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There is an appropriate and an inappropriate length for analyses. They should not be too long and contain inordinate amounts of information, but at the same time they should not shirk entire chunks of valuable information just to be as short as possible. Generally, it is always easier for a user to write more, so we won't address that here. It's much more difficult to make a very long analysis more terse without sacrificing key information. Let us consider the following very fluff-ridden paragraph.
When considering Electivire for a spot in your team, it is inadvisable to assess its negative qualities. Instead, one should focus on discovering the characteristics that make Electivire useful. At certain times, it may be easily walled, but Electivire's movepool is particularly broad, and the moves it has up its sleeve can provide such exceptional type coverage that you will constantly see the words "It's super effective!" on your screen. Electivire's downfall is its lack of Speed to outrun faster opponents, but remember that Electivire's ability, Motor Drive, helps it score a Speed boost if you switch in on an Electric-type move. Also, Electivire will often find itself unable to severely harm bulky Pokemon, even with a super effective hit. However, with its fine offensive stats - an enormous base 123 Attack stat, an acceptable base 95 Special Attack stat, and enough Speed to attempt a sweep after a Motor Drive boost, Electivire can be a fearsome mixed sweeper.
This type of excessive rambling is unacceptable for the site. It needs to have all of the excess nonsense removed from it and brought down to a much more manageable level. That same paragraph could be rewritten as follows:
Although Electivire does have middling Speed when unboosted by Motor Drive and often fails to live up to expectations because of it, he is a fine offensive Pokémon. He possesses offensively oriented stats which include a great 123 Attack, passable 95 Special Attack, and enough Speed to attempt a sweep after a Motor Drive boost and fantastic type coverage with myriad options type-wise. This makes Electivire a fearsome mixed sweeper when played correctly.
The shorter version contains all of the same valuable information, but without any of the excess verbosity. It's also important to consider that the shorter version still has good prose and isn't boring to read, which is something that people often mistakenly associate with making analyses more concise. Think before you write, while you are writing, and after you write. Read your work, re-read it, and then do it again. We need to improve our analyses' qualities, and filling them with useless debris is not helping.
The OWL at Purdue University provides a useful list of techniques that can be applied to help reduce the amount of excess fluff that you put into your writing.
Peer Edit Thread Protocol:
There are a few distinct suffixes that are used in C&C to distinguish the different types of analyses that are allowed and what they entail.
The queue system for C&C is the process all analyses must undertake in their journey from being posted in Quality Control to being uploaded on the forums. The list below details each step and what is expected of the author during that step.
Active C&C moderators are listed below so that you can seek them out if you need any further guidance. Administrative moderators can upload analyses for any tier by request or if the need arises and may have further specialization beyond what is mentioned below, though they are only listed once.
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Quality Control Team:
When new sets, analyses, or updates are posted for any tier, they must be posted in the respective tier forum with the (Quality Control) prefix. This prefix will put that writeup through the Quality Control (QC) process which validates the set's effectiveness in the metagame of choice. There is a more detailed description of the QC process and team in this announcement.
Once a set or analysis passes the Quality Control stage, its prefix is changed to (Copyediting) and it will be moving into the Grammar-Prose (GP) stage of the process. After the author has finished writing the entirety of the writeup, he will mention in his thread with a bump that it is ready for GP checks. Either a GP team member or the author can then ask that the analysis be added to the respective generation's Grammar-Prose Queue, which tracks how many checks each writeup has and lists the members of the team. The analysis will then be rigorously scanned for grammatical errors, prose errors, and convention errors that are in breach of Smogon's conventions located here. Once the analysis gets checked twice, it will pass the GP stage and be ready for upload to the site. There is a more detailed description of the GP process and team in the below-linked queues.
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