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cliqueness is not a virtue
Member Name: jamiebeck
Advantages: can get great feedback
Disadvantages: may encounter snobbery
I've been a member of dooyoo.co.uk for nearly two months now and I have written over 50 reviews now. I must admit, my main objective when joining this site was to earn some quick cash. 2 months later and no cash (although I am well aware of the vouchers etc) isn't exactly quick cash however...
But that was the reason I joined dooyoo.co.uk, it isn't necessarily the main reason as to why I am still writing reviews now however. The reason why I remain writing these reviews is because I really enjoy getting positive feedback from members.
My addiction to dooyoo.co.uk centres around checking the site at least once a day and then each evening refreshing the page a few times, for me that is quite an addiction and, aside from facebook, I probably check dooyoo.co.uk the most frequently as a website.
I have experienced some downsides to the site however, namely the cliqueness of some members, some have been brilliant and offering me advice in a polite and friendly way. However I have heard of some people sending long snobby emails telling members "what we expect is this...". I don't like this personally as being part of a community, to me, means acceptance and comprimise. Part of what made me realise my addiction was my reaction to the slightest hint of this or if I got a 'useful' or 'somewhat useful' I would be tetering on upset! That's not good. With a world of people like this out there in the 'real' world I should really ignore it!
I admit I started off writing very short and brief reviews about things I love passionately like Lost and other TV shows and restaurants and I could of easily written a bit more. This is where I believe if dooyoo 'expect' us to write more, they should up the minimum 150 words. It wasn't until a bit later that I started writing more and finding the readings and ratings increasing and becoming more positive. I particularly like the comments of encouragement and thanks for any reviews. This fuels my addiction and I now consistently write more and more detailed reviews. However, my belief is that you don't need to write over a thousand words to acheive a good review, after all, it is a review and they are by nature a summary, a synopsis, something that shouldn't be a novel! A pet hate of mine is the unwritten requirement to enter simplicities such as ingredients; personally I don't think that's review material, that's pure information which you can easily get from the packet or the website and it might not necessarily be what you're talking about. Yet there is the 'usefulness' web of approval and a lot of people look at it from the way they can, their own perspective and they overlook everything you have written and ignore things they may already know. This hasn't affected my addiction too much but it can dampen it from time to time!
I wrote one review recently that took me alot of time to do and covered almost everything about the subject in my dearest effort yet to acheive a crown. I thought I had a good shot at it as it was the only review on the subject at the time (possibly still is) but alas no, the mighty dooyoo board do not see it fit. I'll live on though and I'll laugh at how something has had so much influence on my web surfing life in the last two months. Long may my addiction continue, I'll ignore the snobbery and the sometimes rude comments and cherish the helpful and genuine ones and maybe one day I'll receive a cheque for £50..! :)
Summary: addictive it is, can have ups and downs but i think it is a good addiction