Recycling parts of reviews

Recycling parts of reviews

Ryuson Ryuson
Do you ever recycle parts of reviews? I'm not talking about the 'use,' 'performance,' 'shape,' or 'experience' sections, but rather the 'care' or parts of the 'material' sections.

Writing another review on a silicone toy, I feel like there's no point to re-type up that you can boil it, wipe it down, bleach it, and not to store it with other silicone toys. Is it wrong to copy/paste this from a previous review I've written?
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I've done this, but have stopped.
I do this.
ksparkles16 , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , Beck , Silverdrop , Nazaress , Incendiaire , unfulfilled
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I don't do this.
Coralbell , SecretToyLover2 , Sir , Shellz31 , wrmbreze , Rossie , darthkitt3n , Kitka , Diabolical Kitty , indiglo , Kindred , P'Gell , MR Chickhabit , - Kira - , Taylor , sweetiejo , Llewey , Ms. N , llellsee , cottonxcandy , Crystal1 , Zombirella , tim1724 , Bzz , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , Ms. Spice , bayosgirl , Jon S , ghalik , Kate , MamaDivine
31
I feel like this is wrong/insincere.
Sir , indiglo , El-Jaro , Ms. Spice , ghalik
5
This is fine, there's no point typing the same thing over and over.
ksparkles16 , SecretToyLover2 , SiNn , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , Beck , Rod Martini , eeep , Silverdrop , Diabolical Kitty , js250 , padmeamidala , TitsMcScandal , null , Nazaress , - Kira - , sweetiejo , llellsee , Zombirella , PolyLove , Iron Man , Bzz , Incendiaire , unfulfilled , sunkissedJess , bayosgirl , Gone (LD29) , plaidvulva
27
Other.
SecretToyLover2 , Peggi , Kitka , toxie m , Kindred , aliceinthehole , Iron Man , ghalik
8
Total votes: 78 (54 voters)
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02/17/2012
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ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I do do this for the care section but I don't copy and paste I reword it so it isn't exactly the same
02/17/2012
SecretToyLover2 SecretToyLover2
It's very complicated. I do NOT do this word for word. That would be wrong/insincere. But I think that if you truly don't know maybe... For example: How to care for silicone. It would be okay to check out one of our top reviewers and see how they care for silicone. These things are okay. But I never go word for word. That's just cheating.
02/17/2012
Coralbell Coralbell
I don't copy and paste. I'm sure the same phrases pop up in my reviews when I'm talking about care and maintenance or materials, but I do write it out each time, so it will be a bit different in each review. I don't really think it's wrong, but I do think it's better to at least rephrase things slightly, so that if people read several of your reviews it won't seem so repetitive.
02/17/2012
Peggi Peggi
I don't really "copy/paste" them or anything, but there are certain standards for how to care for certain types of toys. For example, when I talk about how to clean a glass toy it is going to be usually about the same. The way I word it is often very close or the same, even if I don't look off of a previous review. Because it is the way I talk and the words I'd use, plus a standard message to convey, sure, it's going to be about the same. This said, I see nothing wrong with doing this as long as you change it up a bit and make sure that they ARE in fact the same.
02/17/2012
Sir Sir
I have not EVER done this, and I've written over a hundred reviews. This is dishonest and, to be frank, ridiculous.

You cannot take two seconds out of your time to retype a new phrase?
02/17/2012
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
Do you ever recycle parts of reviews? I'm not talking about the 'use,' 'performance,' 'shape,' or 'experience' sections, but rather the 'care' or parts of the 'material' sections.

Writing ...
if its ur own review and its just the care part and its what uve already written then id ont see why not
02/17/2012
Mr. E Mr. E
I don't see a problem with using your own words as long as they still apply.
02/17/2012
Chirple Chirple
I don't really see a problem with it, but I haven't done it and probably won't.

However, there are only so many ways to say the same thing, so I'm sure the "silicone care" parts all sound rather the same when I write them, even if it's not a copy on purpose.
02/17/2012
GONE! GONE!
It would probably take me longer to go hunt my own info down to copy and paste it than to just type it out from memory. It's going to end up sounding pretty much the same because there's only so many ways you can word information but I don't do it currently.
02/17/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I will do this if I'm doing a series of reviews on the same product line and I'm sharing "other" information - like the steps in a ritual or the other products available of the company website information, etc.

But pretty much only for that.
02/17/2012
Beck Beck
I only do this when I am explaining what the ingredients are. I do reword some of it, but not much. I don't do this for any other reviews though. I am in a pattern and type the same way for most things, so it would take me longer to get the review and copy it then it would to just write you can do this.
02/17/2012
Rod Martini Rod Martini
I don't really see anything wrong with this. The care and material section is sort of where the review gets serious. People are reading those sections to get scanning for allergens or serious issues with the toy. I think if you write a concise and informative section on silicone, I don't really see it as plagiarism if you use it again somwhere.
02/17/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
Sure, it's fine. Why reinvent the wheel?
02/17/2012
Kitka Kitka
I think I've only done it once or twice but most times I'll just type it out again. Not for any specific reason though, just because lol.
02/17/2012
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I don't usually do it myself, but I don't see why you can't.
02/17/2012
js250 js250
I don't think there is anything wrong as long as it is YOUR review you are copying from. I would not suggest using other's reviews, that is plagarizing and is illegal.
02/17/2012
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
I have thought about typing up a blog post about care and maintenance on my blog and linking it in each review I do there. I haven't thus far but each time I type the same thing over and over I remind myself I want to do it. One day I'm sure I will. I don't think it is bad or dishonest to have a paragraph written for care and maintenance on each type or material or what-have-you and paste it in its appropriate review. I mean, if you wrote it and such.
02/17/2012
toxie m toxie m
I try to reword it, but I have wondered how reviewers get around this after writing hundreds of reviews. I've only written a handful and am already running out of ways to say the same thing. Recycling isn't the worst thing in the world, but I would say that people should try to mix it up where they can
02/17/2012
indiglo indiglo
I don't copy/paste even those sections of my reviews, and I never would. It only has to be anywhere from 1 to 3 or 4 sentences, so it would be more hassle than it's worth to pull up an old review just to copy/paste a few lines. Plus, I prefer to write each review as a separate entity, with different words and phrasing.
02/17/2012
null null
I think it's fine for some types of information.
02/17/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
I've done this in very small portions before. I don't think it's a big deal. They're YOUR words and a silicone toy is a silicone toy is a silicone toy. If they're all cared for the same way, why waste your time trying to describe the process over and over? Especially because some people write TONS of reviews.
02/17/2012
wetone123 wetone123
Although I've never done it, I do seem to have to repeat myself constantly on glass toys. The cleaning portion and temperature play parts are very repetitive and almost the same on all reviews, but in slightly different wording. Maybe just recycling those portions wouldn't be a bad idea. I'll have to think about that.
02/17/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't do this. I'm sure many of my "Care/Maintenance" sections sound pretty much the same. They aren't copied and pasted it's just that you can only reword it so many different ways. On my site I have a separate page for care and cleaning which I link to in my reviews. I wish I had something similar here cause man do I get tired of writing up that care and maintenance section.
02/17/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I know that a lot of my care and maintenance sections sound very similar, but those are always written individually. I have copied and pasted information from one condom review to another (all mine though, not copied from someone else), since some of that information never changes and it is hard to rewrite some of it. I try to shake it up and change up those reviews after every so many though.
02/20/2012
sweetiejo sweetiejo
I don't like to do it personally because I alter every section of my reviews, but I also don't see anything wrong with it. The only copying i do is on the sizing of certain lingerie and my sizing, although i have to do new sizing for myself.
02/20/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
As tempting as this can be, don't do it.

Technically, it's plagiarism, even if you wrote it yourself.

If you find yourself writing the same stuff over and over again for reviews, it means a rethink is in order. How useful do you think your review is going to be if you've reviewed a handful of one kind of product and someone comes along, looking at that kind of product. They're going to see copy/pastes and probably skew their view of the site.
02/20/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
I haven't done enough similar product reviews where this could be a problem, but it's not all that difficult to write something like that out again in different words.
02/20/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
As tempting as this can be, don't do it.

Technically, it's plagiarism, even if you wrote it yourself.

If you find yourself writing the same stuff over and over again for reviews, it means a rethink is in order. How useful do ...
After a lot of passionate and interesting responses I decided a while ago not to do this hahaha. I wish I had put a timer on this thread.

I had no idea that it was plagiarism to re-use something I'd already typed up though, like a description of a scent or something! Aack! That's wonderful to know.
02/20/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I don't do it, I actually kind of like the challenge of finding new ways to say things.

If it's something that you're covering over and over, are you sure it even needs to be included? I see a lot of common sense info pop up over and over. As a kind of silly example, "These are panties, you wear them under your clothes or in the bedroom to cover up your super awesome parts." It seems like if it's info you're able to copy/paste between a lot of different reviews, it probably isn't specific to that actual product, so you may not even need it.
03/01/2012
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