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Enhancements to Reader Reviews

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 7:41 PM and updated on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 4:02 PM

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I've made some updates to the Reader Reviews section, where readers can write movie reviews for the movies they see. They provide a nice contrast to the professional movie critic reviews that we provide and that are so common in newspapers and other media outlets.

The first change is very minor in the grand scheme of things, but something that has been on my to-do list for quite some time. All VIP members that write reviews now have a VIP Member logo next to their names. You will begin to see this logo used whenever a feature is available to our VIP Members.

The next new change is in the "Find Reviewer" feature, which displays all the reviews written by a particular reader. To see an example of this display, go to any Reader Review, like one written for Pirates of the Carribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest, and click on a reviewer's name.

If you click my name preceding my review, you will see this list of movies I've reviewed. At the top of that listing is now a summary table showing the total number of movies that I've reviewed, and how many I've assigned to each rating. The movies are also sorted by the rating given.

The final change made today is in the "Compare Reviewers" feature. As you are viewing the list of movies that someone has reviewed, there is a link to Compare Your Reviews to... This feature compares the list of movies that person has reviewed and the ratings given to each movie with the reviews that you have written. (Click on the link to compare your reviews to George Jobson, our most prolific reader-reviewer)

The display has been enhanced to better illustrate how your reviews match and groups the movies by exact matches, close matches (where you are only one rating different), and matches that are not close (like you assigning a movie a See Now! and they rated it as a Wait for Rental or Stay Away!). This feature is available exclusively to our VIP Members.

More improvements are on the way, so keep an eye on the Site News headlines for the latest features. If you have ideas for features that you would like to see, please use our Feedback Form and let me know!

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