Can a review be too long or descriptive?

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Can a review be too long or descriptive?

Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Woah Mike - this is ONLY you're 20th review?

Crud - no wonder I can't win the rumble (or even get nommed lately) with you writing like this. That does it - I'm coming there and taking your keyboard away for a week or two to give the rest of us mere mortals a chance!

Seriously - I have seen some of Mike's review and y'all will HAVE to see it when he publishes it. I think he did a great job with the first edit of getting it shorter and let me tell you - it's hard to get some of the information he got because I've been googling stuff too.

The neat thing is - he's reviewing the one product and I bought five in the same scent - one of which is the product - so I can learn from his review and then think ahead about how to do mine.

I must say - I'm one who likes the product information in the review because I normally land on reviews from someone's wall or my wall and I don't want to have to go back and forth looking at the product, etc. (call it lazy - or too easily confused at my "mature" age of 51...).
02/07/2012
GONE! GONE!
I think in this case, no, your review's gonna be awesome!
02/07/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by GONE!
I think in this case, no, your review's gonna be awesome!
Lol it better be, I'm setting up all this hype and I know that I would be pissed if it sucked. It's not going to be the most amazing review ever, I just want a review to be proud of for my 20th
02/07/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I think a review can be too long. My suggestion is, if you know your review is already growing longer than many may want to read, trim out any info that is already given on the product page.

Also, place "how to" info in the ...
I agree with all this advice. I've seen MANY reviews that were so long and wordy, I missed pertinent information because of it. In fact, if I've ever commented on one of your reviews and you thought I missed something in the body, it's too damned long. We don't all have tons of time to dedicated to reading reviews and we won't all read multiple reviews, either. This is not the right place to write a novel.

That is all.
02/07/2012
SexyRayne SexyRayne
I said other and here is why, if you make it interesting as well as informative I don’t think so but if it comes off like information only it’s so hard to read a really long review. Add some fun explanations, funny lines or even a cute story to keep the reader interested as well as informed. I would read a long review if it caught my attention but if it was all technical I would probably stop reading it.
02/07/2012
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by - Kira -
I usually write very detailed, long reviews. I try to include as much info as possible. There's some things that don't need a small novel though. For example - I don't need a book on stockings. I still want a decent length review, but not ...
I couldn't have said it better myself!
02/07/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Well, full review is complete in rough draft form, links embedded and all that other stuff. It's long, but I know some people will like that, and others will not. I just hope no one down votes it because they don't want to read it all haha. Just waiting on editing, proof-reading and one last piece of important info. Thanks again everyone for all the responses, they are helpful not only to me, but anyone I'm sure that is looking to write a long review.
02/08/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
The review is now live, I could not wait till later today to publish it!

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02/09/2012
Woman China Woman China
I think it all depends on the product and how you present it.

Comparison reviews (where you compare two products) I think should be longer as you compare so many details.

On my blog when I review things, I usually go into details how I use the product.
02/09/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
Not everyone is willing to (or should feel obliged to) write long, well-researched reviews. If you want to do this sort of thing, I'm on the side of 'go for it'. I think people should write in the style that suits them best, and then there will be an assortment of reviews in different styles for readers to choose from.
02/09/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
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Originally posted by Silverdrop
Not everyone is willing to (or should feel obliged to) write long, well-researched reviews. If you want to do this sort of thing, I'm on the side of 'go for it'. I think people should write in the style that suits them best, and then ...
This is an excellent point. Some of my reviews are more detailed than others and sometimes I feel bad if I write a review that isn't as detailed - but oftentimes the product isn't that good or it simply isn't something that lends itself well to details. I need to remember that and that it's ok to have different styles!
02/09/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I'm going to have to read this review, but from first glance I don't think it's too long.
02/09/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by unfulfilled
I'm going to have to read this review, but from first glance I don't think it's too long.
Honestly when I first started writing it, I had it imagined in my head it was going to be 2 times longer. But after some help I broke things up and realized, I don't need to make it that long. It would have honestly been too much to read and most likely me repeating everything from the previous section over and over and over but different wording. I think what motivated me on this review was, having the first one for this product, but mostly providing lots of info for people. When I spent days looking for info and found very little, I was really disappointed. Figured other people will want to know information about this stuff too!
02/09/2012
FemmeFlo FemmeFlo
It really depends on the product. If you need the space, then go for it.

Also, with expensive toys, I think it's a good idea to write a really thorough review. If I was going to consider dropping $200+ on a sex toy, I'd want to know EVERYTHING about it.
02/12/2012
Destri Destri
I tend to not write long and detailed reviews, especially if the product has a lot of other reviews that are detailed. I am going to start writing more, though.

I do think a review can be too detailed. I read one recently that covered every single aspect of the packaging (color and design of the label for instance), etc. and it was just too long and sort of boring to read, to me anyway.
02/12/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Destri
I tend to not write long and detailed reviews, especially if the product has a lot of other reviews that are detailed. I am going to start writing more, though.

I do think a review can be too detailed. I read one recently that covered every ...
I can agree that certain aspects of the product can be way over described like the example you just provided. Especially on parts that the product page clearly shows and already covers.
02/12/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I originally said no, but after reading soooo many reviews over the past few days (Double Points Week FTW!), I now feel the need to change my answer to yes! I've seen a few reviews lately where the reviewers seem to think that cramming in as much info as possible is the key to being extremely useful, whether it's interesting/relevant info or not. It's made me appreciate the art of determining what's useful, and what's overkill or just fluff. (I don't think your review was too much, btw!)
02/16/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
I am asking for myself more so because I am currently in the process of writing a very long review for a new product. The product line has limited info on it and I want to give a lot of useful information on everything about this product. By a lot, I ...
I answered, 'just depends (Yes and No)'. I was torn between 'A review can be too long/descriptive!' and my selection. I think good judgement needs to be applied, because you need to hold the reader's attention. If it is too much detail, they could loose interest and not read the whole review to it conclusion. You personal 'experience' (which is at the end of the review) is always so much more important, in my view!
02/16/2012
wildorchid wildorchid
Personally, I like long reviews so long as they are not full of repetitive info. It sounds like you will be just fine! Following so I can read it!
02/16/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Crystal1
I originally said no, but after reading soooo many reviews over the past few days (Double Points Week FTW!), I now feel the need to change my answer to yes! I've seen a few reviews lately where the reviewers seem to think that cramming in as much ...
Thanks I've been reading a lot of the comments to this discussion and plenty of it makes sense. But I think people have it right as long as it holds onto the readers attention then it's generally nice.

But I know what you mean on some of the reviews being too informative and crammed together just so someone can try get EU ratings. For example---I don't need to read 5 different descriptions in one review on the smell of an aroma. 1 description and a comparison to something it smells like it plenty fine. Unless it is a complex scent, that has a lot of body and complexity to it, I can understand that. Like the Camu Camu scent for the Dona bath salts, I still can't get over that crazy weird scent. I may have gone a little overkill in that review about the aroma though, oh well haha.

I guess the same applies to sex toys, I don't need to read multiple descriptions in one review about the shaft of a toy, a simple measurement in width and length is generally enough. But to sit there and say, it's long and thin, its not think and not short, its round but not a perfect circle, it measures this much long and this much wide, it is straight not bent. Not only would something like that be boring, but overkill. Okay I'm rambling now so I am going to leave it at that ha!
02/16/2012
solitudinarian solitudinarian
I think reviews can be too long. I give a short overview of the product, but I prefer to focus on my own experiences with it.
05/13/2012
<3BF <3BF
I think it's possible for a review to be too wordy or to go off on tangents not related to the product but by far this is not the major problem I have notice with the majority of reviews I read. Most reviews are not detailed enough. If your thoughts are well organized and divided into sections it becomes less of a problem if they are long because the reader can just skip to what interests them.
05/13/2012
Beck Beck
My thought about writing my reviews lengthy is that I don't want the reader to go anywhere else to read any information about the product. If they have then my review wasn't as complete as it should be. When I read a review if I already know what the section is going to say (material/care) I skip it. A silicone toy is a silicone toy. However, someone who is new or doesn't know what they are looking at doesn't know this information. So yes it's repeated every review! I don't want my readers to have to flip to the product page for any information. There is a add to the cart button right on the side, so they might not ever go to the product page. Therefore the information on the product page is useful!
07/20/2012
sexykiss sexykiss
depends
07/20/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
I am asking for myself more so because I am currently in the process of writing a very long review for a new product. The product line has limited info on it and I want to give a lot of useful information on everything about this product. By a lot, I ...
Sometimes. It really depends on the product.
07/20/2012
Trysexual Trysexual
Some can be too long. I'd rather read about the personal experiences, issues and good traits of a toy vs. a physical description and fluff about packaging, etc.
07/20/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
I think they can be too long, especially if they become redundant.
07/20/2012
KLu769 KLu769
It totally depends on what you're reviewing. Like someone said above.. If it's something like lip balm..just the facts and your opinion. I don't really need to know how to open it, twist and apply. As for a vibe or something, the more details the better!
07/20/2012
Eden062112 Eden062112
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
I am asking for myself more so because I am currently in the process of writing a very long review for a new product. The product line has limited info on it and I want to give a lot of useful information on everything about this product. By a lot, I ...
I don't think so since there is a word limit which keeps it from getting that way. But it depends on who is writing it I guess.
07/20/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by Beck
My thought about writing my reviews lengthy is that I don't want the reader to go anywhere else to read any information about the product. If they have then my review wasn't as complete as it should be. When I read a review if I already know ...
People are always going to want more than one opinion, if for no other reason than things don't feel the same to everyone.

I've seen the same product get from 1 - 5 stars, from 1-5 vrooms, from 1-5 bees. No ones opinion is the same. If only a single review were required...

There wouldn't be anything left for all y'all to be reviewing. For that matter, we could just do the factual write ups ourselves and skip reviews.

Reviews are opinion -- and personally I always encourage people to read more than just mine. After all, they may not like the same things I do.
07/23/2012
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