Discussion in 'Closed Shops' started by Jewelclaw, Jan 23, 2012.
Awesome! :D <3 Looking forward to it !
Link to Your Account: Lacey
Brief overview of your site: Go Ballistic is a college town RP with a focus on crime. We encourage charcters of all kinds, from those involved in the police force to students to mere innocent bystanders!
What are you looking for in this review?: A full review, please pretty please. We're just starting to get off the ground and we think we honestly have a really great board here. We've been open for almost a month and advertised constantly since opening yet have only gained maybe 3 or 4 members, tops, even though we try to be active with posting and making it look like things are going on. While we understand that these things take time, we're just wondering if there is anything holding people back, or what we could do to make others look at our site and go, "wow, I want to join this board." Any suggestions or constructive criticism on any aspect of the board is truly appreciated!
Anything else I should know? That's all, thank you so much and we truly and honestly appreciate your review. We've been waiting in the main board for a while and we'd really like to start making whatever changes are necessary to get this board going.
I'm sorry I'm so fail Julie! I started your review but I didn't finish it, I'll do it tomorrow.
Lacey, I'm going out of town this weekend so it will be a bit of a wait for your review, but I'll get to it as soon as I can.
No problem at all! :D
That's no problem; thank you! <3
Site Name : Di Venezia
Link to Your Account : Admin - Character
Brief overview of your site : The year is 1606, the setting? La bella Venezia. The city is at turmoil, two clerics have been arrested for petty crimes, and the church can no longer own any land! The pope puts Venice in Interdict, and the churches no longer holds and services. In a city full of sin, how can people survive with out their daily dose of forgiveness?
What are you looking for in this review? Kind of a part Review, but can you please focus on the skinning and layout, and the information forums?
Anything else I should know? Can you pleas be easy on me beacuse It's my first try on skinning in Invisionfree, and also my first RP. I opened it yesterday so that's why It doesn't have any members!
Organization: You have a good start on the origination but I'd love more info. To me there doesn't appear to be much about the locations they're living in. I know it is mentioned in the history but I think a more detailed description in its own thread wouldn't be amiss. Is it close to the sea? Is there a large forest near by? Fields? Rocky cliffs? Mountainous? Things like that, I'd love to have some documentation about the lay out of the fortress and the villages, the surrounding areas, maybe even some maps. I love maps.
There are some typos in the 'summary and terms' topic, I see 'f.eks' showing up here as well as in the rules. I would carefully read every topic (or at least just ctl+f on every page) to find and remove them.
In the Handbook I would pin the Newbie Handbook and the Site Rules, those are the two most important things.
Your rules are way too wordy and many of them too complex. Each bullet point should be 1 rule, not several crammed together.
Also you need to remove some of the weaker language, should implies there is possibility of doing it another way. There is no advertising outside the advertising board so just say that!
You do not mention an activity policy, which is just asking for trouble. To me inactive is no posts in 30 days, but to other people that is just a normal activity slump. You need to impose a time limit, it will save you headaches later.
I'm confused by your PB rule, is it just you want human only PBs? You can say that, the rest of the exposition isn't needed, because I'm confused if you want to use PBs that were only in historical movies or not.
In the canon list the images need to be the same size, having them different sizes looks very very sloppy.
The sidebar has absolutely everything you need, good job!
Appearance: I have to admit, I don't like the skin. Its very good for a first one, better than mine was!, but I can't get behind the pink. Pink and green are good colors together, but I think that pink is a little bright to go with the green, I'd suggest playing with the hue to find something a bit more muted. I think the white is a bit hard to read against the green, I would maybe think about changing it to a pale creamy yellow? I don't know exactly but that should be toyed with too. I also think that the runic font you're using is incredibly hard to read.
I'm not a big fan of the tiled picture in the background, I'd toy with someone to make it look better, because on my screen I have 1 row of flowers on the left and 2 rows on the right.
When I went to 'find all posts' when I clicked on the admin accounts there is a black box around the outside of the title field. This is very annoying and should be removed.
Personally I hate the code with a passion. I think you shouldn't use it at all, but especially in the site history, it just makes things hard to read in my opinion. I would also put a line break between the end of the paragraph and the pretty image you use there, to make it look less cramped.
Layout: As far as I can tell a habitant is a specific type of French settler, the more correct term would be 'inhabitants'.
For a new site you have just the right amount of IC forums, it is enough to keep things from not being all scrunched and enough to give it a good feel. I'd only suggest maybe making one category for the Viking stuff and one category for the Amazon stuff and adding in a general 'everywhere else' forum for each, just so RPs that might not fit into any of the other areas have a place.
Staff: Found them on the sidebar, the admin is active but the other two mods don't appear to be so much, at least on their staff accounts but this could be because the site is so new so I wouldn't worry about it.
General Feedback: You have an interesting idea, one that I'd never have thought of. I think that with a dedicated group of people you could have something pretty awesome here, keep up the good work.
Thank you very much! ^^ I've already done a few of the changes you suggested, and I bet I'll do more in time!
As for the skin I really would like it to be totally different infact, but this is all I could manage So until I figure something else out, or get enough members or whatever to get someone to make one for me I guess all I can do is try to fix some colors.
Sorry for the fail! Reviews are coming.
Open and ready for business!
Site Name : Recipe For Disaster
Link to Your Account : Frosted Shadows
Brief overview of your site : Original sandbox, based on a fast food diner in space. characters can only be workers at the diner with roleplay focusing around their lives both on and off the clock.
What are you looking for in this review? Why do members join and leave shortly after? turn-offs to potential members, etc.
Anything else I should know? We've been open for over a year and I'm wondering what's wrong with the board. Thank you in advance for doing this, I know how time consuming it is. Your help is very much appreciated.
Yay! I love repeat customers! I'm pretty sure I reviewed this site like a year ago :D. I'll start working on it, hopefully I'll have something up by the weekend.
Site Name : REDpill
Link to Your Account : http://redpill.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showuser=1
Brief overview of your site : REDpill is an RP based on the films and video games of the Matrix franchise. It's set 20 years before the appearance of Neo in the first Matrix film, and its plot is open for both canons and originals to develop and propel. It's set both within the Matrix and in the real world (on a number of different ships with varying missions/objectives/crews, and inside Zion)
What are you looking for in this review? A full review would be nice. My main concern has been my "must reads" since a few members so far have joined and refused/neglected reading them, which raises the question if it's their own issue reading them, or if they're difficult to understand. But I would still like to know how the site flows, the look, feel, etc, etc. Anything you can think of, pretty much!
Anything else I should know? There's a great deal of java and png images on it, so if you have a slower connection, im not sure it will load well for you, just a forewarning lol . And also, thank you very much! I'm looking forward to your review!
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