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Painbrush Review System

11 Years Ago


Here is an idea that I had a long time ago that I thought wasn't feasible, but at this point anything is feasible.

Currently, the way you review a piece of writing is by typing a bunch of text in a little box at the bottom of the screen and clicking "post." What if that is the problem?

In the real world, you take a red pen to a piece of writing and mark the heck out of it. You circle things, cross things out, write in the margins, post sticky-notes, rewrite things until there's no more white on the paper. That way writers know exactly where you didn't like something or where exactly they messed up. What if that's what we need?

I propose a review program that's less like microsoft word and more like microsoft paint. Get a little toolbar with a red pen tool and sticky-note tool and grammar buttons, everything. Let reviewers review a piece of writing the way they'd review it in the real world. If a piece of writing was boring, then they can mark exactly where they started getting bored or underline phrases that were awesome or needed work.

This is just an idea I was kicking around a long time ago. If this is something you think you'd like, add to this idea.
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11 Years Ago


Like that idea. And I never have liked the 'reviewing' system.
Of course, there could be drawbacks; when you're just using the red pen, you can't really explain why you didn't like a part of a sentence, and if the reviewee doesn't understand why you would take out that part of a sentence, you can't explain to them.
I like the idea of an inline review/critique of sorts. In fact, Greg (the Titan...) suggested that writers could either choose to review a piece or critique it. Review it if they think it was too good to critique (and this would either give them no points or very few) or critique it if they thought it needs work (which would give them double or way more points).
Plus, a way to Spend points would be nice.
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11 Years Ago


Maybe there can also be a bullet-point tool built into the red pen that lets you type why you didn't like something. That's kind of what I meant by the sticky-notes, but a more versatile review system might eliminate some problems with reviewers getting assaulted. This isn't going to help if the overall theme of a certain story isn't good though, that's why I'm still going to stand by the levels because themes tend to be different depending on how good of a handle someone has over their craft.
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11 Years Ago


Originally posted by Nicole Hellene

Maybe there can also be a bullet-point tool built into the red pen that lets you type why you didn't like something. That's kind of what I meant by the sticky-notes, but a more versatile review system might eliminate some problems with reviewers getting assaulted. This isn't going to help if the overall theme of a certain story isn't good though, that's why I'm still going to stand by the levels because themes tend to be different depending on how good of a handle someone has over their craft.

True.
'General Comments' boxes at the end and the beginning might help with that.
I see, bullet-point. That would be interesting. 
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11 Years Ago


Originally posted by Nicole Hellene

Here is an idea that I had a long time ago that I thought wasn't feasible, but at this point anything is feasible.

Currently, the way you review a piece of writing is by typing a bunch of text in a little box at the bottom of the screen and clicking "post." What if that is the problem?

In the real world, you take a red pen to a piece of writing and mark the heck out of it. You circle things, cross things out, write in the margins, post sticky-notes, rewrite things until there's no more white on the paper. That way writers know exactly where you didn't like something or where exactly they messed up. What if that's what we need?

I propose a review program that's less like microsoft word and more like microsoft paint. Get a little toolbar with a red pen tool and sticky-note tool and grammar buttons, everything. Let reviewers review a piece of writing the way they'd review it in the real world. If a piece of writing was boring, then they can mark exactly where they started getting bored or underline phrases that were awesome or needed work.

This is just an idea I was kicking around a long time ago. If this is something you think you'd like, add to this idea.
----I propose a review program that's less like microsoft word and more like microsoft paint. Get a little toolbar with a red pen tool and sticky-note tool and grammar buttons, everything. Let reviewers review a piece of writing the way they'd review it in the real world. If a piece of writing was boring, then they can mark exactly where they started getting bored or underline phrases that were awesome or needed work.------

I love this idea, but not all of us are teachers.  Some are new and just learning to write, wouldn't that cause a problem?

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11 Years Ago


Hmm....you might be right. Maybe we should keep the old review system intact and make the paintbrush review system an option if you want to give an in-depth review.

Maybe people can turn it off if they don't want in-depth reviews?

But I'll say again, we can't have an option where people only get "good reviews," that's never going to happen guys.
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10 Years Ago


I agree...butthe other review system sounds awesome!!
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10 Years Ago


I love the idea of a paintbrush review system, especially with the option to turn it off if the writer desires to.  That would eliminate the need to have levels.  And it should be optional for the reviewer too.
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Re: Painbrush Review System

9 Years Ago


I've never had any trouble with the current way of writing reviews.  (No one WANTS thorough proofreading or comments on where the dialogue/characterization falters, but that's another matter.)  On the other hand, I have tried to proofread using the "red pen" (red highlighting) that Word gives as an option, and I can't stand it.