Don’t Spoil Me, Bro

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It’s trickier than ever to determine what’s safe to include in a TV show review, right? Should we keep things super general, even when talking about relatively old episodes of a show, because so many people are going back and binge-watching series they missed? Or should we assume that folks wouldn’t be browsing a TV show’s SideReel page if they’re not caught up on the latest happenings?

We have had a tool in place for SideReelers to mark other users’ reviews as being too spoilery, but now we’re letting reviewers self-identify as plot divulgers. If you want to share your outrage over an out-of-nowhere murder or your excitement about a plot twist, but you’re worried that you might spoil the fun for fellow fans, just check the new box before posting your review:

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Here’s how it looks in the wild:

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Thanks for keeping us in the dark, Paulette!

Let us know what you think about this — or what you think about other SideReel features — here in the comments, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on GetSatisfaction.

Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About

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We love when SideReelers suggest improvements to the site, so we’re particularly pleased to show off these badges, which were inspired by an email from contributor scotwot. Her wish was our command.

If you’re a chatty member of the community, you may already have received a badge or three. To find out, just go to your profile page and click “Badges.”

Here’s a peek at what awaits:

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Remember that you also can earn badges for tracking and rating shows, marking episodes as watched, and reviewing both individual episodes and full series.

Let us know what you think about these — or what you think about other SideReel features — here in the comments, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on GetSatisfaction.

Become ‘Legit’ With New SideReel Badges

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Peak TV is real, y’all. With so many high-quality series coming at us, it can feel like a real achievement to finish a season of the latest must-watch show. Maybe not a clean-out-the-garage type of accomplishment, but something worth celebrating. Which is why we’ve created even more badges to give out to our TV-loving community for tracking and rating shows, marking episodes as watched, and more.

Here’s an example of a new badge some of you may have received already:

Five Star Rater


But wait, there’s more! Behold:

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That last mischievous little kitty is my personal fave.

To find out which badges you’ve earned, just go to your profile page and click “Badges.” And let us what you think about these — or what you think about other SideReel features — here in the comments, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on GetSatisfaction.

 

Facebook Errors

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Update: We’ve resolved the Facebook authentication problem. Please contact us if you’re still having trouble logging in.

We’ve heard from several SideReelers who are having trouble logging in or sharing via Facebook. Some people have reported receiving error messages stating that Facebook credentials could not be verified. Others have said their browser is telling them SideReel isn’t sending any data. And some have successfully logged in after refreshing multiple times, or trying different browsers, but that’s a frustrating waste of time.

We’re really sorry so many people are having trouble logging in. Our team is on it. Here’s what we know so far: the network routing between our hosting provider and Facebook’s internal servers is suffering from some kind of problem. We’re currently working with our hosting service and Facebook to resolve the issue, but don’t currently have an estimated time for a fix.

(Ugh. Technology should just work, right?)

Not to worry, there is a workaround! If you don’t already have them, our customer support team can set you up with a username and password so you can still log in. Please email your identifying information (e.g., profile URL, email address) and your top three choices for a username, in order of preference, to customer_support@sidereel.com and we will hook you right up.

Tl;dr: We’re so sorry some people are having such a hard time logging in and we’re working really hard to resolve this issue. In the meantime, you can use a username and password to log in instead of using Facebook. 

Thanks for bearing with us!

Everyone’s a Critic With SideReel Episode Reviews

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Giving a bum Saturday Night Live episode a one-star rating really says a lot. But now you can actually say a lot about that week’s show with episode-specific reviews on SideReel.

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Just like with full series reviews, you can share your episode review on social media. Commenting and the “Thumbs Up” feature are enabled — as is reporting, in case someone gets a little too sassy. You’ll also receive notifications when folks interact with your review.

Now, you obviously wouldn’t make this mistake, but you’ll want to make sure you’re reviewing the individual episode and not the overall show. One path is to click through to the episode description.

So, you review the Grey’s Season 12 premiere here:

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And you review Meredith Grey’s 12-year saga here:

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You can also rate and review episodes right from your Tracker. Convenient, no?

And if you notice a typo or just change your mind about something, you can edit episode reviews to your fickle heart’s content.

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Besides being super simple, writing reviews is a great way to earn more SideReel badges.

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So if you haven’t let your inner critic out yet, give it a go. And tell us what you think about this — or what other features you’d like to see on SideReel— here in the comments, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on GetSatisfaction.

The SideReel Store Is Open for Business!

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Exciting news, SideReelers!

Have you been coveting fun SideReel gear that you can use around the house or wear around town? Well, we’ve finally opened up a SideReel store! Items feature our logo and popular badges that you earn from using the site, such as the Golden Girls Cats as seen on the SideReel tote.

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We’ll be adding new items regularly, so be sure and check back! Additionally, let us know which sort of products (and badges) you’d like to see available in the future in the comments. You can also request that your favorite badge be made into a product via Facebook or Twitter and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

Currently, we can only ship to the U.S. and Canada, but we hope to eventually be able to ship elsewhere.

Visit the SideReel Store now!

Get the News You Need — Now on the Homepage!

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Get ready for an update we’re really excited about — and one we know you’ll be excited about too: your own personalized SideReel homepage. We’ve been working to make SideReel a better experience for you, so here’s what you need to know:

When you’re logged in and you load up SideReel, you’ll still be able to see all the cool features we have in our slideshow, but if you scroll down a bit further, you’ll notice…Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 11.53.37 AM

This is all based on what’s on your Tracker. Pretty cool, right? Scroll down a little bit further and instead of the Staff Activity Feed, you’ll get yours:Activity FeedSidebar

(We’re staff, which is why this Activity Feed looks like the Staff Feed, but you get the idea.)

Next, scroll back up and take a look at the righthand side of your page. Here you’ll find news relevant to what you’re tracking, as well as our guide to the Most Important Shows on TV This Week, and some ideas for shows you might want to review.

Looking for the Top 10 Shows on the site? That’s now on the TV Shows page. In fact, that’s where you’ll find a bunch of the stuff you used to find on the homepage, including the mini Calendar, a non-personalized list of recently aired episodes, and a non-personalized list of upcoming premieres and finales.

We encourage you to play around with the site and then leave us a note and let us know what you like a lot and what you might like a little less. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

SideReel’s All New Look is Just the Beginning

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SideReel's Gone Responsive

Are you sitting down for this? No? Well, then at least you’ll be ready to jump up and down now that we can announce…

Not only does the site have a totally new design, you can now get the full SideReel experience on your mobile device!

If you’re reading this on your computer, you’ve probably already noticed that we’ve given SideReel a different look and feel, but don’t panic, it still has all of the great features you love, and they all still work the same way:

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Yeah, we think it looks pretty slick, too.

But our desktop view is just the beginning. Do you remember our old phone view? It’s gone, and it’s been replaced by a beautiful new interface with full site functionality!New Mobile Site!

Tablet owners, you don’t think we left you out did you? Because we definitely didn’t. You get a lovely new, tablet-optimized site as well:New Tablet View

Yeah, it’s pretty exciting. Everything behind the scenes is still the same; you still have your same account, tracked shows, reviews, and badges, we’ve just made the site a lot easier to use for everyone! We encourage you to to play around with it as much as possible, and let us know your thoughts through Facebook, Twitter, or GetSatisfaction.

As always, thanks for being the best TV community on the internet. We ‘reel-y love you!