For the last two years you've heard us talking about migrating the fanedit pages to a new review system. After a lot of work over the last few months we are happy to report 80% of the edits are now on the new system. We anticipate opening the new fanedit review system (entitled the Internet Fanedit Database or "IFDB") in the beginning of September.
This rating and review system is far superior to the current WordPress version. Instead of a single 10-star rating you will now rate several aspects of the edit: Audio/Video Quality, Visual Editing, Audio Editing, Narrative and Enjoyment. These combined will tally a final Overall Rating. The new ratings system will allow for more meaningful evaluations of an edit, and allow the technical execution to be evaluated independently of how enjoyable/successful the changes are.
To rate you will now be required to write a review, though current ratings without reviews will be grandfathered in. You will also be able to edit your ratings and reviews. This was done for a couple reasons: it helps the editor improve as an editor by knowing what people think works and what doesn’t, and it helps viewers by giving them more information on why an edit is worth or is not worth their time. They don’t have to be long reviews, and short and concise comments are more than adequate. All reviews, and changes to reviews, are moderated too in order to ensure there is no foul play (multiple ratings from sock accounts, etc...) and that forum rules regarding respectful, constructive feedback are maintained.
Locating edit-listings on IFDB will be greatly improved, allowing searches based on franchise, original movie, editor, ratings, and more, and will also allow you to refine searches by combining criteria. You can even compare various edits!
It will now be easier to sort the latest reviews, as well as see all of a user’s reviews with one click. Enjoy a particular franchise like Star Wars, Star Trek or Terminator, or a specific genre like horror or sci-fi? Easily see all fanedits in a franchise or genre simply by choosing it.
A few other nice features:
- bookmark your favorite fanedits and reviewers
- mark if reviews were helpful or not
- comment on reviews
- sort edits by most recent, oldest, rating, and more
When IFDB goes live not all reviews will have been added, and with several thousand reviews, comments, and ratings to go through it will take some time to do. Sorting through all these is a meticulous process, but in the end will be worth it to modernize and clean up the review system.
Not only do we have to manually add reviews/comments and link them to the proper user, but we are also removing ratings/reviews/comments from non-members. (There was a time you could rate/review without being a registered member.) What this means is that some edits ratings will fluxuate, though we don't anticipate any edit will change by much.
Once IFDB goes live this is where new ratings and reviews will be done and the old WordPress rating/review system will be disabled. Both sites will stay live until all ratings and reviews are moved.
To maintain consistency between IFDB and FE.org, users that had one name as an editor and one as a user (ed. much like I did originally with Q2 being my faneditor moniker and Thunderclap being my FE.org name) will have their names on IFDB changed. This will help prevent editors from rating their own edits skewing the numbers.
As we approach the activation of IFDB we will start enabling usergroups access to experiment and comment on the new system. First will be Academy Members, followed by Faneditors, and then all other usergroups will go live.