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Review text quality is dropping like a stone

07-23-2013, 05:10 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 76
Review text quality is dropping like a stone

I'd like to think if I'm respectful about this, the thread won't be jumped on or deleted...

Basically, the copy being submitted and published by the new wave of 'reviewers' for TA is just terrible. Grammatical mistakes, textbook misspellings, sentences that just don't make sense... It's embarrassing to read and highlights not only that this new wave of reviewers are not professional writers, but also that TA is either not editing or sub-editing their work, or they are but they've got a similarly lax standard of writing.

Disagreement about what constitutes a good or bad game aside, which I've always had issues with at TA, at the very least the writing used to be good. (EDIT: and still can be depending on who the writer is...)

Now this place often feels like a blog with lots of guest posts.

Last edited by Foghorn Irrascible; 07-23-2013 at 05:26 AM. Reason: Edited for clarity that it's only the new wave letting the side down
07-23-2013, 05:40 AM
#2
You're welcome to express an opinion, but please don't open multiple accounts to do so.

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07-25-2013, 03:10 PM
#3
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 8,638
Lol, Defred.

Well... there are Elvis sightings, Jesus sightings, UFO sightings - and what the crap do we have?
Defred sightings.
How... inconvienient.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.
07-25-2013, 03:14 PM
#4
Joined: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 6,702
That was another defred account?
07-25-2013, 07:20 PM
#5
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That was another defred account?
Not Defred. Another senior member who is still in good standing. Not sure why he created a new account for this thread.
07-25-2013, 07:51 PM
#6
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 3,413
Eli said the Breach & Clear review, which was a punch to the face of the English language when posted, was not the final draft. It has since been fixed (mostly). I do agree the overall quality of writing has declined. I wonder if, with all the new writers, TA might need more editors, or maybe they're hoping their new writers (not all of whom are bad) will improve as they gain experience.

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Not Defred. Another senior member who is still in good standing. Not sure why he created a new account for this thread.
Maybe someone who was banned from commenting on the front page?
07-25-2013, 08:05 PM
#7
Joined: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 6,702
Regardless of the fact that he made a new account for this, he raises a valid point. The B&C review had at least three or four major grammatical issues, not to mention my subjective opinion that it was amateurishly lopsided and didn't provide a clear overview of the entire game, like every review should.
07-26-2013, 10:09 AM
#8
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 8,638
Not Defred? Oh, ok. Today, it's always the first thing that comes to mind.

But another senior in good standing? Did his main account also got banned?

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.
07-26-2013, 10:26 AM
#9
Joined: Feb 1983
Location: Barcelona
Posts: 1,267,950
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Originally Posted by JBRUU View Post
Regardless of the fact that he made a new account for this, he raises a valid point. The B&C review had at least three or four major grammatical issues, not to mention my subjective opinion that it was amateurishly lopsided and didn't provide a clear overview of the entire game, like every review should.
As I said in the other thread, what was published was a very early revision. Wordpress does versioning of all edits, and although its incredibly rare, we sometimes run into issues where another person having the review opened in their browser will auto-save over a more recent version. 99% of the time this is very obvious when it happens as it typically will revert back to a version of the review without media in it.

Either way, it was quickly fixed, and I apologize for the glimpse behind the TouchArcade curtain to anyone it upset. Regarding why this guy is banned, it seems silly to me too.
07-26-2013, 10:29 AM
#10
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Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
Not Defred? Oh, ok. Today, it's always the first thing that comes to mind.

But another senior in good standing? Did his main account also got banned?
No. That's what I meant by "in good standing." .