Jump Point Ratings Explained
A while ago, Joseph Kimball asked why I gave his site a three-star rating.
Since I have never really explained to anyone how I come up with the
ratings, I thought I might try to change that...
I do not have a written-down grading system. This means that all "ratings"
reflect my personal bias and should only ever be taken with a few large
grains of salt. I just try to get a handle on the "look-and-feel" of a
site, its volume (sheer amount of material) and scope (coverage of multiple incarnations of Traveller).
Here are some of my reasonings:
In the final analysis, it comes down to the "feel" I get about a site's
volume, content, and "look" when I am browsing it.
- some things I ignore, such as links pages - everyone has those - or
sections which are named but are empty (eg. logistics at Leonidae).
- I am a sucker for deckplan and artwork sites. I was always the map-maker in our AD&D games. ;-)
- the 1-star and 2-stars may only have one thing on them; for instance links-only probably get just one star (see previous point), but I include them because they are still Traveller - no point in being picky about what "is" and "isn't"; some sites, like Jagwire, I have to re-review; Loren's page is really part of the SJG site but deserves its own direct reference; Bill Keith is there in deference to being a Great Old One. ;-)
- 3-star sites are "average", but remember that's only in relation to ALL the sites out there. The SJG and BITS sites, for example, are important sites but don't really have any *gaming* material, they just tell you to buy their gaming material. ;-)
Downport (this gets it for the Silly Era alone!), Bryan's AAB site (for the complete Trav publication index list), James Junction ("Counter-Genocide"), Bruce Johnson's Traveller (the Dean Files), Mark Seeman's Traveller (Library Data), and so on. Usually, it is just volume or scope that holds me back from rating them as 5-star.
- some 5-stars are really 4-star in coverage or volume but stunning artwork or deckplans or site design or absolute must-have software push them into the 5-star bracket. Examples include the Draconis Cluster, Virtual Space, Halfway Station, Galactic, and Freelance Traveller sites (although FT is closing on being 5-star due to volume alone!).
- the absolute best 5-stars, and the ones I rate everything else against, cover everything about Traveller in all its incarnations. Examples include Goran Damberg's and Joe Heck's sites. Hmmm, maybe I should re-rate everything in jump drives terms, J1 to J6!
- I am a sucker for deckplan and artwork sites. Or did I already say that?? :-)
- ...and I'm jealous of Library Data sites that are bigger or better than mine. ;-)
BTW, I *hate* pop-up window adverts. However, this by itself will not cause me to lower a site's rating, unless they occur on-every-page-in-the-damned-site! - time to lower the volume of ads for a
while, maybe go and watch commercial TV... ;-)
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