S'more self-righteous babbling OR Read me now and forget me laterJun 6, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
*Yawn* Okay, I'm just up from my beauty slumber, I've had my cup of coffee and a piece of a doughnut and a half of an egg. I'm not quite scheduled to start work yet so I figured I'd kill a bit of time and check my E-mails and visit my, currently, favorite site, Epinions.
I've checked my trustees and truster lists and have checked most of their epinions already so that leaves me with the fun task of sifting through the pieces in the "Just In" department.
After reading several different reviews I thought I'd add my 2 cents. I've read several epinions which either broach or are thoroughly obsessed with this subject...
Please, please, when writing an opinion here at Epinions, please do not just write "I like X a lot". It does nothing for the people that read your opinion other than let them know that, yes, you like X product a lot, but it'd be nicer if we knew WHY.
For new users it may be a tad overwhelming to think that your opinion could actually affect the way someone looks at a product when they're out shopping, in fact, maybe it never crossed your mind. In the past 20 minutes I've read 5 opinions stating how much they like a product but never really go in depth about it. They were good reviews, a bit on the short side and certainly got across how much they liked X, but it could be better.
When you get to the point that you feel comfortable with writing a review, keep the 5 elements in mind, Who/What/When/Where/How. These 5 elements are a great universal base, whether you have an elementary vocabulary (like myself) or if you like to pepper your review with sharp barbs and 18th century witticisms. Regardless, you should always try to get in:
Who: will use this product; the band is; directed the movie/starred in the movie...
What: can you expect, will we expect...
When: you went there; you saw/heard it; it was released...
Where: you saw/heard it; bought it; it took place...
How: you liked/hated it; it worked; it tasted...
Those are just general situations and I'm sure there's many more, though generally the above listed arguments/examples will be relevant.
Anyway, I also noticed that a lot of these generic reviews were done by newer people (i.e. checked their profile and they've written less than 5 reviews, more than 5 and you should know better), and just being the nice guy I was I didn't particularly have the heart to 'SR' the review, in some cases 'R', because I know how it is when you first start off. It's a bit disheartening to see that your work, your opinion could be invalidated because of a silly 'SR' or what have you. Consider my recommendation a get out of a jail card (lord knows I could've used one when I first started) and read the comments people leave for you! It could only help, right?
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