Oh boy...get prepared for a mini-book.
First of all - I'm new to toys (even though we've been married 30+ years). My husband reminded me that about 28 years ago (pre-kids) we had a vibrator that was long and hard and stiff and we used it a couple of times and tossed it and said, "never again" (I'm guessing there wasn't the variety back then that there is now).
So for me - the reviews are very important because until about 48 hours ago I didn't know the difference between a dildo and a vibrator....and I knew nothing about so many other categories (ie butt plugs, etc).
I think that all reviewers should be made to use the extended format. I signed up with a mentor and she is requiring that of me and I can see how it helps you write a better review.
I like it when people talk about other uses for an item (trying to think of the M-shaped massager I read about earlier today but am blanking out).
I like it when they talk about how they use it specifically (so many items are new to me - like double-headed things, etc).
I hope its ok for me to say this in the forum - but there was a video review of the Big Hoss by Redboxbaby that made my jaw drop (as well as my husband's). She showed it compared to a soda can (to show diameter) and also next to another product. WOW.
I also enjoyed her review of a restraint system (something else sorta new to us). My husband and I oohed and aahed at it and put it on our wish list for the future.
I read a review today of a product (that escapes me) - but the husband talked about how his wife keeps it in a drawer by her bed and he has the drawer set up for recharging stuff. I wanted to see what the drawer looked like - how do you set up a center for recharging this stuff (remember - I'm new to this).
I also read a review of a glass item and they talked about how it wasn't as much for newbies as for those with experience (it was pretty too). They also compared it to steel items (that it was more for experienced folks like steel).
Having that information was very very helpful.
I think knowing someone's normal preferences helps too. For instance - I do like my Butterfly Kiss (first toy) but it isn't long enough for me. I think in the future when I review a vibrator I'd probably say something like "I prefer a longer length like X product" or "I prefer more vibration like Y product" if we're allowed to do that in the reviews.
Anyway - just my thoughts as a newbie.