Editorial Guidelines

We at TopTierList follow a rigorous set of rules that we have established for ourselves in accordance with standard journalistic practices. Each and every single piece of writing on the website follows these guidelines, and our content is created by a Group of Professionals who ensure that they have first-hand knowledge of the subjects that they cover, and they do extensive research to ensure that all their information is factually correct.

You can see all of these guidelines for yourselves below, which should give you a greater understanding of how we do things here. 

Tier List Editorial Guidelines

Our main goal is always to create an article without presenting a one-sided narrative, but we also don’t pretend to come from a place of true neutrality. The people who create our articles are also fans of the subjects they cover, whether they be video games, movies, card games, etc, and as such, they also have their own personal opinions that bleed into their work. The goal then is to ensure that our personal biases do not overcome our common sense and that our writers take the time and effort to justify their choices. And in rare situations where objectivity is the goal, they make sure to properly gather their information and credit the original source.

All of our Tier Lists also follow a standard format that many of you are already familiar with, and that you should have no trouble grasping immediately. We place the highest-ranking entries in the S Tier and then work our way down from there. Sometimes our ranks simply go as far as the C Tier in situations where the subjects of our article may not be too bad, but other times we have to go as far down as the F Tier when there is no redemption possible. 

Each of our articles also starts with proper Disclaimers so that our readers immediately understand what they are getting into. If there is a standard that needs clarification, or a metric that we are basing our ranking on, we will always ensure that they are clarified at the top of the content. We even make short and concise tables so that you don’t have to scroll through an entire page to find the one key thing that you are looking for. 

The goal, in the end, is to make sure that our content is informative, and that we don’t waste your time any more than is absolutely necessary. And in pursuit of that endeavor, we also keep a few other things in mind:

Fluent And Precise Writing: A great command of the English language is necessary for any writer on the team, but the goal is not to flaunt their skills either and overcomplicate things. We make sure that each of our writers uses properly structured sentences, and avoid using unnecessarily complicated slang or lingo. And in articles where information cannot be conveyed without referencing particular terminology specific to the topic at hand, an effort is always made to explain that terminology and how it will be used beforehand.

Appropriate Use of Language: We here at TopTierList encourage our writers to have fun with their writing. Humor and community-specific jokes go a long way in elevating the quality of an article, so we encourage fun and creativity wherever possible, but in a way that doesn’t waste our reader’s time. Our goal is also to be as family-friendly as possible, and that none of our writing ever goes beyond the limits of common decency. So our writers always make sure that nothing of that sort ever makes it to the publishing stage. 

Constructive Criticism And Discussion: By virtue of being a site that produces Tier Lists, many of our rankings are based on opinions and even some dissenting viewpoints. But we don’t do any of this to be controversial for the sake of drumming up outrage, the truth is simply that what one group of people agree with, another might not. And in situations where a reader might disagree with a choice we have made, we encourage them in each and every single article to let us know their thoughts in the comments. Our writers are extremely open to constructive criticism, and they take these comments into account when updating their articles. But we have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, and we do not tolerate abuse directed at our writers.

And that’s about it for our Editorial Guidelines. We follow each of these without fail for every single article on TopTierList, and we hope that they give you a greater insight into what goes on hehind the scenes.

That’s all for today, and we hope that you’ll check out some of our work for yourself.