Editors Etiquette... Please read and follow

aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
If you don't do it already, please note that it's really good etiquette and IMHO important to rate and comment on a review once you submit it after editing.

This boosts the contributors' confidence, gives feedback rather than the subtle silent undercover changes you make on their review, and gives the review a jumpstart of momentum as far as popularity.

It's a courtesy to the contributor and to the site, really.


If you have some severely constructive criticism, consider sending a message to the user so as not to taint the wall for coming potential commentators.


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Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I agree with this, it would be nice to hear from the editors more often.
06/25/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
While I agree it would be nice of the editor to do, it is not their job to rate the review on content. They are only there to edit for grammar and punctuation. Sure they are reading the review to some extent, but that does not mean they 'Should' rate it after the fact.

Like I said, it would be nice of them but "really good etiquette"? I am not so sure.
06/25/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
If you don't do it already, please note that it's really good etiquette and IMHO important to rate and comment on a review once you submit it after editing.

This boosts the contributors' confidence, gives feedback rather than the ... More
I love your suggestion. I'd really like to know what has been corrected on my reviews if any, so I can do a better job in the future.
06/25/2011
indiglo indiglo
This sounds like more what the Mentor Program was designed for. They will give constructive criticism, advice, and help to make your reviews better. Editors really just check grammar and spelling I think. A vote might be nice, but I don't think it's fair to expect them to do the same thing a mentor would do with a student, since it's a different program. Plus, if they edit a lot of reviews, it might be a bit difficult for them to vote on all of them.
06/25/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
While I agree it would be nice of the editor to do, it is not their job to rate the review on content. They are only there to edit for grammar and punctuation. Sure they are reading the review to some extent, but that does not mean they ... More
I agree with you.

I am not an editor per se but I have edited reviews from my students, and although I rarely comment on the review, there is a LOT of back and forth with my student about the review. So I never felt the need to comment on it as I have done so extensively already before having the review published.
06/25/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
i can definitely see both sides, but i'm just saying i think it would be quick and simple after having already read the review and having it fresh in your mind to give it a rating and a quick note. that's all.


mentor program is something i'm only now getting into so my take on it is tainted due to my newness! thanks for your responses, everyone.

06/27/2011
Sir Sir
It's not exactly quick and simple to comment on a review. Voting, yes, that's quick and simple. But commenting requires more effort and time, and our job as editors is not necessarily to give feedback - it's to simply proofread and edit the review's mistakes in terms of grammar.

I think that it would be easier for the person who had their review edited to message the review editor with any questions if feedback is wanted. It's a nice gesture, I agree, to comment and vote on the review, but not necessarily is it proper etiquette or even a necessity.
06/27/2011
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
If you don't do it already, please note that it's really good etiquette and IMHO important to rate and comment on a review once you submit it after editing.

This boosts the contributors' confidence, gives feedback rather than the ... More
It would help perhaps if there was a quick link at the bottom of review that goes back to the writer. Then all you would have to do would be to leave a couple quick comments on improving, maybe a point that was excellent and click to send. Anyways, I think it would be nice, I know my respect has gone up greatly & I care more about the opinions of the editors that left me a quick note.
06/27/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
indiglo is exactly right; the Mentor program is where a writer belongs if they really want constructive feedback on their writing. Editors are only there to check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It is not "quick and simple" for them to do otherwise. They are working in an entirely different area of the EF website to do the editing, and in many cases it would take a considerable amount of time for them to point out the multiple things that a contributor needs to work on. That's the Mentors' job.

Uninvited pointers would also be a waste of the Editors' time in the case of the contributors who don't care to hear anything but praise.

That said, a lot of Editors would be happy to answer you if you have specific questions about the changes that they made to your review during editing. Though if you're serious about wanting to improve your writing, again, a Mentor class is the way to go.
06/30/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
I've had a few responses on my reviews from the editor, and some not. While I do appreciate the comments, I am not offended if they don't : )
09/08/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
update* i posted this when i first started and didn-t know better.

whoops!

while i think it's really nice of editors to comment, it's certainly not necessary.
09/08/2011
tA tA
I agree; it would be nice to hear from editors to see why or even if they edited a review.
12/19/2011
Megan Jean Megan Jean
All the editors of my reviews have taken the time to rate and comment.
12/20/2011
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