You can submit one star rating for each orchestra and leave an unlimited number of comment reviews. You do not need to leave a comment in order to submit a star rating but you are encouraged to do so.
What criteria should I use to rate orchestra websites?
There are no hard and fast rules and you are encouraged to use whatever criteria is most important to you. The official Orchestra Website Review criteria is based entirely on quantifiable elements that contribute to how well a website presents their concert schedule, sells tickets, facilitates making donations, provides organizational information, utilizes dynamic content, and on overall content and functionality. However, you are free to include elements such as color schemes, font selection, etc.
What makes a good comment review?
- Don’t submit unqualified judgments. Saying “I like it” or “I hate it” isn’t as useful as saying why and how you arrived at your conclusions.
- User experience is subjective based on hardware and software. As such, leave some basic information about your point of contact with each website, the big three include: computer (Mac/PC), operating system (Mac OS X, Windows Vista, etc.), and browser (FireFox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 4, etc.)
- Write a one-two sentence summary and use that as your first paragraph; include the name(s) of the orchestra and the date(s) you visited the site and additional details thereafter.
- Be fair and honest in your judgments. It isn’t likely that you’ll go through every page of an orchestra’s website so make sure to mention which pages you visited and that your rating/review is based on those parameters.
- Do not accept payola to leave a good rating/review. This includes complimentary concert tickets.
- Avoid conflicts of interest: If you work for or receive compensation from an orchestra you’re reviewing, mention it. There’s nothing wrong with a stakeholder leaving a review of their respective orchestra’s website; in fact, taking pride in your organization is something to be proud of.
How long can my review be?
There is no limit, but most of your fellow readers won’t take the time to read exhaustively long reviews.
Can I reply to someone else’s review?
Absolutely, in fact; if you represent an orchestra discussed in a review and wish to respond with additional information, etc. click the “Reply” link located immediately below the respective comment. This will insert your reply immediately below the original comment. You can keep track of new comments by subscribing to the comment RSS.
If you disagree with someone’s review, you can post your own review with your perspective. Healthy debates are encouraged but remember the basic rules of good comments. Be civil, be polite, and be articulate.
How can I get my picture to show up next to my reviews/comments?
This is super easy, just getting a Gravatar account; click here for more details.