Reviewer: 1. What & how extensive is your research when reviewing an item? Reader: 2. Do you like more or less facts about the material, purpose or other information when reading a review?

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Reviewer: 1. What & how extensive is your research when reviewing an item? Reader: 2. Do you like more or less facts about the material, purpose or other information when reading a review?

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This is obviously a two part question, but I wanted information from the writers and those who read the reviews.

When writing a review do you research the material, product or uses? If you do, how extensive is your research? Do you use the materials chart on EF, go to the company site, search the internet, talk to company representatives, or use other methods of research? How much of it do you include in your review?

Readers- do you like extra information on use, purpose, materials, warnings,etc. or do you find most of the facts and information useless or insignificant? Is it boring or are you happy to possibly learn more about the product? What type of information do you find useful?
04/29/2012
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Part 1: How much research I do on an item depends on whether it's brand new, whether it's different and on how excited I am about the product. For something like Intensity, I was willing to spend hours looking into it and emailing Cal Exotics. For things that are not at all unique, I won't research at all.

Part 2: I confess that I'm bored with both writing and reading use, materials, care sections of a review. They're so often not all that different from so many other similar products. I almost always zoom to the experience section first, then read the rest of the review.
04/29/2012
Ansley Ansley
I only care about two things: 1) does it work and 2) is it safe to insert in my body?

That's it. I don't care for scientific explanations of ingredients or materials. If I need to know that I can look it up on my own and to have every single, little itty-bitty detail in a review turns it into a novel and I just don't have that much time to sift through it.
04/29/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Pretty much the only thing I research is ingredients for lubes, stay hard creams or new materials. Most of the time I will link a Wiki page (or other site) as the name of said ingredient, that way if folks want to read more about it I save them some time searching. When I find something that may be bad for the body I will surely write about it. Talc for instance is one I will always give a warning about and a link to research that has been done.

As far as reading reviews; while I always look for the info about material, care, lube compatibility etc., I do not always read all of it. I do look for proper care of materials to make sure the reviewer has the correct info. As an example, A lot of folks say that a bleach solution can be used for stainless steel, but few mention (or even know) that the bleach can etch the finish. Another one I see quite often, "Only water based lubes can be used with silicone", oil based lubes can be used too. I am one that thinks this info should always be in the review, even if it is on the product page. Size and shape is something I believe should always be in the review as it can differ from the product page at times and manufacturers may change things with out letting EF know.
04/29/2012
Gracie Gracie
I'm just a reader. I think that if a product has ingredients they should always be listed! There are many reviews here that do not provide this basic information, and as someone with sensitive skin and multiple allergies I will not consider purchasing a product without this knowledge. In a regular store you can read the label, but in an online store we are dependent on the reviewer and product page for information. BUT I don't have a long attention span and I don't need a discussion on each ingredient. Tell me 1 or 2 interesting facts before you lose me.

Some time a shift occured here at EF and there seems to be a trend towards longer and longer reviews. Long length does not equal useful in my opinion. They aren't mutualy exclusive. I have read some long reviews that were very useful and some that weren't. I prefer brevity.

The part of any review that is always of most interest to me is the personal experience section.

My final thought is my hat is off to all the reviewers here at EF. I know what you do is valuable, and I want to let you know I appreciate it!
04/29/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Gracie
I'm just a reader. I think that if a product has ingredients they should always be listed! There are many reviews here that do not provide this basic information, and as someone with sensitive skin and multiple allergies I will not consider ...
You can find the ingredients on the product page. And it's likely that it's a descriptive review, not a "regular" (whatever that means) review. So that means they don't *have* to include an ingredient or dimensions list when they write it.

Unless of course, the ingredients/sizes are totally wrong. Then you should submit a support ticket and we will change the info.
04/30/2012
GONE! GONE!
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
I only care about two things: 1) does it work and 2) is it safe to insert in my body?

That's it. I don't care for scientific explanations of ingredients or materials. If I need to know that I can look it up on my own and to have ...
Same. Unless the material has different specs than the standard blurbs about it on this site, I don't need to know about the molecular structure or anything honestly. It's interesting but I would rather hear about how well the toy works and stuff like how strong the vibrations are.
04/30/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I do research for products that are new-unique.
I like to know as much info about a product as I can learn about it.
04/30/2012
nanamondoute nanamondoute
I write my reviews as I hope a reader would find useful. I know what I look for in reviews, so I try to keep my reviews as short as I can while saying everything that is necessary.

I realize that sometimes I may be a bit verbose too -- I think this is something that all reviewers need to watch out for. More is NOT better, especially when it comes to reviews. That's why advertisements are short (well...besides the fact that it costs a lot of money for ad placement) -- they are brief, to the point, and supposed to be memorable. That's also how reviews should be.
04/30/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
i'm so new to wrting reviews, but i try real hard to include everything i possibly think of in terms of material, safty of the material, compatiblity, also safty guides in genral, hints, tips, any thing at all that i might think is usefull to the very new person. idk maybe my reviews are too long. i try not to repeat myself and make sure the information is correct .

i search the internet, contact the company when needed, use edens guides, anything and everything that i can think of.

Reding reviews. i love to see all the info and pics. the length does not bother me as long as it is all usefull.
05/02/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I tend to include the most info if it's a new kind of product, or from a company I don't know much about. I went through a phase where I think I got a little *too* wordy, so I've tried to cut back a bit. For example, I used to list every ingredient with a quick description of most. Looking back, I realized that (for me) that's a snore to read. Now I still look up all of the ingredients, but I'll only mention those that are of note. (Anything that may be unsafe, cause reactions, etc.) I'll also usually try to find out of a product/company is vegan or cruelty-free.

I've mostly cut out describing what something looks like, unless it somehow differs from the product photos. "This is a yellow dress with green polka-dots and stuffed llamas hanging from the hem." just isn't that useful when there is a photo right there. However, "I thought those llamas were stuffed from the photo, but they are totally made of plastic!" does help.

In terms of reading reviews, I like extra info if it's interesting. I know that sounds silly, but I can't think of a better way to put it! I do think some people cover basic info a little too thoroughly. (This is a bra. It supports and covers up your boobs! It can be worn under clothes or on its own.) Instructions for how to use a product can be really handy for beginners/ppl new to that kind of product, though, so what seems redundant to one person might be really helpful to another.

In short (ironically, on a fairly long reply), I'd probably rather read a more compact review that's stuffed with helpful/fun info than one that goes on for pages and pages but doesn't tell me all that much.
05/02/2012
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
1 - If it's something that I need to do a lot of research on I'll do it, not only for my review, but so I can know personally about the potential hazards associated with it. However, I don't feel it's necessary to give a rundown of every single ingredient in a product.

2 - I used to add in a whole bunch of info about materials and such, but after a while it just seemed repetitive. I don't feel that the laundering of lingerie is that necessary for a review. It's usually included on the tag. It gets a little old writing or reading detailed information about why silicone or glass is a good choice. A few points normally work best.
05/02/2012
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
1 - If it's something that I need to do a lot of research on I'll do it, not only for my review, but so I can know personally about the potential hazards associated with it. However, I don't feel it's necessary to give a rundown of every single ingredient in a product.

2 - I used to add in a whole bunch of info about materials and such, but after a while it just seemed repetitive. I don't feel that the laundering of lingerie is that necessary for a review. It's usually included on the tag. It gets a little old writing or reading detailed information about why silicone or glass is a good choice. A few points normally work best.
05/02/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
I try to include everything. Everything.

If I were a customer that was reading a review for a product, I'd want as much information as possible.

I would find it far more useful if I could get all of my information in a review as opposed to having to go back and forth, referencing the product page or having to look stuff up online.

Even more useful - explanations of ingredients, pictures, sizing (is this really going to fit like the size chart says?), etc.
05/18/2012
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