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Hello, and welcome to Noceur. I'm Niya, otherwise known as the ghoul running this show.

I opened this site to put to use my critical nature. Feedback is important to site owners, and I've noticed a distinct lack of site services being provided as of late. I've decided to change that.

I aim to provide fast, quality feedback to those who need it. Browse my rubric section, and see if anything jumps out at you. If you require any additional services, don't hesitate to neomail me. I'm happy to help in any way I can.

updates

February 3, 2016 // +1 Request
I am currently working on what looks like it will be Noceur's last review. There is simply not enough interest to keep the site going.
It's fitting that I'm re-reviewing one of the first sites I reviewed, Cherry Blossom.

January 12, 2016 // Update
It's been nearly a month since requests were opened, and I still have not received any. It looks like I may be closing Noceur soon, as interest has obviously dwindled.

December 14, 2015 // Requests Open
Specific rubrics are open right now. Those rubrics are: Argenté, Rampé, Foncé, Revenant, and Effrayant.
Any requests for other rubrics will be denied.

Things of Importance

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rubrics

Argenté

first impression » more?

Ténèbres

link sweep » more?

Rampé

content » more?

Étoile

error check » more?

Foncé

layout » more?

Revenant

mix-and-match » more?

Hanté

in-depth » more?

Effrayant

shop & gallery specific » more?

requests are: open!

When you submit a request, you will receive the direct link to this page to check the status of your order, so you can avoid accepting the rules every time.

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Argenté

Type: First Impression
Length: Short
Wait Time: Less than 1 day
Ideal For: Everyone

My first impression of your site is what determines whether or not I will choose to stay and look around or leave. In an Argenté review, I will give you a general opinion of each page or area of your site, from the layout to the content.

This review includes:


Ténèbres

Type: Link Sweep
Length: Varies
Wait Time: Less than 1 day
Ideal For: Directories, Sites

Broken links can really affect the quality of a site. In a Ténèbres review, I'll check all of the links on your site, and return a list of any problems I ran into.

This review includes a sweep of:


Rampé

Type: Content
Length: Varies
Wait Time: Up to 1 day
Ideal For: Sites, Shops, Galleries

The content is the most important part of a site. In a Rampé review, I will look solely at the content of your site and provide feedback on its overall quality as well as providing an individual review of each section.

This review includes:


Effrayant

Type: Shop & Gallery Specific
Length: Varies
Wait Time: Varies

Running a successful shop or gallery is not always an easy task. In an Effrayant review, I will provide several services tailored to your needs. All the services I provide for shops and galleries are listed below - those with an asterisk are the default for this review; others are optional.

You will need to specify what, if any, optional services you require in your request form.

This review may include:


Étoile

Type: Error Check
Length: Varies
Wait Time: Less than 1 day
Ideal For: Everyone

Errors are deal-breakers for many site visitors. In an Étoile review, I will thoroughly check your entire site for all types of errors.

This review may include a check for:


Foncé

Type: Layout
Length: Short to Medium
Wait Time: Up to 1 day
Ideal For: Everyone

The layout is what draws me into a site. If the layout is lower quality, it can affect whether or not I stay at your site. In a Foncé review, I will provide feedback on different aspects of your layout such as organization and navigation, and offer suggestions on how to improve it.

This review may include:


Revenant

Type: Mix-and-Match
Length: Varies
Wait Time: Varies
Ideal For: Everyone

Do you want to request a review, but none of the other rubrics quite describe what you need? Maybe there were additional aspects you didn't want, or you wanted one aspect from a few different rubrics.
For example, maybe you only wanted the consistency of your layout to be reviewed, not the entire layout. Or, maybe you wanted an Argenté review, but you also wanted a link sweep just for your affiliates.

Fear not! In a Revenant review, you can ask for up to 10 specific services you require. Alternatively, you can also ask up to 10 specific questions for me to answer.

You will need to specify your services or questions in your request form.



Hanté

Type: In-Depth
Length: Long
Wait Time: 2+ days
Ideal For: Sites

This is as deep as it gets. In a Hanté review, I will be looking at everything. All of the rubrics on this site are included. You will receive a rating out of 5 stars as well.

5-star Rating Advantages:


This review includes:



Pick Up

It would be greatly appreciated if, upon picking up your review, you would go leave Noceur a comment and/or rating at Asura!
While this is not required, feedback from Noceur's visitors is very important, as I would love to know how you felt about your experience and how I can improve. Thanks!



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Hanté Review of Cherry Blossom

Eve, thanks for requesting a review from Noceur! I hope that it provides helpful feedback which enables your site to progress. If you're not satisfied with your review, or if you'd like to respond to or have a discussion about it, please don't hesitate to neomail me.

I. Layout + Organization

The main part layout is very cute. It fits the site's theme and is nicely colored. The various font colours that have been incorporated are also well-used. The background could be a bit more subtle, because the colours and the pattern don't really flow well; Subtle Patterns (not on Neo) would be a nice resource for you to find a new background.

I would suggest changing the italics colour to #74A416, and the bold colour to #C17183, because they are difficult to read on the transparent background. This is a very small change - only a shade to two shades darker.

Before:

After:

Alternatively, you could change that background to a slightly less transparent white background, which they offer at Augment (under Content - Transparent).

That's basically it for this section. Your navigation is easy to use, and everything on your site is easy to find, so there's not much more to say.

II. Content

I would like to point out before I start here, that I am not by any means an expert on font-making. I do know about typography, which is similar, but that's really the extent of my knowledge.

The first thing I notice while looking at your content is that your images are not good quality. You should consider switching to .png format, for crisper images and less degradation. With all the splotchy pixels around symbols and colours, it makes your fonts look quite bad, even though the font itself may not be.

Part of making fonts is to use your space efficiently and creatively - to create something unique for the requester. I feel some of your fonts are a little bland, or overdone. Of course, some of them are requested, so that is not entirely your fault, but you should experiment with different techniques and arrangements, whether for a request or not.


The emphasis placed on way makes the sentence read a bit oddly. The emphasis should be on mad, and so the rest of the siggy should have been built around that word.

This one is a great example of a good, mostly-text font. The way you've separated the colours is unique, and the underline creates balance, not emphasis.

I feel that siggies like this one are very overdone. While this was a request, you obviously can't help that, but that many snowflakes is a bit much. They pull my eye away from the focal point of the siggy - the name. Symbols should be used to draw you to the focal point, or balance the space, but not distract.

For example, this one is the same type of siggy, but very well done. The symbols and the gradient used are pulling your eye toward the name. Great work!

This font face is a bit aggressive for this siggy. A script, or even just small italics sans-serif, would have gone better with such a quote.

This is a poor choice of a font face. It is illegible and the symbols on the bottom look like they're supposed to be letters.

These (as well as the positive examples used above) are my favourites from your site. They are well-orchestrated, balanced, and overall, pleasing to look at.







III. Error Check

Your opening paragraph could use a few small changes, which I've provided below in bold:

Hello! Welcome to Cherry Blossom, a premade Neoboard font site run by Eve. It first opened on December 27, 2014.
Here you can find all sorts of fonts, including pet-related fonts and fonts made using song lyrics. If none of these are quite what you're looking for, you can always request a custom font, tailored to your needs! Please keep in mind that requested fonts are put up for everyone's use.
You do not need a neoboard pen to use these fonts! All of these fonts can be used by anyone.

Your Request page is also a little informal. While this type of language is fine for updates, the rest of your site should be more professional. The first sentence, So, you wanna request huh? also makes it seem as if you don't actually want people to put in requests. I've made a few adjustments here as well:

Have you had a look around, but couldn't find anything you like, or maybe you need a font for a specific purpose? Not to worry, I can do that easily! Here at Cherry Blossom, I always keep my requests open, and try to get back to you in a reasonable amount of time.

Putting in a request for a font is very easy. Just send me a neomail by clicking on the envelope below. There isn't even a form you have to fill out! All I request that you include is what you actually want the siggy to be. Other than that you can include as many or as few details as you would like!
I would absolutely encourage you to create a request form. It is pretty much necessary for running a request site. It makes it far easier for the requester to put their ideas down in an orderly fashion, which also makes it easier for you as a creator to understand what they're looking for.
In addition to that, you could offer an "Eve's Choice" sort of option where you create the entire font yourself, in case the requester doesn't have any ideas.

The "Other Info" page is pretty much entirely unnecessary. The only thing that actually needs to be there is the second one, but it should be at the beginning of the font pages; people who just came to look at the fonts probably aren't going to care what's on the other pages. The third sentence is altogether negligible.
If you do decide to keep the page up anyway, you need to fix the grammar:

Here are some random things that you might be wondering about:

There are no rules for using these fonts. If you want to claim that you made them, have them rated, etc., feel free.

If there's an apostrophe (') in the font anywhere, you're going to need to replace it with an accent mark. It's the tilde (~) key without the shift.

If there's anything you think should be added to this page, feel free to drop me a neomail telling me about it!
As a general rule, don't start a sentence with and, or but unless it furthers the thought from the sentence prior to it, or use informal words like wanna/gonna and certainly not ain't - these do not make for a professional site, and they make you, as an owner, seem careless and sloppy.

Recommended Status + Rating + Resources

At this moment, I probably would not recommend Cherry Blossom. Once you strengthen your font-making abilities, and make your site more professional, then it's possible; you certainly have potential! Don't be afraid to visit some otherfont sites for inspiration! Here are some of my recommendations (may or may not be active):
Mo's Fonts
Magnet
& The Cool
Chrysalis

I'm rating Cherry Blossom 3 stars!

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Flaunt

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Unlike most directories, where your site is listed and that's that, Flaunt has introduced a new concept. At Flaunt, you don't just send in your site's name and URL. You get to write an actual ad for your site, and other people who visit your site can go to Flaunt and like it.

This revolutionary idea opens new doors for communication. Not only can site owners find out how their sites stack up to others of the same type, but site visitors can express their gratitude or appreciation for a site by giving them a like!

Ryan, the site owner, is a really great guy who puts 110% into each of his sites (and he runs several). I frequent two of them, and recently became interested in a third. It is great to see someone with such dedication to all of their endeavours!



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