The Description Review Program is looking for a few good reviewers!!!

Victoria Victoria
We are looking for a few more reviewers for our Description Review Program – specifically 6 men and 4 women.

We need reliable reviewers who write well and can complete the reviews in a timely fashion.

The Description Review Program was created out of our commitment to have better information available to our customers. We found that the product information on packaging was not sufficient with most toys and did not accurately portray a toy’s function to the buyer. We have our reviewers write the product descriptions from real experience.

The main difference between these pieces and our other reviews is the level of objectivity on your part- since these reviews will be in place of any
other product description on individual product pages; you're really
introducing viewers to the item as well as giving your own opinion.

One challenge is that these are often black box reviews – where you will receive an item that you cannot first view on the website. Like our other assignments, you can choose to decline an assigned description review. When we do have photos available, you will be able to see them.

Below are the current suggestions- please let me know your thoughts on how to maintain this balance between subjective and objective feedback. A good way to think about this writing is as a personalized tour of the toy.

Below is an outline of the process and our guidelines for participants.

GUIDELINES:

The review should still be an honest reflection of your opinion.
Include your personal experience with the toy, but if you don't
like things that are subjective (like, the size is too big/small for
you), be clear about that.

PRODUCT INFO: Include all features/functions of vibes, types of
fasteners on harnesses, etc. Don't worry about technical details like
measurements, material, etc. We'll still be providing the toy properties as
we do now.

Your review summary will show up on the product page, so be aware of
that when you write it- these sentences will be the most highly viewed
part of the review. Please don't copy/paste from the body of the
review. Make sure that your review summary is very well written.

We're considering including an optional section called
'Recommendations' to guide shoppers- if you didn't like the toy but think it's good quality, this would be a place to suggest who it might be better for
(preference-wise). What do you think of this?

RATING: We'd like you to rate the toy if it worked for you. However,
if this toy was a mismatch and you have no personal use for it, let us
know in your review and we'll indicate that on the site with a "not rated for personal reasons" box. This is a tricky area of the review,
because we do want a rating that reflects your experience, but don't
want to list very low ratings that have more to do with personal
preference than actual toy quality.

PREFERENCES: Please provide a list of any toy type you are absolutely
NOT willing to review, for whatever reason. For example: double
dildos, bdsm gear, anal-specific toys, harnesses, certain types of
lube, etc. Using the basic toy categories on the site will be helpful
with this. We are looking for contributors who have their profiles filled out completely.

Also list any materials that are absolutely off-limits for you- jelly,
cyberskin, and so on. Keep in mind that since these are descriptions,
we need to accommodate a wide range of materials. Unless you have a
serious health concern about any specific item, we'll ask you to work
around your preferences in this area (condoms are useful!) and be open to trying a variety of toys.

In order to better match items for review with writers, please also
give some basic information about your sexual orientation/preference s. For example, it wouldn't be helpful for us or you to send a double dildo to someone who doesn't practice dual penetration with a partner, or a riding crop to a non-kinky person, etc. Furthermore, as far as toy types/shapes go, if there are any particulars about your anatomy, etc., that you'd like to share in
order to reduce the likelihood of receiving toys that you think won't
be a good match for you, please do so. At minimum, include your sex and orientation in your personal info for easier reference on our end.

If you are interested in writing reviews on a bigger level and feel that you are able to commit to this program, please email me at: victoria@edenfantasys. com (put Description Review Program in the subject line) - we will select this round of new participants within the next week. In the future, we will post again when we need to bring on more participants to this program. If you don’t get picked this time, don’t take it personally as we only have a few slots open this time around, so be sure to apply again!
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Victoria Victoria
Surely there are some men out there who are game for this program!
12/05/2008
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
Surely there are some men out there who are game for this program!
There are... I'm trying to get my male friends off their bums and apply to be description reviewers. You'd think "free sex toys" would get a guy going, but for the most part, they just like to hear me talk about mine.

Sigh... men. You gotta love 'em!

Question: Do they need to already be a member of EF community and do they need to be at the Advanced Reviewer level? If they are not, can they include a "sample review" in their application to bypass that requirement?
12/05/2008
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Cinnamon
There are... I'm trying to get my male friends off their bums and apply to be description reviewers. You'd think "free sex toys" would get a guy going, but for the most part, they just like to hear me talk about mine.

Sigh... ... More
Yes, Yes and No...Yes, they need to sign up for an EF contributor account and fill out their profile completely. Yes, they need to submit 2 or more reviews and move up to Advanced status. No, they cannot bypass all the requirements - that would be unethical. We need people who are proven reviewers, who care about being part of this community and who are committed to providing quality assessments of the toys they review. Anyone who isn't willing to have an Eden contributor account isn't who we're looking for.
12/05/2008
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
Yes, Yes and No...Yes, they need to sign up for an EF contributor account and fill out their profile completely. Yes, they need to submit 2 or more reviews and move up to Advanced status. No, they cannot bypass all the requirements - that would be ... More
Ok, thanks for the clarification!
12/05/2008
Bulma Bulma
I'd like to bump this as I've noticed description reviews that...well, aren't descriptive at all and read more like the "experience" section of a review would. Do people have to understand and agree to follow the guidelines before being accepted? Are people dropped from the program for failing to follow the guidelines?
12/17/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
Quote:
Originally posted by Bulma
I'd like to bump this as I've noticed description reviews that...well, aren't descriptive at all and read more like the "experience" section of a review would. Do people have to understand and agree to follow the guidelines ... More
I was a little surprised by some of the reviews that got passed through, to be honest, considering I had to revise a review for accidentally putting a "don't buy" statement in there. Again, I know I am not the bees knees, but it's a little puzzling to me that I got caught on that and some really awful, not very helpful reviews get passed through without a hitch.
12/17/2008
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Bulma
I'd like to bump this as I've noticed description reviews that...well, aren't descriptive at all and read more like the "experience" section of a review would. Do people have to understand and agree to follow the guidelines ... More
Bulma, you're right - and I'm glad you bumped this thread. I revised the Description Review Program Guidelines again last week to further stress that we expect objective reviews and to troubleshoot, per se, the recurring issues in some of the recent Description Reviews.

So..to answer your questions:

Yes, people in the program are given the expectations and guidelines up front. The process is as follows: anyone who has emailed me expressing an interest in the program is evaluated for writing ability - I look at their past reviews and base my decision on the quality of their writing and whether they seem reliable. If they pass muster, they are sent the revised guidelines to review. Once they read through and agree to follow the guidelines, they email Rufina with sizes, preferences etc. From there, Rufina may begin assigning them new product for Description Reviews.

Once a Description Review is submitted, I proofread it. Lately, I have found many that are far too subjective to be used as a product description - so I send them back to the reviewer for revision. I include the entire guidelines text in my 'Revision Required' message to make the revision expectations clear. If the reviewer does not revise the review, we don't use it. If this happens more than once, the reviewer will be removed from the Description Review Program. Likewise, if a reviewer takes weeks and weeks to submit a Description Review, we no longer allow them in the Description Review Program. We are also considering having secondary description reviews done for any product that receives 3 stars or less, due to many products being unfairly rated on grounds of personal preference and not solely based on function / performance.

This program is of crucial importance to us - we set these standards for the description reviews because the information content is largely informing the public about that product. It is unfair to our contributors and customers to have misleading information posted about our products. Moving forward, we insist that the guidelines are strictly followed.

The final part of the process occurs once the review has been submitted to me, and I have accepted and rated the review and categorized it for the product. Rufina then will publish the Description Review when the product is set up with photos and ready to launch on our site. This part of the process can either take a few days from the time a review is submitted because of site development, or conversely we could be waiting on the review to complete the process.

In short, Rufina and I work on this program as a team; however, there is the reviewer's content and there are technical elements that other staff members facilitate - so each Description Review is quite a group effort.

To better illuminate this point, I am pasting the full guidelines below.
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The Description Review Program Guidelines:

The Description Review Program was created out of our commitment to have better information available to our customers. We found that the product information on packaging was not sufficient with most toys and did not accurately portray a toy’s function to the buyer. We have our reviewers write the product descriptions from real experience. We only include reviewers who are reliable, write well, and can complete the reviews in a timely fashion.

One challenge is that these are often black box reviews – where you will receive an item that you cannot first view on the website. Like our other assignments, you can choose to decline an assigned description review. When we do have photos available, you will be able to see them.

Below is an outline of the process for participants.

PRODUCT INFO: Include all features/functions of vibes, types of
fasteners on harnesses, etc. Don't worry about technical details like
measurements, material, etc. We'll still be providing the toy properties as
we do now.

REVIEW: The main difference between these pieces and our other reviews is the level of objectivity on your part, given that these reviews will be in place of any other product description on individual product pages; you're really introducing viewers to the item as well as giving your own opinion.
A good way to think about this writing is as a personalized tour of the toy.

The review should still be an honest reflection of your opinion; however, you should refrain from general opinions and “buy” or “don’t buy” statements. Include your personal experience with the toy, but if you don't like things that are subjective (like, the size is too big/small for you), don’t allow that to be a determining factor in how you rate the toy.

As this review should be an objective product description, it is not acceptable to mention personal details like your blog etc – however, if you do a personal continuation of the review at your blog (not duplicate text to the Eden review), we will allow one discreet line - such as “to read more about my personal experience with this toy, go to www…”. You must be sure that you place a link to the Eden Fantasys review in your blog as well.

REVIEW SUMMARY: Your review summary will show up on the actual product page, so be mindful when you write it- these sentences will be the most highly viewed part of the review. The summary should be all about the product’s properties and functions, and should not include any personal details. Please don't copy/paste from the body of the review. Make sure that your review summary is very well written.

RATING: We'd like you to rate the toy if it worked for you. However,
if this toy was a mismatch and you have no personal use for it, let us know in your review and we'll indicate that on the site with a "not rated for personal reasons" box – and we’ll also have another contributor review the toy to give a second opinion which we will post on the site. This is the tricky area of the review, because we do want a rating that reflects your experience, but don't want to list very low ratings that have more to do with personal preference and anatomy than the actual toy quality. If you plan to rate a toy 3 stars or less, consider whether your reason is personal or if it is a matter of function. Rate the toy based on function performance and properties.

PREFERENCES: Please provide a list of any toy type you are absolutely
NOT willing to review, for whatever reason. For example: double dildos, bdsm gear, anal-specific toys, harnesses, certain types of lube, etc. Also list any materials that are absolutely off-limits for you - jelly, cyberskin, and so on. Keep in mind that since these are descriptions, we need to accommodate a wide range of materials. Unless you have a serious health concern about any specific item, we'll ask you to work around your preferences in this area (condoms are useful!) and be open to trying a variety of toys.

In order to better match items for review with writers, please also give some basic information about your sexual orientation/preference s. For example, it wouldn't be helpful for us or you to send a double dildo to someone who doesn't practice dual penetration with a partner, or a riding crop to a non-kinky person, etc. Furthermore, as far as toy types/shapes go, if there are any particulars about your anatomy, etc., that you'd like to share in order to reduce the likelihood of receiving toys that you think won't be a good match for you, please do so. Using the basic toy categories on the site will be helpful with this. We are looking for contributors who have their profiles filled out completely.

Again, if anyone has questions or would like to apply, please contact me at: victoria@edenfantasys. com

I hope this was helpful! Thanks!
12/17/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
Sounds good. Objectiveness is big with me; even if I don't personally like a toy much, I have to rate it based on its overall quality and usefulness (which is why I gave the G-Spot Yoko Yoko a high score, even though it does little for me).

However, aren't there some sticky areas? I recently rated a rabbit I got at 3 stars, partially because the beads don't hold up to clenching at all. I figured that would be important in judging the toy's overall quality, but according to my one friend, that's really subjective...?
12/17/2008
Bulma Bulma
Quote:
Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
Sounds good. Objectiveness is big with me; even if I don't personally like a toy much, I have to rate it based on its overall quality and usefulness (which is why I gave the G-Spot Yoko Yoko a high score, even though it does little for ... More
Well I don't see how a weak motor would be subjective at all, that's definitely something I would take into consideration when figuring the star rating.
12/17/2008
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
Sounds good. Objectiveness is big with me; even if I don't personally like a toy much, I have to rate it based on its overall quality and usefulness (which is why I gave the G-Spot Yoko Yoko a high score, even though it does little for ... More
One of the nuances to writing these reviews is not so much 'what' you say, but 'how' you say it. If you frame something like motor strength in a general sense, it is more objective. Such as calling the motor of median strength and saying that some users may experience a slowing of bead rotation when clenching while using the toy. It's less subjective and takes into account that strength, both toy and muscle, is relative.
12/17/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
One of the nuances to writing these reviews is not so much 'what' you say, but 'how' you say it. If you frame something like motor strength in a general sense, it is more objective. Such as calling the motor of median strength and ... More
Good point. I'll have to watch out for that in the future.
12/18/2008
Bulma Bulma
Bump
12/19/2008
Shellz31 Shellz31
I've been thinking of requesting to be a part of the DR program. But before I do, I'd really like to know if any of my actual toy (not the lingerie ones) reviews are even somewhat close to what a descriptive one is.
I don't want to get into something if I don't really know how to write that way.
01/29/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
I've been thinking of requesting to be a part of the DR program. But before I do, I'd really like to know if any of my actual toy (not the lingerie ones) reviews are even somewhat close to what a descriptive one is.
I don't want to ... More
I think that you'd be fine, just based on what reviews of yours I've read. If you email partners @ edenfantasys.com to tell them that you'd be interested in being part of the DR program, we'll take another look and decide whether or not you're a fit for the program. The biggest difference would be having to write in the extended format, but it looks like you break up the standard into your own template. So other than watching a few phrases to make it more objective (although honestly they seem more objective than a lot of reviews I've read), you'd be fine, at least in my opinion.
01/29/2012
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I think that you'd be fine, just based on what reviews of yours I've read. If you email partners @ edenfantasys.com to tell them that you'd be interested in being part of the DR program, we'll take another look and decide whether or ... More
Awesome, thanks for that.
I've been getting more into the extended format cause I found I kept writing way over the word allowance on the standard one.

Thanks again
01/29/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
Surely there are some men out there who are game for this program!
My husband would be very interested in this opertunity. But I am aftain we may be to late. Maybe next time. He is a very effective writer and would be great for this program. (He studied English in collage for a year and then changed his major)

I will keep my eyes open for another opertunity like this one.
03/07/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Quote:
Originally posted by Loriandhubby
My husband would be very interested in this opertunity. But I am aftain we may be to late. Maybe next time. He is a very effective writer and would be great for this program. (He studied English in collage for a year and then changed his major) ... More
Wow so sorry for all the typos. What a mess. I have to get some sleep my eyes and fingers don't work anymore.

My apologies. Lori
03/07/2012
SassySam SassySam
Quote:
Originally posted by Bulma
Well I don't see how a weak motor would be subjective at all, that's definitely something I would take into consideration when figuring the star rating.
I agree, a motor's performance is is really important, and as a customer that's one of the first things I would want to know about.
02/08/2013
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