Reading New Reviews - Smilies in reviews - still!

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Reading New Reviews - Smilies in reviews - still!

Dragon Dragon
Waiting for software to install, I spent some time reading several new reviews. I think I'm reminded why I have "favorite reviewers" and generally avoid reading reviews. A lot of those reviews are either poorly written or a great personal experience and don't tell me anything about the product itself. Or both!

It's a chore. Then I feel vaguely responsible and want to try to leave some sort of positive feedback as a comment to help them. I keep hoping to randomly find a new reviewer that is just awesome, or funny or has a interesting perspective. We've all grown with some help.

One of the reviews that I read today was full of smiles again! I thought Eden was going to disable that.

How often do you make a point to read new reviews deliberately? Do you find it work?
02/16/2009
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ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I try to read some reviews here and there, but yeah. A lot of the time it seems like work. I mostly only read reviews of things I've kind of had my eye on or reviews from certain people. Some are just poorly written. I mean, I'm not a great writer (I don't actually find my reviews that interesting to read mostly, but that's another story), but I at least use correct grammar and whatnot.
02/16/2009
Sammi Sammi
I'm the same way. I usually read the ones of items I'm interested in or by certain reviewers. Sometimes I browse them to see how others write.

I'm not the greatest writer either, but I would never use smilies in a review. Only in forums or comments
02/16/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I actually read almost all of the reviews posted on almost a daily basis. It's one of the things I do for me when the kids have gone to bed (and I'm sitting here alone). Some days I don't have time and I don't worry about it, but I read them 4/7 days a week usually. (There aren't many new reviews posted on weekends.)

I don't always leave comments, but I always vote. I don't believe I'm an expert writer or anything. I appreciate it when people vote on my reviews, even if it's not a good vote, so I vote.

Sometimes it does feel like a chore when I'm having to force myself to finish reading a review. When I get to feeling like that I just take a break and not read any for a while.
02/16/2009
Ciao. Ciao.
I try and read a handful of reviews at least once a week, or at least I'm trying to. Given I'm only a 5.3 rated reviewer I don't know that I can always give the best advice, but it's good to see what other people are writing to maybe get some pointers.
02/17/2009
Dragon Dragon
I'm on the forum whenever I'm on the computer, but I don't always read the reviews. Not that interested in buying most products anyway right now!

And @Boink you might be able to give some pretty good advice. Besides - leaving comments will actually help your rating.
02/17/2009
Neuron Geek Neuron Geek
Feature "Smileys" is scheduled to be removed from the review form this week.
02/17/2009
Dragon Dragon
Quote:
Originally posted by Neuron Geek
Feature "Smileys" is scheduled to be removed from the review form this week.
WOW! Thanks Neuron Geek!
02/17/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by Neuron Geek
Feature "Smileys" is scheduled to be removed from the review form this week.
Oh, good. As soon as I see smileys in a review, I just roll my eyes and tend to ignore anything good about it.
02/17/2009
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
Quote:
Originally posted by Ciao.
I try and read a handful of reviews at least once a week, or at least I'm trying to. Given I'm only a 5.3 rated reviewer I don't know that I can always give the best advice, but it's good to see what other people are writing to maybe ...
Eh, I think I'm something like a 5.3 or 5.4, too. But I think we still know a thing or two about a thing or two.
02/17/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
So is it totally rude to suggest spell/grammar check in a comment to someone who writes a terribly written review? I'm really holding myself back right now and it's so hard!
02/17/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
So is it totally rude to suggest spell/grammar check in a comment to someone who writes a terribly written review? I'm really holding myself back right now and it's so hard!
I think if it's a verified review it's probably up to Victoria, as editor, to suggest improvement.

Regular reviews, though? Perhaps they'd actually improve if someone SAID something about some of the awful grammar and spelling.

Of course, the trick is saying it in a way that doesn't come across as bitchy.
02/17/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I think if it's a verified review it's probably up to Victoria, as editor, to suggest improvement.

Regular reviews, though? Perhaps they'd actually improve if someone SAID something about some of the awful grammar and ...
See, that's my problem. I lack tact sometimes lol.
02/17/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Fine, I did it. I feel like a bitch, even though I tried to be sweet about it. But come ON! It's sad when people don't realize how badly their spelling and grammar are.

Ok, now I'm being a bitch for making fun. I'll stop now. *sheepish sigh*
02/17/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
Fine, I did it. I feel like a bitch, even though I tried to be sweet about it. But come ON! It's sad when people don't realize how badly their spelling and grammar are.

Ok, now I'm being a bitch for making fun. I'll stop now. *sheepish sigh*
Wow..."how badly their spelling and grammar are"

I need to go to bed lol.
02/17/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
*bump*
I've been thinking about the original question lately. There are so many reviews out there, and I don't know how I could read even a small percentage of them. I like the feed for new reviews, and it's nice to give someone a boost who doesn't have comments or votes yet (or has few). But what about those other reviews that are older? I tend to find contributors whose writing I like, and read their stuff, or I find toys I like and try to find out more about it from reviews, which helps me find more writers I like, etc. But the numbers just overwhelm me.

I also don't like smileys/emoticons in reviews, but I think they are fine for comments or the forum.
04/09/2009
Mamastoys Mamastoys
I try to read some reviews each week but there are so many it's hard to keep up. With 70+ pages of reviewers now, I can't keep up. I like to randomly pick some reviewers to read but I know I am missing so many more! I do read the reviews on products that I have on my wish list or am planning on ordering soon. My problem is when I read a new review on a product I've not seen and the review is really good, I want to put the product on my wish list- which just keeps growing and growing!!!

If I see a bunch of smiley faces on a review, I usually just click off of it and don't bother with reading it. My brain can't handle the "extras"!!
04/09/2009
ScottA ScottA
Emoticons (for some reason when I see "smileys" my brain often inserts the extra "i" to make it similes) are for very informal writing, and reviews really ought to be considered business writing. That's my standard, although I can't swear that I always live up to it. I try to read the reviews of toys that might interest me, and a selection of other new reviews, but there just isn't the time to read them all.

Boink - keep on testing, reviewing, and commenting. You're developing your style, and you can give good advice. Remember rating is pretty rough, and really doesn't mean much outside of the specific equations used to determine it.

Several posts came up asking about letting people know about errors. I think that the private messaging feature is a great tool for this, as you can kindly bring things to people's attention without publicly embarrassing them.
04/11/2009
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