Should comments on reviews be more interesting?

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Should comments on reviews be more interesting?

B8trDude B8trDude
I've been noticing that a lot of people are now leaving comments on reviews that state the exact same thing:

"Thanks for the review"

Should comments consist of more than just those four words?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Yes
B8trDude , tigerkate , Coralbell , markeagleone , Vaccinium , potstickers , indiglo , ToyTimeTim , xoflxokcxo , Redboxbaby , kutekatie , Tidwtrguy , Owl Identified , CafeSabroso , DJBounder , phunkyphreak , Naughty Student , sixfootsex , Shellz31 , REDRUM , Adam02viper , Lithaewyn , mama2007 , slynch , PassionQT , Checkmate , tickle me pink , starsNairguitars , *HisMrs* , Pixel , Adriana Ravenlust , tokensgirl , leela , Ms. Paprika , newfoundlust , sarki , ZenaidaMacroura , BabyL0ve , ToyGurl , Akira , Dude404 , Dizzykakes , missap
43  (81%)
No
Pleasure Piratess , padmeamidala , K101 , Lady Venus , Airen Wolf , PinkPedal , Collodion , null , ms.anon , Rossie
10  (19%)
Total votes: 53
Poll is closed
03/14/2011
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tigerkate tigerkate
I try to comment on the review saying more than thanks, I like to comment on what the reviewer wrote and maybe offer helpful suggestions for the next review or ask questions they did not seem to answer.
03/14/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
I prefer if people actually comment on either the product or the review, rather than just saying thanks.
03/14/2011
markeagleone markeagleone
Most of the time if I do comment I try to leave more. There are just some times and reviews where I can't elaborate more then "Excellent Review". What bothers me is when someone copy/pastes something on each comment and it is blatently misspelled. Or when you have a bunch voting low and don't leave comments at all to help you to become a better reviewer.
03/14/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
I'm with Mark on this one. I always try to post something of substance, but there are times (maybe 5-10% of the time) when I really can't come up with anything and just thank them for the review.
03/14/2011
Kindred Kindred
Other - I don't comment often, but sometimes I will simply say good or excellent review when that's how I feel. On my own reviews, I would rather get that than no comments at all.
03/14/2011
markeagleone markeagleone
Quote:
Originally posted by B8trDude
I've been noticing that a lot of people are now leaving comments on reviews that state the exact same thing:

"Thanks for the review"

Should comments consist of more than just those four words?
To me, it doesn't matter what the comment is. If they say,"thanks for the review", then they had no questions to ask. I look at it in the aspect, if the review was good or just not that persons product or experience, great. If someone askes a question, wait for a response before voting. If there is a questio, I didn't cover all the bases and I need to do more work!
03/14/2011
indiglo indiglo
I voted yes, but honestly now that I think about it, I may be guilty of doing that sometimes myself. I mostly try to comment on what exactly about the review was helpful though, instead of just saying thanks.
03/14/2011
danellejohns danellejohns
Quote:
Originally posted by markeagleone
To me, it doesn't matter what the comment is. If they say,"thanks for the review", then they had no questions to ask. I look at it in the aspect, if the review was good or just not that persons product or experience, great. If someone ...
Yes I made him say that because we discussed it a bit after posting our reviews earlier. I wanted to mention that some people have their reasonings whether it be points or that they just wanted to say thank you for the information they took away and had little more to say.
03/14/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
For the "Thanks for the review" type comments, I simply say "Your welcome". At least they said something.

I much prefer "POUND IT MAN" or "What, no fire?"
03/14/2011
Waterfall Waterfall
I am guilty of saying "thanks for the review" sometimes, especially if it is something that I have been waiting to read a review for. I do not always do this and I usually have something else to say related to the product. I will try to be more aware of this
03/14/2011
kutekatie kutekatie
"Thanks for the vote"
03/14/2011
Tidwtrguy Tidwtrguy
I think part of the problem is the point system. I know it encourages participation but that participation can be pretty flimsy at times. Are people commenting on the review because they actually read the review and were interested in the product or were they trying to get some points in hopes of raising their score/ranking on here? It is nice to know someone at least looked at the review by saying thanks but a more substantial comment is definitely better. (PS- I've used the 'thanks for the review' comment as well :-| )
03/14/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
While comments with something other than "thanks for the review" are more interesting, it does not bother me to get them. I am pretty sure I have left comments like this myself when I've been in a hurry or become distracted with other things that take me away from the computer for a while. As a result of becoming side-tracked for various lengths of time after reading a review, I sometimes forget anything of relevance on which to comment. (Even though it only takes a moment to leave a comment, sometimes sudden, unexpected, and immediate demands on our time vie for our attention at the most inopportune moments -- at least this is a common occurrence in my life!) In returning to the computer after attending to my latest fiasco / humdrum responsibility / sizzling impromptu escapade (this last example happens less likely than I'd like; I just threw it in to appease my wishful thinking), instead of just closing the browser down and not leaving a comment at all, in such cases I just want to leave a quick note of gratitude for the reviewer's time and effort. But, yeah, if I can remember something relevant to say, I'll say it.

Oh, and I didn't vote, though I would have if the following option were available: It is preferable, but a comment thanking me for the review beats no comment at all!
03/14/2011
toxie m toxie m
I try to always write a little something extra, but there are times where I just don't have anything special to say, or I'm in a rush. I can't hold it against anyone if they don't write more than just a "thanks for the review" coz I've done it myself. I just extra excited when I do get a comment of substance
03/15/2011
tigerkate tigerkate
I also wonder if people are just going for points, because I'll read a review that was absolutely a waste of a read, gave me little to no info, and I'll see posts asking the reviewer questions, and then randomly "Great review!" Or "Thanks for the review!" and an "Excellent" vote.
I'm sorry, but I'm not going to vote you excellent just because I either didn't read it or I don't want to hurt your feelings.
That's why I like to provide more in my comments, like questions and so on.

But I am guilty of quick "thanks!" from time to time.
03/15/2011
phunkyphreak phunkyphreak
Well if I read the review and I don't have any comments at least thanks states I was interested. I try to leave more but I read a lot of reviews for my purchases.
03/16/2011
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
I find myself saying it when i have nothing else specific to say, or if it has already been said. Just in this last month I have really tried to make a concentrated effort on leaving comments on more reviews and not just rating them, so I'm still working on it.
03/16/2011
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
Oh, I almost forgot, I voted no... not because I don't think its nice to say more than that, just that I think its okay sometimes and I really don't want every comment I make to be monitored.
03/16/2011
AYoungMan AYoungMan
I very much enjoy following the link in my email and finding a quick "thanks." I like the quick notes of gratitude
03/16/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
I find it really annoying. Sometimes I get "thanks" only!

I can understand when a person does it once in a while. I have done it in the past, but now that I have been seeing this more, I have been writing more than simply saying great review. If I like the review, I'll say why.
03/16/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
For the "Thanks for the review" type comments, I simply say "Your welcome". At least they said something.

I much prefer "POUND IT MAN" or "What, no fire?"
LOL, yeah, I much perfer "POUND IT MAN" too BTW, I just got my first comment since posting this thread - one guess what it was?

"Thanks for the review."

Really! Oh well . . .
03/17/2011
Midway through Midway through
I don't know. If I feel like leaving a better comment, or a suggestion, I will. Sometimes I feel a review is so bad that the only nice thing I can say is "thanks for the review" because otherwise, that reviewer would be offended and hate me for pointing out spelling errors and grammar problems and just writing what I personally feel is a poor review. Other times, I have nothing to add because I thought the review was great. Like, I didn't feel like adding anything extra, so I said great or good review. If it was phenomenal, I'll say fantastic or excellent or great details! Or something to that effect.
03/17/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I usually write a little extra if I'm going to leave a comment.
03/18/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
I really don't want to be rude but guys, PLEASE, if you're going to comment on 10 reviews in a row say something more than "Thanks!" or "Great review!" I get 10 notifications - 10 different reviews, all from the same person - in my mailbox all within 2 minutes and I know people aren't reading 10 reviews in that time. When I open my email and there are 50 notifications for comments, it's hard to me to weed through all the point-farming and get to questions that actually need answering about the product.

PLEASE don't just comment to get points. Please don't comment to be polite - if you give me a good vote then that is enough to show me that you appreciated my review. I understand (and do make myself) comments that want to commend an especially good review or make points about one that is lacking. I welcome those kinds of comments. I also would love to hear questions, concerns or specific comments. But these three word pleasantries clog my email and prevent me from actually helping people that want more info about a product or clarification.
03/27/2011
mama2007 mama2007
Quote:
Originally posted by B8trDude
I've been noticing that a lot of people are now leaving comments on reviews that state the exact same thing:

"Thanks for the review"

Should comments consist of more than just those four words?
yes definately. its like ok thank u for doing the comment but id like more than just "thanks for good review"
04/15/2011
PassionQT PassionQT
Yes, but it doesn't bother me if someone leaves a new member a "welcome, good first review", etc.. but it's even better on something specific about a review.
04/15/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
Yes, and I try to think of something more to say on every review I comment on, though I'll admit I'm guilty of occasionally just saying "Thanks for the review." Sometimes I just don't have anything specific to say.
04/15/2011
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I hate receiving emails for comments that say nothing more than "Thanks for the review." I sort of want to swallow some lead every time I get these. It's ridiculous and it makes me feel like people are just doing it for the points and not even reading my review. In that sense, it's pretty insulting and, if you do that, STOP.
04/15/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I hate receiving emails for comments that say nothing more than "Thanks for the review." I sort of want to swallow some lead every time I get these. It's ridiculous and it makes me feel like people are just doing it for the points and ...
Swallow some lead?
05/12/2011
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