The "Thanks" comments

Red Red
These days I don't have many chances to come by EF, but I always pop by when I get an inbox alert that someone left a comment on a review. Getting a comment on an old review used to mean there was a relevant question being posed - but now? It's just "Thanks" or some form of "thanks for the review". I don't mean to sound curmudgeonly, and I really do appreciate people reading my review...but it seems like something has gotten lost in translation, and real questions are now much more easily overlooked (I don't look to see comments when I get alerts anymore!)

I assume people do this for points, so I actually have a real suggestion about how this could be made better. Perhaps we could have a little "Thanks" button, or appreciation comment box, or something different that gives people a way to earn their points, show their appreciation, but NOT swamp out genuine questions. Just an idea!

Keep up the awesomeness otherwise.
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tokensgirl tokensgirl
Thanks.

Lol. jkjkjk. Yeah, that is pretty lame
05/14/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I like the idea of a "Thanks" box. Thats a good idea.

I do not get many questions on my reviews, I guess I cover everything that could be asked?
05/14/2011
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by tokensgirl
Thanks.

Lol. jkjkjk. Yeah, that is pretty lame
good idea! and i usually give input such as good review id love to try this product sometime or something along those lines. i get very tired of "thanks for the good review" too. lol
05/14/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I think that's a nice idea, or something like it. I am guilty of doing this occasionally. Not really for points, though. Sometimes I read a review and want to say something to let the person know I read it, but I don't have a question. So I say "thanks," or "good review," or something to that effect.

I also seem to remember that commenting on someone's review helps the writer's rank. Like more comments help raise it. So it helps the writer out. That was a while back that I may have seen that, though, so maybe I'm mistaken.
05/14/2011
shentel shentel
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Originally posted by Red
These days I don't have many chances to come by EF, but I always pop by when I get an inbox alert that someone left a comment on a review. Getting a comment on an old review used to mean there was a relevant question being posed - but now? ... More
Great idea
05/14/2011
SexyLilPixi SexyLilPixi
Honestly, I do it out of courtesy if I don't have a question to ask or detailed comment to make & if I liked the review or found it useful. I've already caught myself, though, and I'm trying to somewhat break out of the habit of seeming repetitive this way. For me it's more of a courtesy habit.
05/15/2011
ScottA ScottA
I didn't use to do any of the "thanks" or "good review" stuff - it seemed like meaningless fluff that filled up space. After a while I started to think of the "good review"-type things as encouragement - if no questions jumped out at me then why not show my support?

It still seems like a bit of a waste (especially on an old review), but no longer a meaningless waste.
05/15/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
I do this out of courtesy too. I know people put a lot of effort into their reviews so I just like to acknowledge how much their hard work has helped me. Also, when I first joined I read quite a few reviews with a lot of "thank you" and "good review" comments so I just thought it was common practice.
05/15/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I thank people for their review (if it is good) out of courtesy and respect for the review and the writer. Sometimes, the review needs no questions asked, it is just that good. I think people need and deserve a thank you for work well done. There is nothing meaningless about thanking someone. And it boosts the confidence of new writers. I think it also helps the reviewers rating and puts it up on your friends real time wall, so more people will see it. Of course, if it is a very old review and the person is no longer here and reviewing- it is a waste of time and energy- but I do not do that. It is also a waste if the review is worthless-and I do not do that either.
05/15/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by Red
These days I don't have many chances to come by EF, but I always pop by when I get an inbox alert that someone left a comment on a review. Getting a comment on an old review used to mean there was a relevant question being posed - but now? ... More
I hate that as well. Now if it isn't a fresh review I don't even check. I will say thanks for a review, but I usually try and throw in a comment about a part I liked, or if it is a new reviewer, I try and give them some encouragement. But I agree it is very annoying when all you get is a bunch of half hearted, "thanks. great review" s. . .


I don't encourage points being given for a thanks box because I feel like that is a form of point farming, simply going and putting "thanks" on someone's review is easy. Who knows if the person even read it? I am for a thanks box but I do not feel points should be given for that.
05/15/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
I sort of agree with this idea. I think it's a good idea but at the same time it seems like such a hassle.

Don't get me wrong, I hate getting the "thanks" I feel sometimes like the person didn't really take the time to read and just wanted to get some points. If I get some feedback on my review no matter how small, I love that,. but thanks just annoys me.
05/15/2011
Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
I like this idea.
05/15/2011
kendra30752 kendra30752
I really haven't been bothered by getting the thanks only comments. Maybe I just haven't had enough of them to get annoyed lol. I always appreciate any comment and I didn't think people got points for commenting on the reviews. If so, surely it's not enough to matter much right? I figure it's only a point or 2 so I mean if it helps someone get points I guess it doesn't bother me. I usually feel that the fact they took time to leave a comment was nice, but I don't know. To me, it doesn't seem like a huge deal. I would of course appreciate a little extra on a comment, but I figure people just don't know what more to say. I never leave a thanks only I don't think. I may have in the beginning though. I just kind of thought it was people's way to saying hello, I noticed your review and wanted to leave a nice comment. I figured they were just trying to communicate or kinda get to know people around here a little. It'd make me feel bad if nobody actually read the review and just left thanks only for points.
05/15/2011
kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
I say thanks for the review, I like to let the person know I took the time to read their review. I think the thank you button is a good idea also, even though it only takes a few seconds to go check what comments were left on your review.
05/15/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Perhaps also, the comments box could have a minimum number of characters required to be able to leave a message - like here, but with a lot more than just 3 characters.
05/15/2011
Red Red
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Originally posted by ZenaidaMacroura
I think that's a nice idea, or something like it. I am guilty of doing this occasionally. Not really for points, though. Sometimes I read a review and want to say something to let the person know I read it, but I don't have a question. So I ... More
Yeah I totally overlooked the rank aspect, that certainly comes into play as well - but there was a pretty big jump in the occurrence of this, in my inbox anyways, after the points thing started up, so I am assuming that's one of the bigger factors. At this point too, I think there's a community atmosphere/norm of showing support (which is awesome) which is probably a huge factor.
05/15/2011
Dangerous Lilly Dangerous Lilly
While this has been going on as long as I've been reviewing here, I agree with Red that the occurrence rate has skyrocketed ESPECIALLY with older reviews. I will fully admit to being curmudgeonly and annoyed by it - it adds absolutely nothing to the review. Not a thing. Seriously. Did you appreciate the review? Then rate it well. But don't fill up my inbox and scroll the comments section with "Thanks!" I would welcome a comment with value - comment that you own the toy and it did this or that or the other thing for you. Did I point out a flaw? Did you have that same flaw? Then please, comment and say so! I do that, but then again I review so that others can get help in knowing what toys to buy and what to avoid.

The whole points thing and what it has created as a byproduct is getting out of hand, IMO. Before points, nobody *ever* followed me here and then went and commented on my wall with a bland and ever-so-obvious "Following!" Um..yeah...no shit you are.

While in theory I appreciate the points aspect, in practice it's created more garbage in forum posts, wall posts and review comments than anything else.
05/17/2011
Dusk Dusk
I tend to appreciate the 'thanks' comments because it reminds me that people are reading and appreciating my reviews.
05/18/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
A thanks box would be cool, but I like to know that someone appreciates my reviews and got something out of them. I say thank you when I read a review and realize that I learned something I had a question about. Plus, if they are saying thank you and commenting, they probably left you a decent rating.
05/18/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
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Originally posted by Dusk
I tend to appreciate the 'thanks' comments because it reminds me that people are reading and appreciating my reviews.
I definitely agree with you!
05/18/2011
MeliPixie MeliPixie
I do find sometimes that the "thanks" comments get a little annoying sometimes, but I have to say that I do it too. Sometimes I just don't have any questions about the toy or review, and want the reviewer to know I read and appreciated their efforts. But i never let an overcrowding of "thanks" in my review comments to swamp out the real questions... I check about once a month, and if I have missed anything vital, I make sure to answer the question and message the user who posted it in the first place. But the idea of a "thanks" button of some sort is a great idea...!
05/18/2011
CrimsonCat CrimsonCat
How about leaving the system as is, with points given even when someone posts a "Thank You", BUT with these additions:

Option A: Comments have a 'vote-up' button, and each time another EF member votes up, the commenter gets a single point. Of course, daily or total limits can be enforced to avoid abuse.

Option B: The *reviewer* can give more points to a commenter (once per commenter) if she/he considers that the comment was useful. Again, limits can be put to avoid abuse.
05/22/2011
Spilock Spilock
I generally offer encouraging words on the review, and try my best to come up with constructive criticism. For instance, what style might have worked better, or what was missing, etc. I try to avoid posting thanks only comments, as that would somewhat clog up the review, as you mentioned. But if not getting noticed is a problem, there's always the option to remind the reviewer via PM.
05/24/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
I started a poll on this topic a while ago - you can find it here. While a "thanks" box might be good, we can already rate reviews. There seem to be a growing number of "thanks for the review", "good review", or just "thanks" being posted in comments. Personally, I think we should write more than that, or don't comment at all. I've seen too many comments sections lately filled with "thanks for the review" but nothing else. I really enjoy reading the comments but lately, there seem to be too many that have empty remarks.
05/24/2011
Howells Howells
What a great idea about the thanks button. I can think of legit scenarios when you eye with a product, waiting for someone to review it. Then finally it arrives and you feel the need to thank the reviewer their work. Anyway if you don't have much to say, it's often better to leave it. A thanks button with 1 point and 5 times per day perhaps would ease up a bit on the useless comments. I like it when someone points out specific lines of my review. Maybe to have constructive criticism or asking questions. Or telling me that I made them become interested in the product maybe made them buy it! I know reviewers are not meant to sell the product but if I absolutely loved something I like to write in a way that other people are likely to get interested in them as well
05/24/2011
Sir Sir
Hey, Red. I'm actually not on Edenfantasys much anymore either (trying to get back into it, though), and I get the same thing. Often. I'll have ten emails of such comments and it gets to be a pain when I go to the review to check if someone as a question and it's just that. But hey, what can you do? Things like that will not be weeded out, honestly.
05/24/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Sir
Hey, Red. I'm actually not on Edenfantasys much anymore either (trying to get back into it, though), and I get the same thing. Often. I'll have ten emails of such comments and it gets to be a pain when I go to the review to check if someone ... More
I had wondered about this, for people with scads of reviews. When I have many more than I do today, I still want to be able to answer a question that anyone might have on any of my older reviews, but it seems like it can get really overwhelming when you have so many reviews up...
06/22/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
I like the idea of a "Thanks" box. Thats a good idea.

I do not get many questions on my reviews, I guess I cover everything that could be asked?
which is usually why I say thanks for the review, cause they cover everything I was wondering
06/22/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
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Originally posted by wetone123
I thank people for their review (if it is good) out of courtesy and respect for the review and the writer. Sometimes, the review needs no questions asked, it is just that good. I think people need and deserve a thank you for work well done. There is ... More
Same here. I thank people for the review if it is really good and helpful to me. If it is an old review that was helpful to me then I just vote and don't leave a comment.
06/22/2011
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