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Msg# 8830

ADMIN - Wish Lists and Skip Lists Posted by melayton@gmail.com May 22, 2008 - 19:11:24 Topic ID# 8830
Hey guys,

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another educational post from
yours truly. This week I want to talk about wish and skip lists.

Many veteran reviewers have said how helpful wish and skip lists are.
Some people find them overwhelming and prefer not to use them - which is
of course their prerogative - but many people find them very helpful. So
if you think this is a site feature you'd like to learn more about, read on.

******

WHAT ARE THEY?

If you look at the list of nominated stories, you'll see lots of stories
to choose from. There are 394 nominations at the time I'm writing this
email. That's a lot, and there will probably be more by the time
nominations close on June 15. Of course you can't vote for all of them,
and you shouldn't feel obligated to.

However, such a long list can make it hard to remember which stories
you'd like to review. Maybe you're skimming the list of nominations and
see a novel you'd like to read, but just don't have the time now. Or
maybe you're skimming the website when things are slow at work, and you
see a Mature-rated story that you want to make sure you read - but not
at work, where it could get you in trouble. Or maybe you're just not in
the mood for that particular character right now. For whatever reason,
most people find stories they intend to read, but want to read them later.

The wish list lets you do just that. Think of it as a virtual notepad
where you can jot down the names of stories you want to read later.

The skip list does just the opposite. It's how you tell the website that
you'd rather not see that particular story again. There are lots of
reasons why this might be the case, most of which have to do with
personal tastes rather than whether the story is good or not. If a story
doesn't seem like something you're interested in reading, you can add it
to your skip list, and the next time you see the story list that story
won't be shown to you again.

*******

HOW TO ADD A STORY TO YOUR WISH OR SKIP LIST

This is the easiest thing about the wish and skip lists: you can add
stories to it with a single click, when you're looking at the listing of
stories. To find the list of stories, log in to the MEFA2008 website and
click "Browse Nominated Stories." Then browse through the list of
stories until you find one you'd like to add to your wish list or skip
list.

Now look over in the right column. Click "Skip" to add it to the skip
list, and "Wish" to add it to the wish list. And voila, you're done.

Clicking those links will open up a new window (or tab, in some
browsers) telling you the story has been added to your skip or wish
list. Close that window and you'll be back at the story listing, ready
to find another story.

*******

HOW TO USE YOUR WISH LIST

The website displays stories on your wish list like any other story
*not* on either list. But there's also a way to pull up *just* the
stories on your wish list. To do this:

1. Make your way to the stories listing (log in, then click "Browse
Nominated Stories").

2. Click the "Show Filter" link if the filter isn't already showing.

3. Make sure none of the filters already have something displayed for
them. When in doubt click the "Clear All Filters" button to clear out
the filters.

4. Select the "Wish" option from the drop-down menu beside "Review Status".

5. Click the "Display selected nominations" button.

This will bring up all of the stories on your wish list. If you don't
get your whole wish list, this is because you had a choice selected for
one of the other filters. For instance, if you had Faramir selected from
the "Character" list as well as "Wish" from the "Review Status" list,
then the website would only display stories that met both criteria -
i.e., wish list stories that featured Faramir.

*******

HOW TO USE YOUR SKIP LIST

By default, the website does not show you the stories on your skip list.
But there is a way to bring up the stories on your skip list. To do this:

1. Make your way to the stories listing (log in, then click "Browse
Nominated Stories").

2. Click the "Show Filter" link if the filter isn't already showing.

3. Make sure none of the filters already have something displayed for
them. When in doubt click the "Clear All Filters" button to clear out
the filters.

4. Select the "Skip" option from the drop-down menu beside "Review Status".

5. Click the "Display selected nominations" button.

This will bring up the stories that are on your skip list, and only
those stories. If you want a story displayed with the main story
listing, you'll need to remove it from your skip list. (Below.)

*******

HOW TO REMOVE A STORY FROM YOUR WISH OR SKIP LIST

Let's say there was a story you wanted on your wish or skip list, but
now you want it off. Maybe your wish list has gotten too long and you
only want it to display the stories you really want to get to. Or maybe
you thought you were going to have to skip a story but now have changed
your mind.

In either case, it's easy to remove a story from your wish or skip list.
To do this, find the story you want to remove and look in the right
column. Click the "Remove from Wish/Skip List" link, and the story will
be removed from whatever list it was on.

If you're not sure how to find the story you want to take off one of
your lists, the quickest way is probably to pull up the wish or skip
list, like I described above. Remember, skip-listed stories won't show
up unless you're *just* showing the skip list.

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MISCELLANY

A couple of miscellaneous points about skip and wish list.

--- These lists are for your eyes only, and for the administrators if we
need to look at them. My point is, an author won't know you chose to
skip over their story.

--- Authors: You'll see your own stories listed in the list of stories
to begin with. But many authors choose to add them to their skip lists,
since you can't vote for your own stories.

--- If you enter a vote for a story on your wish or skip list, the story
will be removed from your skip or wish list.

*******

If you have any questions about skip or wish lists, now's a good time to
ask. Or if you have any other questions for that matter. ;-) Next week
I'll talk about how to use the different story filters to find stories
you'd like to read.

Oh, and don't forget - nominations close on June 15, and authors must
finalize their nominations by June 21. Don't leave that until the last
second!

Marta