Mr Creosote wrote:
Jacob mustn't succumb to double standards: on the one hand, approving short reviews, but on the other hand, pretending in this discussions there are unspoken minimum standards for what constitutes a review on CASA.
I don't think that's entirely fair. As I wrote earlier:
the single review currently available isn't exactly what I had in mind. It's much too brief.
I'm merely saying that personally
I would have preferred something longer. But Mark has given his reasons and I'm fine with that. My quip about not approving it was followed by a smiley, to indicate that it was intended as a light-hearted remark.
In general, my own personal taste would be towards something with a fairly extensive main review, backed by comments for the various categories (just as Mark has done). But there are no strict rules, per se. In extreme cases, where the review is only three lines long with some scores on top, I reserve the right to suggest some additional text.
Mr Creosote wrote:
Would you approve it? How would you decide which is the more appropriate synopsis? Putting any such sentiments in comments, there is no problem, because we could both enter these contradictory views. Not so using the synopsis field.
Fair enough - bad synopsis; my personal opinion is too visible here, and I'll tone down the synopsis accordingly. But I still believe there is room for a few personal comments, such as the multitude of sudden death situations and I'll gladly approve of something which I do not entirely agree with.
Of course, the comment field is open to all.
One of my key aims with CASA has been to create a site fueled by knowledge and enthusiasm (and I think everybody's doing a terrific job of fulfulling that aim). In part this is to distance ourselves from the multitude of sites that merely copy the same information from each other over and over again. That carries over to my preferences in synopsises. As the site is being developed as a mutual effort, my personal opinion isn't necessarily what's best for the site, and that's why I keep inviting other users to speak their mind.