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twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
A lot of times in my reviews, since I'm just starting out, when I get my reviews rated 'useful', it leaves me wondering. Could there be a way that if you rate it useful or lower that people could have to leave suggestions for you? I never understand what I'm missing (I'm sure I'm missing something, just don't know what) and it would make my reviews a lot better if I knew what to fix. Just an idea!

I've also asked people in my reviews (in the comment section) what I could fix. So maybe if it was kind of mandatory, we could get better reviews up!
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gone77 gone77
I'm not sure making explanatory comments would be a wise move. Some people are simply not comfortable pointing out what they perceive to be a review's flaws. We certainly encourage people who vote reviews as 'useful' or lower to give reasons why, but it's a personal choice.

Perhaps comparing your reviews to others that were rated higher might yield some tips?
08/27/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
There was a discussion about this on another thread (though I'm blanking on which one it was, at the moment, if I remember I'll come back and post a link, or if anyone else remembers, offhand?) recently.

One of the concerns with mandatory commenting is that it might discourage people from voting or that it might cause people to vote higher than they ordinarily would because they don't want to bother writing something.

As for what can be done to improve your reviews, you might want to look into the mentoring program; I just graduated and it definitely helped me to improve my writing quality.
08/27/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Please also remember that useful is a very good vote. Extremely useful is FAR overused and should be reserved for reviews that verge on perfect - something most of us do not manage every time.
08/27/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
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Originally posted by gone77
I'm not sure making explanatory comments would be a wise move. Some people are simply not comfortable pointing out what they perceive to be a review's flaws. We certainly encourage people who vote reviews as 'useful' or lower to give ...
That's a good idea. I just wish people would tell me what I'm missing, but I do understand some people just not wanting to mention it.

And some of my reviews are of toys that haven't had any reviews yet. I'll just have to maneuver my way around and find something to help me
08/27/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
There was a discussion about this on another thread (though I'm blanking on which one it was, at the moment, if I remember I'll come back and post a link, or if anyone else remembers, offhand?) recently.

One of the concerns with ...
I've actually been in the mentoring program already. It helped me a lot, but I feel like I could join again for more help.

I agree though, I guess some people would just not vote at all, which doesn't help out the whole review program itself.
08/27/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
Please also remember that useful is a very good vote. Extremely useful is FAR overused and should be reserved for reviews that verge on perfect - something most of us do not manage every time.
True! I guess I'm used to getting extremely useful because it is overused (and my reviews are far from perfect, haha), so I feel like when I get useful that I'm leaving major stuff out.
08/27/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by twistedheartsx
I've actually been in the mentoring program already. It helped me a lot, but I feel like I could join again for more help.

I agree though, I guess some people would just not vote at all, which doesn't help out the whole review program itself.
I'm not sure, maybe you can go through again? I just graduated yesterday so I've not looked?

Beyond that, I agree with Carrie Ann; a good review is useful. A review that's perfect and leaves me with no questions at all is extremely useful--and not every review does that. But for me, that doesn't make the review invaluable, it just means... It's a good review.

One thing that might happen is that people might not know you want constructive criticism, so they just rate it and never go back (I do that, unless I want to buy the product) and never know that you wanted the feedback.

Just a thought.
08/27/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I'm not sure, maybe you can go through again? I just graduated yesterday so I've not looked?

Beyond that, I agree with Carrie Ann; a good review is useful. A review that's perfect and leaves me with no questions at all is ...
Thanks! I'm going to check it out sometime once I get a few more toys on hand to review and maybe see if I can go through it again or something. I guess I don't need to. Maybe I'll just comment my reviews and ask people to please leave anything that I left out because as you said most people don't go back to the review.
08/27/2010
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
Please also remember that useful is a very good vote. Extremely useful is FAR overused and should be reserved for reviews that verge on perfect - something most of us do not manage every time.
AGREED!

Although, some people vote their friends and students as "Extremely Useful" and vote others who they don't like or don't know as just "Useful", even when the reviews are incredible - I have definitely seen this trend, particularly with one or two contributors.
08/27/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by twistedheartsx
True! I guess I'm used to getting extremely useful because it is overused (and my reviews are far from perfect, haha), so I feel like when I get useful that I'm leaving major stuff out.
Nah, not saying you got votes cuz it's overused, just that useful us a good, solid vote and nothing to sneeze at.
08/27/2010
Heartthrob Heartthrob
Quote:
Originally posted by twistedheartsx
A lot of times in my reviews, since I'm just starting out, when I get my reviews rated 'useful', it leaves me wondering. Could there be a way that if you rate it useful or lower that people could have to leave suggestions for you? I never ...
Oh, I like that idea!
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