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Plz help - Want to know how to retract a review

Alex Moreno
Posted September 17, 2012 8:55 PM
I encouraged a felow writer (and friend) to join TV.
As his script was up on the site- I presumed he wanted a review of one of his scripts. He didn't. So now he's mad at my mistake and wants me to retract my review.

Does anyone know how I can do this?

Please help- I feeel awful.


Alex M

Ben Cahan
Posted September 17, 2012 9:18 PM

As I said when I wrote to you personally, and for the benefit of the other Residents, anyone who can read a script in its entirety (Citizens or Tourists who are assigned the script) can write and submit a review.  Unless the review is totally bogus, copied from another review or it violates the site terms in other ways (profanity etc), I will not remove it from the site.  Keep in mind that a review that is freely given without an assignment is just a "freebie" review, and for those reviews the scores do NOT count towards the script's site score.

If anyone submits a review that they really really need taken down from the site, send me an email and I will oblige, but understand that I do not have all that much interest in spending my day doing such things. 

This is a review site, the more honest and constructive reviews the better the way i see it.

Ben Cahan

Ted Cabarga
Posted October 4, 2012 12:36 AM
Isn't it the case that if he deletes his script from the site, that the reviews will also be deleted? Then he can resubmit the script if he wants to. But why would he post a script if he doesn't want it reviewed? That's the whole purpose of submitting the script to Talentville in the first place, isn't it? Or are you saying, Alex, that it's just YOUR review he doesn't want posted?

Alex Moreno
Posted October 4, 2012 12:49 PM
I'm not sure as I haven't heard back from the writer....
I agree with Ben - we all join this site for feedback so that we can IMPROVE as writers--
I look at what I submitted 5 months ago and now my script (after 16 reviews including one from you Ted) is 1,000 times better...

F.W. von App
Posted February 6, 2014 12:46 AM
Uh oh, my newbie reviews have some profanity and cussin words in them. I Don't think I'm cussin anyone out, not attackin or trying to pick fight...I guess I just slip a badword or two in there for emphasis.
Now as I read more and more posts, rules and the like,- I too wonder if I should retract some or all of my reviews.
There's much to consider in order to get a solid feel for this Ville.
I guess I can always dump my profile and start fresh when I get some American dollars down n becomes a citizen.
Meanwhile I'm a newbie expecting to get schooled,

Ben Cahan
Posted February 6, 2014 8:26 AM

Yes, we do have rules, but for the most part we do not examine every word and come down on members unless other find what they said objectionable.  I am not quite sure that having profanity in reviews for emphasis is a great way to get a point across about something that might be good or bad in a script you have read, but if the writers have had no issues with your reviews, we are not going to step in unilaterally.

Just remember who written reviews are for, the author.  The ratings are what we use to calculate a script's score, but if the review points out the stengths and weaknesses of a script in a positive (constructive) way, then at least the author will get the benefit of what was written. 

So, try to keep it clean, constructive and encouraging if possible, we tend to have better things to do than to police reviews and forum posts.

Ben Cahan