You can create many types of lists. Lists can currently be created for Movies, TV Shows, Actors/Actresses, Directors,DVsD, Music, Music artists, Books, Authors and Games. But lists can be about so much more.
When creating a list, choose its name wisely as this will be used to generate related lists and advertise it on other lists to members.
There are then three forms of list visibility to choose from, all can be changed easily later, they are...
'Public' if your list should appear in public areas and you think it would be interesting to other members.
'Semi-private' if your list should only appear on your profile page. This is ideal for lists in development or personal lists that you don't mind sharing, but wouldn't wish to advertise.
'Private' this will ensure your list does not appear anywhere and cannot be accessed by other members. This is ideal for 'Home Contents Insurance' lists of DVDs, Games, CDs, etc.
As a community expect feedback, comment and suggestions on any list posted.
You may also share control of any of your lists with any other member, to do so simply enter comma seperated usernames of people you want to edit your list (username.listal.com)
Whilst it isn't required, it is best to always explain your list in the description, so that others understand your list and can contribute.
Remember you can always rearrange or add to your own lists at any time. There is a button to allow this on the top right of your list page. There is also the option to delete the list, next to its name, should you wish to start again.
A mature content filter forms part of your user settings, which will hide all lists marked as mature when browsing lists or the homepage. This setting is on by default (and on by default to unregistered visitors). Below "Recently promoted items" on the homepage there is an note with what you have it set to.
There is a setting when editing lists to set your lists as mature content which might include lists showing excessive violence (e.g. "top 10 goriest deaths in movies") , lists of porn/adult actors/actresses/models, lists with other adult themes or containing suggestive or provocative images.
We would appreciate it if you would mark your lists appropriately (some may also be changed by TOM).
All lists are still visible however to all by visiting the list page directly.
Image uploading rules
- Upload the highest resolution images possible.
- Do not add photographs with prominent watermarks.
- Strictly no nudity, no topless images, or bottoms.
- See-through clothing is treated as topless/nudity if anything can be seen.
Just remember there are young members too - so always think magazine cover acceptable (not the top shelf variety)!
- No Photoshopped images beyond the original released photo
- No collages of multiple pictures
- No recoloring or crops of existing photos
- No duplicate images unless the quality is significantly better than the old version.
- No overly sexual images (hard to define this)
- Obviously for child actors there should be nothing close to anything mentioned above
If your image relates to a item or person, is always best to upload images directly to the appropriate Listal page. For unrelated images, you can upload them directly into your own profile image page. Alternatively if you don't wish the images to be shown on your account you can host the image elsewhere, for example photobucket or imageshack, etc.
If you discover duplicate images whilst browsing Listal, an image with a watermark, or full nudity, then you should report it immediately. There is a Report Image button on every image.
You can embed images in lists or reviews by copying the code from the 'Share this image:' section at the bottom of the image.
When embedding images you can resize it by changing the number in the code e.g.
You can uploaded a video to listal from your PC, by clicking the VIDEO tab, in the items/actor/movie/book/game page. Or if the video already exists on YouTube.com simply copy and past the Youtube video url and press ADD VIDEO.
To add a video to a list, simply copy the embed code from Youtube or Listal.com then paste the code into the "Add note" section for the item.
You can also add videos to your Profile page, but these can only come from video sharing site, not your PC. To do this simply click VIDEOS on your profile, then ADD VIDEO FROM A VIDEO SHARING SITE, paste the videos URL, press ADD VIDEO and you are done.
Sometimes you can paste the wrong code from YouTube, if this happens, you won't see your video. Simply delete and copy/paste the other URL.
When using video in lists, simply copy the embed code by pressing the 'COPY' button, then paste directly into your list.
Reviews must be a minimum length of 30 characters.
To add a review, simply search your favorite movie, book, etc. Once you find it you will see a white box with add review underneath, it is on the righthand side. Write your review inside of the box and press button below.
Please remember to post the reivew on the appropriate page. For example, a film should be rated on its movie page, and if you are wanting to make comments about a particular DVD version (such as special features and covers) you need to do so on the DVD product page.
Do not copy and paste your review in different locations. Posting your review multiple times may be considered spam.
A good review should help other Listal members understand the product without ruining their future listening/viewing/reading experience. If you cannot avoid including a spoiler, please give advance warning and ensure the actual spoiler is hidden behind a Black Bar with the appropriate HTML code - See HTML Guide for code.
There are also a few rules to follow;
- Reviews must be your own, not copied from other authors.
- Reviews must only posted once on the site (e.g. not posted for each book edition or dvd edition)
- Reviews should not be a a description or information of the item.
- Reviews should only be posted for released items.
- Reviews with very bad spelling and grammar may be deleted.
If what you are looking for is missing, Listal provides you the opportunity to add it. However, before you do so, check the spelling and reduce the number of words used.
For actors, authors and music artists, it is often best to find their work first and check the details, such as finding a popular movie they appeared in and checking the credits, or finding a book and checking the author name. Spelling is everything when searching.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for, you can add it.
Under the 'No Result Found' message, is a space to enter the imdb url or number.
For Books/Games & DVDs
Check spelling and reduce query complexity - Try reducing the number of words.
Try changing the search database - In the green box above the search, change the 'data source'.
If you still cannot find it, there is the option to manually enter the product. This will add an entry to our product database. But remember this option is a last resort, please ensure the product does not exist on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk before using this option!
Examples : Many foreign language books, Region 3/4/5/6 dvds, games for older systems and independent bands.
You can also go to the My Stuff/Books/Add section and the 3 ways to add books will be listed:
If the person you are looking for doesn't appear, check you spelling. Then finding a movie or TV show they appeared in and checking the credits carefully.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for, you can add it manually. After doing an unsuccesful search, simply enter the person's name in the space provided under the results and press 'Add Person'.
Listal members benefit from positive feedback. You can vote for anything you like/enjoy or believe to be of a high quality, such as images, reviews, suggestions, lists, etc. Voting also helps alert other members to quality and interesting additions on Listal.
Do not mass vote for items especially if they are all from the same person.
Rating actors/directors/authors is a very personal thing, but everything should be rated on quality/talent, not covers/looks. If you make a mistake or change your mind in the future, you can quickly change your rating with a simple click of the stars on the relevant page.
If you belive someone is terrible but looks stunning, don't raise their star rating, simply vote for any images of them that you like.
Equally your opinion of Directors/Authors etc. will change as you see more of their work, so always base you view on the full range of their achievements.
You can also let others know how you rate items on your profile, for example...
How do I rate items?
★★★★★(9-10) - amazing!
★★★★☆(8-9) - great!
★★★★(7-8) - very good
★★★☆(6-7) - good
★★★(5-6) - not bad
★★☆(4-5) - average
★★(3-4) - mediocre
★☆(2-3) - poor
★(1-2) - very poor!
☆(0-1) - Dire!
If you like the above guide to stars, just select the text, copy and paste - its just text with symbols added.
Points decide your site ranking. You can see your ranked place on your profile, just by your own avatar.
You earn points by;
Filling in profile information 50
Friends signed up via signup link 200
Custom lists with at least 8 items 100
Rating items 3
Tagging items 3
Posting in the forums 4
Posting a review 50
Posting pictures 10
Adding videos 20
Receiving list votes 10
Receiving review votes 10
Receiving image votes 10
Receiving video votes 10
Promotion to the front page 100
Adding notes to lists 10
Posting comments 10
The above points system does change from time to time, with advance notice. Changes to the points system are made to stimulate certain parts of Listal when required. As such points and your overal rating is subject to change.
Your points total, and ranking, is calcuated once each day.
Listal is the place to list, rate, tag and review movies, TV shows, music, games and books. It is also a social network, where you can see what's popular among your friends or find people with similar tastes based on ratings.
As a community Listal members can be very supportive and you should be prepared to receive votes, suggestions, comments and advice if you post a list publicly.
As a community, you can also suggest changes to improve the site. The suggestion area is divided into different sections, these are;
My area homepage
New users should search for a relevant posting before posting their own, as users may have already had a similar idea.
Your suggestion can be voted for and you can vote for other ideas that you like. Highly rated suggestions are often used to make Listal the place it is today.
The Forum is a good place to learn from others, understand users opinions, or to post a new quesion yourself. You can also see what everyone else thinks about a topic, learn how changes to Listal came about, generally gauge the sites users and suggest improvements yourself.
The forum is divided into different topics; Movies, TV Shows, Music, Books, Games and Off Topic for anything else. There are also site specific topics covering new features, Listal announcements, feedback, suggestions, bug reporting on Listal and a Mod forum.
New users should search for a relevant posting before posting their own, as most users have very similar questions.
The main forum page is also where you'll find and search details of other members by country, input, votes, etc.
Moderators are Listal members with additional rights to assist Tom in making Listal a better place. If you have a query or question, its best to ask it in the forum and trust the feedback/advice from Moderators.
If your query or question is of a more personal nature and you don't wish to share it in the forum, then you can message Tom direct. Tom is a web designer, developer and the creator of this site.
Once you have created some amazing lists, how do you get them voted for?
When you've just published a list/review, everyone can see it in the "Recently published" section of Explore Lists & Reviews. This can gain you some attention, so you'll want to make sure you don't publish a list until it's good and ready, with notes explaining why each item is on the list and a nice description. This will increase the chance of users voting on it.
When three members vote on a list or review, it gets promoted to the front page and, if Listal users as a whole take to it, it'll receive most of its votes this way.
If you have enough people following you, they'll vote on it whenever they see you've recently published a list or check your lists from your profile. Members like KCenturion, Nonfictionguy, Hyomil, and Pumpkinate include on their profiles what is sometimes refered to as a "List Showcase", where they publish links to what they believe are their most deserving lists.
If you receive enough votes in any of these ways, when others look under the "Lists" section of an item's page, they'll see your list near to the top. Voting and commenting on other people's items doesn't hurt any in getting them to check out your stuff, as they're likely to become interested in you and your material as a result.
There are lots of members who struggle to keep up with some of the site's more popular listers, but we all start out at the same place. Best advice is to take pride in doing quality lists.