Submissions (Uploading & other Essential Info)
How we Protect you and your Screenplays
Reviews, Ratings & Rankings
What are assignments?
To be sure that all scripts get their fair share of reviews, town residents can only earn TalentDollars for reading those that are assigned to them to review. Frankly, assignments are also a way to help stop members from getting all their friends to give themn high scoring reviews, and only that way is the system fair for everyone. It is true that Citizens can pick their assignments, but they have paid for that privilege with their membership dollars and in reality we monitor all reviews to do our best to prevent anyone from stuffing the ballot box.
To get a new assignment, you have to first go to your assignment screen, either by selecting the "My Assignments" item in the Reviews menu or clicking on the Assignments link in the My House box which you will find on the Home Page when you are logged in. Either way you will be taken to a screen that shows a list of all of your current review assignments as well as a box at the top for getting a new assignment.
Choosing a Genre and Script type: In the "Get an assignment" box you will see check boxes for the various types of submissions (Screenplays, Short Scripts, etc.) as well as check boxes for all the various genres of scripts in the library. Prior to clicking on the Get New Assignment button, you can select the type of script you are willing to read using those check boxes. So, if you are simply unwilling to read and review a Western or a Horror Script, just uncheck those genres.
Be aware that the script you are assigned is in some sense randomly drawn from the pool of reviews that have been purchased by other Residents (and which match the types and genres you indicated). Should the assignment you are given be something you are unwilling to read for any reason, you are allowed to remove one assignment every 24 hours (using the Remove Assignment button), and that script will in turn be assigned to someone else to read and review.
Please note the due date: Residents do not have an unlimited amount of time to read a script and write a review, so when requesting an assignment, please be sure you will be able to read the submission assigned and write a review within the time limit allowed. Currently the time limits are as follows:
7 days for Screenplays
6 days for Dramas
5 days for Short Scripts and Sitcoms
If you do not complete your review and submit it within the allotted time, the assignment will be removed and assigned to another member. Please do your best to request assignments when you have the time and energy to actually complete the review, no other member can be assigned that review while it is assigned to you.
How are the site ratings and ranking calculated?
The formula that we use to determine the site score for each submission is set by Talentville and is not publicly available. However, the following guidelines should help you to understand some of the process:
Only reviews that were the result of an assignment are considered in the site score. Scores associated with Freebie reviews are not counted in any way, although the reviews may be very useful to the author as feedback.
Submissions with more reviews will have a higher score than similarly rated submissions with fewer reviews. We reward consistency.
A submission's site scores will slowly decay over time if a member ceases to purchase reviews for that submission. Since the success of our city is dependent on your continued active participation, this rewards Residents who stay involved.