Okay guys, I'm normally a guy who accepts criticism on what I do, and I've received PLENTY of rude comments toward me on many different aspects (including the ambitions of what I want to do with my life), but I'm tired of the following.
I have been submitting reviews to bands that I like, such as Edguy, Avantasia, Circus Maximus, etc. While I accept most of the reasons why my reviews are being rejected, what I DON'T like is how rude the mods who accept or reject them are being toward me. My first review for Edguy's The Savage Poetry was rejected because of being a track-by-track style, which I didn't pick up on my first time reviewing the submission rules. So fine - that one, I definitely understand, and the mod was being a legitimate critic, and had no rude comments in their reasoning.
My second review, which was for Edguy's Age of the Joker, was rejected for a similar reason, and the mod still didn't put any rude comments in. Once again - this was fine, and I might just end up rewriting this one and the one before.
Now, when I created my third review, it was for the Avantasia Lost in Space single (not the EP). The same mod that rejected my past two reviews started becoming rude. I gave the single a full 100% score for two reasons: one, I felt that the single did NOT deserve a low rating, AND, I wanted to counter the single 0% score of the current review that was by a reviewer that I've noticed probably has some sort of grudge against Tobias. But here's the exact quote of the mod's rejection notice.
Now, now... that's a damn bad idea, and makes you look like a silly fanboy. How about reviewing the single as a piece of art and making your review stand alone, voicing your opinion instead of fudging the score? That's childish, and I believe it's actually against the rules, although I'm too damn lazy and stupid to check.
In any case, don't do this. We won't approve this review at a score higher than 85% after this, so please act like an adult. This is a place for honest reviews, not a naive game. Rewrite and try again.
Criticism is very welcome - it helps me improve. Yet, it did NOT have to be done so rudely. I mean, really. Calling me childish for giving an album a good review? Really? And if they're too lazy and stupid to check, maybe they shouldn't be managing reviews. And not approving the review because of a score I give it? Giving a single a full 100% makes me not an adult? It makes me dishonest? I think NOT.
Okay, so for the last review that I've done so far (and probably the last review I'll ever do here due to the rudeness of this mod who keeps rejecting my reviews). I reviewed Circus Maximus' new album, Nine. I improved upon my whole "track-by-track" review basis (which I think is a dumb rule in the first place, but we won't go into that), and made it more like the other reviews on this site. Yet it still gets rejected, and I get an earful of insults. Again. Here's the quote of the message:
Remove the first line, it has nothing to do with the matter on hand. Also, kill all the smileys, this is not a facebook post on you last night's puking on the neighbor's kittens or an illuminated tweet on the fact that cows have huge boobs; too many smileys gnaw on your credibility, and it's better to have none, IMO.
The first part - about removing the first line about me actually being the first reviewer for an album (which is exciting for me as I'm new to reviewing albums), I understand where the reasoning came from. But rejecting a review because of smileys? That is STUPIDITY. And even if it had to be rejected because of such a stupid reason, there was no need to say "this is not a facebook post on you last night's puking on the neighbor's kittens or an illuminated tweet on the fact that cows have huge boobs". No need at all. Also, "it's better to have none, IMO". Isn't the accepting/rejecting of reviews supposed to be un-biased? Isn't it supposed to be based upon the guidelines?
Anyways, the point of this post is... I REALLY don't want to leave the site, as I like the sources available such as lyrics, lineups, all of the known albums and releases, etc. I also get enjoyment from reading different reviews, especially a certain member who reviews Edguy/Avantasia stuff (at least the newer stuff) really negatively like they have some sort of grudge against Tobias. It's funny!
But still. I am NOT going to deal with crap like this. I get enough of this from naysayers who claim my plans for life won't turn out or anything like that. I understand, it's life, and that I'll deal with it no matter what. However, whenever I see something that is wrong, I've recently not been sitting around doing nothing and letting the wrongs continue. I've had enough of wrongs in this world, and I'm going to do everything I can to STOP those wrongs from existing. In this case, it's rudeness on behalf of an admin/mod who approves or rejects reviews. Like I said - criticism is fine, as it helps me improve upon what I've been doing incorrectly; but I don't like the fact that the criticism just can't be passed without rudeness it seems...
If it continues, I'll unfortunately be leaving the site. If it can be changed, I'll be staying. I don't want to leave, but then again, I don't want to put up with the crap that I CAN avoid. I'm frustrated and hurt at the same time - I legitimately have had enough with the garbage in this world, and the stuff going on now is NOT helping. :\