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10/9/11: Guys, please remember that this site is not dead. I got a request from Katie again! She added more to her site. It looks like she made some major improvement!
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Not even review sites are amazing. I am improving my site; I will not add any more points for no reason. I will only add points if I gave a good point, you know? I don't want to do it for no reason, just to be nice. People who come here shouldn't be looking for just a big award to put on their site. People should come here so they know what to edit, what is wrong with their site. That is what makes the world go round.

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?/10

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?/30
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?/5
Sitely: Do you have enough affies? Are any of the affilate links you put are broken? Did your affies not put you in their affie section? Are they closed? Affies are always important. How about listers, do you have enough? Are any of the links broken? Did you listers list you? Is the directory deleted/closed? And your link back buttons, are they sharp and pretty? Did you credit the people who made them? Sitely content is something you might need to worry about.
?/5
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Recommended/Not Recommended
Overal Score: ?/50

Hard


First Impressions: Well, what do I see here? I click on your link you sent me, and suddenly I see your site. You know, I don't want to see an ugly site when I first look at your site. Man, that might not make me want to visit it again.
?/10
Layout: I'll press the magical button CTRL+U and will open up your coding. If anything looks funny about your layout, I'll gladly look at the coding and will tell you what to fix. If the layout is just terrible...I'll contact you about it.
?/20
Introduction: Does your introduction grab me and pulls me in, wanting me to read more? Is it descriptive and organized? I will probably just skip the introduction if I don't like it.
?/10
Content: Content is one of the most important parts of a site. You don't want people to get confused about how your layout site doesn't even explain how to use the coding you provided. Or how you have broken links and such. Good content must be provided for a good site.
?/30
Spelling/Grammar: Well, first, for spelling, nobody wants to see, "Eyes belaieve that peple should use hiquality layohuts." And for grammar, well, don't mess up. I'm not that good with grammar though, so who's to speak. But oh well, I'll be in-depth.
?/15
Extras: If you have something different then others do, such as a mini SOTM hiding in your extras section, you will get bonus points.
?/5
Sitely: Sitely is important. Do you have enough affies? Are any of the affilate links you put are broken? Did your affies not put you in their affie section? Are they closed? Affies are always important. How about listers, do you have enough? Are any of the links broken? Did you listers list you? Is the directory deleted/closed? And your link back buttons, are they sharp and pretty? Did you credit the people who made them? Sitely content is something you might need to worry about.
?/10
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You see thee title="yes, etc."? That's basically the coding you use. If you didn't know that, well, you just had a coding lesson! Also, you must have my button before, during, or after the review. Before/during, instead of your rating when you hover over my button, put Pending....
2. Only enter when requests are open. I will ignore you, and whenever you try to request again, I'm sorry but I won't do it.
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5. Just for my enjoyment, if you ever heard of Tales of the Abyss, explain to me how awesome it is. Name all of the playable characters. You don't have too, because, of course not many people know about this game. I want some people to do it to make me happy. xD
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Waiting List

1. Orville @ Be Awesome: Bilge Dice
2. Katie @ Meow Buttons
3. Katie @ Meow Buttons
4. Open!
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9. Open!
10. Open!
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Meow Buttons

Type: Hard
Review Date: 8/15/11
First Impressions: When I clicked open the site, my expectations were, to be honest, actually low. I haven't seen much amazing sites so I wasn't sure what to expect. But the Meow Buttons just gave me this effect, made me go WOW. The colors worked well with each other. Though something that kind of defeated the "WOW" in it was the layout. To be honest, I'm not a fan of premade layouts. It's not personalized. It's not original. That kind of busted my bubble. The banner also was pretty good, though it could use some improvement.
Colors go together +3
Pretty banner +2
Premade layout, not personalized -6
9/10
Layout: Ok, now about personalization. If you can't code or make a good layout, just go to The Status Center to look for open requests. They have a little section that shows open layout requests. You know, request a layout that has something to do with a cat. You can even use a Wocky image; they look like cats. *Pokes my layout.* Ok, now here is a problem I would like to discuss. The navigation. Apparently it's broken. Viewers can't go to the homepage once they left. There are two ways to fix this, but I prefer to use a specific one.
So this is the code that is bad. Paste this in your Word Pad and look for this code similar in your layout code.
And this is the fixed version....
Can you spot the difference? The difference is small, but it is there.
Premade layout, not personalized -5
Broken navigation -3
12/20
Introduction: Your introduction is pretty boring. Maybe pull the readers in a little? You could possibly say something related to cats. Why was it called Meow Buttons anyways? I hate when I'm confused, or bored. Even though people came here looking for buttons, I'm a bookworm so I might not request at a site that just bores me. There could be customers who want a button and come to your site, but they love good introductions and may not want to request. You could, possibly tell a small story in the introduction. Or you could do something like, "You are wandering through the forest and see a black cat, (then put other text here that I am to tired to type out.)" I am keeping some points because the introduction kind of sounds convenient and I love convenience.
Boring introduction -6
Convenient introduction +3
7/10
Content: Okay, I think you should actually write more into your content. I know it's a button site, but I really recommend some good text. You also have this text "/~CloudKitty " below your envelope. I know the site created the envelope, but put it in your credits so people don't get confused. I had to look around that site to know why you put that link there. Also, your buttons aren't exactly top quality, so I would probably hesitate to request from your site. I'm not sure how to make you improve, since I don't make buttons. Though, I do see sometimes you re-size images to make them fit onto the button. NEVER, EVER DO THAT. It makes it look bad. Just use a small part of the picture for the button. Also, it occurs to me that sometimes you use white backgrounds. If the people who request don't have an image that completely fits the button, politely ask them if they want a certain background. Also, recommend them to use Neopets Background images when requesting for a button. The images there are very pretty. You should also add more colors to the buttons, and make the fonts bigger. To be honest, my favorite button you made is this one.
Not much text -2
Credits in the wrong place -1
Not exactly high quality buttons -9
18/30
Spelling/Grammar: Wow, this is actually the part I've been waiting for. =D Okay, let's get this started.
There is one thing that befuddles me. In bold is what bothers me.
3. I will either fix or redo any button you are not satisfied with. But please give me time to do so after you contact me.
It bothers me that "but" is the beginning of a sentence. Weird huh? I just think it doesn't work out. This is how I actually want it to be like:
3. I will either fix or redo any button you are not satisfied with. However, please give me time to do so after you contact me.
But" at a beginning of a sentence may be proper, I don't know. Sorry. It just bothers me. There is another problem I found:
If your request takes more then a week I either didn't get the neomail about it or I have forgotten.
No comma! *Gasp* Hah, just kidding. So the fixed version is:
If your request takes more then a week, I didn't get the neomail about it or I have forgotten.
Kay. There is another problem.
Color only button lets you pick the general color and border you want on your button and I will do the rest.
WHAT??? The whole sentence is in bold!? I see that sentence as a run-on sentence.
The color only button option let's you pick the general color and border you want on your button. So, I will just do the rest.
Improper grammar/spelling -2
13/15
Extras:
You have no extras. You could make something fun for the extras. Maybe you could host a BOTM. There are endless possibilities. However, I want to be fair. For having no random black bar at the top and having a counter, I'll give you some points.
Maintained a healthy layout style +2
Counter +2
4/5
Sitely: I expect more of your link back buttons. You are a button maker, so possibly you know exactly what you want. You should add animation to your link back buttons. You have a pretty good amount of affies and listers. However, just a bit too much. You should limit your affies/listers. Also, Flayboyance doesn't say you are an affie. Stylish Trends ia now Ayre Banners. I think it is a complete site change, not just a name change, because it doesn't say you are an affie. Caro's Banners does not say you are an affie. Synthesia does not say you are an affie. Sunshine Dasies does not have any affies. Nite Time Guild Directory does not say you are an affie. Pickle's Fonts seems to be closed. Cabana does not say you are there affie. Detonate Buttons looks closed. It just says,"HI." Beneath the Waves does not list you. Sky Blue Directory does not list you. Grapevine is closed. Merry Go Round's Neopet that keeps the page up has been pounded. The Candy Directory is closed/gone. Down the Rabbit Hole is a competition site.
Not high-quality link back buttons -2
Messed up affies/listers -3
5/10
Overall: I've seen Meow Buttons since it was made. I had an old site, and saw your board advertising Meow Buttons. I actually hesitated to request a button, I actually never did. You've become famous, but you do need a a bit of improvement. Take my advice here, ok? I'm dying to revisit for improvement.
Revist/No Revisit
Recommended/Not Recommended
Overal Score: 68/100
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Be Awesome: Bilge Dice

Type: Hard
Review Date: 8/13/11

First Impressions: When I first open your site, I see colors. Yep, colors. Colors I didn't want to see. Gray and red/maroon do NOT look good together. Since this guide is about Bilge Dice, you could do maybe a blue and yellow mix, or blue and red. You need colors that really bring out the WOW factor. The navigation looks pretty neat, though it does have it's faults, but I will not look into it that much because it's just the first impression. Also, the yellow bar at the top is annoying.
Bad choice in colors: -7
Pretty navigation: +2
Yellow bar at the top: -1
5/10

Layout: First I am going to tell you how to remove the yellow bar at the top. You see, even though I probably know you already know this, your color of your layout background coding looks SIMILAR to this:
) body ( background:color- #400000;
The html color code you used for the background is in bold. To fix the yellow bar, just copy and paste these codes into your layout:
Replace this:
With this:
And then add this:
NOTE: If this little coding lesson didn't help please contact me and I will happy to redo it.
Okay, now about the navigation. It annoys me a bit how the 'Leave' button is at the very bottom of the navigation bar. To fix it, replace this:
With this:
If you don't like what I did, NEOMAIL me.
Yellow bar at the top: -5
Squished navigation: -3
12/20
Introduction:*Yawn.* Your introduction was slightly boring. Give it some PAH-ZAZ. Like, for instance, make it like somebody is entering a hut and seeing a bunch of Neopets, huddling around wanting to play Bilge Dice, but they need one more person. (Ok, I never played Bilge Dice so this is hard for me.) Don't want to be harsh, but I'll be taking a LOT of points away for the boring introduction. I will not take away some of the points because some of your introduction makes me feel happy.
Boring introduction: -8
2/10
Content: This is going to be super hard for me. *Facepalm* Like I said, I never played Bilge Dice for me. I may not give you a good score because I never did play. I might not give you the score you deserve. Okay, on to the content. I see you copied and pasted a lot from the info Neopets said. It's not actually a guide if you just copy and paste. Perhaps use your own wording and experiencing to write the descriptions for the rules and enemies. I am very sorry I can't actually grade the other parts. //Not a big fan of Bilge Dice/ never played// But I can see your content is very useful and helpful.
Copied and pasted basic rules/enemies from Neopets: -10
20/30
Spelling/Grammar: I saw something you might need to fix for your spelling:
So you wanna learn how to be a Bilge dice Pro Eh? Well let me start by telling you that Bilge Dice is not a game for the faint of heart like Dice-a-roo. It takes Courage, Smarts and a basic knowledge of math. *Gasp*
So, you see the words in bold? That's what you need to fix. Your capitalization isn't that good in the intro. You also didn't include a comma. Make it look like this:
So you wanna learn how to be a Bilge Dice pro, eh? Well let me start by telling you that Bilge Dice is not a game for the faint of heart like Dice-a-roo. It takes courage, smarts and a basic knowledge of math. *Gasp*
And in the second paragraph of your intro, there is another problem:
Oh your still here? Ok fine I'll teach you but just because I'm nice.
Change it to this:
Oh, you're still here? Ok, fine. I'll teach you, but just because I'm nice.
The third paragraph of your introduction is also a problem. Look at it.
Ok enough joking around, In reality Bilge Dice is a fairly Simple and easy game like any puzzle if you think it through. So if you don't know how to think turn around and walk away because this game is not for you.
The fixed version:
Ok, enough joking around. In reality Bilge Dice is a fairly simple and easy game like any puzzle if you think it through. So if you don't know how to think, turn around and walk away because this game is not for you.
I found another problem:
In the Game you will always play against these three neopets. Though the site says they play different they really don't so don't bother trying to figure out their programming. And so with out any further ado more copying and pasting!
And my version comes here:
In the game you will always play against these three neopets. Though the site says they play different they really don't so don't bother trying to figure out their programming. And so with out any further ado more copying and pasting!
Let's take a look at another dilemma:
But Wait! Stone didn't you say your opponents are all the same and you shouldn't bother learning their tricks?
Yep. Here is my fixed version (again):
But wait! Stone didn't you say your opponents are all the same and you shouldn't bother learning their tricks?
And yes, another problem. This is probably depressing me as much as it is depressing you.
Having Trouble understanding this part? Take a look at the chart below for help.
We all have our flaws. You aren't the best with spelling in your guide. So, let's move on and see my fixed version....
Having trouble understanding this part? Take a look at the chart below for help.
My, I spot another one! *Sighs* Well, we should be done any moment now.
You can win up too 5k a day, this may take longer for some than others depending on your skill level, because the amount you can bet goes up with experience.
Okay, let's just skip to my clean version of the sentence...
You can win up to 5k a day, this may take longer for some than others depending on your skill level, because the amount you can bet goes up with experience.
Oh no. Another one. Oh well. Just hope this is the last one.....
Its random but is a rather easy avatar to get in my opinion and shouldn't take you too long to get. I usually get 24's 3 to 4 times a day.
And the fixed sentence is:
It's random but is a rather easy avatar to get in my opinion and shouldn't take you too long to get. I usually get 24's 3 to 4 times a day.
There is another one, but don't worry. It's the last!
That's why it's called "lucky streak, don't expect to get this avatar in a day.
And the last fix is here!
That's why it's called "lucky streak." Don't expect to get this avatar in a day.
Even though I did give you the correct versions, learn from your mistakes!
Mess up in grammar and spelling: -9 1/10
Extras: Since the points for this is unfair, I will count your help about avatars as extras!
Avatar Help +5
5/10
Sitely: Since it is only a guide, I will make a few exceptions. But that doesn't mean you can't have a lot of listers and affies! You only have two listers. Try and get more. You have no affies. Please try to get at least one. Your link back button is pretty dull. Use The Status Center to look for button requests. It tells you the sites that have open button requests.
Little listers: -1
No affies: -2
Dull button: -3
4/10
Overall: You've done ok. You are sadly enough, below average. It may just be I never played Bilge Dice before. I am very sorry. You need a lot of improvement on your site. Hey, that's why I'm pretty harsh and in-depth, right? You didn't even give a link to Bilge Dice, which is depressing.
Revist/No Revisit
Recommended/Not Recommended
Overal Score: 54/100
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