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PROJECT: Revamp NU
Anyone who's been paying attention to NU C&C at all should know that I've been attempting to put it through a quality revamp. From threads like the To-Do List (which has been sitting idle for a long time now… that's my fault, but by no means is it forgotten, as you'll see) to QC of On-Site Analyses, I've been working on ridding NU of subpar analyses and get our contributors to consistently produce high-quality analyses, which hasn't always been the case thus far. As I said in the OSA thread, our previous Quality Control team was rather inexperienced and allowed a lot of less-than-ideal analyses slip through the cracks, and this thread aims to fix that.
While the OSA thread exists for various analyses that are already on-site and need to be talked about (stuff like the viability of various NFEs and the ordering of sets), this thread in particular is for determining what needs to be entirely changed, what just needs to be updated, and how we're going to go about it. Some on-site analyses are top-notch, and as such we won't even have to worry about them. Some are only missing a few sets (ie. Cacturne, Flareon), some are incredibly old and need to be updated to the new metagame (ie. Swellow, Pinsir), and some of them are poorly written, contain misinformation, or are just outright bad. The NU QC team went through all of the on-site analyses a while back and deliberated on what they thought needed to be changed, and I took that information and composed an overall 'To-Do List' that you’ve previously seen stickied in this forum.
This thread is taking both the role of the Reservation thread and the To-Do List, merging them together. It's an experiment so we'll see how it goes, but hopefully everything will turn out splendidly and we can get much better quality analyses on-site! =)
The process is exactly the same as the Reservation thread, except that you now have a description of what in particular needs to be worked on with a specific analysis so you know exactly what you're getting into. You sign up for a Pokemon, just like you do in the Reservation thread. Once you reserve a Pokemon, you become responsible for ensuring that the analysis for it is quality. This doesn’t always mean that you’ll have to re-write the analysis on your own; although some do require full revamps, many of these changes only require small changes or edits to the on-site analyses. I know this sounds a little bit confusing, but let me give you an example. This is the listing for Arbok that will be in the following post;
First thing that I notice is that no one has posted to reserve Arbok yet (orange is the color for Unreserved Pokemon). Secondly, I see that there are many small things that I need to include in my potential update / revamp of this analysis; for example, QC feels that the Coil set needs to be re-looked at, and that Rest + Shed Skin is worth consideration, whether in AC or the actual set. Going over this, I might decide that I’m really not comfortable enough with Arbok to make the decisions or changes outlined in the listing, so I won’t sign up for it. Or, maybe I do feel comfortable with it, and I post reserving Arbok. (Please only reserve something you have experience with - we're doing this to give the on-site analyses better quality, not to simply rewrite another poor analysis. After I post the thread, a link will be added.
Arbok: Coil set is worth a look-over, a solid anti-metagame Pokemon atm. Shed Skin makes setting up on Amoonguss + Alomomola somewhat viable, Rest + Shed Skin might be worth a look although it drastically cuts into Arbok's moveslots. Aqua Tail is probably the best coverage option alongside Gunk Shot; hits most of its resists and there's no real need for Seed Bomb anymore since Quagsire is gone (Carracosta?). Could use an entire analysis update as the Overview doesn't really play to its strengths and I'd like to see a revamped C&C section. Also, its partners mention Leavanny (wtf?).
Again, this process is exactly the same as it was before except this thread now gives you a general idea of what needs to be improved on each analysis, according to QC (it should also make QC approvals go by much more quickly). This does mean that some analyses will only need a new set written, or maybe the checks and counters updated, or maybe needs two sets written or perhaps it needs to be re-written entirely. This will all be detailed in the description of a given Pokemon, but by no means should the description be treated as everything that it absolutely needs. The skeleton will still have to go through QC and each individual member will still give their thoughts. If you want to work alongside someone for the analysis that's totally fine, as long as you both post in this thread stating so.
If you want to only reserve writing a certain section (or set - treat them the same way!), please clarify in your post. For example, if I only wanted to work on the Checks and Counters section for Arbok, I would post saying so in this thread, and then post my work as Arbok (Checks and Counters) (QC 0/3). Make sense? Tell me if it doesn't!