Originally posted by
Worth reading but not useful hurts!
I had spent a lot of time researching and making sure that was a good review, and then my first vote was 'useful' because I mentioned a materials allergy that the product page had overlooked (at least we got that cleared up in the comments, so I felt better right away), but then the second vote was WRBNU. I was like, "oh, I am not a good reviewer anymore!" And then I made myself get over it.
I always think of Misha's Amusements
, who was a really wonderful reviewer. He left before I joined, but every time I'd come across a product and saw that Misha's Amusements had done a review, I'd be really excited and eager to read it. They were almost without exception extremely useful to me, but every time I'd vote, I'd see that lots of other people had voted WRBNU or NUAA. As I found my way around the site more, and read some history, I see that people used to vote low because the reviewer was coming from a different perspective (like an FTM perspective), or if the product in question was not something they would use (like a packing cock).
So sometimes even if the review is the most useful writing possible, you're going to get a bum vote or two because other people don't see things the same way you do.