This is a suggestion and a complaint regarding the Website Reviews Forum. It is mainly regarding the reviews of Websites that are posted in reply to the original posters’ request for feedback. I’ll show an example of one particular Website Review thread below, but this is only an example, this thread isn’t about the example thread that I’ll talk about below. The example is just a perfect example.
My “beef” with the reviews that are given is that they don’t meet the Website Review Guidelines in the thread Read These Guidelines Before Posting. According to the Website Review Guidelines:
Reviews must be of an acceptable length. Advisors will discount reviews that they deem to be unacceptably short based on length or content. As a rough guide, we suggest that your review should be at least two paragraphs and should offer suggestions specific to the site rather than just offering general praise.
This guideline / rule certainly isn’t being enforced. An example of such reviews that don’t meet this guideline / rule can be seen directly below from the thread entitled Hotels in Bath Website Review Please, which is from August 2009 however, there are replies to it from just a few days ago. Here are some of them:
[QUOTE=accelerator;4356041]Very true lol.
[QUOTE=RobFPP;4359356]It is very simple my friend!! Keep working on it & you will get good results!!!
BTW the Background you used doesnt help to grab the users attention!
Good luck my friend!![/QUOTE]
Now, if you like, I can provide more examples from other threads. It isn’t just this particular one. I could give a fairly detailed comment on each of these “Reviews” as well which would turn out to be more text than their reply. Seriously…Read them reviews…Are they reviews? They don’t have enough detail in them to be even considered as a contribution to the thread, at least in my opinion.
Members are always complaining about how many fluff posts there are that don’t contribute to the thread hardly, or not at all. I’m one of them members that complain because it’s really getting on my nerves now seeing these fluff posts. I wouldn’t want them reviews in any of my Website Review threads. Not because I can’t take constructive criticism, I can. But It would just infuriate me that member would think that their review helps me to create a better Website. It doesn’t.
Consider looking at what other reviewers have said. If you feel that the reviews for somebody’s site are quite thorough and helpful, you might consider reviewing a site that hasn’t received as many helpful reviews.
Another quote from the Website Review Guidelines. Clearly members haven’t read this thread or this point. I am fine with people making a reply to a thread to emphasize what someone else has already said but when they repeat what someone else has said without anything to add to it, even a sentence or two…Really, I think the original poster would figure out what the other reviewer was trying to say. People who design Websites aren’t simpletons.
Now, that was my complaint-y bit. My suggestion is that if the moderators have a discussion on how much time they have, and if they do have enough time, implement a post moderation queue for reviewers as well as the member who is posting a new thread for a Website to be reviewed. If the moderators come to the conclusion that they don’t have enough spare moderation time to go through a few threads then perhaps you could create a new moderation group with limited moderation priviledges just for the Website Review forum. These “Website Review Moderators” (couldn’t think of a better name, the title isn’t important really) can then have the ability to see the moderation queue for this forum only and decide whether a review is of a good enough standard / high enough quality that it would benefit the original poster to improve their Website. There could be a selection process by the current staff to decide who they would ask to be in this group, they could have an application process for the group, or a special / private invite whereby the member invited would simply have their user priviledges changed rather than being in a new group.
This is a terribly long post. Do you want me to type out the benefits of such a system for this forum only? You guys know how much this would cut down on fluff posts like the ones quoted above. I don’t know if thats enough to convince you guys (the staff and moderators) to consider this idea or discuss it privately, if it isn’t, tell me, I’ve got more in me!
-Breathes and relaxes- I do hope you consider this. Just take a look at a few of the threads and their “Reviews” and you’ll understand my annoyance with such “Reviews”.