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Old June 25 2012, 02:49 PM   #76
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

Alrighty, the three Destiny threads are now in the table (congratulations to David Mack for now occupying the top 7).

This was accomplished by LightningStorm doing some further thread renames for me (adding the "Review Thread" trigger phrase, but also using the opportunity to consistify the title formats further; thanks!) and adjusting by the code to treat "Excellent" as "Outstanding" (as the intro blurb on the page now mentions).
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Old June 25 2012, 02:51 PM   #77
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^Nice work Sho! Congrats to Mr. Mack on his continued thread success
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Old June 25 2012, 05:19 PM   #78
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

Thanks!

So with the Outstanding/Excellent normalization in place, it turns out that there are five additional eligible threads that aren't in the ranking yet due to inconsistent thread titles, namely for Synthesis, The Needs of the Many, The Soul Key, Unspoken Truth and Unworthy. I've petitioned Rosalind for the additional renames, and if luck holds and the mods are not yet fed up with my obsession, they shall pop up on the page soon.
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Old June 26 2012, 06:44 AM   #79
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

I hope they do it. I would love to see as many books as possible on your page. It's been a useful resource in deciding what to read when.
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Old June 26 2012, 11:11 AM   #80
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

^Agreed, the thread is a great reference for choosing a new Trek book. I hope to see more threads for older books added in the future(hint, hint)
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Old June 26 2012, 12:43 PM   #81
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

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^Agreed, the thread is a great reference for choosing a new Trek book. I hope to see more threads for older books added in the future(hint, hint)
I've just started reading the DS9 relaunch and I'm thinking about posting review threads for each volume, but I'm not sure it'll attract much traffic.
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Old June 27 2012, 04:52 AM   #82
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^Agreed, the thread is a great reference for choosing a new Trek book. I hope to see more threads for older books added in the future(hint, hint)
Yes, I've been slacking! But I did get around to posting the thread for Reap the Whirlwind last week, finally . More to come ...


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^Agreed, the thread is a great reference for choosing a new Trek book. I hope to see more threads for older books added in the future(hint, hint)
I've just started reading the DS9 relaunch and I'm thinking about posting review threads for each volume, but I'm not sure it'll attract much traffic.
Well, I for one certainly wouldn't mind discussing some of those with hindsight ... plus, I think the review threads are kind of a long-term thing, in the sense that it'll always be OK for future board visitors to unearth even a really old one and append their own review there (and the ranking table should help a little with finding them).
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Old June 27 2012, 06:13 AM   #83
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

Excuse the double post, but just as a heads up, the five leftover threads I mentioned above are now in the ranking.

Also, Rosalind very very kindly agreed to do another round of renames for me. When I sent in the original list of renames to be done for consistency purposes back then, I was unaware of the rather harsh length limit on thread titles, and so only chose to acronymize/abbreviate the sub-series names I felt were excessively long otherwise. As a result some of the thread titles ended up lacking author names that could have fit otherwise, and some sub-series are ill-prepared for future novels with longer titles (in the sense that needing to acronymze/abbreviate to fit them is then going to cause inconsistency with the past titles). Given all of this, I've sent in another list of 21 renames that is going to make the titles consistently use acronyms/abbreviations for the sub-series names and add back a lot of author names (and the odd missing exclamation mark here and there).

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Old June 27 2012, 03:22 PM   #84
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^Agreed, the thread is a great reference for choosing a new Trek book. I hope to see more threads for older books added in the future(hint, hint)
I've just started reading the DS9 relaunch and I'm thinking about posting review threads for each volume, but I'm not sure it'll attract much traffic.
Well, I for one certainly wouldn't mind discussing some of those with hindsight ... plus, I think the review threads are kind of a long-term thing, in the sense that it'll always be OK for future board visitors to unearth even a really old one and append their own review there (and the ranking table should help a little with finding them).
That's great thanks, Sho, I'll do that. I won't post a thread for The Lives of Dax because I'm not sure how rating anthologies work.

How do you think I should do the thread for Avatar though? Split it into the two parts, or all under one thread?
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Old July 5 2012, 12:09 PM   #85
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That round of renames I mentioned is done now (thanks again to Rosalind) and I kicked off a full reindexing accordingly. Wohoo, perfection!

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How do you think I should do the thread for Avatar though? Split it into the two parts, or all under one thread?
Sorry, missed the question somehow ... not that I really have a good answer . Either seems fine, I think ... bundling might make it easier to get responses than dispersing over two threads, and I guess people can still differenciate between the two parts in a single review if they want to.
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Old July 5 2012, 12:21 PM   #86
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^ For the purpose of your rankings, I think when a book was released on its own it should get its own thread. Sometimes even the two parts of a duology vary in quality. For example, the two Avatar books would get two different ratings from me in the polls.
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Old July 5 2012, 12:28 PM   #87
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Right, ironically I was forgetting about the polls (haven't had enough caffeine yet) . True enough, that's a killer reason to give each book its own thread.
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Old July 10 2012, 02:51 AM   #88
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^Agreed, separate threads is the way to go
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Old February 16 2013, 09:13 PM   #89
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Sho, I have to say that a year (or so?) later I am still impressed by how useful this little page you made is. It has become my primary point of entry into TrekBBS, at least when I am looking for review threads.

I do have a small enhancement request though. Now that there are a LOT of reviews, it gets harder to find the threads I'm looking for. Maybe some sorting / filtering options would be useful. For example, a way to highlight the recent novels somehow. Or sort by release date.

Right now I just use "command-F" to find what I'm looking for in the page, and that works. As long as I remember the name of the novel I'm looking for.

Anyhow if you're bored and looking for ways to improve your page, those are some things that would help me.
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Old February 17 2013, 05:03 AM   #90
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Thanks! Both of those suggestions sound good to me ... maybe filtering by novel series via a row of checkboxes, and the release dates as an additional column? I'll have a look .
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