I thought it would be a great idea to list all reviewers, on BLF, for manufacturers to view. Could be useful? I thought it could help the smaller YouTube channels out there as well.
I need a lot of help with this list.
Piercing The Darkness
Unsure about Flashaholic? He isn’t really part of BLF, just drops review links. Maybe it should be a list of everyone regardless. Maybe just a list of reviewer’s who are worth noting? Let me know…
I’ll link everyone later on. Currently, New Zealand has the largest cyclone, this century, passing through and wreaking havoc, I need to go out on the farm and help Dad get sheep in, heaps dying out there since 600+ were just shorn.
I’ll continue this once power returns. The North Island of New Zealand is an absolute mess after the cyclone, we’ve had no power since Sunday, most mobile towers are also down. I’ve been using a 12v car battery to power the router so I could use the internet.
We lost 50+ sheep that died from the cold which is a bit sad. Me and Dad were dashing back and forwards carrying sheep to a nearby barn, those who were collapsing. Planned on bringing them all back to the sheds until the only bridge was swept away from the floods.
If the reviewer hasn’t calibrated their equipment it’s not very useful either, Flashaholic’s numbers are always way higher than everyone else’s, sometimes much higher than what’s possible from the current it’s pulling.
If this is going to turn into some massive list with all platforms, then I’m not interested in making that list, too much work and little spare time. Initially, this was to be a BLF list so manufacturer’s could see reviewers who were part of this forum.
There are several decent reviewers that aren’t necessarily enthusiasts and are not here on BLF - some of those more in the EDC crowd, so to speak, and etc.
I don’t think I like the idea of excluding some reviewers based on active participation here. Flashaholic, for instance, does some pretty terrific reviews, well worth watching if you’re interested in a model (or want to sell one). There are a WHOLE BUNCH of reviewers that fancy dabbling into the techy side and really get it wrong - a lot of them. It’s been a trend lately, and now especially that the cheap pos Opple has become pretty ubiquitous. But some good reviewers drop links here and don’t necessarily post often or hang out. I think that’s fine. And then some - like Flashaholic - used to participate and then stopped after people got ugly (if I recall, it was the lumens figures that started a brewhaha, but I didn’t follow along).
Bridgetech’s videos are boring as all get out but they do have value as well. I don’t know if he’s ever been on BLF. I’d rather know he’s out there and at least capable of showcasing a product and demonstrating it’s use than not know he’s there, y’know?
Personally, it bugs me when people just drop a video link and don’t say anything. I mean I know they’ve already done a ton of work/lot of time to make the video, so I can understand not wanting to write an accompanying text/photo review for a post, but it’s nice to feel like they’re involved at least a little rather than maybe focused on link-clicks and views. Several on here do that - some respond to comments and some don’t, preferring to reply on their youtube channel instead. From a manufacturer’s point of view, either would be fine with me as long as they’re doing a decent review and being fair about it, letting potential customers see the product better than they can on a web sales page.
I guess I’m not understanding the desire for the restriction or how it would benefit the flashlight community as a whole (both on and away from BLF). I do think a list of reviewers is a great idea, though!
The reason I intended this to be BLF only was because I didn’t have the energy to make a massive post with so many sources out there, like it would be absolutely massive, especially if you start adding non English speaking reviewers and websites.
Listed sources should be actively reviewing, not just that you’ve reviewed a couple in the past. That’s not going to be helpful to anybody.
I’d like this to be an informative thread for everyone else out there for current/future reviews. It doesn’t have to be for manufacturers. I’m just getting tired of chasing brands for reviews, I’d love a list of active reviewers they can look through. Feels much better to have a brand reach out and offer something than trying to get their attention.
Ok, gotcha. I had a thought…maybe if you wanted it for manufacturers’ use you could ask sb if he’d sticky this thread (or a new one) in the Commercial Seller’s Spot where current and new vendors would see it easily.