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There is a little 'Apply' button which appears under the box where you can select the genre - if you click this it will stick to the genre you want it to!
I do agree though with the subsequent comment that was made of the "poor premise and poor first page" being enough information to judge whether you'd like to read more. I feel that this is enough information as a reader, but not as a writer :)
Also, I'd prefer being able to change my rating of a first page before I hit submit (or Rate Next) in the pop-up box. I've select the wrong rating for a story a couple of times and have been unable to change it.
As highlighted in another thread, from a rater’s perspective it is somewhat difficult to provide a fair and accurate assessment of work that is of a genre that either does not appeal to you, or that you have a limited understanding of. Personally I have no interest in romantic fiction and I don’t feel as though I am able to determine good romantic fiction from poor or not so good. It would be useful to be forwarded work to rate that aligned with preferred genres listed in the rater’s profile. Alternatively there could be a ‘Skip’ button that could be activated if a rater is presented with work from such a genre.
I also have doubts as to whether much can be gauged from rating the first page of a novel. Certainly if the work is ineptly written with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors then it probably deserves a low rating. However to rate work lowly on the basis of not liking the idea seems to me to be an assessment which in most instances would be very difficult to make. Surely a novel is unlikely to reveal the bulk of the plot (or idea) in the first page; it is not meant to be an essay for example. A novel tells a story, has a narrative. I would argue that it is a fairly clumsily written novel that opens by revealing the ‘idea’ of the book on the first page and immediately gives away the premise of the story. A first page should be the preamble that ultimately takes you to the ‘idea’. Perhaps what is meant here is ‘I didn’t like the feel of the writing’. Perhaps there should be a sixth option for the page one readings along the lines of ‘I think this has potential, but I would need to read more’. This option (a new option 4) would still allow the work to be elevated to the second phase, however at the second phase this option would be removed and the options would revert to the current system as reading 5 pages should allow a better indication of where the story is heading.
I would also contend that it is still possible to acknowledge that something may be a good idea without necessarily liking it.