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This is good/wise: "Both of these will come with a red flag warning system (Butthead security system, if you will) where people can report concerns to us that we will then follow up on. If we receive three similar complaints, we will contact the magazine. If we receive no response or an unsatisfactory one, we will flag a magazine's listing on our database. We think this is a better method than removing a magazine from the database because then nobody will know."

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As editor of a very new litmag, let's just say I will watch with interest as you shave the corners off the square wheel of quality assessment. You might think of a category like 'Usually kind and helpful but known to get grumpy if YOU DON'T FOLLOW THEIR GUIDELINES'. Maybe something shorter like 'SPAMMER DEATH ZONE'. ;-)

PS - Nikita is right.

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I know my litmag is good bc I run it, simple as

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Regarding buttheadness, I once read something pretty insightful on a bicycle mag post. It was regarding how most times bike shops are seen as butthead places you wont be comfortable visiting. And it went like this “If you go to a shop and they are buttheads, leave, if you go to the next one and those are buttheads as well, leave, and if you go to a third shop and they are buttheads, maybe the butthead is you?”

and regarding swearwords, also on another reading place I read that if you sometimes let slip a swear word on a business, interview, etc, you come up as more honest as you aren’t actively filtering your speech. So yeah, go insult your boss you might get a raise or sumtin (just kidding people!)

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haha, so funny: "We have a very good reason for not gathering a lot of qualitative data. Because, hear me out. It's really hard to do."

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Users' feedback is the best rating system ever.

Yes, badges + comments would be a better method than "removing a magazine from the database - - because then nobody will know."

* * * * Question: every week I go to zines that are supposedly open for submission (listed by many sources including Submittable, Authors Publish, Cathy, Erica, Angela, etc.) - - only to see a sad note from an EIC that this was their FINAL issue due to illness, etc.

In those cases, Ben, I wanted to know what user feedback gives your team the least amount of work:

(a.) a screen capture of the actual message or (b.) just the link to the "it's curtains" page.

Thank you for all the TLC and hard work you do.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Benjamin Davis

You hit the nail on the butthead!

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Benjamin Davis

Swearing? No big deal!

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This is amazing and so smart

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This essay is BRILLIANT! I especially love (and I'm NOT being sarcastic, I swear) the opening two sentences: "Any butthead can start a lit mag. This means that some folks running lit mags are buttheads." What an opening! Love you all at Chill Subs, OMG!!! <333 Bobby Parrott

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I am so heartened that you all are working for submitters to reflect what matters in their experience. Stats about acceptance rates are great, but this is EVEN BETTER.

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