Question about DR rating guideline

sktb0007 sktb0007
I've searched through the forum to try and find an answer, but I can't see to find one so I figured I'd ask...

I've recently joined the DR program and after reading the guideline page numerous times, I still don't understand something..On the guideline page, it says this:

We'd like you to rate the toy if it worked for you. However, if this toy was a mismatch and you have no personal use for it, let us know in your review and we'll indicate that on the site with a "not rated for personal reasons" box - and we'll also have another contributor review the toy to give a second opinion which we will post on the site. This is the tricky area of the review, because we do want a rating that reflects your experience, but don't want to list very low ratings that have more to do with personal preference and anatomy than the actual toy quality. If you plan to rate a toy 3 stars or less, consider whether your reason is personal or if it is a matter of function. Rate the toy based on function performance and properties.

Now my question is, if you feel the product deserves a 2 or 3 star rating, and not because of personal things, but because it just was a super terrible toy, do you not rate it? At the end of of that information I copied from the guidelines, it seems as though they'd prefer only ratings of 4 and 5.

I'm not in this type of situation right now, but I'd really like some clarification so I know what I should do if the situation ever did arise.

Thanks!
02/08/2012
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Coralbell Coralbell
I have given 3 star ratings on several DR's and they have been approved and are displayed on the product page. Here are some examples, if you're interested:
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I don't think I've given a 2 star rating on a DR yet.

You can assign whatever rating you want, as long as it is for subjective reasons and not because it just doesn't work for your body.

Once a product I had done a DR on and rated 3 stars was assigned to someone else to do another DR. They gave it 4 stars and their review replaced mine on the product page. So it's a possibility that they will get a second opinion. But there was another instance where I gave a product a 5 star DR and it was replaced with a 4 star DR, so I'm really not sure how they decide.

Or if they feel your review is not objective enough it can be returned to you to make changes, but I've never had that happen.
02/08/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by sktb0007
I've searched through the forum to try and find an answer, but I can't see to find one so I figured I'd ask...

I've recently joined the DR program and after reading the guideline page numerous times, I still don't ... More
You should rate a toy objectively and how you feel it deserves to be rated. If it was a 1 star item for you, but because it didn't work with part of your anatomy but would work for most other people, then you obviously wouldn't rate it 1 star and would go with a rating that reflects how the toy would work for most people. If it's a legitimately bad toy, rate it how you feel it should be rated. I've given a 1 and 2 star rating to a few DR's, and they've been published (although it did take a while). If you rate it lower the product may get sent out again for a second opinion, but as long as you're being objective you should be fine.
02/09/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
Thank you both for the responses! I guess I'm just a stickler for detail, and I felt the guidelines were a bit vague. I appreciate the responses though. You both were very helpful xo
02/09/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
The most important thing for DR's is to be as honest and objective as possible. If you're reviewing a product that works, but doesn't blow your socks off, it sounds like a 3 star to me.

If you only give a DR 1 or 2 stars, we do send another one to another DR reviewer for a second opinion. We just want to make sure everyone gets a fair shake at a product.
02/09/2012
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