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Date: 9/24/13 1:36 PM

Hello Deepika and Lynnelle,

I wonder if you could please consider the content, or lack of content of some members reviews.

If you are monitoring reviews of patterns, sewing machines, servers, books and etc. Could you please consider eliminating product reviews that do not have enough content to make them worth reading.

I joined and pay a membership here, and one of the reasons is the product reviews.

Some are very thorough, while others should not even be considered "reviews" per se.

Thank you for addressing this.


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Date: 9/24/13 3:25 PM

Review content is relative and what one considers excellent content may seem like the package back was copied or the writer was doing ad copy for the brand. How one determines what is acceptable content is way too tricky. The simplest solution is read with bated breath those reviews one finds highly valued for content and skip those one sees as not informative to them. I don't think we need content police on PR.

*This post probably falls in the latter to most!

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Date: 9/24/13 4:25 PM

Hi Angie, members write reviews voluntarily and to share their work with others. We do have a minimum limit on the review and we also have suggested templates for most types of reviews but we don't monitor the content. If however the content does not meet our posting guidelines, we do moderate it but as far as the quality of the content goes, its pretty subjective.

Another thing to note is that if a review is helpful, readers are more likely to rate that review and leave a comment as well, which we all love.
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Date: 9/24/13 7:24 PM

Thank you Vic and Deepika.

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Date: 9/24/13 7:59 PM

A review can be rated as: Needs more info and a comment made as to why you think so then click on save.
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Date: 9/24/13 9:50 PM

I agree. Some reviews are annoying to read because so little effort has been expended writing them. If someone buys a SM and one week later they decide to review it, is that REALLY enough time to put it through its' paces? Maybe if they are a professional seamstress and have completed a couple garments or a quilt during that timeframe. When someone writes a pattern review and answers the questions with a simple yes or no without some occassional meat and potatoes to go along with their answer concerning the process, what do readers really take away from that review? If we could all just wait until we have enough time on our hands to spend writing an informative write-up, we can all share some valuable information for our readers to learn from.

I have several reviews that still need to be written, but until I can put some dedicated time into making them worthwhile for the reader, they will remain unwritten.
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Date: 9/24/13 10:58 PM

Absolutely. After all, you get points for writing a review, and it is really nice when it is a review.

The issue is not, as has been interpreted above erroneously, the actual content. The issues is the non-review part. Three or four sentences wouldn't be a review if Hemingway were to have written it.

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Date: 9/24/13 11:43 PM

I think some members in their excitement decide for whatever reason to post a "Review" of a product they just purchased. It's usually quite brief. A sentence or two of how "excited I am, I love it! It's so nice." and that's the content of the review.
They could have posted their "exciting purchase" remarks on the Message board instead.
I realize we can leave comments about how we perceive a "Non-Review". But, what is the point of that?

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Date: 9/25/13 0:42 AM

I'm in the process of reviewing my sewing library-- I like to think it borders on the esoteric. My strategy so far has been to build a skeleton review and flesh it out if I'm inspired-- or someone shows interest.

Perhaps I'm going about this the wrong way.

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Date: 9/25/13 1:38 AM

Quote: AngieRose
I realize we can leave comments about how we perceive a "Non-Review". But, what is the point of that?

IMHO...two points for giving a "needs more info" rating and a comment as to why. One is it shows the "reviewer" that others are not informed by the "review" nor as hyped by the sewing machine or whatever as he/she is.

Secondly, getting a "needs more info" or an "off topic" rating...especially multiples of such ratings would decrease or eliminate getting points for the "review".

Conversely, getting helpful and very helpful ratings gets the reviewer more points which add up to getting a star.


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