Q: How do you benchmark your reviews?
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Good question. To be honest, I don't really. All of those percentages? Yeah, those are basically all subjective and estimated. They have no actual numerical data to back them up. Even the overall rating is not some kind of square-rooted average. To put it in perspective, take note that I consider Metallica to be the best band ever conceived (hands down), and I consider ..And Justice for All to be the most catchy, riffy, badass album ever. Knowing this, you can see my standard. Giving an album an 100% in a particular category does not by any means make it perfect, just that to my ears, there are no inherent flaws with it. When it all comes down to it, everything here is an opinion and based on personal preference

Q: Why is "Band X" (or Album X) not in your reviews/database?
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One has to remember that my "website" is little more than a glorified blog - a forum for my own view. Keeping that in mind, I only plan on posting information about bands that I have an opinion about (good or bad) and that I feel inspired to write about. For example, even though Motley Crue was a popular rock band, I have listened to little of them and probably wont any time soon, and as such, you won't see them here. The Riff Repository more or less serves to educate people on new/little heard of bands and/or give my own opinionated take on more popular ones and is not a catch-all metal site. For that, please visit the spectacular Metal Archives.

Q: Are you endorsed by anybody?
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Not as of yet. While I find my own opinion to be very valuable, as should you, not everyone has been enlightened by the material here at The Riff Repository. But hey, you can do your part by spreading the word to your friends! In all seriousness, I do this site merely for my own amusement, for non-profit, on a free webserver.

Q: Are the pictures and graphics here yours?
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Largely? No. The patterns used in the layout and the banner are of my creation. However, I use all album covers, logos, and pictures of the artists under fair-use laws and do not intend to infringe on any copyrights. If anyone has an issue with this, please contact me immediately and I will do my best to comply with your request.

Q: Why is your site not more "spiffy" (IE: Flash, PHP, Javascript, etc.)?
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Several reasons. First and foremost, I'm lazy. Yes, I have the desire, but not the time to go out and learn any of said elements to enhance the website. Secondly, I wanted to go with a more streamlined, basic approach to the website. The site uses very little graphics in order to be friendly towards those of you still on dial-up. Think of it this way: less can be more. Although, I plan to implement a Flash jukebox element that plays song clips later on down the road.