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I feel like a Queen!
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 13/11/08, updated on 10/09/13 (160 review reads)
Advantages: The sense of pride and achievement and the bonus DooYoo miles!
Disadvantages: It's all a mystery to me how these are allocated!
As of this week, I am the proud owner of three shiny DooYoo Crowns! I am so pleased with my crowns that it is slightly embarrassing and I'm gutted that nobody in the 'real world' really appreciates just what a DooYoo crown means! I shared my news with my husband on Tuesday night and he just muttered something non-committal and I was left sitting there feeling like a child who isn't getting the parental encouragement he deserves!
Luckily, I have stumbled across a section of this site where I can share my joy and pride at having been bestowed with three crowns and also my bewilderment at the apparant random methods in which crowns seem to get allocated. Each crown brings with a bonus 1500 DooYoo miles for the lucky recipient (worth a respectable £1.50 in real money) not to mention the sense of pride it bestows!
I feel quite proud of the fact that I have never churned out high numbers of short and poor quality reviews since signing up to DooYoo in August. Every review I have written has been written with a lot of care and I always aim to include every aspect of the product I am reviewing. I write consumer reviews though, I don't try and write complete A-Z guides to products or companies. If you wanted to know the history of the Colgate or Cadbury's factory, for example, I don't think that a review of a particular brand of toothpaste or chocolate bar is where you'd be looking to find that information. Nonetheless, after completing a review I read through it again (proof-reading and spell-checking) and think about whether there is anything else from my own experiences of the product that I could add, or that a potential buyer or customer would want to know, and make sure that I add that in. I try not to 'pad' my reviews out with information from the packaging or from other websites. When I write, I write about my own experiences and my own opinions. If you want to know what's written on the back of a packet, it's probably easier to read the actual packet!
When I read other people's reviews, the ones I enjoy reading the best are those where there is a bit of the personality of the reviewer in there and where they set the context of the purchase to give you some background. (Sandra101 and Kingfisher111 write really enjoyable personal reviews, for example.) I find that this makes the review so much easier to read and stops it being just a dry description of lots of facts about a product or company. I started reading reviews on the 'latest crowns' list when I first joined DooYoo. What struck me at the time was that a lot of the crowned reviews did seem to be the more lengthy reviews that offered the 'A-Z' guide type of review, along the lines of everything you could ever possibly want to know about xyz. The problem, for me, was that a lot of those types of review were, to be perfectly blunt, incredibly dull and boring to read! I'm not saying that they are not 'crownworthy,' as the authors have clearly gone to a lot of time and trouble to provide a really comprehensive account, but they didn't necessarily flow the same as a more personal account does.
More recently, however, I have noticed that some of the shorter, but still comprehensive, and 'chattier' reviews are being awarded crowns. (Yay!) I have nominated loads of reviews since I joined and have noticed that the majority of those have actually been awarded crowns, so it appears that the DooYoo team do actually agree with me on what makes an excellent review!
I had written a couple of reviews when I wrote what I considered to be my best review to date. It was a review about my son's pushchair and I really enjoyed writing it and tried to make sure I put every aspect of my experience of buying and using the pushchair into the review. I thought that my review was really interesting to read and my hopes were set on earning my first elusive crown. I got lots of positive feedback for that reviews and, to my delight, people posted comments saying that they had nominated my review and, then, Tuesday came around and...no crown. Never mind, perhaps it will be added next Tuesday but...no crown. I was gutted!
After this experience, I have to admit that I became a bit disillusioned about DooYoo rating system and the random allocation of crowns. I could see lots of members writing several short reviews each day and, even without having the courtesy to read and rate other people's reviews, their DooYoo miles would be accruing much faster than mine. At this point I wrote a review in the shortest time that I had so far. I'd just ordered a gift from my friend's wedding list and, while I had the computer switched on, I knocked up a quick review about the site that I'd just used. It only took me a couple of minutes as I literally just described the process of using the wedding list service whilst the kids were screaming for my attention in the background! It was, in my opinion, the worst and most boring review that I'd written so far. There was none of my personality in there and I hadn't included any little personal anecdotes. I had, however, made sure that I'd covered every aspect of my experience as a buyer. My low opinion of my own review was further confirmed when a guide came along and gave it what was, at the time, only the second ever 'Useful' rating that I had received. It was official - my review was crap! Lo and behold - a week or so later, I received a private message from the DooYoo team congratulating me on my first crown! I was so excited as I logged into my account, eager to find out which of my reviews had been awarded this accolade and couldn't believe it when it turned out to be my John Lewis review!
The conclusion of my experiences is that there is no logical explanation for which reviews will be crowned and which won't! Of my three crowned reviews, nobody has ever left a comment saying that they had been nominated! Whenever people have commented that they have nominated, those reviews haven't been crowned! It's all very bizarre and a total mystery to me! I'm certainly not complaining though. I don't add comments when I nominate and I'm very pleased that other people have taken the time and trouble to nominate my reviews without seeing the need to take credit for the nomination either. Thanks to whoever you are and thanks to the mysterious and random powers that be behind the scenes at DooYoo!
Edit: May 2009 - Current crown total sitting at 11 golden crowns! Thanks all x
Summary: I don't why I got them for some reviews and not others but I'm very pleased I did!