[20-OCT-2015] Refinements of forum categories and rules on affiliate links / codes

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I’d like to know that if I promised a review to someone in exchange for product, that I’m not breaking that promise, even if there are ten other people reviewing the same product at nearly the same time.

Welll, that’s the same problem that got me thinking about this — a flood of reviews for each of several lights being given away free in hopes of reviews just lately.

I suggested our host could create a subcategory here — seller-funded reviews — then we could nudge one another to assign that forum category to posts.

Within that — yeah, we could cooperate more and better.

The first person to post one could call it a group review.
(Or, the first person to want to do that could go back and edit an original post — put “group review” in the thread title and try to gather up the scattered bits).

One shining example of doing it right — the consolidated thread about the ZeusRay — shows it’s doable, if someone makes the effort.
When you start a thread, you could invite others in and state how she/he would like others to contribute (but tolerantly, nobody reads the rules anyhow (grin)).

But honestly, I think sweeping ants or herding cats would be easier than having a rule set to corral multiple reviews.

I jumped into your review, David, and into someone else’s, posted my comments about the S1A and posted cross-references to the other reviews I saw for the same light around the same time — and I consider that enough honest effort. (And I appreciate that you weren’t ticked off to have my comments dropped into your review.)

If flashlight sellers are just wanting more individually posted threads to get more SEO hits, they’ll learn not to bother me. If they want serious comments, they can ask.


Yeah, truth is, if I’d known there were so many of us hit up by Lydia for a review, I would’ve probably considered doing just what you did. I do appreciate the many different POV’s in the various reviews, but we could’ve gotten the same effect (or even better) with a well-orchestrated Group Review. As it is, we got a bunch of duplicated effort and what amounts to just noise (multiple threads of the exact same topic) taking up space on our forum. Most of a review is simply observation, and it’s the same light we’re all reviewing.

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David, I agree with most of your thoughts about this. I do think that we would still need to incorperate extensive personal thoughts for each light. Maybe 1 photographer per thread and such…

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mattlward wrote:
David, I agree with most of your thoughts about this. I do think that we would still need to incorperate extensive personal thoughts for each light. Maybe 1 photographer per thread and such…

Yes, I agree. I’d like for all the specs and such to only be mentioned once, instead of multiple threads with the same info. But, of course, each ‘reviewer’ needs to have something significant to add on top of that.

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the first does the complete review

 

all others add missing things as they can (different equipment/time)

but graphs, measurements and beamshots of more than one unit show consistently quanlity

 

as well as every personal thoughts and eyperiences  paint a better picture

if 10 people measure the same runtime its not boring - that is amazing!

10 pictures of a de-centered LED? might be bad QC...

 

just skip copy/paste the press text and show what you can get from your sample.

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find a short description about my idea here

 

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And here’s another example, I gather we can expect 50 reviews if they give away all they offered ….

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Review: Thorfire PF04 | BudgetLightForum.com
budgetlightforum.com/node/48514

Review of Thorfire PF04 | BudgetLightForum.com
budgetlightforum.com/node/48509

Review of Thorfire PF04 – w/ comparisons to 4sevens Preon P2 …
budgetlightforum.com/node/48476

Review Thorfire pf04 | BudgetLightForum.com
budgetlightforum.com/node/48459

Review / upgraded Thorfire PF04 (2) AAA | BudgetLightForum.com
budgetlightforum.com/node/48356

REVIEW: Thorfire PF04(July 2016) Worthy of gift giving …
budgetlightforum.com/node/48243

Thorfire PF04 US need reviews!50 people needed!(US only …
budgetlightforum.com/node/48015
Jul 18, 2016 … Hi guys, our upgraded PF 04 is available now,we need 50 reviewers from the US. And you need to be able to post your review on this forum and …

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