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Again, there's a difference between EF and Amazon. On Amazon, people are largely anonymous. Here on EF, I like to think we are a community, and as such have identities that people associate with. A comment that one person considers "does
Again, there's a difference between EF and Amazon. On Amazon, people are largely anonymous. Here on EF, I like to think we are a community, and as such have identities that people associate with. A comment that one person considers "does not add to the conversation" is another persons polite acknowledgment for a job well done. Where do we draw the line? Taking your comments as an example (I am playing devil's advocate here. I think your comments are hilarious), do witty remarks "add to the conversation?" I think people might argue otherwise. And is it really such a pain to just scroll past all of the "Thanks" comments?
And I do believe that the number of comments will greatly decrease if such a rating system were implemented. People are already afraid to vote on reviews the way they truly feel because of the potential repercussions. And now we want to judge the potential usefulness of a person's comments?
We also have to remember that comments are left by prospective customers who may not be aware what the "standards" are for commenting. How would a person feel to leave an innocent comment only to find it has been rated as "does not contribute to the discussion?" Not a very welcoming impression in my opinion.
Rating a review is far different than rating a comment. People post reviews with the knowledge that it will be scrutinized for its content. Reviewers understand this when they enter the program. A person leaving a comment is not doing so under any sort of understanding.
And again I ask, where does it end? Do we start rating forum threads for usefulness? Because there are a ton daily that I would probably rate as such. I fear that such a path smacks of being elitist and exclusionary, whereas EF should be one of acceptance and inclusion.
Edit: I also believe that the problem is the point value associated with certain activities on the site. By doing so, we sacrifice quality for quantity.
People on both sites, EF and Amazon are anonymous unless (I hope) that we reveal our identities. I'll never reveal mine
A periodic "thanks" is okay it's just that it's become the de facto comment for so many reviews. There are so many, that it really does make thing tedious to wade through in order to get to the "good stuff". As I've thought of this, I've also wondered how people go about finding reviews to comment in the first place. One of my own favorite ways is to look under the tabs for "sex toy reviews" (here's one link
) and then look at what the "recent comments" section. That's an area that is often filled with "nice", "good","thanks" and nothing else. When substantive comments are there, those spark interest and try attention to the toy (which is what, I'm sure, EF wants - to sell more
I think one of the problems I'm having is that I really do not believe that the vast majority of "thanks", "nice", "good", "thanks for the review" comments are sincere or, for that matter, even a genuine commentary on the reviews. Rather, many are really related to point farming. Here's another thought - what would happen if points were NOT given for leaving comments. I suspect that the endless streams of "thanks" would eventually cease.
I started this thread after I came across yet another "thanks for the review" comment on an old review that was linked to long-gone blog. Many of the "thanks for the review" comments are little more than drive-by postings
, simply cut and past the comment in as many reviews, in as short amount of time as possible. I find it to be much more meaningful to express gratitude by acknowledging, if even in a very small way, something about the review that caught my attention. I don't see rating comments as being punitive, rather as an incentive to say something relevant.
I agree with you - ratings for forum threads should NOT ever occur. I'm sure it's also not a coincidence that "thanks for the post" (or whatever) comments are not found here! I also agree that "there are a ton [of threads] daily" that lack usefulness - I just ignore those.
Finally, thanks for the compliment - I try to make my reviews witty and I think yours are too - I still laugh every time I look at your reviews. One of my favorites is Are You Man Enough to Enter Katsuni's Secret Chambers
I mean we are, after all, writing about things with do with our penises or vaginas! What could be more fun than that! If people don't like certain times of reviews, they're welcome to write ones that make their penises or vaginas happy!