The Internet, and how people use it, has obviously changed a lot since we started in 1996 and continues to evolve. To address some of these changes, the site (we) need to change. Simply put: We've been stagnant for too many years. That's one of the reasons why we hired a full-time developer this past summer and have begun work on a complete site redesign and mobile apps. It's going to take some time to get to where we want to be, but we're making a lot progress and over the upcoming months we'll be applying updates to the site to prepare for change. Speaking of change ... here's a round of them. Some have been requested by BAs, while others are required for future updates. Hads Count Literally. We've generated over 1.7 million full reviews since we started in the late 90s. Since it's launch in Nov 2011, we've generated nearly 1 million Hads. It's clear that users value the ability to do a quick rating, so we've opted to value their input. They're now being applied to the beer's review average (rAvg) and overal BA Score. Counting and displaying Hads will also: Gets us ready for mobile app functionality. Give brewers/beers more exposure. Encourages more users to contribute. Main Beer & Beer Rating Pages They've been given a slight facelift to accomodate Hads, which now appear in-line. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/ http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/1904 Viewing Reviews & Hads Together Another request was viewing your Reviews and Hads together from your beer page. Done. We'll be looking at ways to highlight if you gave a beer a full review or just Had it too. Same goes for the edit icon that appears next to beers in certain listings; Top Lists, Styles, etc. To delete a Had you'll need to go to the beer's page. Ratings All beer ratings/stats have been updated as a result of changes to Hads. You'll notice some big changes given the fact that nearly 1 million more ratings have been applied to them. Reviews Attribute Scale .25 increments have been applied for all attributes (Places too). This has been requested several times in the past. Syncs with the Hads quick rating scale now too. User rating prior to this were not altered. Minimum Characters For those doing full reviews, we've reduced this to 100 characters (Places too). We were getting complaints with the previous mins. Hopefully this will address concerns and encourage some words. ******************************** Frequently Asked Questions. In anticipation of your questions, here's some answers. Q: Can I Had and do a full review of a beer? You can only do one or the other. Q: Can I Had a beer more than once? Not yet, but it's something we'll be rolling out this year. Q: If I Had a beer can I go back and give it a full review? Yes. Simply go to your review of the beer or go to the beer's page and review it. Note: This will overwrite your quick Had rating and apply your new one. Q: Will users who provide a complete beer review get more credit than those who just Had it? Eventually, yes. We value your contributions and will address this with in the upcoming site relaunch. Q: Can we sort/filter by Full Reviews or Hads? Not yet, but we plan on adding it. Yes: http://beeradvocate.com/community/t...full-reviews-ratings.60233/page-5#post-814312 Q: How will this impact Top Beer lists? It's going to make it much more active. We'll be addressing this shortly and making adjustments if needed. Q: Can you apply something like this to Places? Hmm ... We'll keep you posted on that. We realize this is a major change. Some of you will love it, some of you will hate it, but we're open to any constructive feedback that you might have either way. As always, thanks for your continued support and patience. 2013 is going to be a big year for BeerAdvocate.com ... and we're glad you're all here to be a part of it. Cheers!