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How to please a reviewer

Discussion in 'Creative Tips, Critiques, and Advice' started by BarryX15, April 10, 2016.

  1. BarryX15

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    First, why do you even need to please a reviewer? What is a reviewer?

    Reviewer is someone who comes to judge your plot when you submit it for a review. You need to please two reviewers so they give you two approvals and you can claim new, bigger plot on next rank. There might be one reviewer not pleased enough and giving a rejection, but if two others give the plot an approval, you don't have to worry.

    Your basic guide to please a reviewer is here:
    http://imdeity.com/guide/rank-up/
    Also be sure to check this list:
    http://imdeity.com/threads/build-rules-promotion-restrictions-information.19503/

    Experience of being a builder and a reviewer has taught me that there are other things to mention, difficult to explain in simple way but still important and taken into account when judging plots:

    Rank 1
    - Build something before submitting. Empty plots get rejected, no excuses.
    - Use all or most of your plot. If you don't use available space, why would you need even more space on next rank?
    - Nice terrain? Good. Now build something on that terrain. Landscaping alone is not enough.
    - Bonemeal doesn't count as building. And sadly, even if you place all flowers and other items by hand, big areas of just grass/flowers will still leave an empty feeling on the plot. That said, they may pull your submission down.
    - Missing blocks show laziness and/or haste. It doesn't matter when the rest of the plot is good enough, but showing thoroughness can help to cross the often tiny border between approval and rejection, so make sure you filled all water blocks and fixed grass blocks where you wanted them to be - these don't spread in Creative.

    Rank 2
    - Two words: Interiors, furniture. The more rooms you build, the more furniture and decorations you have to fill inside. No matter how big and beautiful the outside is, empty inside will still stop you from ranking up.
    - Remember, it is bigger plot, you have to build more. Often a build submitted for rank 2 could be concentrated into a plot size of Rank 1 and it would look better there. A rejection gives you an opportunity to work more and add more details.
    - Are there hollow, empty parts in your build? Is the whole terrain just one layer of grass over empty bottom part? Think about making some use of it.
    - Did an approval on Rank 1 say that the plot was just enough to pass? The reviewer gave you an opportunity to make up for it on Rank 2 and you better work twice as much to prove that you deserve this chance.
    - If you get rejected, adding few blocks here and there and submitting again like "is it enough yet?" is the way to hell.

    Rank 3
    - Cuboids. Before you get too excited, remember that plain walls are so boring that reviewers rather move on to next plot. Thats also the reason why the block count for the /edit command is so limited.
    - Too big for a house, too small for a town? Not really - you can build a big house or a small town on this size, but it needs good layout. A forest on one side may be better than few trees in every corner.
    - Speaking about layout, big centerpieces are often accompanied by rather poor surroundings, as they leave a lot of empty space around, but still not enough for building something good there. Ever heard about Golden Ratio? Ever thought about building your centerpiece slightly off the center, to have more space on one side?
    - Art, architecture. It has to be good and its hardly possible to tell how to achieve it. Look around for already approved plots, get some inspiration.

    Rank 4
    - The plot barely fits into the render distance, so part of your build may be hidden from viewer's eyes. They have to focus on smaller parts or details, so give them plenty to see.
    - That plenty of smaller parts and details still needs to be put together in a logical way.
    - Are you ready to submit the plot? Take a walk around the plot and add more. There is fewer reviewers able to review high ranks so you better make sure to please each one of them.

    Rank 5
    - This is last rank that you can submit for a review. Ultimate promotion needs ultimate skills. Layout, planning, complex idea, persistence. Insane ideas are the best ones if you can finish them and if they are made well enough.

    Rank 6
    - Thank you for making it so far. No more promotions, only a never-ending glory.
     
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  2. legoazurp

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    Does this post refer to the requests of any SPECIFIC reviewer? :D
     
  3. BarryX15

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    Why should it refer to some requests at all? Use two links from the starting post to get a checklist of rankup requirements, if you want to do only as much as necessary. Tips above are for players who want to improve, sometimes it may help them to fulfill just that necessary amount of what was needed to pass, but sometimes they can do a lot more than their rank needs.

    And seeing that someone did more than was needed pleases ALL reviewers ;)
     
  4. Prawntex08

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    nice post, very in-depth :)
     

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