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lorace Original Post: Oct 05 '04,  9:03 pm           Reply
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Questions & Suggestions

Let's use this thread to discuss any problems or suggestions you have for writing reviews in the H&G Section of Epinions - in a General Sense.

I believe we can better discuss products under their generic headings, and we have many of them on the board.

Remember, that there is no such thing as a dumb question!

Someone may have just the answer you're looking for, or someone may need your suggestions.



Fire Away!

Lorace ♫

     
pogomom Posted: Feb 18 '05,  1:12 pm (Updated: Feb 18 '05,  1:15 pm)           Reply
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Formatting Matters!

I hope you don't mind my jumping into this thread, I thought it might be a good idea to mention that formatting can make the difference between a Helpful and Very Helpful review.

All things considered, if a well-formatted review contains a wealth of product details and personal experience and so does a review that is not broken up into paragraphs, the well-formatted review will probably earn a Very Helpful rating. The unformatted review, even though it contains the same text will probably receive "Helpful" ratings; it's harder to read and so, less helpful to the potential consumer researching that particular product.

This post is a bit long so, I'm breaking it up into three. Please read on...

     
pogomom Posted: Feb 18 '05,  1:14 pm           Reply
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Formatting Matters! - Part 2

Here are two examples (using a portion of the Epinions Member Center FAQ on Writing Reviews):

http://www.epinions.com/help/faq/?show=faq_writing

Example 1:

"1. How do I write a review? On any product, topic, or review page, click the Write a Review link. You will be taken to a form where you can enter your review and submit it. 2. What are the requirements for submitting a review? A review must be a minimum of 20 words and pass Epinions' automated language check. In order for your reviews to be published on the site, you must be a registered member and have confirmed your account. If you have not confirmed your account, your review will be saved as a draft until you confirm. 3. What is unpublished content? Unpublished content is reviews or essays that a member has written and saved but has not yet published for other users to read. 4. What does it mean to save a review as a draft? This feature allows you to save a work in progress. After you submit a review, it is stored in draft form, but will not be visible to others on the site until you publish it. While the review is a draft, you can continue to edit it and make changes, and then choose to publish it at a later date. 5. How do I publish a review saved as a draft? On your Account Summary page is a list of any unpublished reviews you have submitted. To publish a draft, click on the link to update the review. Make any changes you would like, then click Preview your review. If your review meets the minimum requirements, you will be given the option to publish it."

Example 2:

"1. How do I write a review?
On any product, topic, or review page, click the Write a Review link. You will be taken to a form where you can enter your review and submit it.

2. What are the requirements for submitting a review?
A review must be a minimum of 20 words and pass Epinions' automated language check. In order for your reviews to be published on the site, you must be a registered member and have confirmed your account. If you have not confirmed your account, your review will be saved as a draft until you confirm.

3. What is unpublished content?
Unpublished content is reviews or essays that a member has written and saved but has not yet published for other users to read.

4. What does it mean to save a review as a draft?
This feature allows you to save a work in progress. After you submit a review, it is stored in draft form, but will not be visible to others on the site until you publish it. While the review is a draft, you can continue to edit it and make changes, and then choose to publish it at a later date.

5. How do I publish a review saved as a draft?
On your Account Summary page is a list of any unpublished reviews you have submitted. To publish a draft, click on the link to update the review. Make any changes you would like, then click Preview your review. If your review meets the minimum requirements, you will be given the option to publish it."


Read on...

     
pogomom Posted: Feb 18 '05,  1:15 pm           Reply
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Formatting Matters! - Part 3

The second example above contains the same information as the first but the formatting makes each paragraph stand out, making the information easier for the reader to comprehend. Plus, should the reader want to refer back to the formatted review, whatever detail he or she is looking for will be much easier to locate.

The way Epinions set up those forms we use to submit reviews, all that's necessary is to hit the "Enter" key twice at the end of the paragraph to start a new paragraph.

Epinions also provides information on how to use bold and italics on each initial "Write a Review" page. For detailed information on using HTML in reviews, please check out:

11. Can I include HTML in my review?

Once formatting becomes second nature, adding live links to your other Epinions reviews is simple, that information is available on the "Write a Review" page and in the Member Center FAQ on writing reviews.

12. Can I include links in my review?

Hope this helps!

     
pvreditor Posted: Feb 21 '05,  7:37 am           Reply
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RE: Formatting Matters! - Part 3

Of course it helps, Helen. Thanks for taking the time to write this up!

--Bob

     
lorace Posted: Feb 23 '05,  12:19 pm           Reply
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RE: Formatting Matters! - Details, too

Along with the formatting, grammar and spelling, matters, I find that the DETAILS about an appliance or a product are so important to me.

I've seen reviews with wonderful personal experience in them, yet they contain no details whatsoever for the consumer to consider. I will usually downrate this type of review.

Many times, people are looking for one particular Feature to be on an appliance, and if the review doesn't cover any, or are very basic, then the Review is not helpful in a purchasing decision.

Much more could be said on this subject, but I'll leave it here, hoping that someone else will take up where I left off.

Lorace

     
pvreditor Posted: Feb 23 '05,  1:27 pm (Updated: Feb 23 '05,  1:27 pm)           Reply
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RE: Formatting Matters! - Details, too

You can say that again! :-)

--Bob

     
lorace Posted: Mar 13 '06,  9:17 am           Reply
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RE: Formatting Matters! - Details, too

ha ha, Bob. I just got this after all this time.

I deleted the duplicate post.

Still laughing...

Lorace

     
sajara Posted: Aug 29 '06,  8:46 am           Reply
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Category leaders?

Hello,

I want to suggest adding a product under Home & Garden|Large Appliances, but I'm not sure how to find the category leader. The product is the Nature Mill Automatic Composter (www.naturemill.com). I'm dying to write a review on it. :-|

Any direction would be appreciated.

Thanks!

     
lorace Posted: Aug 29 '06,  9:56 am           Reply
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RE: Category leaders?

Quote: sajara
Hello,

I want to suggest adding a product under Home & Garden|Large Appliances, but I'm not sure how to find the category leader. The product is the Nature Mill Automatic Composter (www.naturemill.com). I'm dying to write a review on it. :-|

Any direction would be appreciated.

Thanks!


Hi. Here's the link where you'll find the SAP form. Be sure to have all the info on hand - The website where the info can be found - The URL for the picture, etc.

http://groups.msn.com/HandG/clsapinfo.msnw

Hope this helps, and good luck!
Lorace
     
sajara Posted: Aug 29 '06,  10:04 am           Reply
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Thanks, and. . .

Thanks for the link. I also found this one, which was a little easier than joining an MSN group:

http://home.earthlink.net/~hghotlist/epsap.html

That lists the contacts for the different categories.

Thanks again!

     
lorace Posted: Aug 30 '06,  10:37 am           Reply
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RE: Thanks, and. . .

Quote: sajara
Thanks for the link. I also found this one, which was a little easier than joining an MSN group:

http://home.earthlink.net/~hghotlist/epsap.html

That lists the contacts for the different categories.

Thanks again!


Wow! I stand corrected. I didn't realize that one had to be a member of the group to access that. Thanks - I appreciate knowing that.

Lorace
     
Bradman Posted: Dec 03 '12,  4:18 pm           Reply
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How to review a faucet?

I just purchased and installed an American Standard faucet and I wanted to write a review of the faucet and the installation (very easy).

The only thing that came up was all the store links to different American Standard faucets.

Am I doing something wrong? I seem to remember that the reviewed items came up first and then the store links to buy the item.

Thanks,

Bradman

     
pvreditor Posted: Dec 05 '12,  3:52 am           Reply
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RE: How to review a faucet?

Quote: Bradman
I just purchased and installed an American Standard faucet and I wanted to write a review of the faucet and the installation (very easy).

The only thing that came up was all the store links to different American Standard faucets.

Am I doing something wrong? I seem to remember that the reviewed items came up first and then the store links to buy the item.

Sadly, Epinions' search engine focuses on "deals" first and puts items to review a VERY distant second. Your best bet is to search Epinions using Google, Bing or Yahoo. Go to one of those sites and use this syntax to search:

[name of product] site:epinions.com

For example:

American Standard Bright Star Faucet site:epinions.com

That will look for instances of that specific faucet on Epinions, and it will do MUCH better at finding a listing where you can review the faucet.

If you still can't find a review listing, you need to contact one of the Category Leads for the Home & Garden section and ask for the faucet to be added. The two leads are pogomom (Helen) and gamblin_man (Larry)... both very nice people. One of them will either be able to add it for you, or tell you why it can't be added.

Good luck!

--Bob
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