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What type of reviews do you like to read?

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Initial post: Jun 20, 2012 8:27:41 AM PDT
I prefer informative yet entertaining reviews. I understand the point of a review is to be informative on the products performance and what not, but I find them much easier to read if there's some humor involved.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 10:45:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 12:03:33 PM PDT
Kind of like one of your reviews?

I found them to be humorous (and I gave you a "Helpful") but I am sure that not everyone will see it that way. That's the problem with trying to be funny, it's bound to offend someone. Now, if you are doing stand-up or writing a spoof review, who cares? It goes with the territory. But if you are trying to give a helpful opinion it may not be wise to cross the line of good taste.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 10:47:23 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 10:58:19 AM PDT
I view it as a break from the normal review. I appreciate the "helpful" and understand the risk with being humorous. Some will enjoy while others won't.... To each their own.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 11:57:12 AM PDT
O B says:
If the reviewer can provide a moment of snark or hilarity I appreciate it especially when the majority of the reviews for a product or book are negative. However, as Timothy B. Riley said you have to be careful with trying to be humorous since it may not come across that way when someone reads the review. They could either think you are serious or just being mean.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 12:06:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 12:07:31 PM PDT

I noticed that the review of yours that I mentioned and posted a link to gained 3 'Not Helpfuls' since I posted it. I am very sorry about that, I should have known better. I removed the link and the specific review title from my post. Again, sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 12:49:57 PM PDT
Gracia Sir! BTW your reviews are great. You're in the #11 spot on the list, which to me translates to #1 because it's my favorite number.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 1:24:06 PM PDT
Thanks, Michael! And thanks again for being so understanding.


Posted on Jun 20, 2012 1:47:32 PM PDT
Lonya says:
I tend too enjoy those written by me. :-)

But apart from those I look for good writing, wit, and insight into the book (or products) being reviewed. As far as books are concerned, after a while, if you come across the same reviewers often enough you get a sense as to whether their tasts is close to yours. That helps, and is likely what led (in many cases) to what Amazon calls fan voting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 1:50:55 PM PDT
Terry says:
Wow! That was really gracious. (And you're right - Timothy really does create great reviews!)

Sorry about the "welcome" negs. Sadly, it happens. (I gave you a thumbs up to kinda make up for it.) Anyway, please think of it as a little forum hazing and stick around anyway. Nice folks are always a great addition!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 7:48:41 AM PDT
Dienne says:
I would actually hope that's *not* what led to the fan voter thing. I would think that what you're describing is exactly what we're trying to do - write convincing, trustworthy reviews that people feel they can rely on.

While none of us know the great mind of Mama Ama, I would hope that the fan voter thing was a reaction to sock puppets and friends and family making it too much of a popularity contest.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 8:16:53 AM PDT
Lonya says:
Oh I'm sure the fan voter thing was the result of sock puppets, voting circles and the like. What I meant was the unitended side-effect -to disenfranchise what may be called 'legitimate' fans by classifying them as fan voters along with the sock puppets.

I don't have a particular problem with that as I cannot see how any computer algorithm could readily distinguish between a sock puppet vote from that of someone who admires another reviewer's writing and so on.
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