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Old 02-07-2016, 07:51 AM   #21
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Just because someone does not respond positively does not mean they don't want it.

Some just don't have strong feelings either way. I can get product reviews many places and when in the market for something, will read them anywhere and everywhere.
But that is not the primary goal of a forum IMO. The primary goal, in the end, is to garner more subscribers and more importantly, keep them.

The goal should be to answer ALL their questions and encourage them to visit and stay on your site. It is good for the community and for the sponsors.

To suggest they should go somewhere else to get their answers is not healthy.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:57 AM   #22
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To be fair I don't think Norty was suggesting people go else where. Just saying that reviews for just about anything you want is already out there.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:30 AM   #23
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I do not see a problem with having a product review section. I would use it and post my own experiences there as well as read what others have to say of their experience. All product reviews are subject to what I would call "biased posting" , but as with all things, you have to weed through the posted information and make your own decision. JMHO.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:43 AM   #24
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A product review section isn't a bad idea, however IMO it needs to be set up slightly different then the main discussion sections. For it to be useful to me the subject has to be the reviewed product name, so it's searchable. Additionally I don't think there should be any additional discussion or comments after the initial review. A review is just that, a review based on one persons opinion. If another member would like to provide an additional review/opinion it should be a separate thread, again with the product name as the subject. In this format if someone wanted to search for reviews, a rhino flex sewer hose for example, they search that same and get multiple hits with unique reviews and not have to wade through a review and resulting discussion from others who want share their thoughts on top of the original poster.

Just imagine if everytime you read a review on Amazon, Yelp or any of the other sites that you also got a conversation, or maybe an argument, between posters who have differing opinions. That would not be useful. It's already hard enough to sort through reviews since folks are quick to share negatives and less like to share positives or confirm a product does what it claims to do.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:52 PM   #25
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Almost all the product sites have reviews of their own and if I'm interested I look there for reviews. Looking for a generator, go to the sites that sell the product and read there.
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Here is a link to another site that provides product reviews. And they have FAR more product to track then we ever would.

LumberJocks Woodworking Reviews @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community
Looks like an Amazon review to me ......
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Some of the reviews on Amazon and other web sites can't be trusted. Amazon has started posting reviews by people who have been given the product for free as along as they promise to post a review. Not the most objective way to do things. I would think that JOF members would give objective, pro-and-con reviews to products of interest to us all.
I'm not saying you are wrong but if you are right, that makes no sense to me cuz they carry and sell a lot of similar products from many separate manufacturers. Also, I don't see where it would benefit Amazon to keep selling products that don't perform well. They have a pretty good return policy...sometimes a credit without even send the product back. Just my opinion . (BTW, I'm not a huge Amazon fan anyway).
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:07 PM   #28
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Looks like an Amazon review to me ......
What part of the link address confused you into thinking so?
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:40 AM   #29
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I think an "accessories" section would fit the bill. It would by default end up being mostly opinions and reviews. What I find difficult on JOF is finding information on these items, because they are often scattered through the sections for the various RV types. So if I want opinions on a Weber BBQ, I might find something in the 5er section, and then another post in the Hybrids section, and most often find it mixed in here on with the General Chat. Having the information together would make it more organized.
I also disagree with closing reviews after posting. It is the free exchange of information here that makes it JOF so informative. Yes, things descend into flame wars from time to time, but mostly folks stay civilized.
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The dealership reviews are very useful, especially to those first time buyers. We see them scattered in every section here. Put it in one spot and all is well whether it be for service or sales. I've seen some start negative then a good resolution turn them positive. Some the other way around. There are several here in LA I wouldn't buy water from. We constantly shop year round to keep up with the market. I recently visited one dealer, knowing I'd never buy there, but they had a NP 375 I wanted to see. After leaving I wanted so bad to post a review of what I thought (Need to warn others), but where would you post it where it's easy for others to find. That's the point.
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