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Meow Buttons Re-Review


Reviewed on 28 August 2011
Reviewed in Apple Safari
First Impression: 8/10 points
Banner:It's better than the last time, for sure. Instead of that plain little banner, you have a banner with a slightly fancier background. I would still recommend finding a better one, though; while it has improved, it's nowhere near the quality that screams, I have an awesome site and you need to stay here long enough to request! (Deducted one point.)
Introduction: You need to include a link to your userlookup; not only does it help people figure out exactly where you're coming from, it allows a quick and easy contact link so they can neomail you instantly without going through a ton of links. Other than that, your introduction is short, simple, and to-the-point. (Deducted 1/2 point.)
Buttons: I don't understand why they could not be side-by-side. Is there a specific reason that you have to have them stacked one on top of the other? It looks a bit messy. A much better choice would be to have them side-by side. Check out Dark Light; see how all the buttons are lined up across the top? Looks neater, does it not? You could even put that "Vote for Me?" button with the other two buttons if you wish. (Deducted 1/2 point.)
Oddities: What is up with the large space between the buttons? There's a big white space between all of them, leaving the counter to be smooshed in at the very bottom.
(No points deducted.)

Layout: 8/10 points It's the exact same layout as last time I saw you, and to be perfectly honest, it's not that great of a layout. There are a ton of gorgeous layouts out there - just check out Vibe and Nienke's Premades. Even Sugary Premades has better-quality layouts. While I'm sure that this layout appealed to you in some way, it's just not doing your site justice. There are so many other layouts out there that are more visually appealing; you just have to do a bit of searching for them. (Deducted 2 points.)

Spelling: 4/5 points I did not find any spelling errors while reading through your site.

Grammar: 4/5 points
One: When requesting an image please give me the URL where the image is located, and if the image is off-site please save it to a petpage so I can retrieve it.
When requesting an image, please give me the URL where the image is located; if the image is off-site, please save it to a petpage so I can retrieve it.
Explanation: It would make more sense with a semi-colon instead of a comma there; besides that, you had a few missing commas.

Two: 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.
The Color Only button option lets you pick the general color and border you want on your button, and I will do the rest.
Explanation: The option name should be capitalized (the same with the other ones, by the way!), and you have an apostrophe where you do not need one. Then you have a fragment, so I fixed that by combining the sentences with a conjunction.

Only two grammatical mistakes found.

Sitely: 7/10 points
Link-Back Buttons: They all look exactly the same! The cat's the in the same place, and the font is identical on all of them. Try some variety! If you have a button site, you should be able to make some unique buttons to show off your site flair! Remember, your button is the first thing that potential customers see when they are browsing other peoples' affiliates/credits. Be sure to make them attractive, otherwise people will skip over your buttons for the shinier ones. By the way, please take them out of that scroll box. It makes it very hard to look at all of them. (Deducted one point.)
Affiliates: Why are you keeping them trapped in one tiny little scrolling box? It makes it hard for people to see all your affiliations at one time; I know that a lot of people don't like being trapped in a marquee (at least, when marquees were allowed), so why give them the same grief with a scroll box? Take them out of the scroll box; it won't take up that much space. You should also try to alphabetize them. (Deducted one point.)
Listings: Refer to the "Affiliates" section above. By the way, there's no need for the "Open/Close" sign above your listings. YOU apply for the listings; if someone asks to list your site, why should you refuse them? That's free advertising you're turning away! (Deducted one point.)

Content: 14/25 points Here we get to the meat of the matter. I'm going to try to do this one section at a time; let's see where this gets us, okay?
Rules: Have you ever read this guide? It explains all about those trick words in the rules; not only are they annoying, but most of the time people just skim the rules for the trick word and place it in the form. There's no reason for them to read the rules at all if they can easily spot the trick word! (No points deducted.)
Requests: Hm. It might be better if you made those border options, font options, and animation options with actual backgrounds. The white background (or is it transparent?) makes it hard to see the options correctly. Your Four Hearts and Hearts border options...I would get rid of those. They just don't fit in with the rest of them; if the hearts were transparent (with just outlines), it might be a different story. I do like your "Curtain" border, though. It's very nice. (One point deducted.)
Pick Up: Nothing here. (No points deducted.)
Portfolio: Nothing's changed since the last time I reviewed you

It would make the buttons look much better if you were to make the borders transparent. You see the corners, how they're cut off and a bit of the background isn't surrounded by a border? If you were to make that transparent, the button would look far better. Just because something is 88 x 31 pixels, it doesn't mean that it should be a perfect rectangle every time. Having those extra pixels poke through the border makes it look a bit messy. (Not to mention the fact that when you put it on a non-white page, you can see the pixels floating around it!)

Now, the fonts. The best thing about pixel fonts is, if you outline them, they look three hundred times more awesome and are about five times more readable than if you do not outline pixel fonts. You're still not outlining your fonts! (In the vein of outlining, too, I would also outline, or "pad," the inside of your buttons. See the Paint Button Tutorial section of THIS PAGE to see what I mean by "padding." It's underneath Step Three.)

Some good news, though. The BEST button you have would have to be this one:

You've outlined the font (rather nicely, I must say) and the border has been nicely cleaned up. Again, though, make the borders transparent!! See how, when I put it in this light-blue box, you can see the white pixels all around it? Not pretty.

I also noticed that you're using some pretty shoddy, blurry, or just plain S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D images as the backgrounds. If you can't adjust them properly, or can't find an image small enough, FIND A DIFFERENT IMAGE! Stretching or warping the image just so it fits into that tiny little pixel space makes it seem like you're just trying to get the button done as soon as possible. Make a little effort to find some great images, and your button-quality will make a great leap! (Deducted ten points.)
Sitely: See "Sitely" section above. (No points deducted.)
Credits: It's a very bare-bones credits section. Do you have any one you want to thank? What about telling us your site information? (e.g., Why did you start this site? What were some great milestones in your site history?) Heck, you could even add some pretty buttons at the bottom in addition to the text links at the top!

Extras: 0/5 points There's absolutely nothing here that would make me want to come back, sorry.

Other problems: Just read through what I've already mentioned above; I don't think I left anything out. *No Points deducted*

Overall Score: 46/70 points overall That's a 66%. You haven't done much improvement since I last saw your site. There's just a slight change in the graphics (although there are still the white borders!) and the minimum change possible in the banner. You have fixed up your spelling and grammar mistakes, but that's not all a site is supposed to be about. A site is about content and quality. REMEMBER: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! So what if it takes you half an hour to make a button? If you make it right, you'll soon become a fantastic button-maker. Be sure to review tutorials for your specific graphics program. I'm sure there's some way for you to make transparent buttons! (If not, I recommend that you check out GIMP. It's free and easy to use!) Remember to check out Create Impressions for some button-making suggestions. Even if they're not made for your specific program, I'm sure you can make some tricks work!

I'm not going to lie; you have a tough mountain to climb if you want to move up in the world. I can only suggest some guides (such as Create Impressions, which I mentioned above) and point you to some directories (such as Soroptimist) to find more guides. I wish you luck, though, Katie.

Recommended || Not Recommended
Why? There's nothing special here. It's just another cut-and-dry amateur button-making site. It needs a lot of improvement.


Grenade


Reviewed on 24 July 2011
Reviewed in Internet Explorer
First glance: 9/10 points What's with the grey bar at the top of the screen? That's the second most noticeable thing about the site; the first would have to be that bunny-thing. Could it perhaps be hiding the Neopets referral banner that adorns all petpages? If so, that's an ingenious way of making the banner disappear. I wish Neo would just get rid of that banner; it really is a pain.

Other than that, though, why do you have the "title" image-code on your welcome banner? I happened to leave my mouse on the word "grenade" for a simple moment, and lo and behold, an ugly little box saying "Welcome to Grenade" popped up. There is absolutely no reason for this whatsoever; it distracts from the banner. Just leave the poor thing alone, and it'll work out much better for the both of you.

Spelling: 5/5 points I didn't catch anything! Congratulations!

Grammar: 4/5 points Here's how it works: Your original sentence will be in italics, followed by where I found it in (parentheses). My fix will be on the next line, with the fixed spot in bold, along with a little explanation of what I fixed in (parentheses). If it's too complicated, shoot me a line and I'll explain it better. Got it? Here we go!

A mass of blurred grey quickly zooms by, before flashing neon replaces it. (Home - Introduction)
A mass of blurred grey quickly zooms by before flashing neon replaces it. (Unnecessary comma)

Now closer, you can see that the letters spell Grenade. (Home - Introduction)
Now that you're closer, you can see that the letters spell Grenade. (Missing words; unclear meaning)

Neatness: 6/10 points It's annoying that the main bar doesn't have links to the rules section or the application section. Yes, I understand that you enjoy those little "hey, click here or you don't get to request thing!" that makes you think that people have read the rules, but honestly, those things don't work. On my first click-through of your site, I found the hidden link without having to read the rules, and when I saw the request forms, I just clicked back (through the home page, to the updates page, and THEN, FINALLY) back to the rules page. I scanned the rules without reading them, saw your favorite snack (pickles, anyone?) and I could have proceeded to fill out a form and send everything in without having read the rules at all. That's why these things don't work at all. It's far too easy to get away without reading the rules. I mean, you can just go straight to the applications by simply reading the link at the bottom of the page (ex., "I agree" leads to a #blank, "I disagree" leads to a #blank, and the divider leads to a #request. Too simple) and not doing anything else except simply glancing at the rules to see what your favorite snack is. It's not going to work. How do you know that anybody who's requested anything has actually read the rules, and didn't just do what I did?

Those hidden-link tricks are annoying, are way overused, and need to be deleted from the Neopian masses. (And that's my rant for today.)

Sorry, I got a little sidetracked. The main point of this section is to point out that your navigation is very poorly designed. It took me MORE than ONE click to get back to your rules (which is way too many!). Everything should be laid out nice and neat in your navigation bar; that's what it's for, right? There's no need for this roundabout way of going back to the homepage, going to the "enter" button, going to the "request" button, then scrolling down to the divider (that's four clicks!) just to get to your applications. By the time they actually get to the request section, any visitors will probably be too bored/too turned off by all the clicking to actually request something, and will most likely go to another, more-accessible site in order to get their request done.

I suggest you read through this guide. It might take a while, but it offers wonderful suggestions on customer service AND accessibility.

Read chapters 2 & 4 thoroughly. They'll give an expanded version of what I've already touched on above.

Quality: 8/10 points Your drawings are quite cute, although some of them look a little...odd. Mainly that purple Ixi (what's wrong with it?! It looks...like it has no backbone!) and the baby Xweetok (gah! It has no backbone either!). Sure, I can't complain, as your computer-drawing skills are better than mine, but I can't help but wonder what they'd look like if you drew them solely on paper, then scanned them in and uploaded them, without messing around with them on GIMP. But they are really nice; don't get me wrong. I especially like the robber-pet (I think it's a yellow Wocky?) and the Cybunny-with-butterfly. They're adorable!

Updated list: 10/10 points Dude, you're on TOP of things! Everything's plainly listed for the visitor to see.

Extras: 0/5 points Meh. There's nothing really here that screams "I'm the only request site you'll ever need!"

Other problems: Why on earth are you including all that extra "title" stuff in your link-back buttons? There's no reason for this. Besides, the "title" code only works in one browser: Internet Explorer. As this is a mostly out-of-date browser (although some, mainly my parents, are too wary of the newer, faster browsers to change over), if you have the "title" codes on your buttons, nobody will see them except for the few IE users that are left. (Whew! That was a long sentence!) So, if you want your FireFox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari users to see your little hover-text, you need to have ALL THIS in your image tags:

(img src="image.jpg" border="0" alt="text" title="text")

Then they'll be able to see your special little text effects. Although, really, there is no reason to include this in your buttons at all! It just takes up unnecessary characters (on places like user lookups, shops, galleries, and pet lookups that have a strict character limit) that could be used to add other words. I would recommend that you leave them out entirely. (Though if you feel like you absolutely must use these silly little text effects, only use them on buttons that you're NOT giving out to the public, like your affiliates {you can list a little blurb about their site}; reviews {like what score you got, etc.}; and maybe even directories, although that one's up to you. But if you DO use the hover effect, make sure you're using both "alt" and "title" together so ALL your visitors can see them, not just the IE ones.)

I do have one issues with your FAQ, though, and I think you should read THIS RIGHT NOW. I was looking at this:

Can you tell me what's wrong with this?
I can.

You're turning away customers left and right with this question. They might not even KNOW you're applying for the same pet! Are you going to tell them? It's not fair to THEM to not do THEIR REQUEST. They'll just tell their friends, "Oh, you shouldn't go to Grenade; they turned me away because they wanted the same pet. They've got a horrible customer service representative." That's certainly not what you want, right? You want a successful site, and that means DOING EVERY REQUEST that comes your way, whether it be for someone's pet lookup or for an application for the SAME PET YOU'RE APPLYING FOR. That just makes you come off as rude and snotty. Oh, I won't do that request for you; you see, I'm applying for the same pet, and I'll be tempted to give you a horrible drawing so that I'LL get the pet and YOU won't! Mwuahahahaha! Doesn't that seem rude? That may not be exactly what you wrote, but that's exactly how it comes off when I read your FAQ. *No Points deducted*

**Note: I did not include the sections "Age of Site" and "Colors" in this review, for two reasons. One: It doesn't matter how many drawings you have up; it matters how many requests you get, and since you can do nothing to drive up that number, it is unfair to judge you on the number of art requests/trades you have done since opening. Two: Colors do not matter in this review, as you are simply drawing their pet, and if their pet has a weird customization, you simply draw what you see.

Overall Score: 42/55 points overall That's a 76%. Most of the points that I deducted came from the "Neatness" category (that would be four total) and the "extras." Honestly, there's nothing in your site that just tells me that I need to request from you. It's a cut-and-dried, cookie-cutter site that looks like most of the others out there (although this one does have a nice layout). You need to fix that absurd navigation problem, though (again, refer to How to Offer Great Service to help you with that). I also don't understand the "featured at Grenade" buttons. I never saw a "featured at" section (unless it's in one of those obnoxious hidden links that I couldn't find) in all my clicking-through of your site. You might want to fix that, or even START that section (although I don't see what a request site could "feature," unless it's a pet that you recently drew), since I can't seem to find it.

You do have a good start, though. You have a good number of requests already done (although some could probably have taken a bit more time) and you seem to be doing well. I look forward to seeing what you become in the future.


Adopt a Dream


Reviewed on 22 July 2011
Reviewed in Mozilla Firefox
First glance: 9/10 points It's an amazing layout, for one thing. There's only one tiny thing that I noticed: there is a noticeable line where the main image ends and the background starts.


Other than that, though, I can see nothing wrong. You have a beautifully-written introduction: it's short, sweet, and to-the-point. You explain what your site is about and even give a disclaimer that just because someone is using your site, it doesn't mean they'll get their dream pet. Fantastic job.

Spelling: 5/5 points Here's how it works. I'll point out the section that the spelling error has been made in, copy the sentence, and post the correct way to spell it. All you have to do is go to the write page, and you can CTRL + F the sentence in order to find it. (Your sentence is in italics, so that's the one you're searching for!)

And that, ny friends, would not be much fun! (The Application - Inside the Application)
- And that, my friends, would not be much fun! (A simple slip of the key.)

Since it was one simple mistake, I'm not going to count off for that slip of the key. Good job, though!

Grammar: 3/5 points Quite similar to the "spelling" section in how this is set up.

To begin your application you need to introduce the pet you're adopting and you need to tell what will be coming in your application. (Underneath The Application - The Intro)
- To begin your application, you need to introduce the pet you're adopting and you need to tell what will be coming in your application. (Missing comma.)

We want our application to be personal and warming. Not a lecture about yourself and what you want. (Underneath The Application - The Intro)
1. You want your application to be personal and warming, not a lecture about yourself and what you want.
2. We want our applications to be personal and warming, not a lecture about ourselves and what we want.
(There are two ways to do this, but the first way - involving the word "you" - would certainly be the best. Your sentence involves subject confusion & sentence fragmentation.)

You don't want to jump into yourself, you want to make the pet the star. (Underneath The Application - The Intro)
- You don't want to jump into yourself; you want to make the pet the star. (A simple run-on can be fixed with a semi-colon.)

For with interest: (Underneath The Application - Art)
- For those with interest: (There's a missing word here somewhere, especially considering that the next section starts with "for those without.")

Something I was informed of when I had a review at Boat, is that reference charts are serious business. (Underneath The Application - Art)
- Something I was informed of when I was reviewed at Boat is that reference charts are serious business. (Unnecessary comma & a too-wordy explanation.)

There are no more grammatical mistakes (that I could find, after 30 minutes of reading through your site). Very nice.

Neatness: 9/10 points Everything has it's own section and nothing is really crowded out by anything else. Something you might think about is a mini-navigation along the top edge of the separate pages. Ex: on the "Application" page, you can put a small bar at the top that allows one to simply click back and forth through the different sections instead of having to scroll all the way through it. Just a suggestion, but it would help your site immensely, I believe.

Extras: 5/5 points I love the little "Adopt Some Luck" section! It's so cute, and I think it fits in perfectly with the rest of the site!

Other problems: Underneath the The Application - The Layout section, you have a place linking people to premade petpage layouts. ("There are a few premade sites here and here for you!") The first here link doesn't work. You might want to check that out! *No Points deducted*

**Notice: I've taken 40 points off the "total" for your score, as the sections "Updated List," "Quality," "Age of Site," and "Colors" do not apply to your site at all. This will not affect your score as far as I can tell. If you really want those sections in your review, I can go back and do them, but they probably won't affect your overall score that much. Thank you.**

Overall Score: 31/35 points overall That's an 89%. Congratulations! Your application guide is very useful; if I ever have to apply for a pet, I'd probably use it. I can't see myself ever applying for one, though (unless a UC Grey Wocky can be found somewhere), but I love your site nonetheless! You just have a few things to fix, and you'll be ready for the big-time!


The Unknown

Koopea's petpage: Art
Reviewed on 23 June 2011
Reviewed in Google Chrome
First glance: 9/10 points Wow. You're a fantastic artist, although upon reading further into the script, I realized that the image in question was a Halloween Uni! I had no idea at first; but it certainly shows your creativity. Other than that, I noticed that up on the top "navigation" bar, I would assume, you misspelled the word boards. You might want to fix that.

Something else: You might want to consider moving your link-back button to your "Sitely" section, as that is where most people look for your button. I looked for about five minutes, and then when I looked back at the home page, it was there. Maybe it was just me, but it seems a little hard to find, even though it is in plain sight.

Other than that, I believe you have a very nice layout! It's quite pretty. Now, I have to scroll through this text-laden website. Here we go!

Spelling: 4/5 points First of all, you misspelled Boards as Bords in your top navigation bar.

Second of all, in your "Personality" section (underneath "Skillfully Born"), you misspell minute as minuet. One is a measure of time, and the other is a type of music.

Grammar: 2/5 points You have a few things here and there. Here's how this will work:
Example:
Your text here (Where I found it here)
My fix here (Explanation of what I fixed)

So there's no confusion, your words are in italics (the entire sentence). When I bold something, that's the one thing in the sentence (or the two things, or the three things, etc.) that I would love to see fixed.

Without further to do, let's get to it!

It's a mix between Koopea's petpage, graphic and layout request and some other stuff. (Underneath Home - Welcome Message)
It's a mix between Koopea's petpage, graphic and layout requests, and some other stuff. (You're missing an "s" as well as a comma.)

I. Her owner, I am now speaking, please hold the applause, I'm not that important. I am not a liar, I am a hard worker, and I work for what I want. After a few months of having Koopea painted, I wanted to make a design for her, and it all comes down to the now, where I am happily typing away on this little website. (Underneath Home - Welcome Message; sorry this is so long!)
I, Koopea's owner, am now speaking, so please hold the applause, as I'm not that important. I am not a liar; I am a hard worker, and I work for what I want. After a few months of having Koopea painted, I wanted to make a design for her, and it all comes down to the now, where I am happily typing away on this little website. (An unclear sentence as well as a missing semicolon [;].)

My art style has changed, so the original design I had for Koopea wasn't any good in my eyes anymore, I decided to do a better picture or two, and I did. I like the way they look. (Underneath Home - Welcome Message)
My art style has changed, so the original design I had for Koopea wasn't good in my eyes any more, so I decided to do a better picture or two, and I did. I like the way they look. (Unnecessary repetition and a smooshing of two words into one word.)

Now back onto topic, I have created this website as part of my own neopian beautification project. With art, and coding we can make neopia a better place. (Underneath Home)
Now, back on topic: I have created this website as part of my own Neopian beautification project. With art and coding, we can make Neopia a better place. (Missing and/or misplaced comma, and the lowercasing of a proper noun.)

Koopea Has two feathers in her hair, one sunset orange , the other ice blue. (Underneath Home)
Koopea has two feathers in her hair, one sunset orange, the other ice blue. (Unnecessary capitalization and a space between the end of the word and the punctuation.)

She is very fragile, and needs to be carefully tended for, carefully loved and held by her friends and family. (Underneath Home)
She is very fragile, and needs to be carefully tended for, loved, and held by her friends and family. (Repetition and missing comma.)

Koopea is a rather strange character, her personality shows what's going on upstairs. :P (Which happens to be a lot). (Underneath Personality - Head in the Clouds)
Koopea is a rather strange character, and her personality shows what's going on upstairs which happens to be a lot). (Missing conjunction as well as unnecessary :P. You can keep that if you must; just put it after the entire sentence ^.^)

It's a random jumble of disoriented and some good thoughts. Though if there's something that she really wants, she can get it, through cunning, creativity and strength. She hates how she has trouble organizing straight forward thoughts. It really troubles her. (Underneath Personality - Head in the Clouds)
It's a random jumble of disoriented and interesting thoughts, though if there's something she really wants, she can get it through cunning, creativity, and strength. She hates how she has trouble organizing straightforward thoughts; it really troubles her. (Non-matching verbage [I substituted "interesting" for good; that's just something I thought up. You can change it back to "good" if you want.] as well as a few missing/unneeded commas and a word that is one that you stretched into two.)

As a child Koopea was a small rambunctious little thing, and she had so many opinions. always with a paintbrush in her mouth, scribbling all over the walls. (Underneath Personality - Childhood Life)
As a child, Koopea was a small, rambunctious little thing, and she had so many opinion; she went everywhere with a paintbrush in her mouth, scribbling all over the walls. (Missing commas. [You'll notice that I fixed the second sentence a little bit; if you dislike it, you can always reword it.])

though in the present day, she can't remember much of her childhood, and is working so hard to cling to her childhood song spells. (Underneath Personality - Childhood Life)
In the present day, though, she can't remember much of her childhood, and she is working so hard to cling to her childhood song spells. (Always capitalize the beginning of a sentence. There was also a few rewordings I did in order to make it more readable.)

Note: In Koopea's story, you sometimes use the words Mother and Father without the word "my" in front of them. If you do not have the words "my mother" or "my father," then you need to capitalize "Mother" and "Father," respectively. I've spotted this several times throughout the story.

The Majick its self would award us these objects, from completing our training. (Underneath Story - First box)
The Majick itself would award us these objects after we completed our training. (You turned one word into two again. I also reworded the second part of the sentence; I cannot remember the name of this rule to save my life. It's either a misplaced modifier or a verb difference.)

he was furious after he came home, his bound wife dragged behind him in her warrior's clothing. She was crying for her children, us. (Underneath Story - First box.)
He was furious after he came home, dragging his bound wife behind him in her warrior's clothing. She was crying for us, her children. (It is necessary to capitalize the beginnings of sentences. Next, you have a...well, the name of the rule escapes me. So sorry. The last sentence has a misplaced noun/modifier in it.)

I studied by myself, my sisters could barely remember the night that we had fled the castle, but I could. (Underneath Story - First box)
I studied by myself; my sisters could barely remember the night we had fled the castle, but I could. (Missing semicolon and passive voice. Always use active voice!)

the youngest, Sasika has the ability to hold darkness in her hands and mold it to any shape she pleases. (Underneath Story - First box)
The youngest, Sasika, has the ability to hold darkness in her hands and mold it to any shape she pleases. (Capitalize the beginning of a sentence, plus missing comma.)

And then there's I. Who has no gifts at all, and yet I can feel it in my skin and bones that I am to be something some day. Something great, somebody who will make a difference in this world called neopia. (Underneath Story - First box)
And then there's me, who has no gifts at all, and yet I can feel it in my skin and bones that I am to be something some day. Something great, somebody who will make a difference in this world called Neopia. (Wrong use of "me" and "I," and lowercasing of proper noun.)

**Note: Remember to capitalize the beginnings of sentences!

**Note: Remember to look through for run-on sentences! They're in there more often than you think. Semicolons can be used in place of periods most of the time; you just have to learn how to recognize them. I'm sure you can recognize them yourself, so I won't spend any more time on fragments. If you really wish me to, neomail me and I'll continue searching for fragments.

In my head the sound of my mother was singing to me, a healing song, but I could only hear the notes, I couldn't hear the words. (Underneath Story - Second Box)
In my head, I could hear my mother singing a healing song to me, but I could only hear the notes; I couldn't hear the words. (Different verb usage as well as a sentence that could be split into two.)

The second oldest pet of the four, Farnity has earned the white feather and the white feather or light. (Underneath Family)
I don't have anything grammatical to say here, but the white feather and the white feather? Does she have two white feathers, and one is especially white?

So she was locked away as a little child. Leaving Koopea to care for her siblings herself. (Underneath family - Farnity.)
She was locked away as a little child, leaving Koopea to care for her siblings by herself. (Fragment.)

**Comment: I thought Unis had hooves, but Koopea has toes? Webbed toes?

However, if you ask me to change it and it's a major change to the piece, then you will go to the bottom of the list if there are spots open. Only if there is a slot open. (Underneath Art Customs - Rules)
However, if you ask me to change it and it's a major change to the piece, then you will go to the bottom of the list only if there are spots open. (Unnecessary repetition cleaned up.)

Woo! Done! As always, I remind you to run your text through a word processing program to check to see if you have any other grammatical or spelling errors. As I'm only human, I might have missed a few here or there. I sincerely apologize if that happens.

Neatness: 9/10 points It seems like everything's laid out quite well. I could find most everything...except for the link-back button. You might want to put that in your sitely section, for reasons I outlined in the First Impressions section of this review.

Colors: 10/10 points You really went out of your way to match everything perfectly! I'm sincerely amazed. Fantastic job. You even have the

Age of Site: XX/10 points This does not apply to your site; therefore, I cannot add this section to your review. These ten points will be deducted from the total, not your total score. Confused? Check the SCORE TOTAL section at the bottom to see what I mean.

Quality: 10/10 points I have nothing to say. I mean, I obviously can't judge you on your layouts, since you have none pre-made, but simply glancing at Koopea's layout makes me wish I could see your layout requests. Your art is fantastic. I always hate looking at other peoples' art (nothing against artists, by the way) because it reminds me that my artistic ability is less than that of a turtle's. In fact, my deceased cat could draw better than I can. Your artwork is simply amazing, and even though I only have two pictures to go by, I can tell you've put your heart and soul into your drawings. I congratulate you.

My only suggestion? A better link-back button. It certainly doesn't show what you can do. If you can't make one yourself, might I offer one of these sites:

I would suggest more, but all of my favorites currently have closed requests. If you wish it, you can search for more at Soroptimist.

Updated list: XX/10 points This does not apply to your site; therefore, I cannot add this section to your review. These ten points will be deducted from the total, not your total score. Confused? Check the SCORE TOTAL section at the bottom to see what I mean.

Extras: 5/5 points You're an art site. You're a layout site. You're a pet's life story site. No, you're better than all those things combined! Wait - you are all those things combined! I must say, I've never seen another site like yours in all of my trawlings across Neopia. I congratulate you on being what you are, and I hope to see more of you in the future!!

Other problems: There's really nothing else I can think of to tell you, unless you count repeating what I've already said. That is, consider putting your link-back button in your sitely section, as well as get a nice collection of said link-back buttons. *No Points deducted*

Overall Score: 49/55 points overall That's an 89.090909090909%. Arg! That one extra .41! So close! Still, you did really great for a first-timer. Your art is fantastic; most of these points are for grammar.

Interesting fact: If Updated List & Age of Site counted, you would have a 69/75, which would be a 92%. That's only a difference of about 2.81 points. Your site is fantastic; don't let the slight difference in points get you down.

I look forward to seeing what you become in the next few months! (If you wish it, you may take the award for the 90 - 95 category. I really have no objection against it. You were so close, and if we were to count those two categories that don't apply to your site, it'd be a 92. Averaged together, that's a score of 90.5%. Take it if you wish!)


Meow Buttons


Reviewed on 14 June 2011
Reviewed in Apple Safari
First glance: 7/10 points It's a very plain-looking home page. There's not much of anything to draw the eye, except for the little banner at the top of the page. It's quite a plain banner, nothing special, something that you can make in paint in about 4.3 seconds. The text is a little "sketchy," if you will. It's jagged around the edges. You might want to find a better font, or find someone that you can request an amazing banner from a banner request site. I'm sure you can find such a site at Soroptimist, if you want.

The welcome message is short and to-the-point. There's nothing much you can do with that.

The only thing I would suggest is putting a border around your updates box; maybe a dashed or dotted one, but certainly a solid one. A purple border would look very nice, and it would add to the page very nicely.

One more thing: Try to refrain from putting smilies after every update.

Spelling: 5/5 points I did not find any spelling mistakes on your page. Great job!

Grammar: 1/5 points Here's how this part works. Your words will be on the first line, and they will be in italics. After your words, I'll put (parentheses) explaining where I found this particular grammatical mistake. On the second line, I will repeat your words with my words in bold text, so you know where the fix has been implemented. Then will come another set of (parentheses), explaining what was wrong. If you have any questions about this, feel free to neomail me!

Well hello there guest. (Underneath Home - Welcome Message)
Well hello there, guest. (You're missing a comma.)

At Meow Buttons we are determined to make you the best buttons possible. (Underneath Home - Welcome Message)
At Meow Buttons, I am determined to make you the best buttons possible. (You are a singular entity; unless you have a staff running the site with you, use the words "I" and "me" instead of "us" and "we.")

When you are requesting make sure to add anything you want to tell me in 'other' section. (Underneath Home - Welcome Message)
When you are requesting, make sure to add anything you want to tell me in the 'other' section. (You're missing a comma.)

If you request a button please be patient. (Underneath Rules - Rule #1)
If you request a button, please be patient. (You're missing a comma.)

If you do not immediately link back when you put up my button I will ask you once nicely too and if you do not then I will report you. (Underneath Rules - Rule #2)
If you do not immediately link back when you put up my button, I will ask you once nicely to and if you do not, then I will report you. (Missing commas and mistaken use of the words "to" and "too.")

I will either fix or re-do any button you are not satisfied with. But please give me time to do so after you contact me. (Underneath Rules - Rule #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. (The word "redo" does not have a hyphen. The second sentence is a fragment, so I combined the sentences with a comma, since the word "but" is a conjunction.)

When requesting an image please give me the URL where the image is located. And if the image is off site please save it to a petpage so I can retrieve it. (Underneath Rules - Rule #4)
When requesting an image, please give me the URL of where the image is located, and if the image is off-site, please save it to a petpage so I can retrieve it. (You have a missing comma, the second sentence is a fragment so once again I used your word "and" as a conjunction, and the word "off-site" has a hyphen in it.)

Please don't request a ridiculous amount, use the previous buttons I have made for you and please send them all in the same neomail. It makes it easier for me to keep track of your requests. (Underneath Rules - Rule #5)
Please don't request a ridiculous amount of buttons, and use the previous buttons I have made for you. If you request more than one, please send them all in the same neomail. It makes it easier for me to keep track of your requests. (You're missing a few key words here and there, and the entire rule became one long run-on sentence. So I fixed it for you.)

If requests are closed they are closed for a reason, please don't send me one. I also have the right to deny any request you send me. (Underneath Rules - Rule #6)
If requests are closed, they are closed for a reason, so please don't send me a form. (You're missing a comma as well as a couple of words.)
**Note: Explain why you have the right to deny a request, as per How to Offer Great Service explains in this section, underneath "Why the Restrictions?"

Neatness: 9/10 points I have to admit, your site is really well-organized. There's nothing out of place! The only comment I have for this section is, "Why do you put the newest buttons at the bottom in your portfolio?" The newest buttons should always be at the top. That way, people have to scroll all the way to the bottom to see your beginning buttons - always a plus, as the first few buttons anybody makes are always absolutely horrid. Put the newest buttons at the top in order to show the world how far you've come!

**Note: Don't delete your portfolio until you have about 200+ buttons on there. A lot of people like to look through portfolios in order to see just how far the button-maker has come. They might also get ideas for their own requested buttons!

Colors: 8/10 points Your site has a very purple theme throughout, and I congratulate you for sticking to it. Your buttons sometimes end up with clashing colors, so I ask you to watch out for that while you're making them!

Age of Site: 6/10 points Eh. You don't have very many buttons for being up since January, and I understand that you went on Hiatus...but when, exactly, did you go on Hiatus? The day after you opened the site? That's the only explanation that there is for the amount of buttons you have. You made four or five buttons, then went away for about five months, then came back and made a few more buttons. For a site having been open for five months, one should have at the very least (*does some calculations* 4 weeks times 10 buttons = 40 buttons a month, times 5 months equals...) 200 buttons or so. Even counting for only five buttons a week, you should have roughly 100 or so buttons in your portfolio.

That's another thing I would like to point out: always keep a button count at the top of your portfolio, right above your newest buttons. (Remember: KEEP THE NEWEST AT THE TOP SO PEOPLE CAN SEE HOW YOU'VE IMPROVED.)

Quality: 3/10 points You're using Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, right? Is that exactly like MS Paint? If it's the Photoshop-thing I'm thinking of, it's a step ahead of the program that Dark Light and Ultima use to make their buttons.

In that case, why do all of your buttons look like they were made in MS Paint? The coolest thing about graphic-editing programs is the fact that they can do transparency.

You see these button border selections?

It would make the buttons that use them look much better if you were to make parts of it transparent. You see the corners, how they're cut off and a bit of the background isn't surrounded by a border? If you were to make that transparent, the button would look far more unique. Just because something is 88 x 31 pixels, it doesn't mean that it should be a perfect rectangle every time. Having those extra pixels poke through the border makes it look a bit messy.

Now on to the animations. There's not much difference between Animation 1 and Animation 4, except number four is much, much choppier. If you were to have it smoothly highlight each letter as it passed, something like these two examples from Dark Light, it would look much better:

See the difference?

Now, about the fonts. There are a ton of pixel fonts out there; you just have to go and find them. The best thing about pixel fonts is, if you outline them, they look three hundred times more awesome and are about five times more readable than if you do not outline pixel fonts.
There is a very bad thing about pixel fonts, though. If you do not pay attention to the size, they will end up blurry and unreadable. Referring to this button:

You see how the font is stretched? It looks blurry, but is still rather readable.
Now compare it to this button:

Do you see the difference? The Simple & Clean button has the font set at the right size for the pixel font. It may take a while to figure out what size you can use for which font, but it's worth it in the long run to figure it out.

Now, what you want to look out for is "dropping" the text (putting it too close to the border).

My one request is that you take the time to look this tutorial over:

It will help with all the problems that I noticed: putting the text too far to the left/right, unbalanced images, no inside-border lines, non-outlined text, etc.
I know that it says the tutorial's for MS Paint and GIMP, but if you're using Photoshop, then it should be relatively simple to translate said tutorial into Photoshop terms. If not, I implore you to look through the Web and at Soroptimist to see if you can find some more Photoshop tutorials. The most important part of making buttons/banners/icons/whatever is knowing your graphic program inside and out and be willing to learn new tricks whenever possible.

Updated list: 7/10 points Explanations! Details! What have you been doing with the site? What sites have you made buttons for? Tell us! We want to know what's going on with the site. "Made one button. (:" doesn't really tell us much of anything, other than that you've made one button (who was it for? How did you make it? Did it turn out like you wanted? Did they like it? Love it?) and that you are currently smiling (why are you smiling? What would happen if I dropped a grapefruit on you from above? Do you have a facial -disallowed_word- :?) while updating. Explanations! Details! Check out some other sites' updates section to get ideas as to how to do updates. There are so many different ways to do them. Do you use bullets, like Dark Light? Numbers? Pixels in general? No pixels? A lengthy blog post, like Soroptimist? Details! Even unimportant stuff about how you tripped over a board and spilled your soda -- well, probably not stuff like that, but unimportant stuff related to your site. Something such as, "I advertised on the Help Boards today. If you need a button, look for me there sometime! I also made -insertbuttonnumberhere- buttons today!" would be a big improvement over the one-liners you have now ^.^

Extras: 0/5 points There's nothing here besides the standard cookie-cutter button request site.

Other problems: You should probably put your request forms in text areas. It would make it much easier for people to pick them up. All they'd have to do is click in the box and press CTRL+A. Right now, they actually have to move their mouse over the text to highlight it, and for those of us with laptops (such as myself), it's sometimes quite hard to get the mouse to line up with the appropriate section that's supposed to be highlighted.

Besides that, you should probably check your site in other browsers. In FireFox, if you click away from the home page and try to get back using the "Home" link in your navigation bar, nothing happens. *No Points deducted*

Overall Score: 46/75 points overall That's a 61%. Not bad, actually. Just remember to look over the pointers I gave you and continue to practice. Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice, the better you get. The better you get, the more popular your site will get. The more popular your site gets, the higher you rise on the noticeboards of directories. The higher you rise there, the more popular you get...etc. Just keep going. You have a nice start, but you can always get even better.


Active Imagination


Reviewed on 11 June 2011
Reviewed in Mozilla FireFox
First glance: 7/10 points ...I don't...understand. Why are there asparagus chias all over the place? When I think of the words "Active Imagination," I'm thinking something dreamy and floaty. Maybe that's just me. My question for you, though, is, is it within your abilities to get rid of the Neopets bar at the top of the page? It would make your layout look much better. If you cannot get rid of it, then change the background of the tables to #000000, which is the code for black. It would make the Neopets bar at the top of the page look very nice and uniform. Overall, though, it is a very nice layout; don't get me wrong. I just don't understand the asparagus...

Spelling: 4/5 points Here's how this work: Your words are in italics, and I will tell you (in parentheses) exactly where I found this section. Underneath your words, mine will be in bold, and I will tell you what to fix and why.

Alright (Underneath the Request section)
All right (It's two words, I'm afraid. Much like "a lot," this word trips up a ton of people.)

Grammar: 1/5 points Here's how this work: Your words are in italics, and I will tell you (in parentheses) exactly where I found this section. Underneath your words, mine will be in bold, and I will tell you what to fix and why.

Before I start into the whole grammar thing, here's a small tip: DO NOT USE ELLIPSES IN EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE! There is no need at all for those ellipses to be in there! (If you're wondering what on earth an ellipse is, it's those three dots [...] that you appear to put into every single sentence that you write.) You only use those for dramatic pauses; you don't need to use them where you would just use a comma.

the last thing I need is for some punk taking my merchandise. (Underneath Rules - #4)
There are two different fixes to this:
1. ...the last thing I need is for some punk to take my merchandise.
2. ...the last thing I need is some punk taking my merchandise.
(The problem here is subject-verb agreement. You can choose either way to fix it; just don't mix and match subject-verb agreements! It doesn't work!)

Yeah, The two - six hours it took me to make your layout, I could have made someone else a layout that actually appreciates it! (Underneath Rules - #5)
In the two - six hours it took me to make your layout, I could have made a layout for someone else who actually appreciates it!
(The problem here is a misplaced modifier, as well as a missing word or two.)

(refer to the rule above) That's what I'm about, I want to make a layout that your going to be happy with and want to use. So please, I don't mind to do it over. (Underneath Rules - #6)
(refer to the rule above). That's what I'm all about; I want to make a layout that you're going to be happy with and want to use. So please, I don't mind doing it over.
(In this sentence, you have four different mistakes. Mistake number one: You missed a punctuation mark. Mistake number two: There's a word missing. Mistake number three: "you are" is a contraction, and it is spelled "you're;" "your" is a possessive noun, meaning that something belongs to you. Don't get them confused. Mistake number four: You need to have a verb here, not just a preposition and a couple of words tacked to the end of it.)

saying who's layout (Underneath Request status-thing)
saying whose layout (the contraction "who's" means "who is," which is not the appropriate word selection for this particular section. It should be "whose.")

That's what your doing to my layouts when you take off the credit! (Underneath Premades - Rule #2)
That's what you're doing to my layouts when you take off the credit! (Once again, "your" is a possessive noun, whereas "you're" is a contraction meaning "you are," which is the appropriate word to use in this situation.)

...even so she has made me one. And she even hosts... (Underneath Sitely - Sister Site)
...and she has even made me one. She also hosts... (This is just a bunch of jumbled-up words that need to be rearranged.)

I can tell you already, everytime I need a button. I'm going to her! (Underneath Sitely - Sister Site)
I can tell you already, every time I need a button, I'm going to her! (You put two words together and put a period where there should have been a comma.)

REMEMBER TO CAPITALIZE THE BEGINNINGS OF SENTENCES! There are several times throughout your page that you do not capitalize the beginning of a sentence. Capitalize those things!

Neatness: 7/10 points Eh. I don't understand why people have these hidden links in their rules. "Oh, by the way, the link you're looking for is waaaaay up there in the second rule. Position your mouse just so in order to get to the request section. It's annoying, very irritating, and completely unnecessary. It causes me unnecessary stress as well. I want to be able to click through your pages quickly and with as little trouble as possible. When I have to take thirty seconds to align my laptop's mouse with your punctuation-mark links, it just annoys me to no end. Surely there's a better way to do this!

Colors: 9/10 points All of your colors match really well, although there are a few instances where you overdo the colors a bit (like your premade purple layout), but that doesn't happen too often. Good job.

Age of Site: 6/10 points Judging by the date you have listed on your homepage, your site has been "live," so to speak, for six months. In that amount of time, you have only one premade layout for the populace of Neopia to use. If this is a premade layout site, then where are the premades?! Were they whisked away by those pesky Meepits in the middle of the night? Did they meet with an unfortunate incident in the ship's galley? What happened to them? Your portfolio's slightly filled out, but that's understandable: Requests don't occur as often as premades should be made. My suggestion? Make more premades for the populace of Neopia to use.

Quality: 7/10 points Some of your layouts look really nice, whereas others...just...don't click with each other. Since you don't have many (*cough*one*cough*) premade, I'm going to go through your site and portfolio and comment on each of your layouts, so here we go:

Your one premade is just a bunch of boxes stuck to a purple background. What's with the words "weirdly enough" stuck up in the top-right corner? Is there a reason for this?

I do love your "Imperium" layout. The cat is adorable!

The layout for "Sythica" is a little weird. No text box? No words, other than the title of the (guild?) on top of the horse? It is a very nice layout, though.

The layout for "Simply Sideways" is very nicely done.

The layout for "Nights of Neopia" is appallingly simple. All you did was take a Neopets background, slap a transparent box and some text on it, and put the name "weirdlyenough" in a corner. (What's up with that name, anyways? I don't understand...) This is a layout that anyone with MS Paint could accomplish.

The slorg layout is cute.

The "Wild Spirits" layout is also simple, but you've added a few things to it that you didn't do with the Neopia layout.

The "Hooked on Neopets" layout is cute, though I think you overdid it a bit with the leaf brushes.

The "Melcarba" layout is very...dark. There's just a simple box on top of a bunch of trees.

The first (dragon?) layout is...blurry. I can't read any of the words...

The second dragon layout is quite simple. All you did, again, is take a picture and put a box on top of it.

The third dragon layout...has a few grunge brushes and a couple words on it.

The "Windsor Ranch" layout is a very nice blend.

Overall, you have a couple of amateur layouts and a couple of amazing layouts. If you can find a balance and lean more towards the amazing side, your site would be more-than-fantastic.

Updated list: 7/10 points It's very hard to judge just how often you update your site. Your updated section is very empty; I don't even know if your site has been active before June 8, 2011! Since your kind of site doesn't require that many updates, it's okay to keep a month or two worth of updates in your updates box. It doesn't bother anybody. At least your updates are fairly short and easy to read, considering that you put the important parts in bold text.

Extras: 2/5 points There's really nothing that would make me want to come back and say, "Wow, this site is fantastic and I would use it every time I need a layout!" There's also absolutely no reason at all to have your buttons in two different locations. It doesn't matter if they're "current" or "old;" they all belong to your site. I found one of the old buttons to be better than the buttons that you have in your "current buttons" section, so that's why I used your pink button.

Other problems: ...I'm going to restate this, because it sincerely bugs me:
I don't understand why people have these hidden links in their rules. "Oh, by the way, the link you're looking for is waaaaay up there in the second rule. Position your mouse just so in order to get to the request section. It's annoying, very irritating, and completely unnecessary. It causes me unnecessary stress as well. I want to be able to click through your pages quickly and with as little trouble as possible. When I have to take thirty seconds to align my laptop's mouse with your punctuation-mark links, it just annoys me to no end. Surely there's a better way to do this! Those links are far more trouble than they're worth! If you really want to do one of these hidden-link things, make the "I didn't read the rules!" button your "secret link" to the actual requesting page.

By the way, your Sister Site's link is broken.
*No Points deducted*

Overall Score: 50/75 points overall That's a 66%. Not bad, actually, for your first time on the Siren's Isle. You have a good foothold in the layout-making world, but there's still a large cliff above you to climb before you can call yourself one of the best. My advice to you? Check out the Recommended sites at Soroptimist or its sister site, the Faerie Compass. You can even check out Cass's site, Apartment 9, to see some more ideas on how to make your site even more amazing. As long as you are getting requesters, though, you know that your site is great. Why would people request from a site that they didn't like? Keep going, Darky. I look forward to seeing what you will become in the following months.


Vibe


Reviewed on 5 June 2011
Reviewed in Mozilla FireFox
First glance: 10/10 points Wow. Just...wow. I am so glad you decided to change the layout. I put your review on hold just for that, and I couldn't wait to see the change. This layout...it's ten million times better than the old one. Don't get me wrong, baby cybunnies are cute and all, but they get annoying after staring at a site for a few minutes. This layout...it's clean, the colors are amazing, it fits together perfectly... I love it! It even looks shiny, and I love shiny things. Maybe I should change my name to crow. But then again, kitties love shiny things. (Then again, why am I telling you all this? You're here to learn about your site. And my favorite part is coming up!) Long-winded explanation in short: I LOVE THE LAYOUT. You're a freaking genius!

Spelling: 5/5 points I only found one thing, and I'm not going to take off for that because I'm sure it was just a slip of the keys :)

Starcather (Underneath Resources - Site Names)
Starcatcher. That's how it should be spelled.

Good job, Kiwi!

Grammar: 4/5 points You have just a few grammatical mistakes. Just like the spelling section, your words will be in italics, and my fixes will be in bold. I'll also tell you where I found each mistake so you can go and fix it.

...offer well crafted layouts to all of Neopia... (Underneath Main - Introduction Message)
...offer well-crafted layouts to all of Neopia... (You're missing a hyphen)

...petpage layouts and templates or as I like to call them, "skeletons". I also offer... (Underneath Main - Introduction Message)
...petpage layouts and templates or, as I like to call them, -"skeletons."- (I apologize for the - in there; I had to do that in order to keep the quotation marks from disappearing. What's wrong in your version? You're missing the comma after "or" and the period should be INSIDE the quotation marks. Other than that... *looks around site again* I can't find anything else to rant aboo---I mean, correct you :)

Neatness: 10/10 points I love the sub-navigation on the pages! Everything is well-organized and easy to find. There is a lot of clicking, but for such an organized site, one can overlook the clicking. Click. Click. Clickclickclickclickclick. Cliiiiick.

Colors: 10/10 points As I mentioned earlier, the colors fit together fantastically! The purple and blue (your bold & italic colors) really fit in with the rest of the site. The main banner itself looks SHINY (as I have already mentioned). I don't know how you keep turning out these awesome site layouts, but you sure know how to put colors together!

Age of Site: 9/10 points You've been open for almost thirteen months! Congratulations on surviving for so long in the cutthroat competition of site-making! Not that I expected any less from the amazing Kiwi. You have just the right amount of premade layouts. I could nag on you about the color schemes, but as you said, they're hard to come up with. I'm surprised you have as many as you do. The only thing I can't understand is why you don't have as many skeletons. I would think that skeletons would be easier to make than normal layouts. After all, they're just grey slates of unfinished goodness, aren't they? Of course, I could be wrong, but I think you could put together a few more skeletons than the few that you have. Or is there only so much you can do with skeletons? Wouldn't they all start to look the same after a while? Ahh...I've hurt my head thinking about this. Anyways. I love your selection.

Quality: 10/10 points No surprise here! I love your layouts. I'm even using three of them (one on this site, one on my soon-to-be revamped tutorial [not final design], and one on a story page), and I know what I'm getting every time I open up your site. I get high-quality layouts with minimum hassle. I've even listened to a few of the songs that are listed on the layouts. ("Dynamite," for example, was played at my prom. But that's a special example.) It's sometimes a little overwhelming trying to figure out which style of layout to use, which color scheme that I can tweak, etc., but those are always personal problems. I could go on and on about the amazingness of your layouts, but you asked for a short review, not a novel.

Updated list: 9/10 points It's really more of a blog than an updated list, but that works well with the whole style of your site. Or the "vibe," if you'll pardon the horrible, horrible pun. :) I do wish that, instead of making the visitor search through your (sometimes long-winded) updates, you can put a little bullet at the top of each list explaining what you did that day. Sort of like Dark Light. You can still have your bloggy blogs, but have a few words explaining what's new that day on your list. That way, people can see exactly what you've done.

I would also like to add that, since Vibe's a premades site (and premades take a while to make), I'd suggest that you keep three to four weeks of your updates before deleting them. It's actually not as much as you might think.

Extras: 5/5 points I'm just stunned. There's nothing more for me to say. You offer resources that are actually useful for new site owners.

Other problems: I just wish you still offered custom layouts. Not that that's necessarily a problem, but I'm sure that Neopia lost a fantastic site maker the moment those customs were closed down. I understand that you don't have the time to do them. Maybe open them once a year? Occasionally? When you have more time? Listen to me rambling on. I'm gonna cut it short and move on to the final comments.*No Points deducted*

Overall Score: 72/75 points overall That's an almost-perfect 96%. Congratulations, Kiwi! Vibe is one of the best premades sites out there. It might not necessarily be one of the oldest, but from what I've seen from other sites, you have a lot of layouts available for the public to use as well as (very useful) resources. In fact, I don't know what Neopia would do if Vibe hadn't burst on the scene and wowed everyone with its fantastic selection of layouts. Congratulations, Kiwi! All that's left is for you to go and pick up your award.


Dark Light


Reviewed on 2 June 2011
Reviewed in Mozilla FireFox
First glance: 9/10 points First things first, I love your layout. It's gorgeous. The only thing I don't like about it is that the layout is so close to the top of the page. When I press F11 to view it full-screen (because most layouts look a lot better on full-screen), it just seems a little...off. Perhaps you can find a way to move it down just a bit...maybe fifty pixels down or so? If you can't, that's okay, too. It's still a pretty layout.

The other thing I noticed is that you have a sideways-scrolling scrollbar on your main page. Why? There's no reason for the content box to scroll sideways. Perhaps you should make your updates box a tiny bit smaller. That seems to be the cause of your sideways scroll box. But overall, I think it's an amazing layout. You can just tweak a few things to make it even better!

Spelling: 4/5 points Ha! I've found something, Tina! (Your words are in italics, my fixes are in bold.)

Wallpaers for your iPod Touch, and iPhones, (underneath "Projects - Wallpapers")
Wallpapers for your iPod...

and/or and author some day. (underneath "Extras - About Me")
and/or an author some day.

Grammar: 3/5 points Same as lat time, your words are in italics, and mine are in bold.

All that glitters may not be golden, but they sure are pretty! (Underneath "Extras - About Me")
All that glitters may not be gold, but it sure is pretty!

But I did not name the site after that album, (Underneath "Extras - Site History")
However, I did not name the site...

Darklight(yes, spelled as one word, not two), (Underneath "Extras - Site History")
Darklight (yes...) (You need a space between "Darklight" and the parentheses.)

I've had too many that have stabbed my in the back. (Underneath "Extras - FAQ")
...stabbed me in the back.

Having them posted here, I can easily see what order they came in and what each person requested. (Underneath "Requests - Request Forms")
By posting them here.... (It's a misplaced modifier.)

Well here are a few. (Underneath "Requests - Button Options")
Well, here are a few. (You're missing a comma.)

...make sure they look well together. (Underneath "Requests - Button Options")
...make sure they look good together. (Misuse of the word "good/well."

update post. And they're just fun to collect (Underneath "Requests - Fake Av options")
...update post, and they're just fun.... (Fragments!)

Then just paste it where you want to use it. Like on a petpage or a lookup. (Underneath "Graphics - Fake Av description & Icon description")
Then just paste it where you want to use it, like on a petpage or a lookup. (Fragments!)

Neatness: 10/10 points Everything's in its proper place. The sub-navigation idea is really neat. I haven't seen too many graphic sites (or sites in general!) that have sub-navigation. That's a very unique idea, and I really like it!

Colors: 10/10 points Man. I really have nothing to say! You have a gift for matching colors. I can see you as a fashion designer or an artist; everything you do goes together quite well! Fantastic job!

Age of Site: 8/10 points Your site is one of the oldest in Neopia. I absolutely love it. Your site has been there through hard times, and where some sites might have closed down or given up long before now, yours has kept right on trucking along. The only reason I have points deducted is that there aren't that many graphics for a three-year-old site. You consider that you can make about seven a week, that's 7 * 52 = 364. 364 * 3 (years) = 1092. Still, that's a huge amount of graphics, and that would be a ton of scrolling. You DO have a great number of (very high quality) graphics for the amount of time that you have been open. I commend you on that. I understand that you've been on a roll, deleting old worn-out graphics and replacing them with newer, better-quality ones. Great job.

Quality: 10/10 points Wow. I am simply stunned. You have everything from My Neighbor Totoro to Atlantis to Kung-Fu Panda. Everything's fantastic as well as gorgeous. I was tempted to break the scale and give you a 12/10 on this one...but that would be cheating and setting the bar far too high for those who will follow behind you. Congratulations, Tina!

Updated list: 9/10 points Your updates are short, sweet, and to-the-point. The only thing is, I wish you would explain a little more on your updates. You can put the little bullet points so people can have an at-a-glance update spotting deal, but you can go beyond that and explain a little bit about what else you're doing on the site below that. Kind of like Ultima. But of course, this is all up to you. Your updates work well as they are. I also love your mini-blog posts; they tell it like it is without being too over-the-top.

Extras: 5/5 points Your resources are fantastic, your icons stun me, your fake avatars are awesome, and your requests are even better! You have the potential to go above and beyond anything that you're able to do. I love your site. You deserve every rank you get on directories (top seven at Soroptimist? Six at The Faerie Compass?) and top scores on your reviews.

Other problems: All I can see is that you might want to put your "Vote for Me?" buttons on your main page, not stuck down in your Sitely section. That way, more people can see the buttons, check out the competition, and vote for you!

By the way, Midnight Secrets is no longer open, so you should remove them from your "listed on" section. I'm sorry.

This isn't a problem, just something I've noticed. I love your color palettes...but the original way you did them was so unique! You had the character, the colors, and a description of why you liked them/why you chose them. That was really interesting to read! Of course, the way you have your CPs now save some space so you can put more on the same page without people having to scroll forever. *No Points deducted*

Overall Score: 68/75 points overall That's a 91%. Your site is amazing, and there's nothing that you can't do if you put your mind to it. You just have a few things to fix (or improve upon!) and your site will be perfect. I know this score is lower than the one you got last time, but this was a comprehensive exam. You asked for it, and you got it, with nothing left out and nothing fluffed like a cloud gnorbu. Still, you've gotten some of the highest scores that I've ever seen on any site out there. Go grab your award, my dear! Thank you, Tina, for letting me review your site. It was a pleasure. I've never really delved this deep into Dark Light before, and it's better than I ever could have dreamed. Congratulations, Tina!



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