Review word limits: do we need more or less?

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Review word limits: do we need more or less?

(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
An embedded word counter on the page where you write your reviews would be super-handy!
07/25/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
Lately I've been getting:

The review must contain no more than 800 words, your review has [insert big number here] words.

On the one hand, I understand that EF doesn't want reviewers writing a small novella, but sometimes I hit ...
Thank God this was brought up! Thank you for doing that. I complain all the time when I do a lingerie review because it's crazy to have a limit! I am not saying we should make it to where people HAVE to include more words because that's not fair to those who don't want to really do a lengthy review, BUT I desperately need more room on lingerie reviews. I know I never shut up, but Jesus, I spend literally an entire night trying to fix things because I have nothing left to cut and it still says I have too many words. Plus people treat you like shit when you don't put enough info. I'm sick of that, but that's another issue for another day.

As long as we'd be allowed to do more words on lingerie reviews, but it not be required, I'd be happy.
07/25/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
Raise it!! I have found that I am now starting to have to cut my reviews back and take out some good info. The more concise and descriptive that you are can get you past the 800 word limit.
08/12/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
Lately I've been getting:

The review must contain no more than 800 words, your review has [insert big number here] words.

On the one hand, I understand that EF doesn't want reviewers writing a small novella, but sometimes I hit ...
I wish there was a word-counter keeping track while I type…
11/29/2012
Basalt Basalt
I don't have a problem with the min/max where they are, but I wish it was a character limit and not a word limit (with the limits appropriately raised using an estimate of the average number of characters per word, or setting new reasonable min/max values).

I am frustrated when a review is deemed too short when I write "water-based" but would be long enough using "water based". Same for em dashes--I use a lot of them and don't leave spaces around them because they're not supposed to have spaces. But then the word counter counts the two words and the dash as just one long word. (An alternative solution would be to treat dashes the same as spaces for the purposes of the word counter, so that "water-based" is counted as two words.)

Where I would prefer to see the max raised, just a little, is in the pros/cons (where it is a character limit and not a word limit). There, when I try using extra lines for each pro/con, preceded by a dash to make a list, the extra characters add-up. Sure, I could write them on one line with no bullets, but then they're not as readable.
12/14/2012
karenm karenm
I'm glad I found your post (I was thinking of making one about this, but wanted to check if there was one first).

I wish the maximum word count were raised for the standard format and a word counter were added, since I find it frustarting when I write too much and have to cut out facts I wanted to include.
05/17/2013
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