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Icculus @ekstewie1441 said:
Very quality review. Should be used as a template for future reviewers.
A deliberate decision was made years ago to at least try to have a different recapper for every show on a tour, not only to celebrate the diversity of perspectives within our fan base, but also to avoid the criticism of a formulaic, "cookie cutter" approach to show recaps on this site, which is used by very different fans with vastly different levels of Phish experience on a daily basis. We rely entirely on volunteers for everything having to do with this site, including the recaps.

We rely on people to step forward to volunteer to recap a show they're planning to attend. Sometimes it's been difficult to get a recapper for a show and in fact some shows in recent years were not recapped for this site at all, because no one bothered to step forward to recap it. I mention this now only because were we to require recappers to follow a particular "template," this may discourage some fans from bothering to volunteer to recap a show, and it would certainly discourage creativity, at least in my opinion. And I'd much rather there be a recap that challenges (or even offends) some fans now and then, if only in part, than that every recap proceed within the strictures of a "template" or set of guidelines (especially if designed to restrain a recapper from negatively characterizing the music performed in that recapper's opinion).


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