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Sorry! Sincerely Yours is closing, and the writer has had to put away her books. I may be leaving Neopets, but currently I'm not (for the time being, I will be eventually). If you need any help with your site, please feel free to neomail me still. I would like to thank everyone who made me buttons or awards or anything, anyone who is affiliated, listed or reviewed me, etc. I know it feels like i don't appreciate your effort but I do, so much, and I hate to do this.
Finally a thanks to Turnip and James for being amazing and supportive. You guys are INCREDIBLE.

Calico

Rubrics

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |


Welcome to the rubrics page! Click the links above to read all the different rubric styles and availability. When you have read through the content and chosen a rubric, proceed to the request page and find the correct form.

If you are requesting a Custom, Proofread/Link Sweep, Q & A or Pages review, be aware that they have their own request forms. So when you're requesting, make sure you're using the right form.

Explanation of writing terms

Recipient: Who would be suited to and who can request this review.

Writing Time: How long it will likely take to complete this review. Long

Subject: What this review will critique in your site.

Would I forward your letter?: This means, would I recommend your site to someone else?

Would I reply to your letter?: This means, would I re-visit your site?



In-Depth Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Any sites, although it would be more beneficial for older sites to request this review. Only people who want everything, every minor detail reviewed should request this review.

Writing Time: Long, should take 2 days when I'm fully available.

Subject: This review will critique your entire site. This includes your portfolio, textareas, link sweep and proofread, everything. It also focuses on design, functionality, originality, quality, organization and professionalism.

Score: The review will be scored out of 100.


First Impression (Score /5)

A first impression is what I see when I first load up your page. This is important because a first impression is a lasting impression. It will tell the viewer whether your site is creative or bland, noob-like or professional, light or dark. You need to have a visually appealing yet practical layout and an organized, original design.

Home Page (Score /5)

Your home page is the basis of your site. It should supply a warm, welcoming message, with information about you, what your site offers, and more about your site. It should include a splash of colour (the most common method is an icon), maybe an opening story to capture interest from your viewers, and professionalism to wrap up your welcome message. Sometimes a homepage includes your updates, too, so you have to make sure they're organized, and not in a tiny box that is hard to scroll.

Design (Score /10)

When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.

Organization (Score /10)

A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".

Originality (Score /5)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Professionalism (Score /10)

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Functionality (Score /5)

How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very fustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is borken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.

Rules (Score /10)

Every site has them. Every visitor doesn't want to read them. There's usually a catch that means the visitor has to read the rules and supply a codeword to request. Be careful when doing this as you are offering a service and whether the visitor read the rules or not is not the most important thing. Another aspect of your rules is your harshness. The visitor does not owe you anything. As part of professionalism, you need to be caring to the visitor and offer great service, with fair rules.

Sitely (Score /10)

As a sitely section is the "administration" section of a site, it needs to be neat, organized, professional, functional and with some colour to liven it up. Many sites have their link back buttons on their sitely page. If you do, don't have them all scrunched together, make sure the textareas are the same width as the buttons, and they are evenly spaced. Affiliates need to be the same. Usually, site owners figure out how many 88x31 buttons can fit in a row in their text space, then add padding so it looks organized. Margins and padding are essential in your sitely section because they add space so the buttons are clearer. Then with your listers. Many sites list at numerous directories. You have to make sure the buttons are evenly spaced. This is a continuous job. A new directory may open and list you, and you need to link back, that means you must adjust the padding so the button looks better. you may even need to start a new row, so make sure it's centered to add organization. And your credits section should be petite, professional and organized. Don't add credit for link back buttons in your credits. Link the display button to the creator's site/userlookup, but make sure the link in the textarea is to your page.

Updates (Score /5)

To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.

Link Back Buttons (Score /10)

Link back buttons are very, very important. They are what your visitors see before they see your site, when they see your link back buttons on another site. If you have boring, unappealing and bland link backs, people aren't likely to come back to your site. You have to have a large variety (but not too large) of professional-looking buttons to represent your site. Check the Extras page for the Open Authors to see some great button sites with open requests where you can get some link back buttons.

Quality of Service (Score /10)

People visit a site for one reason; to see quality content. Quality can make a site stand out as much as a layout design can. It doesn't matter how much content you have, if your content is high-quality, everyone will want some. Spend a day or so working on your content to make sure your techniques are the highest-quality you can make them and you will have a professional site that everyone will want to visit, which is, after all, the aim of a site in the first place. The main question I ask myself when making graphics is, "If I requested this from someone, would I be completely satisfied with the graphic?".

Quantity of Service (Score /5)

Even though quantity doesn't matter as much as quality, quantity is still important. Imagine going to a site with "high-quality banners" and there being one banner in the whole site. This offers no variety. Variety is important, and sometimes it's as simple as quickly colorizing a graphic to make a whole range instead of one, or making a few new simple rubrics for a review site. This is especially important if your site is older. This means you have had plenty of time to get lots of content, and it can all be high-quality. When reviewing in this category I will make note of your site's age in contrast to your site's quantity.


Classic Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Any sites, although it would be more beneficial for newer sites to request this review. Only people who want everything reviewed but not in too much detail should request this review.

Writing Time: Long, should take a day.

Subject: This review will critique most things, but not in as much detail as the In-Depth does.

Score: The review is scored out of 100.


First Impression (Score /5)

A first impression is what I see when I first load up your page. This is important because a first impression is a lasting impression. It will tell the viewer whether your site is creative or bland, noob-like or professional, light or dark. You need to have a visually appealing yet practical layout and an organized, original design.

Design (Score /10)

When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.

Organization (Score /15)

A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".

Originality (Score /5)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Professionalism (Score /15)

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Functionality (Score /10)

How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very fustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is borken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.

Rules (Score /15)

Every site has them. Every visitor doesn't want to read them. There's usually a catch that means the visitor has to read the rules and supply a codeword to request. Be careful when doing this as you are offering a service and whether the visitor read the rules or not is not the most important thing. Another aspect of your rules is your harshness. The visitor does not owe you anything. As part of professionalism, you need to be caring to the visitor and offer great service, with fair rules.

Sitely (Score /15)

As a sitely section is the "administration" section of a site, it needs to be neat, organized, professional, functional and with some colour to liven it up. Many sites have their link back buttons on their sitely page. If you do, don't have them all scrunched together, make sure the textareas are the same width as the buttons, and they are evenly spaced. Affiliates need to be the same. Usually, site owners figure out how many 88x31 buttons can fit in a row in their text space, then add padding so it looks organized. Margins and padding are essential in your sitely section because they add space so the buttons are clearer. Then with your listers. Many sites list at numerous directories. You have to make sure the buttons are evenly spaced. This is a continuous job. A new directory may open and list you, and you need to link back, that means you must adjust the padding so the button looks better. you may even need to start a new row, so make sure it's centered to add organization. And your credits section should be petite, professional and organized. Don't add credit for link back buttons in your credits. Link the display button to the creator's site/userlookup, but make sure the link in the textarea is to your page.

Updates (Score /10)

To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.


Q&A Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Any site owner can request this review. It is suited to both new and old sites.

Writing Time: Quick. Half an hour or so.

Subject: The Q & A review consists of questions you want to ask me, and I'll send you an answer back.

Score: This review doesn't have a score.





In the Q & A rubric, you choose a few questions to ask me about your site. The maximum is 10. These questions are not questions like "Will you lend me MSP?". These are questions relating to your site, such as "Is my portfolio organized?" or "Are my link back buttons high quality?". I recommend reading through all the other rubrics to see what sort of questions you want to ask me.

Once you have sent me the questions, I will reply to them with a few neomails. Those questions that warrant quick answers will all be put in one neomail, and those that need more extended answers will be put in their own message. Try to be specific when requesting.

If, afterwards, you do not understand my answer, feel free to neomail me back and ask for me to explain more or ask a subsequent question.

Visual Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Anyone can request this review, but graphic request sites would be better to.

Writing Time: Long.

Subject: The Visual review looks at all the categories you can see on your page. The design of your site overall.

Score: This review will be scored out of 50.


First Impression (Score /10)

A first impression is what I see when I first load up your page. This is important because a first impression is a lasting impression. It will tell the viewer whether your site is creative or bland, noob-like or professional, light or dark. You need to have a visually appealing yet practical layout and an organized, original design.

Design (Score /10)

When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.

Home Page (Score /10)

Your home page is the basis of your site. It should supply a warm, welcoming message, with information about you, what your site offers, and more about your site. It should include a splash of colour (the most common method is an icon), maybe an opening story to capture interest from your viewers, and professionalism to wrap up your welcome message. Sometimes a homepage includes your updates, too, so you have to make sure they're organized, and not in a tiny box that is hard to scroll.

Originality (Score /10)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Link Back Buttons (Score /10)

Link back buttons are very, very important. They are what your visitors see before they see your site, when they see your link back buttons on another site. If you have boring, unappealing and bland link backs, people aren't likely to come back to your site. You have to have a large variety (but not too large) of professional-looking buttons to represent your site. Check the Extras page for the Open Authors to see some great button sites with open requests where you can get some link back buttons.


Proofread/Link Check

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Directories, Writing/Review sites, or new sites are most likely to request this review.

Writing Time: Depends.

Subject: Usually new sites or older directories request this review.

Score: This review doesn't have a score.


Sitely

As a sitely section is the "administration" section of a site, it needs to be neat, organized, professional, functional and with some colour to liven it up. Many sites have their link back buttons on their sitely page. If you do, don't have them all scrunched together, make sure the textareas are the same width as the buttons, and they are evenly spaced. Affiliates need to be the same. Usually, site owners figure out how many 88x31 buttons can fit in a row in their text space, then add padding so it looks organized. Margins and padding are essential in your sitely section because they add space so the buttons are clearer. Then with your listers. Many sites list at numerous directories. You have to make sure the buttons are evenly spaced. This is a continuous job. A new directory may open and list you, and you need to link back, that means you must adjust the padding so the button looks better. you may even need to start a new row, so make sure it's centered to add organization. And your credits section should be petite, professional and organized. Don't add credit for link back buttons in your credits. Link the display button to the creator's site/userlookup, but make sure the link in the textarea is to your page.

Updates

To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.

Professionalism

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Link check and proofread

With this review, the main aspect is the proofread and link check. I'll scan your site for spelling or grammar errors or broken/changed links.

Pro/Con Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Any type of site can request this review.

Writing Time: Short.

Subject: The Pro/Con review will review some good and bad aspects of your site.

Score: This review is out of 10.





The Pro/Con review

In this review, I will post 3 positive things and 5 negative things about your site (after all, you're being reviewed to fix the negatives of your site). There isn't really much to say for this rubric. I usually also offer some suggestions to include in your review. This review also gives a score out of 10 for an overall site rating.

Service Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Older request sites, or newer request sites for that matter, who want to improve their service.

Writing Time: Medium to long.

Subject: this review looks at all the aspects of your site that contribute to your overall service.

Score: This review is out of 50.


Professionalism (Score /10)

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Originality (Score /5)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Quality of Service (Score /10)

People visit a site for one reason; to see quality content. Quality can make a site stand out as much as a layout design can. It doesn't matter how much content you have, if your content is high-quality, everyone will want some. Spend a day or so working on your content to make sure your techniques are the highest-quality you can make them and you will have a professional site that everyone will want to visit, which is, after all, the aim of a site in the first place. The main question I ask myself when making graphics is, "If I requested this from someone, would I be completely satisfied with the graphic?".

Quantity of Service (Score /5)

Even though quantity doesn't matter as much as quality, quantity is still important. Imagine going to a site with "high-quality banners" and there being one banner in the whole site. This offers no variety. Variety is important, and sometimes it's as simple as quickly colorizing a graphic to make a whole range instead of one, or making a few new simple rubrics for a review site. This is especially important if your site is older. This means you have had plenty of time to get lots of content, and it can all be high-quality. When reviewing in this category I will make note of your site's age in contrast to your site's quantity.

Organization (Score /5)

A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".

Originality (Score /5)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Functionality (Score /5)

How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very fustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is borken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.

Rules (Score /5)

Every site has them. Every visitor doesn't want to read them. There's usually a catch that means the visitor has to read the rules and supply a codeword to request. Be careful when doing this as you are offering a service and whether the visitor read the rules or not is not the most important thing. Another aspect of your rules is your harshness. The visitor does not owe you anything. As part of professionalism, you need to be caring to the visitor and offer great service, with fair rules.

Updates (Score /5)

To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.

Custom Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Any site.

Writing Time: Long

Subject: This review lets you pick 5 categories for me to review your site with.

Score: This review is out of 50.


For this review, you pick 5 of the categories below and I review your site on those categories.

First Impression

A first impression is what I see when I first load up your page. This is important because a first impression is a lasting impression. It will tell the viewer whether your site is creative or bland, noob-like or professional, light or dark. You need to have a visually appealing yet practical layout and an organized, original design.

Home Page

Your home page is the basis of your site. It should supply a warm, welcoming message, with information about you, what your site offers, and more about your site. It should include a splash of colour (the most common method is an icon), maybe an opening story to capture interest from your viewers, and professionalism to wrap up your welcome message. Sometimes a homepage includes your updates, too, so you have to make sure they're organized, and not in a tiny box that is hard to scroll.

Design

When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.

Organization

A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".

Originality

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Professionalism

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Functionality

How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very fustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is borken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.

Rules

Every site has them. Every visitor doesn't want to read them. There's usually a catch that means the visitor has to read the rules and supply a codeword to request. Be careful when doing this as you are offering a service and whether the visitor read the rules or not is not the most important thing. Another aspect of your rules is your harshness. The visitor does not owe you anything. As part of professionalism, you need to be caring to the visitor and offer great service, with fair rules.

Sitely

As a sitely section is the "administration" section of a site, it needs to be neat, organized, professional, functional and with some colour to liven it up. Many sites have their link back buttons on their sitely page. If you do, don't have them all scrunched together, make sure the textareas are the same width as the buttons, and they are evenly spaced. Affiliates need to be the same. Usually, site owners figure out how many 88x31 buttons can fit in a row in their text space, then add padding so it looks organized. Margins and padding are essential in your sitely section because they add space so the buttons are clearer. Then with your listers. Many sites list at numerous directories. You have to make sure the buttons are evenly spaced. This is a continuous job. A new directory may open and list you, and you need to link back, that means you must adjust the padding so the button looks better. you may even need to start a new row, so make sure it's centered to add organization. And your credits section should be petite, professional and organized. Don't add credit for link back buttons in your credits. Link the display button to the creator's site/userlookup, but make sure the link in the textarea is to your page.

Updates

To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.

Link Back Buttons

Link back buttons are very, very important. They are what your visitors see before they see your site, when they see your link back buttons on another site. If you have boring, unappealing and bland link backs, people aren't likely to come back to your site. You have to have a large variety (but not too large) of professional-looking buttons to represent your site. Check the Extras page for the Open Authors to see some great button sites with open requests where you can get some link back buttons.

Quality of Service

People visit a site for one reason; to see quality content. Quality can make a site stand out as much as a layout design can. It doesn't matter how much content you have, if your content is high-quality, everyone will want some. Spend a day or so working on your content to make sure your techniques are the highest-quality you can make them and you will have a professional site that everyone will want to visit, which is, after all, the aim of a site in the first place. The main question I ask myself when making graphics is, "If I requested this from someone, would I be completely satisfied with the graphic?".

Quantity of Service

Even though quantity doesn't matter as much as quality, quantity is still important. Imagine going to a site with "high-quality banners" and there being one banner in the whole site. This offers no variety. Variety is important, and sometimes it's as simple as quickly colorizing a graphic to make a whole range instead of one, or making a few new simple rubrics for a review site. This is especially important if your site is older. This means you have had plenty of time to get lots of content, and it can all be high-quality. When reviewing in this category I will make note of your site's age in contrast to your site's quantity.

New Site Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: New sites, under a month old.

Writing Time: Long

Subject: This review will explore and critique the aspects of a site that are essential if a new site will become successful.

Score: This review will be scored out of 100.


Design (Score /10)

When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.

Organization (Score /10)

A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".

Originality (Score /10)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Professionalism (Score /10)

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Functionality (Score /10)

How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very frustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is broken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.

Rules (Score /10)

Every site has them. Every visitor doesn't want to read them. There's usually a catch that means the visitor has to read the rules and supply a codeword to request. Be careful when doing this as you are offering a service and whether the visitor read the rules or not is not the most important thing. Another aspect of your rules is your harshness. The visitor does not owe you anything. As part of professionalism, you need to be caring to the visitor and offer great service, with fair rules.

Sitely (Score /10)

As a sitely section is the "administration" section of a site, it needs to be neat, organized, professional, functional and with some colour to liven it up. Many sites have their link back buttons on their sitely page. If you do, don't have them all scrunched together, make sure the textareas are the same width as the buttons, and they are evenly spaced. Affiliates need to be the same. Usually, site owners figure out how many 88x31 buttons can fit in a row in their text space, then add padding so it looks organized. Margins and padding are essential in your sitely section because they add space so the buttons are clearer. Then with your listers. Many sites list at numerous directories. You have to make sure the buttons are evenly spaced. This is a continuous job. A new directory may open and list you, and you need to link back, that means you must adjust the padding so the button looks better. you may even need to start a new row, so make sure it's centered to add organization. And your credits section should be petite, professional and organized. Don't add credit for link back buttons in your credits. Link the display button to the creator's site/userlookup, but make sure the link in the textarea is to your page.

Updates (Score /10)

To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.

Link Back Buttons (Score /10)

Link back buttons are very, very important. They are what your visitors see before they see your site, when they see your link back buttons on another site. If you have boring, unappealing and bland link backs, people aren't likely to come back to your site. You have to have a large variety (but not too large) of professional-looking buttons to represent your site. Check the Extras page for the Open Authors to see some great button sites with open requests where you can get some link back buttons.

Quality of Service (Score /10)

People visit a site for one reason; to see quality content. Quality can make a site stand out as much as a layout design can. It doesn't matter how much content you have, if your content is high-quality, everyone will want some. Spend a day or so working on your content to make sure your techniques are the highest-quality you can make them and you will have a professional site that everyone will want to visit, which is, after all, the aim of a site in the first place. The main question I ask myself when making graphics is, "If I requested this from someone, would I be completely satisfied with the graphic?".

Pages Rubric

| In-Depth | Classic | Q & A | Visual | Proofread/Link Check |
| Pro/Con | Service | Custom | New Site | Pages |



Recipient: Any site, but usually a directory.

Writing Time: Long.

Subject: This review lets you pick 4 pages/sections of your site to be reviewed with the categories below.

Score: This review will be scored out of 200, with 10 per category and 50 points per page.


Design (Score /10)

When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.

Organization (Score /10)

A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".

Originality (Score /10)

No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.

Professionalism (Score /10)

When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.

Functionality (Score /10)

How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very frustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is broken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.

Request

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Please only request when requests are open. Check that the rubric you want is open before requesting.

Please only request a review if you intend to make changes to your site per my critique. I'm taking the time to write out a review for you, it would be appreciated if you made the changes I suggested.

After I have confirmed you have made the waiting list, link back to Sincerely Yours in your "Reviewed by" section of your sitely, not "Affiliates" or "Links out". Don't link back before. If you've read the rules, put *flower* in your request.

I can only review in English. Please don't request a review if your site is in another language. In your request form, please tell me whether your site is in UK English or American English.

You may request one review per month per site. If you take what I said in your review into account and change your site accordingly, I'll offer you the chance for another review the next month.

I review all sites in Google Chrome. I have access to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari, too, so if your site works best in one of those browsers, mention that in your form. Although if your site doesn't work in Google Chrome/Internet Explorer/Mozilla Firefox I will deduct points, as these are the main browsers your visitors will be using.

Make sure your inbox is not full so I can contact you about your review.

I'm sorry but I can only review sites. I can't review applications, wishlists, screenie pages, about me pages, guild webbies, etc.

After you've sent in your request, please don't make any big changes to your site. Things like this are changing your layout, revamping your content, or changing your rules. This is because I need to review your site as it is when you send in the request, and changing it is annoying as I have to start again. Don't put *flower* in your request. Put typo instead. Once the review is finished, you may make changes again.

Remember, the review is in my opinion and is not meant to be an attack against you. I write reviews because I want to help you with your site. I try to write kindly. If you have a problem with something I wrote, feel free to ask me about it, but don't send me hate mail.

I will not review your site if you have plagiarism, any stolen content or anything similar.

Last but not least, enjoy your review! I write positives and negatives. Think of this as a stepping stone in your site career, and thank you for requesting at Sincerely Yours.


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