Editors..Do you read the rpoduct page and previous reviews prior to editing/proofreading the reviews?

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I have found myself reading the product page and looking over prior reviews before editing the task I have accepted. It takes me about an hour for a full review, and 25-30 minutes on a follow up. I do not go to as much detail with a follow up, just read a couple of the reviews and then proof. What are some of the things you do and about how long does it take you to proofread your task?
01/20/2012
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Beck Beck
I do this as a mentor, but as an editor my job is to read what is in front of me and correct the writing mistakes. It takes me different amounts of time each review, sometimes there are no mistakes that I can see. And sometimes there are so many that I have to send it back.
01/20/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Beck
I do this as a mentor, but as an editor my job is to read what is in front of me and correct the writing mistakes. It takes me different amounts of time each review, sometimes there are no mistakes that I can see. And sometimes there are so many that ... More
Exactly!
01/20/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I will say that as an editor, I am going to start going to the product page and maybe even reading the summary for the reviews on a product.

last night I caught someone who had plagarized reviews - 11 of their 12 reviews were plagarized as a matter of fact once I investigated.

They were taking information from the product page and other people's summaries and reviews.
01/20/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Do you look up previous reviews on the product or from the reviewer? I'm curious.
01/20/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Do you look up previous reviews on the product or from the reviewer? I'm curious.
JR,

In this case, I caught on (accidentally) that the gal had copied one of her reviews to the second review as I was editing. Both items were wooden dildos. I accidentally hit "publish" when I went to send it to the administrator because I thought maybe I hadn't really published it - only to find out I'd published both. The person also had two other wooden dildo reviews out there.

I notified Sammi but then something didn't sit right with me so I started looking at the other reviews they had. I especially got curious after Sammi sent out a note to editors about this person copying stuff from the product page to use it as their review.

I went through their reviews at that point and was up to almost 4 am my time. As it turns out, 11 of their 12 reviews were copied and pasted from pieces of other reviews and from the product description.

I think I sent two or three reviews to Sammi showing clips from different reviews that were used in this person's review.

From now on, I will check the product page on any review I edit to make sure nothing is copied from there and depending upon the review and how many other reviews are on the product, I may pull up at least the summaries for the reviews on the product to see if the writing style is the same and go from there.

Yes, it takes a bit longer - but I HATE plagarism.

I jokingly asked Sammi if I won a Vixskin Johnny for catching this (since Johnny was the review I first caught this on) and she said that it appeared that I earned her thanks.

Shucks - I woulda loved a Vixskin Johnny!

01/20/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
only if something seems out of place. if there are errors, problems, or a really personal tone, it seems unlikely that it's plagiarism. otherwise i look.
01/20/2012
Jobthingy Jobthingy
When I was editing, I would check the product page if it is something I was not familiar with. Sometimes they would be posting a random review for something completely different than shown.
01/20/2012
Kkay Kkay
I check the product page if I see something in the review that strikes me as an inconsistency (primarily to catch spam). Otherwise, I don't think it's my responsibility. A mentor looks at what a reviewer says; as an editor I look at how they say it.
01/20/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
After what happened a few days ago, I've started checking for plagiarism by randomly Googling a few sentences from different spots in the review. If they've copied straight from the info (or another review), it will be easy to tell that way. This is super easy if you use Chrome, you can just highlight a sentence, right click and select Google.

I generally only check out the product's info page if something sounds funky, like if they say it takes 32 AA batteries, or is 77" long- something that's obviously a typo that I need the right information to correct.
01/21/2012
js250 js250
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Do you look up previous reviews on the product or from the reviewer? I'm curious.
Previous reviews from other reviewers and also the product page. That way if anything sounds a bit too familiar I can pass it on to you guys.
01/22/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
For those who may be wondering about this discussion - I hope it is ok to share this.

Last week it was discovered that someone was writing reviews that were plagarized. At first we thought that it was simply copied and pasted from the product descriptions. I'm the one who caught that something was off because they sent in two reviews for two different products that were exactly the same (in this case, it was wooden dildos).

This got me wondering and Sammi sent out a note to editors but I started going through other reviews by that person and every one I read except for their very first one - was plagarized by pulling bits and pieces from different reviews.

So - 11 out of their 12 reviews were plagarized reviews and have been pulled.

This is why I'm now going to start checking the product page and possibly at least the summary of reviews just to see if its being done again.

Are we told to do that as editors? No. But it doesn't take me long to do that and it's just something I want to do.

And no - I will not release the person's name or any information so please do not message me and ask!
01/22/2012
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