Do you down rate for blurry pictures?

Badass Badass
This has happened to me recently, and though I didn't think they were very blurry, someone else did and rated me lower. Do you ever do this?

Pictures don't influence my rating of the review itself, do blurry pictures deserve a lower rating?
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Yes I down rate if the review has a blurry picture
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No, that's silly. You're rating the review, NOT the pictures.
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RavenWings RavenWings
If I can see what is intended in the photo, I don't care. I would possibly bump down the rating if all the photos in the review were blurry.

Some people are pickier, I guess.
03/28/2012
Positwist Positwist
If the pictures give me the gist of the size or whatever the reviewer is trying to show, then no. Crystal clear pictures are nicer to look at, of course, but I don't think we should discourage reviewers from sharing pictures just because they don't have a fancy camera.

I have a bunch of crappy-quality pics in my reviews right now. I'll swap them out when I can get my hands on a decent camera, but I thought it was worth sharing less-than-awesome pics in the meantime. Low resolution photos are better than no photos, in my book.
03/28/2012
Kindred Kindred
I don't think I would intentionally lower my rating because of blurry pictures, but it could still influence my opinion of the overall review.
03/28/2012
indiglo indiglo
My opinion is similar to Kindred's. I wouldn't intentionally lower the rating, but it's possible it might influence my opinion of the rest of the review.

It also makes me wonder if the reviewer can see how blurry the pictures are, and if they can, why they included them in the first place. A review doesn't HAVE to have photos.
03/28/2012
Beck Beck
I rate a review for the review itself. I do not vote based on the photos because of the following:

1. we are not all photographers.
2. not everyone has great cameras.
3. sometimes a crappy shot is all you can get because what you are photographing doesn't picture well. Example: my photos for the glow in the dark feature of the Jelly Fish and the Tentacle Jr are really grainy and blurry, but I seriously tried to get good pictures. I found it impossible.
4. You can't take photos of all angles yourself. Like for lingerie reviews. I had a comment on my review for a lingerie piece that someone wanted a front view. Well, I take photos myself. I do the best I can and I can't get a full frontal shot all the time. Sorry, but images are not my review. They are a bonus.
03/28/2012
Kitka Kitka
Quote:
Originally posted by Beck
I rate a review for the review itself. I do not vote based on the photos because of the following:

1. we are not all photographers.
2. not everyone has great cameras.
3. sometimes a crappy shot is all you can get because what you are ... More
Exactly! I sometimes can't get quality pictures of something because I don't have help taking the pictures and my phone camera is the best I have lol. I don't rate a review based on the pictures, granted they do help most times but they aren't the whole review.
03/28/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I consider any photo to be a bonus, and won't hold a bad photo against someone. My own photography skills aren't that great.
03/28/2012
Castielskitten Castielskitten
i think it's the review that matters to me, specially since if it's clothing. if it fits on that person it's fine, but it may not look like that on me. so i really dont pay attention to photos really.
03/28/2012
humblepie humblepie
I wouldn't rate down based on blurry photos - usually the reviews I see containing poor quality photos contain an apology and explanation as to why they turned out that way. And really, just the fact that photos are present is a pretty significant factor in my deciding what to rate - a review that isn't quite there in description or length can be saved by containing a few pictures.
03/28/2012
wildorchid wildorchid
That would not be the reason I would down vote a review, I would probably comment on it in the comments section, but there are stock photos and other websites available so it seems extremely nit-picky to me to down vote just on blurry pictures.
03/28/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I've never downvoted a review for blurry pictures, but if I'm being honest, I've wanted to.

All I require of a photo is the product to be in focus and to communicate something useful: shape, size, texture, color, etc. I don't need or expect every photo to be worthy of a MoMA exhibition.

Unclear photos help little, if at all, and I suspect people add them hoping that they will score an automatic "EU" from voters.
03/28/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
Wow. Pardon my French but that is bullshit! Reviews should always be voted on based on the quality of the writing because that is something EVERYONE can do. Some people don't even have pictures! Do they deserve lower votes if their reviews are of equal quality? No! Not everyone has a camera! People should be happy if there are pictures at all! They are a bonus, not what should be voted upon in the review. Personally, the ONLY camera that I have to take pictures with is a cell phone camera (and an old one at that, not one of these fancy iPhones or whatever). My pictures aren't the highest quality but that's all I can do! I KNOW that the pictures are useful, despite the slight grainy quality, so I should NOT get voted down simply because I'm not a rich individual who can afford a damn camera.
03/28/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
I've never downvoted a review for blurry pictures, but if I'm being honest, I've wanted to.

All I require of a photo is the product to be in focus and to communicate something useful: shape, size, texture, color, etc. I don't ... More
I just want to add that I agree with indiglo, a review doesn't NEED photos. I give "EU" votes to text-only reviews all the time. As long as a review tells me what I need to know, I will score it high.
03/28/2012
Liz2 Liz2
I have never down rated a review based on pictures. I give credit and admire those who take pictures. Sometimes they work and sometimes not but they are used just to enhance the review.
03/28/2012
Curiouscat Curiouscat
No I don't. Maybe if the pictures were so blurry I didn't know what the picture was of haha. But I havent come across a review like that before.
03/28/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Badass
This has happened to me recently, and though I didn't think they were very blurry, someone else did and rated me lower. Do you ever do this?

Pictures don't influence my rating of the review itself, do blurry pictures deserve a lower rating?
I downvote if the review's written portion isn't useful or is poorly written.
03/28/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
My opinion is similar to Kindred's. I wouldn't intentionally lower the rating, but it's possible it might influence my opinion of the rest of the review.

It also makes me wonder if the reviewer can see how blurry the pictures are, ... More
It's beginning to feel like every review MUST have pictures to be considered useful though. I actually had to question and hold my breath for the first time in years because my pics of a couple of pairs of underwear just weren't coming out clear. My camera was low quality and broke so I am stuck with my vidcam for now. I chose to post the reviews which are, to my mind, the same quality as they have always been, but I am sure the overall rating of the reviews will be lower than I am used to seeing. I hope that won't be the case but I am not taking bets...
03/28/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I wouldn't downvote for a lack of photos, so I for sure wouldn't downvote for a grainy photo. I know a few times there have just been products that are hard to photograph for me, so as long as it's not a blurry, grainy, shapeless blob (like they fell over or something during the shot) I don't really care about quality.
03/28/2012
Rossie Rossie
I never downvote a review because of blurry pictures. All I care about is how useful the actual review is, and using pictures to show certain details are a plus. I do wish to see clear pictures rather than blurry ones, but I know not everyone has the right camera to do so, and it does not affect my ratings on reviews.
03/28/2012
Illusional Illusional
I include pictures mainly on my lingerie ones and I don't feel the need to always include them. I wouldn't downvote cause I use my cellphone camera. I don't own a real one
03/28/2012
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
It's beginning to feel like every review MUST have pictures to be considered useful though. I actually had to question and hold my breath for the first time in years because my pics of a couple of pairs of underwear just weren't coming out ... More
Review quality has gone up significantly in the past year in my opinion. People are including a lot more detail and pictures which I think has raised the bar. You only nee to look at Rumble nominations. Almost every review nominated now has pictures.

While I wouldn't lower my vote because a review does not include pictures, by the same token I think poor pictures can adversely affect review quality. I try to not let that influence my opinion.
03/28/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
I've seen really blurry pictures before, but what I'm voting on is the written review.

I've had products that are hard to photograph and I've got a decent camera. My photos on the Double Dare were not what I really wanted them to be because I just could NOT capture the color. The color was SUCH a pretty pink!

I realized when I was taking the pictures that my fingernail polish was an EXACT match to the toy and I was thrilled! I slapped that bottle of OPI up against the toy and included a picture!

From now on (especially with colored glass toys) if my camera can't quite pick up the tint of the toy - I'm searching my VAST nail polish collection!
03/28/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
No, I don't. I don't want to judge on the type of camera or the conditions, or the skills of the picture taker. It's a disappointment, but I'm not going to base my feelings on the review on it.
03/28/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
The picture is part of the review, so it is supposed to be as good as possible. But some can't make better pictures than that I guess, and I rate only the text.
03/28/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Nope, not me. I rate the review not pictures, they are just a bonus to me.
03/28/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I am pleasantly surprised when reviews have pictures, so I wouldn't judge their quality. Even a blurry pic is better than none.
03/28/2012
underHim underHim
As long as they are not horrible where you cannot tell what it is of I am not too worries.
03/28/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
I rate only the text, the intention to show pictures is already appreciated... ^^
03/28/2012
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
I've never downvoted a review for blurry pictures, but if I'm being honest, I've wanted to.

All I require of a photo is the product to be in focus and to communicate something useful: shape, size, texture, color, etc. I don't ... More
I have wondered the same thing, to be honest.

And I recognize that my opinion is clearly different from the majority (which is not unfamiliar territory for me ). I just think a review with no pictures is totally fine, and there is no requirement to add pictures. So if the pictures are so bad you can't tell anything from them, there's no need to add them.

I certainly don't think review photos need to be professional quality, but I do need to be able to see what is in the picture with some clarity, or it may as well be left out. (Again, my opinion only.)


I also want to clarify - camera quality is not what I'm talking about when I talk about unhelpful, blurry pictures. Pictures can be grainy and still useful. I'm talking about pictures I've seen in reviews where it honestly looks like the reviewer may have been jumping up and down when taking the picture, or there may have been an earthquake at the moment they took it - like photos of boxes where you can't even read the words or make out the exact edges of the box because it's so blurry.

If you have a low quality camera and just take somewhat grainy pictures, that's totally different. A phone camera is just fine if you just hold it still and turn on some lights.
03/28/2012
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