How is Average Rating calculated?
This site contains series in the format of both EBooks and Web Novels. Web serials are generally rated higher than equivalent ebooks, this is because people who read web novels usually rate the quality based on a comparison of other web novels instead of books in general. This leads to web novels usually being rated higher than ebooks of a similar writing quality.
To combat this I take the rating from Goodreads if it is available, as this contains reviews of both ebook and web novel readers meaning the rating is usually fairer. If the web series does not have a Goodreads page, or there are not many reviews on it, then I use the rating from the web novel site. From comparing series that are on both web novel and ebook sites, I have calculated that web novel site ratings are an average of 0.3 higher than Goodreads/Amazon, therefore if the rating is taken from the web novel site, I will subtract 0.3 from the final rating.
Also, it is noted that the first book in a series may be of higher or lower quality than the rest of the series, Cradle being a prime example of this where it is generally agreed that the first couple of books are much slower paced than the rest of the series, but the series as a whole is viewed very highly. To combat this I take the average rating of the first 3 books in the series to generate the final rating.
Total books in series isn’t correct?
This will usually be for one of 2 reasons.
- A new book has been released since last update (see question on update frequency for more info)
- The series is a web novel
Not all web novels seperate their story in to books/arcs and it would be difficult to keep this updated due to the nature of web novel sites. Because of this I break web novels down in to *equivalent books, where 400 pages is the equivalent of 1 book. This keeps things fair between web novel series and is easier to keep track of.
If the web novel site does not show pages, then I will assume 5 pages per chapter i.e 1,000 chapters would be 1,000×5/400 = 12 books
What does X tag mean?
For a full list of tags and their descriptions, please see the Definitions page.
I submitted a series/tag review, but I can’t see it on the site?
All submissions are uploaded manually and checked for inconsistancies, if your submission has not been uploaded after more than a week then it was most likely deemed to have too many inconsistencies or didn’t follow the submission guidelines. Please see the submit a series page for submission guidelines, especially the section shown in “Confused? Click here for an example”.
How often is this site updated?
Series submissions and tag corrections are uploaded at least once per week, usually on a Sunday unless I have spare time during the week.
Series completion status & Total number of books in the series are checked roughly every 3-4 months
Average rating is checked every 3-4 months until the series has 3 books on Goodreads with atleast 50 ratings for each book, then it is checked roughly once per year going forwards.
Series on Hiatus are not checked, as they rarely come off of hiatus. If you notice a book is marked as hiatus and this is not the case then please let me know and I will review it.
Why isn’t the site more automated?
There are multiple reasons for this:
- Firstly, updating information manually, allows for accuracy checking, this means that series tags are more likely to be correct and useful for users.
- Certain tags can only be determined by manually checking descriptions, reviews and book previews. There is little point scraping all the different LitRPG and Progression Fantasy series on Amazon/Royal Road if there are no tags that users can use to filter them.
- Series found on multiple different websites, this makes it harder to scrape the data needed to keep the site up to date.
- Lastly, I am not a coder. I have created this site and the few scripts I do use through a lot of research, but coding does not come naturally to me, meaning a lot of information still has to be updated manually.
Do you make money from this site?
No, this site was created with the intention of helping the Progression Fantasy and LitRPG communities and not as a revenue source. The site is monetized by Amazon Affiliate links, Patreon and other ads, however the earnings are less than the cost of site hosting and feature plugins. All earnings from ads/Patreon are put back in to the site either to cover base costs or to invest in improvements and new features.
I love this site! how can I contribute?
This site is community driven, most of the series are submitted by users. In my free time I upload some series that are posted on Reddit, but without having read the series, I am only able to add onvious tags.
- Submit a series. The more series we have, the more reading options for the community as a whole.
- Check series with missing tags. Not all series have completed tags and some series may have been tagged incorectly. You can help keep this site up to date by reviewing series for missing tags or errors.
- Reviews. Tags, summaries and ratings are useful, but don’t always give a clear picture of the writing style/quality of an authors work. It can also be helpful to users to give additional information, like magic system, number of character POV’s etc.
- Donate. This is a non-profit site, but it still costs money to run as well as additional costs to improve and add new features. Any money donated will be reinvested back in to the site.