Originally posted by
Alan & Michele
A negative review can be very useful as long as the person elaborates a little. Like, instead of saying "I didn't like the vibrations." they said; "I didn't like the vibrations because they were too thuddy." Reason being
A negative review can be very useful as long as the person elaborates a little. Like, instead of saying "I didn't like the vibrations." they said; "I didn't like the vibrations because they were too thuddy." Reason being is, what one person hates about a toy may be something that we're looking for in one, so we want to know the whys. Length is of no importance as long as the reviewer doesn't leave us with a lot of unanswered questions.
Seconded. This is the reason I would downvote a review. Yes, "I don't like how this feels" is a valid part of a review. But for god's sakes, WHY? We're not all the same person. In order for a review to be useful, it has to includes the "whys" or it's just not useful. Yes, it's awesome to know if you liked it or not, but if you don't include the "whys", that review is now only applicable to you. I have no idea why you didn't like it, so I will just disregard your review.
As for length, I think it has something to do with it. I have a hard time believing that all of the "whys" can be answered with a shorter review. I've seen it once in awhile, but it's normally just not possible.
For me, an "Extremely Useful" review is something that answers virtually any question I have about the product. Were the textures different? Did they hurt? Shape? Size? Material? Soft? Gentle? Beginner-friendly?
Useful covers the vast majority of the bases, but doesn't dig into the details that I personally would want if I was looking to purchase the product. (I'm a picky little bugger when it comes to purchasing toys.)
Somewhat useful started into being a useful review, but it honestly covered only some of the basics. It needed more thought/information to be higher rated.
To me, most of the "Worth Reading, But Not Useful" reviews I've rated have either been general statements about the product type-reviews (Rabbit Vibrators are great for double-penetration. - Well, that's nice. Now what about this one in particular?) or have been reviews where the person basically gave a blow-by-blow account of their use of the toy. Worth reading because maybe you might find something useful, but it's so personalized that it's not generalized the vast majority of people.
Not Useful is used for something that I honestly think is just a waste of space or is obviously a fake review.
Really, review writing basically makes me think back to my Psychology classes. Your "experiment" has to be personalized and specific to what you are studying, but if you get TOO specific and personalized, it won't focus on the general audience that it is meant to apply to.
Yes. That's my take.