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How to find your script "score"
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Gail Clifford
Posted November 14, 2013 9:58 AM
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I've submitted my first entry to Talentville, appreciate the Review, but don't know where to find the "score" given for the individual topics.

Can anyone give me the shortcut?
Thanks!
Gail

Ben Cahan
Posted November 14, 2013 12:49 PM
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Gail,


We only show the 'average' of each category after a script has gotten three reviews so that authors won't write nasty vindictive emails to reviewers if they scores a particular category low.  It is true that an author can likely surmise the scores when new reviews are posted, but we are trying to allow reviewers to enter scores they believe are deserved with fewer worries about any specific backlash.


That does not mean that some reviewers do not go the extra mile and put their scores in the body of the review, but that is just a personal thing some reviewers do. It also does not mean the author cannot email the reviewer and ask them what their scores were in each individual category, but I would only ask that if a reviewer does not want to divulge that, the author should respect their decision.


Ben

Gail Clifford
Posted November 14, 2013 11:13 PM
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Thanks, Ben,
Makes sense - definitely would not want to be on either side of a review hassle.
Best,
Gail

EVA MONTEALEGRE
Posted March 2, 2014 10:33 AM
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I would like to know exactly who gives the comments and their scores and why.  It's an intelligent and mature approach and that's the kind of exchange I'm looking for.

Anyone who submits truly unkind or destructive comments or anyone who can't receive a helpful criticism - those are people I don't need to interact with and I'm hoping everyone involved is going for a professional demeanor in all their interactions.

Best thoughts and good writing!
Eva

Gail Clifford
Posted March 2, 2014 8:42 PM
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Eva,
I've found that knowing exactly which scores come from whom doesn't really matter much - as Ben said, it's an average that is taken in the end, and chances are you won't get three stinkers reviewing your script before the first "average score" comes out. I'd watch closely at what the reviewers don't "get" the way you want them to - if they're not seeing the movie you're trying to write, that means you've got more work to do to clarify your vision. If one doesn't get it, it may not be you. If three don't get it, I'd suggest it's likely to be the way you've written it.

Besides, you have the comments directly from the source - you're bound to be able to tell where the less favorable scores come from based on those comments.

If you find someone submitting "truly unkind or destructive comments" I'm sure Ben would be ready, willing and able to help take corrective action.

I've been very glad to have joined the community as a tourist before citizen and met so very many kind and generous people at various levels of training and in their careers.

As a citizen, you have the option to choose which scripts you review. As you build your network, you may be most impressed by those with the more divergent views and how their input will lead you in directions you'd never considered that can elevate your idea/concept or down a rabbit hole that leads to other wonders to write about.

Best of luck!
Gail

EVA MONTEALEGRE
Posted March 2, 2014 9:33 PM
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Thanks Gail, very thoughtful reply.  It's an interesting process.

Best,
Eva

Gail Clifford
Posted March 4, 2014 8:45 PM
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Eva,
Boy, is that the truth! Hope you ultimately find everything you want from it.
Happy writing,
Gail

Zell Jr
Posted March 6, 2014 3:33 PM
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Gail,


We only show the 'average' of each category after a script has gotten three reviews so that authors won't write nasty vindictive emails to reviewers if they scores a particular category low.  It is true that an author can likely surmise the scores when new reviews are posted, but we are trying to allow reviewers to enter scores they believe are deserved with fewer worries about any specific backlash.


That does not mean that some reviewers do not go the extra mile and put their scores in the body of the review, but that is just a personal thing some reviewers do. It also does not mean the author cannot email the reviewer and ask them what their scores were in each individual category, but I would only ask that if a reviewer does not want to divulge that, the author should respect their decision.


Ben

I can't imagine a reason why a reviewer would not want to divulge his score. But some of them seem to be like that.


I still don't find it respectable. If you want to grade someone's work, doesn't it make sense to let that person know how you graded them? What is the point of not disclosing your ratings? It seems so amazingly silly, so amazingly phony to me that reviewers would behave in that way.