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One more thing about formatting. For the business of writing, it's important. Places that accept submissions usually have writer's guidelines that often include such details as a particular font, font size, and type of file to be submitted. If you can't be bothered to follow those guidelines, then I can assure you that the editors can't be bothered to deal with people that won't work with them. Seriously. I've worked on magazines where failure to meet the basic criteria mean that they won't even read your stuff. Deadlines and high volumes of submissions don't allow for exceptions. They just send out the automatic rejection letter and delete the file. I've seen a thirty page typed manuscript go into the recycling bin because no one had the time to sit and type it into a Word file, so why bother with it?
Bear in mind, that if I'm snarking on formatting issues, or grammar, or the like, that doesn't mean I've downvoted what I'm complaining about. I look at the concept and creativity first. If I can't see the concept and creativity because something is so poorly written that I have to reread the item to get the idea, well...format and style is important.
As for the template being too hard to understand, I don't buy it. Just cut and paste the template and replace the words in it with your words, leaving the bracketed format codes. When in doubt, look at the freaking Core Rulebook. It's all there in black and white, exactly how you're supposed to do it.
pH unbalanced wrote:
I mark down for making assumptions about the gender of the user.
Gender-neutral language in the singular is difficult to pull off if you end up having to use a pronoun.
Didn't see your follow-up post. Yes, that is a problem. Still, most manly-man barbarians aren't going to wear the frilly underarmor of silky goodness. (Or at least many of them will be unwilling to admit they do.)
Gregory Connolly wrote:
I understand the reasons why this format is used. I'm just getting really frustrated that I can't uprate both or downrate both items. In one pairing I vote for the one with the least mistakes, then two really good items show up and I pick the better one. So I have upvoted something I hate and downvoted something I like, with no way to express my feelings because anonymity.
It can be frustrating, but you're doing exactly as required. Each vote is only between the two items on the screen. All the rest do not exist for purposes of that particular vote. It's just a point of determining which of the two items is better. I find it helps me pay attention to the minutia, especially when two items appear equally good or bad.
I've seen it on at least three items so far, hence why I called it a trend.
Here's a weird trend: Using flavor-style text to describe already established rules mechanics.
Example (not from an actual item): "This greataxe has its head forged of adamantine, a supernaturally hard metal that slices through most other materials, even other metals, with ease, allowing it to bypass hardness of less than 20."
Why would you do this? The rules for adamantine are established in the rulebook. You don't need to waste word count restating what the properties of the material are. Just say it's a +2 keen adamantine greataxe and then get to the stuff that makes it Superstar.
According to the Paizo folks, the actual content of the entry has no bearing on what it is paired with. It's more likely our innate human ability to see patterns in things.
Speaking of patterns, here's my rule for determining whether a particular thing is a trend:
Once is happenstance.
One more item, and "weapons that heal" officially becomes a trend.
Each voter has their own preference and rates different aspects of items in their own hierarchy. For me, I can overlook formatting and syntax issues unless they impede my ability to read and understand the item's abilities. I'll usually upvote an item with a more strongly creative and original idea over an item that is perfectly formatted but not all that exciting.
If the items are equally compelling, then I'll look at who the better writer is as far as description, formatting, and rules knowledge.