our town

welcome

Hi ya! Welcome to Our Town, a guild review site owned by Cib. Have you ever wondered what others think of your guild? Want to know how you can improve your favorite place to chat on Neopets? This is the place for you! Please come in, have a look around, and submit your guild for a review! Please be sure to read all of the requirements and the different reviews offered before submitting a request!

updates

June 22nd, 2012 - Reviews are open!
I have accepted a review from Madame at The Golden Inn! Be watching for that review.
June 17th, 2012
Guild reviews are now open for the summer! Sorry it took so long for me to open back up. So please, send in your requests now!

disclaimer

Here are some qualifications and some set backs of why my reviews can be seen as legitimate, or why I should not and will not review your guild. I don't want you to think that I'm just a Neopian looking for a guild myself, reviewing anything that comes along! ^_^

I have been an avid guild member for over eight years in many different guilds.
I have been in many different types of guilds: Neopets-Related, themeless, chat-based, avatar, block, etc.
I have owned many successful guilds; their themes were mostly Neopets-Related and themeless.
I have never been in a roleplay guild before, so I will not be reviewing them.
I understand the rules of what guilds can and cannot do - this includes giveaways and gifting items to members.

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reviews

Here you'll be able to find out about the different types of reviews I have to offer. I offer three different types of reviews: complete review, layout review, and owner's choice. You will be choosing one type of review in your request.

complete review

First Impression (5pts.) – When a Neopian first opens your website or guild home page, what exactly does he or she feel?
Layout (10pts.) – The picture that is associated with a guild is its layout; this includes guild home page as well as any pages.
Content (15pts.) – Guilds need to offer opportunities to members, whether they are activities, avatar lending, adoption agencies, or anything else.
Ownership (10pts.) – A guild is only as good as its leadership. A good leader can bring any guild a great life.
Membership Quality (15pts.) – A guild's activity and level of appeal rotate also around the membership participation. A guild with 100 members that aren't involved in the guild is not nearly as appealing as a guild with 10 members that are overly involved.
Unique Attributes (5pts.) – Every guild has its own spark, as it is required to stand out over ever other guild.

Total: 60pts

layout review

In this review, I will assess your guild's layout. I will talk about the overall appeal, the ability to maneuver, the quality, and the cleanliness of your layout. I will also give suggestions about how to make your layout a better, stronger first glance.
I will also assess the aesthetic look of any pages your guild has, including (and most importantly, the guild website. I will talk about the appeal, the ability to maneuver, the quality, and the cleanliness of these pages as well.

This is not a scored review.

owner's choice

In this review, I will allow the guild owner to pick 3 criteria from the complete review to be elaborated upon by me. I will assess those chosen by the owner and give tips on how to better those things.
The owners options are as follows: first impression, layout, content, ownership, membership quality, and unique attributes.

This is not a scored review.

Picked your review? Click here to read the rules!

rules

You must be the guild owner or a guild council member to have a guild reviewed.
Your guild must be open for 1 month – this does not mean from the open date. It refers to the date you started accepting members; this helps me to know if you're an established guild.
Your guild must have at least 20 members; exceptions may be made if your guild has a lower member cap than this or if I choose to make an exception.
If your guild has any offsite links, I will not review it.
If you've fully read these, tell me your favorite book in your application.
If your guild is private, you must invite imprintable to the guild for the span of 3 days while I review the guild. If your guild is public, I will simply join with imprintable for 3 days.
All requests should be sent to imprintable and not cibola.
Please link back to my site before, during, and after your review.
You may choose for your guild review to remain anonymous. I will not link your guild anywhere on my site.

This is the most important rule. I will not consider the review if you are just a member.

Reviews are

open

Subject: Guild Review
Waiting List
Madame @ The Golden Inn
Name @ Guild Name
Name @ Guild Name

Before you send in your request, be warned. I can come across harsh.
I'm just trying to help, I promise. I mean no harm.
Click here to send me your request!

pick up

Here you can see the reviews that I've finished. Feel free to take any of the review and display it. Remember, I have the right to give my opinion, so please do not complain if my review is harsh. I just want to help you out! :3

If you received an outstanding guild review, click here!

the reviews


This guild wishes to remain anonymous.
Review Type: Complete Review
First Impression: Color. The changing color background is neat, but it's also really, really distracting. Maybe having that on a different page, as in a page for the members, would be alright. However, the first thing you want potential members to see is your guild's information, especially if you're a private, literate guild that wants quality members. - 2/5pts

Layout: As for the non-member website, I believe it's a little too bright to be able to focus on for a long time. You want your members to be able to peruse the entire non-member website without feeling as if their eyes are hurting. Some more toned down colors on your non-member website would help very much. However, the layout on both the guild and the member website are great! They get the point across, and it's lovely. The member website may need a high quality banner with possibly a little less electric blue, but then again – that's for the members. The guild's main layout, suitable for the holiday season, is very good. The updates are also very readable. The links could be a bit more creative, but they're easy to navigate. - 7/10pts

Content: I love rules for a guild, and your rules are very drawn out and detailed. Having detailed rules helps members to know exactly what they're looking for. The ranks are also very nicely drawn out. Your portal is very active, and I see you have lots of activities to offer. Be sure to keep those activities active, and that will work to your advantage! - 15/15pts

Ownership: I couldn't help but notice that your leader wasn't all that active. However, one of your council members was, and that made me very excited. In that case, this council member should have more access to things, as well as possibly host a petpage for members to enjoy. A council member should always carry his or her own weight, and hosting a petpage is a part of that. I also believe that council members should be able to tell Neopians when they cannot join and tell members when they are not being literate. Advertising as a literate guild means members should be literate. More on that later. Your council members need to be a bit more involved, in my opinion. If they are very busy, that's also fine! I suggest having applications to fill the council, which will help the rest of the council in sharing the load. - 6/10pts

Membership Quality: Your members are active, congratulations! You have a very good quality of members. However, most of them are not literate. Do not advertise as a literate guild if you're not going to enforce it. Your guild would probably collect more members if you did not advertise as literate, which all of your members are fine with. - 12/15pts

Unique Attributes: You have many unique activities to offer, and that's something that is very great for a new member to see! Great job. - 5/5pts

Overall: 47/60pts – Your guild is on the right track! I suggest getting a few more council members that are regularly active to help share the load of the other council members. Thank you for letting me review your guild, and good luck with your guild!

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awards

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why guild reviews

Some of you may be wondering, why would you want to review guilds? Well, for one thing, guilds are what kept me coming back to Neopets for a long time. I enjoy the community that comes with a guild, and I cherish the relationships I've made in my past guilds. Some more of you might say, these can't be real relationships! I completely disagree. I'm friends with Neopians whom I was in guilds with 6 years ago! ;D So, guilds are important to me.

why our town

Some of you may be wondering, why is the site called Our Town? Well, Our Town is my favorite play, written by the wonderful, genius, and incredibly talented Thornton Wilder. If you've ever read Our Town, you'll know it's about - you guessed it! - a town called Grover's Corners and the events that take place here. All of the town citizens know what happens in Grover's Corners, and it's a tight knit community. Bingo! This is what a guild should resemble, so I thought it fit. ^_^

recognition

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Please only apply to be an affiliate if they are open. I am only seeking high quality review sites for affiliates. If you've listed me, please neomail me so I can link you! I am also seeking a sibling site, so please neomail me if you are interested in that!

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Page anchor codes originally by Paul, found here, and heavily edited by me.
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Credit style inspired by Cass at Soroptimist Directory.
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