Things you dislike in reviews

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Things you dislike in reviews

danellejohns danellejohns
I have seen posts on "pet peeves" and on what people like in reviews. I am curious as to what are the things that people really dislike to see in reviews. Are there any "deal-breakers" that make you stop reading?
02/16/2011
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danellejohns danellejohns
I know my pet peeves are punctuation misuse (I am guilty of that at times) and spelling mistakes like the use of "then" & "than" or worse yet "their" & "there".

But I have always been curious about what turns readers off from a review. I have seen so many different writing styles, some are great while some not so great. I prefer not to read reviews that read like a textbook or an extreme sales pitch.
02/16/2011
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
Gross spelling and punctuation errors are a big turn off for me, though the proof-reading program is helping a lot with that. Others that are big turn-off would be those suggested above and ones that really don't say anything, like this:

USE
Well, you can use it any way you want. Even in the bathtub, but be careful cause its not waterproof.

MATERIAL
Not too soft, and not too hard.

DESIGN
I really like the design and the colors match my toybox.

PERFORMANCE
I would say that this toy performs really well because it gave me an orgasm.

MAINTENANCE
Well, I use vegetable oil and that works great. Other lubes might work too, but I don't know. I also like to use a condom, so I don't really have to clean it, but it should be easy if you ever wanted to.

EXPERIENCE
As soon as the package arrived, I ripped it open and did myself in front of my boyfriend and he really liked it.
02/16/2011
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Pleasure Piratess
Gross spelling and punctuation errors are a big turn off for me, though the proof-reading program is helping a lot with that. Others that are big turn-off would be those suggested above and ones that really don't say anything, like ...
"EXPERIENCE
As soon as the package arrived, I ripped it open and did myself in front of my boyfriend and he really liked it. "


THIS! Also on lingerie, 'my boyfriend thought it was hot' is not a full material/appearance description! I'm all for some personal usage details if they're pertinent to the review, but things like that tell us nothing about the product.
02/16/2011
markeagleone markeagleone
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Originally posted by danellejohns
I have seen posts on "pet peeves" and on what people like in reviews. I am curious as to what are the things that people really dislike to see in reviews. Are there any "deal-breakers" that make you stop reading?
I don't like the use of slang words in a review. It somehow, to me, makes it come off as cheap(reviews to me are for the open public as well as members). I also don't like ones that have too much information on the physical things about a product and the lack of actual experience.
02/16/2011
Envy Envy
I don't like when reviews are too short or too vague. Someone liking it is fine, but please tell me WHY.

I also am not a fan of reviews that are real smutty. I want something informative to read, not an erotica that features the toy.
02/16/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I can think of plenty of things that make a review not good, but they are not necessarily pet peeves. I have a few...

-Graphically describing a sex story about using the products but pretty much only describing your body and how wet it is...I don't want to hear that.

-Copying and pasting the ENTIRE size chart when you are only reviewing the one size. Just add a link. Copying and pasting pretty much anything word for word...material section seems to be a common one.

-Over use of slang terms, vulgar terms, or swears. Sometimes terms like pussy etc. are appropriate, but I get annoyed when they are over used to the point that it seems distasteful.

-I get annoyed with lists, especially when the sentences don't seem to go together making it choppy.
02/16/2011
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
It drives me insane when people quote packaging and manuals without saying they did. Or when almost the entire review is quotes from the packaging and manual. I think I did that occasionally in the beginning, but I see seasoned reviewers doing it these days all over the web.

Negative reviews of "best sellers" that seem like they're written just so there's a negative review of the toy out there. You can usually tell the difference between someone genuinely disliking a toy, and someone being negative for negativity's sake.

Reviews that start with some variation of "I don't usually like toys of this nature, so I'm not sure why I even accepted this toy." We're not sure, either.

The one that makes me absolutely crazy, though, is the review you read of a toy you know and love, and it's obvious to anyone who's owned the toy that the reviewer has never even so much as taken it out of the packaging.
02/16/2011
leela leela
All these things people mentioned are good ones, but does it bug anyone else to read a review that's well-written, grammatically correct, everything spelled right, and full of product details... but short on details about how the product actually felt in use?

I feel like I see these a lot, and I'm never sure how to rate them. I know other people like this style of review, because they seem to get good ratings a lot of time. I guess it's a personal thing, but I like to know how well a toy *worked*, and even someone's totally subjective feelings about it, not just information I could get from the product page itself.
02/16/2011
liilii080 liilii080
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Originally posted by leela
All these things people mentioned are good ones, but does it bug anyone else to read a review that's well-written, grammatically correct, everything spelled right, and full of product details... but short on details about how the product actually ...
Uh, yes. I like the information about cleaning, the package, and what it feels like, but it feels like it's still lacking if there's nothing about what the reviewer thought of it and how it felt in use. I still get good information from others' experiences with the toy.

But this drives me crazy too!

EXPERIENCE
As soon as the package arrived, I ripped it open and did myself in front of my boyfriend and he really liked it.
02/16/2011
Happy Camper Happy Camper
Quote:
Originally posted by leela
All these things people mentioned are good ones, but does it bug anyone else to read a review that's well-written, grammatically correct, everything spelled right, and full of product details... but short on details about how the product actually ...
I agree with this actually. I know the specs of the toy and the manufacturer often does their little third-person promo bit. Eden Fantasys is so great because it's filled with personal reviews by real people who have experienced the toy. I want to know what they personally thought of it. If someone doesn't like a rabbit, I want them to clarify that rabbits are subjective to different anatomies and be a little kinder in their ratings. But overall I want their opinion of the toy and not a description that I could have found anywhere or observed in the pictures.

I'm also really skeptical of people who tend to be too positive in their reviews. Maybe it's the cynic in me but if someone has written an incredibly positive review, I usually check their page to make sure that they don't rave about every product that Eden Fantasy sends them. I know we all get excited about sex toys and they're sexy, but a raving review from a harsh critic is much more compelling than a raving review from someone who seems to love every toy they play with.
02/17/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
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Originally posted by Happy Camper
I agree with this actually. I know the specs of the toy and the manufacturer often does their little third-person promo bit. Eden Fantasys is so great because it's filled with personal reviews by real people who have experienced the toy. I ...
Haha. I think the same thing a lot of the time. If someone writes a super positive review with nothing negative at all, I'm skeptical. That's not really a fault of the reviewer or the review, but just a personal thing. I mean, hey, maybe that toy really was the best thing you've ever felt. I don't know.

But other than that, basically what everyone else said. Being way too vague, like Pleasure Piratess showed, is really frustrating. I hate when I can tell the person isn't even trying and just wants points or something. Give me SOME kind of info! Anything! Gah. Oh, and sentence fragments. Like "Not the best." That's not a sentence. There is no verb. It's a friggin fragment. Just a pet peeve of mine. I use fragments in conversation and casual forum kinda stuff, but not reviews.

Oh, and "lol," smilies, etc. Oh, and "etc." Haha. Etc implies there is more to the sentence. So finish the sentence!

I'm kinda picky, especially with grammar.
02/17/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Not a pet peeve but I'm not a fan of reviews where information is repeated. I often see it in the extended versions. I think half the problem is the suggestions area cause some info fits in a couple of areas.
02/18/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
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Originally posted by Shellz31
Not a pet peeve but I'm not a fan of reviews where information is repeated. I often see it in the extended versions. I think half the problem is the suggestions area cause some info fits in a couple of areas.
Oh, yeah. Agreed.
02/18/2011
Crystal1 Crystal1
My main dislike is when the reviewer puts way more effort into telling you how they lit candles and slowly stroked their silky soft skin as their lover watched, throbbing with anticipation, blah blah blah porn. I appreciate knowing that the toy got the job done, but I really don't need a play by play of every orgasm.

Equally annoying is "This is really a pretty good toy, I liked it. There are some good points and some bad, but I think it is worth the money." Or giving an item a lower rating but not listing any of the cons.

I was totally confused by a review I came across recently that gave the item 4 stars and went into a decent amount of depth about its nifty features, and then on the follow-up said they didn't like it anymore, it wasn't what they expected, it didn't really work. It basically looked like they wrote the review before they actually tried it.

My pet peeve with lingerie reviews is not giving the reader any idea about what size you are. I get that not everyone is comfortable spelling out exactly what you weigh or how many inches things measure, but if you say the bust area was way too small for you or super baggy and falling off, that really doesn't help much if I have no idea if you are an A cup or a DD. Even a basic "I'm petite with a large chest" or "I have a flat stomach and chest but curvy hips" goes a long way.
02/18/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
Good reviews are generally written by those who have the most experience with toys, so I always worry that mine are inferior.

Many of us make grammatical and spelling errors, and I am no exception. However, bad writing is a turn-off for me! "Alot" is not a word, people!
03/22/2011
Stephanie Marie Stephanie Marie
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Originally posted by Eden C.
Good reviews are generally written by those who have the most experience with toys, so I always worry that mine are inferior.

Many of us make grammatical and spelling errors, and I am no exception. However, bad writing is a turn-off for me! ...
Lol where I used to live alot is a word. The teachers even said it and wrote it like that when I was in school. So yes I do write it, it's what I am used to.
03/22/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Stephanie Marie
Lol where I used to live alot is a word. The teachers even said it and wrote it like that when I was in school. So yes I do write it, it's what I am used to.
I think she means that "alot" isn't an actual word, and that it's supposed to be "a lot." It's a common misspelling
03/24/2011
REDRUM REDRUM
I can ignore some grammatical errors if it's not anything too serious, but if it's really bad then I'll stop reading.

I don't like it when someone tries to get too into detail about their experience. If I wanted erotica, I'd read erotica.
03/24/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
Quote:
Originally posted by Stephanie Marie
Lol where I used to live alot is a word. The teachers even said it and wrote it like that when I was in school. So yes I do write it, it's what I am used to.
My friend uses it all the time while she texts me to complain about other people's grammar.
03/24/2011
PassionQT PassionQT
Redundancy & porn stories within the review are my only peeves.

I'm guilty of using a somewhat vulgar term (not the "c" word, just some colorful words for a penis) in a couple of my earlier reviews, but not lately and probably won't again, although my dirty talk/word dictionary is quite extensive and I'm proud of it, but I'll save it for work or in the bedroom.

I'm very descriptive and tend to quote dimensions of toys because I often find that when I measure them, there is a difference from what the product page says. I've caught some product pages with the wrong material information listed from what the actual product was made of. So objective, descriptive reviews don't bother me.
03/24/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionQT
Redundancy & porn stories within the review are my only peeves.

I'm guilty of using a somewhat vulgar term (not the "c" word, just some colorful words for a penis) in a couple of my earlier reviews, but not lately and ...
Redundancy happens because of the minimum number of words required. I understand why it's there because I would hate for the site to be full of one-word reviews, but sometimes I don't have 300 words to say about a toy.
03/24/2011
Antipova Antipova
I don't know if this trips anyone else's sensibilities, but I am slightly bothered when reviewers repeat several times that they got the product for free. Since Eden has an FTC disclaimer at the end of the review, saying so when you're supposed to be talking about the toy should be unnecessary. It often sounds like bragging when I read it. This might just be me, though.
04/10/2011
Snappy Snappy
I don't enjoy reading reviews that sound one note repeatedly and insistently, like a car horn that is stuck in the "on" position. "I loved-it-loved-it-love d-it!"

Also, I dislike vagaries like "not hot enough for me" or "smells really good." Yes...could you elaborate?

Finally, reviews that seem to be written while frequently checking Word Count, stopping abruptly and victoriously as soon as the word limit has been reached.
04/10/2011
cuntofdoom cuntofdoom
When reviews say that something about the toy didn't really work for them but they're super vague about it. "Doesn't fit all body sizes" will haunt my review nightmares.
04/13/2011
UnknownGirl UnknownGirl
Grammatical errors really irk me.
04/13/2011
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