Great thoughts, inputs, and questions!
Yes, readers are targeted more than writers because because ultimately that is the force which will make the website’s mission successful. Regardless if writers want an assessment, it’ll happen lol. The secondary service of reviews is simply to help writers who will also benefit from (hopefully) increased readership.
As for the review system, I actually had similar concerns. RL+CL don’t make or break a webnovel in comparison to the three other factors. I probably could even kick CL out, but I kept it because it has some weight in online novels that go by parts rather than a ‘true full chapter.’ Also, it gives a quick impression of how serious writers are in their works. If they have 100 chapters, but they only have 500 words on average, then it seems more of a bid for over inflated views.
RL, for online novels is usually 1-2 based on my scale because you’re right, most cater to a larger audience. But why I kept it is due to the idea of judging from a publisher standpoint (which, btw, I am not, or else I’ll be living some more exciting life lol). Since it’s not only the Webnovel website I’ll be looking at, this consideration is more necessary for Wattpad who has an actual “publishing” deal as opposed to featured or contracted.
With all that said, however, I might just opt for a pairing of CL/RL next to TQ/PD/CF and separate with a dash or something. Visually, it’ll be quicker to judge.
Monetization.. LOL. Nope, that’s not happening unless I get some random rich investor who wants to buy my freely-hosted website! Yes, this is merely a hobby taken seriously with the hopes of actually being of some assistance. I know all too well the difficulty of finding a good original novel among all the, cough, low quality ones.
And maybe one day, I shall find brave souls willing to assist me.. for free.
Yes, it’s ability > pedigree because I’m a firm believer in showing through action and example. It’s up to the viewer to decide, and honestly, even if I were to list anything, people will still find fault haha. Considering people ask others who aren’t “experts” either for reviews and give ratings on stories themselves, this is no different. Except, it’s just from me.
Ehh, just basically hoping the easy accessibility of finding good novels all in one place will convince them this system works~
Thanks btw! I’m glad someone went out to seriously and curiously consider and understand the website and assessment method. This kind of conversation helps all of us.
[EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention; I like this sentence: “may backfire spectacularly so please take my suggestion with a shaker of salt.” Haha! ]