formatted review vs free form

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formatted review vs free form

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Once i choose the formatted review with prompts, is there any way within the review editing process to change it to the freeform review?

which do you guys like better? this particular project i have alot to say about and want freeform. how do other reviewers decide on review form when doing reviews here on EF?
01/01/2011
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Illusional Illusional
It really depends on the product for me and how I'm feeling.

I personally like the extended format, but I'm dabbling in trying the standard form.

With help from my mentor of course, cause I'm scared.. lol
01/01/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by closed account
Once i choose the formatted review with prompts, is there any way within the review editing process to change it to the freeform review?

which do you guys like better? this particular project i have alot to say about and want freeform. how do ...
Once you have chosen the format and saved any part of the review, I do not believe there is any easy way to change to the other format.
01/01/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I am not sure if you can change the format once you chose one.

As far as which one, it depends on what I a reviewing. For most of mine I use the standard format, for cock rings and most strokers/masturbators there is plenty of room for what I have to say. My review of the flip hole would not have fit in the standard format though.

For me it depends on how many functions the toy has. For a lot of vibes there is more room in the extended formate to get every thing in. The standard gives you like 800 word max where the extended will give you up to like 1200.
01/01/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Can you put pictures in the extended version? I thought I read somewhere that ya can't.

But my Isla has 1,500+ words (that includes summary, experience, title, pros and con) and I don't want to cut any out cause I think such a superb toy deserves everything I have said.

I'm so eager to submit it but I don't want to get locked into the extended version if I can't add pictures!
01/02/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Some products don't even give you an option. I just did a review for Climax Bursts cleaner and I couldn't pick, which was fine because I didn't have a whole lot to say.

Generally though, I pick the Extended so I don't forget anything. I did my Pleasure Sling review in the free-form and I think it turned out OK. It was my first free-form review since my initial reviews.
01/02/2011
Waterfall Waterfall
I am not sure how to change it once you have started in one format.

I do enjoy the extended format better, it gives me places to put all of my thoughts and helps me keep things organized. Every once in a while I use the free form, but not often. And like BBW Talks Toys said, I have done reviews for products that didn't give the option to select a format.
01/02/2011
Annemarie Annemarie
I prefer extended for just about everything. It's just easier, and I get rambly when I don't have prompts.

If I did a standard review, I would put in labels or titles or sections.
01/02/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Part of me wants to try the extended but each time I go to use it, it freaks me. I know that probably sounds stupid but I feel overwhelmed.

But I DEFINITELY like to put headings on my free form cause it sets it out and makes it look more interesting. Plus that way, people can skip over the info they don't really need or care to read about.

I've always tended to do things 'MY' way...hehehe.
01/03/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Illusional
It really depends on the product for me and how I'm feeling.

I personally like the extended format, but I'm dabbling in trying the standard form.

With help from my mentor of course, cause I'm scared.. lol
You are doing just fine!

I prefer the freeform style but that is just the way I write and I'm used to it. For some people the extended format is easier and they write amazing reviews using it.
01/03/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Shellz31
Part of me wants to try the extended but each time I go to use it, it freaks me. I know that probably sounds stupid but I feel overwhelmed.

But I DEFINITELY like to put headings on my free form cause it sets it out and makes it look more ...
You rebel you! LOL Whatever works, right? Since your reviews are award winning I think it'll be fine.
01/03/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
I prefer the extended format. I find that without the prompts I can't keep track of what I want to write. I have copied and pasted them all into a Microsoft word template so that I can work on reviews anytime. I have had problems with losing a ton of work from dropped connections or accidentally bumping my mouse pad with my thumb etc. When stuff like that happens I get so frustrated that my brain stops working. Which means the prompts become even more helpful.
01/03/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
You rebel you! LOL Whatever works, right? Since your reviews are award winning I think it'll be fine.
Hehehehe
Yeah, as long as the readers enjoy reading them, it's all good
01/03/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
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Originally posted by Shellz31
Can you put pictures in the extended version? I thought I read somewhere that ya can't.

But my Isla has 1,500+ words (that includes summary, experience, title, pros and con) and I don't want to cut any out cause I think such a superb ...
Yeah you can hun. I always use extended and I always have pictures.
01/03/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Yeah you can hun. I always use extended and I always have pictures.
Awesome - thankyou.
01/03/2011
closed account closed account
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
Can you put pictures in the extended version? I thought I read somewhere that ya can't.

But my Isla has 1,500+ words (that includes summary, experience, title, pros and con) and I don't want to cut any out cause I think such a superb ...
i didn't even know you could add pics!.
thanks everybody for the info!
01/03/2011
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by closed account
i didn't even know you could add pics!.
thanks everybody for the info!
There's a few reviewers who do really amazing reviews with pictures.

Shellz just published one.
01/03/2011
VenusianThunder VenusianThunder
I am quite new to the whole reviewing process and I tried both. I think I prefer the free form better. My review seemed to flow a lot better and I didn't repeat information as I did with the extended version. I have only done two reviews though, but so far I am leaning towards the free form.
01/09/2011
Kayla Kayla
I much prefer the standard template; by far. However, the word limit on standard is, for some reason, *so* much lower than the word limit on Extended. It frustrates me sometimes.
01/09/2011
danellejohns danellejohns
My first review is pending right now. But I will say that I prefer the free form. While the extended does seem to control my scattered thoughts, I found it hard to remember later on what I was going to write when I came to that section.

I like that one the free form I am able to go back and see where I wandered off track and fix it. It seems to flow better. I will be trying the extended for my next try at a review but I already know that it will take longer and be harder for me to do.
01/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Freeform is much more natural for me.
01/24/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I normally prefer to write with the extended format, it helps keep me on track and make sure I cover everything. I don't mind writing in standard, it's just harder for me to remember everything.

I know that for switching templates once you save anything on the review, you can't change it. Drives me crazy from the few times I started one way then wanted to switch and couldn't, lol
01/24/2011
M121212 M121212
I enjoy the extended version when I'm not totally sure about what I want to say about a product. The sections and prompts help me organize my writing. Also, it's interesting how the prompts change if you're writing about a book rather than a toy.

I'm working on a review right now that's free form. It's my first one, and it's working out fine because I feel very confident about what I have to say about the product. I did also reference the extended form to make sure I'm not forgetting anything. I think that if you learn the structure of the extended form, you can carry that same organization into a free form review. Then the free form allows you to play around with it more.
01/25/2011
The Nakanas The Nakanas
For most products we like the formatted review. For me it just helps me keep track of what I want to say and organize my thoughts on a product. With that being said, I like being able to use the non-formatted free-form review if a product just didn't make much impression one way or another and I don't have much to say about it.
01/25/2011
Happy Camper Happy Camper
I prefer freeform for both reading and writing reviews. Sometimes if I need the prompts, I start in extended review and then edit in word without saving the review draft, and then go back and pull up standard. But I really try to never write an extended review because I, myself, do not like reading extended reviews. Does that poll exist separately? It would be really interesting to see which type of review people preferred reading.
02/18/2011
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