

Maybe the Level 1 requirement needs to be bumped up to 10?

Jeannie Sconzo (Level 5) ~ 5/3/2012 2:46 PM

Maybe because 4/15 is tax day. I know many things get put on the back burner when I'm stressed about finishing the taxes.

Bob Johnson (Level 4) ~ 5/3/2012 4:58 PM

I would suggest the low number reviews reflected the restricted number of entrants for April's competition.

Some people aren't going to bother writing reviews for a competitiopn they cannot enter themselves...

Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 5/3/2012 6:03 PM

There were restrictions from entering the Two Strangers contest? Didn't see that, but I must have made it through the vetting process since I was able to enter.