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Offline Campbell
28 Mar 2017, 11:09 AM | Post: #4571

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(28 Mar 2017 08:48 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  If you have time, please moderate some drabbles.

I can give you big 'yes/no' buttons and a game show, if that's what it takes. ;-)
What if you required authors who submit drabbles to moderate previous submissions as part of the submission process (when there are submissions to moderate at least)? That ought to guarantee everyone some feedback (even if it is 'not this one, here's why').
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28 Mar 2017, 12:31 PM | Post: #4572

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

This post was last modified: 28 Mar 2017 12:32 PM by Anna Faversham.
Usually I agree with nearly every word you say, Sean, but not this time.

Writing a drabble is time-consuming enough. Also some drabblists would not be the best people to moderate the work of others. I also think it is good to be assured that the names of the moderators are private.

But I'm so pleased to see us all pitching in with ideas.
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28 Mar 2017, 01:24 PM | Post: #4573

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Well, something clearly isn't working. There are 15 subs at the moment, 11 from one person. As others have noted nobody wants to read/ judge a large batch from one author in one go.

Either there need to be more moderators, the existing mods need to spend more time moderating, or the moderating process needs to be quicker per drabble. Personally I don't want to see a huge queue of 15+, and would be more likely to work through it if presented with one drabble at a time with an approve/pass/dislike selection to show the next one. The queue could be prioritised to show drabbles from authors with better approve:reject ratios so the more-liked work floats to the surface of the queue (and conversely encourages self-selection among submissions). Excess passes would show which drabbles people just don't get.

Otherwise if it's not a requirement / stick for submissions, then the best bet is a carrot for the mods (priority access to the newsletter? A shiny badge on the BookHippo forum? Entry into a monthly Amazon giftcard drawing?). Moderating isn't easy either, and there aren't any qualifications to do it right now (other than 'a bookhippo account') so we're not necessarily seeing the best people to moderate doing so as it stands. Editorial skills are as valuable as writing, and ideally you'd pay qualified editors (perhaps with listings in 'Author tools' as a 'Our Editors' option?). Approval / taste is very subjective as some of the mixed ratings on the current drabbles show.

The other option is to simply autoreject drabbles after a certain timeframe has elapsed without any feedback either way to keep the queue short/fresh.
Right now it all relies on self selection and goodwill (and people remembering to check back).
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I think a 'pass' option would be useful.
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(28 Mar 2017 11:09 AM)Campbell Wrote: Wrote:  
(28 Mar 2017 08:48 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  If you have time, please moderate some drabbles.

I can give you big 'yes/no' buttons and a game show, if that's what it takes. ;-)
What if you required authors who submit drabbles to moderate previous submissions as part of the submission process (when there are submissions to moderate at least)? That ought to guarantee everyone some feedback (even if it is 'not this one, here's why').
I'm not sure that requiring a Drabblist to moderate other Drabbles would be wise. It would be easy for an unscrupulous writer to reject Drabbles in the hope that their own would rise to the top  (not suggesting that anyone here would do that, but there is that risk). 
I like the idea of a 'pass' button. It doesn't take long to read 100 words, and it's usually a quick decision to approve or reject many of them, but the 'maybe it's just me that doesn't get it it' or the 'meh' ones are a problem.
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28 Mar 2017, 03:32 PM | Post: #4576

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I think the principle issue is being overlooked. We need more drabbles from as many different people as possible.

I've written several hundred over the years and consequently find it difficult to come up with fresh ideas often but I know there are authors here who could write some cracking drabbles.
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Does anyone else think it would be useful if the published Drabbles could be searched for under the writer's name? When I find a writer whose Drabbles I like it would be good to be able to find a collection by the same writer. I think an A-Z search of author names might be more useful than the A-Z search of titles.
Just a suggestion Rolleyes
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(05 Apr 2017 02:21 PM)Jan Hurst-Nicholson Wrote: Wrote:  Does anyone else think it would be useful if the published Drabbles could be searched for under the writer's name? When I find a writer whose Drabbles I like it would be good to be able to find a collection by the same writer. I think an A-Z search of author names might be more useful than the A-Z search of titles.
Just a suggestion Rolleyes
Hi, I have had three of my Drabbles  published on Book Hippo and have noticed that at the side of the drabbles advertisements for a book written by the same authors pops up. I think that if you type in the name of the author in the search box, you will be directed to books by that authorReading Kindle. A- Z of authors is definitely a good idea as apposed to A-Z of titles.
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(05 Apr 2017 04:42 PM)Lilly Adam Wrote: Wrote:  
(05 Apr 2017 02:21 PM)Jan Hurst-Nicholson Wrote: Wrote:  Does anyone else think it would be useful if the published Drabbles could be searched for under the writer's name? When I find a writer whose Drabbles I like it would be good to be able to find a collection by the same writer. I think an A-Z search of author names might be more useful than the A-Z search of titles.
Just a suggestion Rolleyes
Hi, I have had three of my Drabbles  published on Book Hippo and have noticed that at the side of the drabbles advertisements for a book written by the same authors pops up. I think that if you type in the name of the author in the search box, you will be directed to books by that authorReading Kindle. A- Z of authors is definitely a good idea as apposed to A-Z of titles.
I can't always remember the titles of my own Drabbles Rolleyes
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Some great drabbles are getting rejected because of typos. Sometimes, they can be as minor as one character out of place, so it's a shame to reject them outright. Therefore, I've hired David to work as an uber-moderator (basically, a moderator with editing powers). We'll still welcome moderation input from others, as it's always great to get multiple opinions. Editing should help keep the drabble slot active.
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