All posts by T.J. DeGroat

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:

New Badges!
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.