Admittedly, I have been on and off this site for the past 2 years or so of my membership, and whilst enjoying writing reviews for Dooyoo due to a massive workload I have been unable to for almost a year. :(
Anyway, due to this I might not have got the hang of some new features, so please just bear with me and leave a comment if that is the case.
So let''s begin with the positives. There are many positives to the site, however I am not going to go into them in great detail because most of these are probably very obvious to any members reading this. There is a real, friendly environment to this site, and it gives reliable reviews for products which are very useful for comparison and so on. On more than one occasion I have been moved so much by a review that I have been forced to buy the product, even if it is something that I hadn''t really considered before. Furthermore you get to earn money for writing reviews, something I would do anyway. How much better can it get?
However, now for some feedback and general suggestions. Let''s talk about this new layout. Like I said, I haven''t been on this site for close to a year so I''m not sure when exactly this updating-the-layout happened. For all I know, I could be discussing something hilariously out of date. But to put it quite frankly, I don''t like it.
That might seem a bit harsh, I know. And in some ways it is; after all it makes the site look so much more snazzy and modern. But, and I cannot stress this enough, I preferred the old layout more. Yes, it was simpler and yes, it looked more traditional, but it also was so much easier to navigate. Personal opinion, obviously, but what isn''t is the numerous typing errors found just by looking at the ''My dooyoo'' section. For example: ''Miles Help Statment'' and ''Miles chashed in''. Now these are just small things that can easily be fixed but they are quite an eyesore.
Also, where is the section to see who has read your reviews?
So maybe I am making a big deal out of a few typos and the lack of ease of navigation, which may be due to me having not used the site for so long. But the old layout just seemed more... comfortable, that''s all.
Just some general feedback, and I must stress though this review has been mainly on negatives, I still have great admiration for this site and something as trivial as layout is nowhere near enough to make me even mildly dislike it. I could write pages and pages on positives of dooyoo, but this is more about improving what''s there than stressing the things that have already been done. Nevertheless, keep up the good work! The friendly environment and what the site stands for seems to have remained much the same. There are just a few aesthetic features that should be tended to, that''s all.
I'm still relatively new here, I'm still in my first month, although I do have one suggestion of something that could help us.
I would really like a forum on here.... A place where I can post my questions that I have and get answers from the more experienced dooyoo members. I really think that would help us new comers!!
A couple of times I have wondered about something but it is not posted in the help section and so the only option I would have is to email one of the names that I keep seeing pop up out of the blue and ask them randomly - but somehow that just doesn't seem right!!
So yes please. A chat forum where we can help share tips and ideas. I think that would retails help us new dooyooers to benefit from the experience of others
In the absence of this, can someone volunteer please to be the recipient of my random emails?!
For my 300th review here on Dooyoo I thought I'd do something different so here is my 'feedback and general suggestions' review.
I joined the site in April 2012 and have really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed researching and reviewing my perfume collection and I ended up becoming a perfume addict and after a major perfume shopping spree earlier this year I now own over 100 perfumes.
This ended up getting me kicked off the site for a bit as I reviewed so many fragrances and Dooyoo recognised this as unusual consumer behaviour and I had to send them photos of selected perfumes from my collection.
I learnt a lot from using the site. Prior to using the site and reading reviews I didn't have a clue that people buttered the outside of their toasted sandwiches to stop them from sticking to toasted sandwich machines. I never butter the outside of mine and they nearly always come out just fine.
Now for my thoughts...
~~ The Good ~~
~ Layout ~
Although I feel I did get off to a slow start on the site I am now very familiar with the layout and very happy with it.
I would be disappointed if the layout of the site changed as I find it very easy to navigate and find what I want.
~ Messages ~
I think it is good that you can send private messages to other members on the site. I don't do this very often, but if I spot a mistake in someone's review I prefer to tell them by private message as if you have commented on their review, once they have amended their review you cannot delete your comment and other readers will be able to see it when it will be no longer applicable.
I don't mind if people tell me when I have made a mistake in my reviews via the comments box. I hate having mistakes in my reviews and would rather correct them as soon as I can.
~ Community ~
I think the Dooyoo community are a nice, friendly bunch of people. Reading people's reviews you feel like you get to know them a bit better. I have never had any problems with anyone on the site and have often received positive and friendly comments and encouragement on my reviews.
~~ The Bad ~~
~ Suggestions ~
If there is a new product not listed on Dooyoo you can suggest it using the suggestions link, but each week there are only certain categories that you can choose from to suggest new products.
I often find that the category of an item I want to review does not come up for months and months, which can be frustrating.
You are also only allowed to suggest 5 new products each week. This wouldn't be so bad if you could suggest items from any category.
This week I have submitted 5 suggestions, but I had more suggestions to make in the beauty category and if it changes next week so that you can no longer suggest beauty products then I will have to wait until it comes up again before I can suggest those products, by which time I'll probably have more suggestions.
~ Re-rating ~
When someone rates your review and you click on their profile to rate one of their reviews in return there is nothing to indicate which of their reviews you have read and which you haven't and when you have already read 12 different reviews on Carex handwash it is difficult to remember if you have read this member's review of it or not and you often end up clicking on reviews only to find that you have already read and rated them.
On Ciao if you click a members profile the hyperlinks to their reviews are a different colour if you have read them, which would be handy to have here on Dooyoo as well.
~ Levels ~
In recent months the levels that you earn 600 or 300 dooyoo miles for have stayed pretty much the same and many of the categories have gone down to 100 dooyoo miles per review.
It seems to be all of the appliances and larger items that have stayed at level 1, medium purchases at level 2 and everything else at level 3. I think this is fair enough, but it would be nice to know if this will be changing and we will be going back to more frequent level changes or if there will only be occasional level changes from now on. I feel like the dooyoo community are a bit out of the picture with what is going on.
~ Payments ~
It doesn't bother me too much that the minimum cash payout is £50.00, but when you do request it it takes a while to reach your account. I think the site asks you to allow 6 weeks and then to contact dooyoo if you still haven't received payment. I remember one of my first payment requests took 5 weeks and 6 days, which is just within their time frame.
~~ The Ugly ~~
~ Cheats ~
I'm sorry to say that I have seen some dodgy goings on since joining the site.
On one occasion a review was posted not long after I posted a review on the same item (not by a newby either), making 3 of the same points I had made in my review. I thought that maybe I was being paranoid and checked every other review of that product and nobody else had made any of those 3 points about the product.
A close relative of mine used to be on Dooyoo and she told me that she once clicked on 'who has read my reviews' and someone had read her review, which she'd written a few months earlier, but not rated it and then that person had written a review of the item (I think it was an eye shadow) naming the exact same shade that was mentioned in my close relative's review, which could mean the reviewer didn't own the item at all or it could just be a coincidence?
I sometimes read reviews of products I am about to post reviews on, in case I notice anything obvious that I have missed out of my review about the item, but I don't copy and I always rate them even if the members are no longer active on the site.
~ Crowns ~
I must say that I think the quality of writing on Dooyoo seems to have gone up recently, but since I joined Dooyoo I have nominated a few reviews for crowns which have been overlooked.
On one occasion I saw a review crowned, which was posted in the wrong place.
I am not sure how it is decided which reviews receive crowns. I have seen some pretty average reviews receive them, but I often see crown-worthy reviews, which seem to have gone unnoticed.
~ Profile pictures ~
There are a few people who have the same or very similar profile pictures, which I don't think is a good idea. I have also seen some people using similar usernames to each other. I can see why Ciao only allow you to have a photo of yourself as your profile picture.
I like to think that I have built up a good reputation on the site, not just churning out the shortest reviews possible to make as much money as possible in a short space of time, but my profile picture is from google and someone else could easily use it as their profile picture too then they would be seen around the site and people not looking at the username would mistake them for me so they would automatically win the trust that I have earned from other members of the community off the back of my success (not that I'm saying I'm the most successful person on the site, but you see what I mean).
I think that people should earn the respect of other Dooyoo members themselves by writing good reviews and building up their own reputation on the site.
I've been on here for about a month now. The main reasons for joining were getting decent incentives for writing. I like writing, I've used a lot of products/services/and visited places, so why not let people know what I thought of them. I have a little down time at work, mostly evenings, so I do all my Dooyoo-ing in this time.
As a newbie, I've found that this site commends you more for who you know rather than what you write. I'm no authority on reviews, but I do however understand what passes as actually useful.
I read a review on Flour the other day. That's right, a bag of plain flour. That review was several hundred words long, and rated as "Very Useful." I'm unsure as what anyone can add to flour, to be honest... Its obvious that a number of people have a broad network of friends on here, who will rate their reviews highly, regardless of their actual merit.
If, like me, you have certain interests and would like to see other people's reviews on them, then this site is fantastic. It is of course coming up to christmas, so I've taken a lot from reading reviews about products that I may be buying. And accordingly, I have been rating those reviews as to how useful they are to me.
Surely, there isn't a plethora of people desperate to know which plain flour to buy....
I've been a dooyooer since May, and I've really come to love the site. It's changed my days beyond recognition, I've managed to dump sites I was hooked on which I was pretty much surrendering my brain to (digitalspy the most guilty) and found a site where I can indulge in a passion of mine - writing - and share experiences with like-minded smart people.
Straight away there was a feeling of community on the site, which I felt encouraged to be a part of rather than "the outsider coming in". I started to see miles racking up, my reviews improving, reading stuff I would never have encountered otherwise and never looking back.
As this is a landmark review for me, I thought I'd get a few ideas and thoughts down in this section just for my own indulgence more than anything, but thanks for reading.
1. Level changes going down and down... This has been a feature of the site over the last couple of months. Level 1 now seems to be firmly the domain of technical folk... audio/visual engineers would have a field day writing there. For most of us, once we've reviewed our smartphone and white goods, it's pretty much job done.
I don't mind writing a review for 30p or 10p but the killer comes in the miles awarded for reads. A review of a DVD player or a pair of binoculars would need nearly 50 reads to earn up around the £1 mark, and to write usefully and thoughtfully about those type of items takes serious time... This is where quality of reviews will (and to some extent has - I include myself) inevitably and understandably drop. So right now, I could write a few lines about my cooker hood which I hardly understand and has next-to-no features, and it would be far more beneficial to me than writing a thoughtful review of my kettle which currently resides in level 3.
As this is a suggestions board and not a whingeing board, I suppose I'm supposed to propose what the answer is ..?! Should there be a standard 15 mile read rate across the board so that the variation in size of reward is governed by the write rather than the reads? After all, it takes no more or less time or effort to read about a tin of baked beans than it does about a PA amplifier, and in terms of members (which I understand is the only place the reads awards come from) we will pretty much read anything!
2. Lets get back to something a bit more positive...Bring back Dooyooers of the week! I really liked this little feature. I was mentioned once and it was a real boost. It was a great way of finding new members who were serious about the site, members who'd returned after a break or members I simply hadn't come across before. It also pointed me to some great reviews I might have missed. I wonder why it's been dropped?
3. There must be a way to indicate which reviews we have rated... I see this on most posts on here as well as the MSE board, it seems (to a non-teccy like me) that it should be such an easy thing to add into the site.
4. Updating reviews - I would love to see substantially edited reviews appear on new reviews or at least at the top of a members' home page when they've been amended. How you would define "substantially edited" I'm not sure, I mean I guess if you go back in to correct a typo it will class as "updated", and such a system would be easy to abuse by bumping old non-earning reviews by changing a word or two. My first reviews were pretty shoddy but my dedication to the site doesn't extend to going back to rewrite them as I can't imagine that they'd pick up any reads.
Aside from suggestions, I have a few fantasy ideas which are obviously overly optimistic but what I'd love to happen...
1. Be able to suggest any new product any time
2. More competitions - at least one a month (like the current Hallowe'en one) I love these but unfortunately don't like anthing scary so didn't manage to enter that one!
3. Manage new members. I remember I was one once not so long ago, and it took me a few reviews to get going, so I do like to pop in and rate... but the number of 'first' reviews that get posted that are never going to be paid out on, these should be vetted before reaching the site I think. I have no idea how that would or should be done though!
4. Lower cashout threshold ... I can definitely see the benefits of keeping the first cashout at £50, but a £25 threshold afterwards would keep spirits up at slower times I think. Getting up to £25 would still require dedication and commitment to the site.
I have to say that sitting and thinking about the suggestions I have, the more I think about things that seem obvious to me, I soon start to see that it must be near impossible to avoid things being open to abuse, or things being overly complex or time consuming to implement on a technical level. I do like a whinge (even though I try to remain mostly positive in everything) but I feel bad for coming up with
On the whole my love for dooyoo might be a little bit challenged right now, but it's still there and it's an addiction I'm not looking to get over any time soon.
I love it here, so this is a great opportunity to thank everyone on the site who reads, comments on and nominates my reviews, I hope I suitably return the favours. I know I write a lot, *and sometimes too much* so I really do appreciate everyone's time :-)
I signed up for Dooyoo 2 or 3 years ago, wrote a few reviews and quickly lapsed. I think it possibly had something to do with one of my first reviews being locked and my being unable to find out why. I've now returned to the site after reading positive things about it on an internet forum, and am feeling more determined to overcome the odd little niggle about the site and to give it a real go this time.
One thing that has struck me almost immediately, though, is that the navigation around DooYoo is a little challenging. The review sections on the green bar along the top of the front page don't seem to reflect the many different categories of product reviewed here. I assume these categories are picked for their popularity, rather than because they represent all the content here. So far, I'm having to search for products on a case-by-case basis, rather than navigate to them in any logical way.
The DooYoo Lounge practically requires a trail of breadcrumbs. I can only find it by looking up my own reviews and clicking on ones that I know have been placed in the Lounge. It is a shame, as I think this feature could be much more popular if there was a link to it from our account pages. Perhaps it's just me who can't find many direct links to the Lounge, but it seems to me that there's a great community here but that people may be using their own workarounds to find it!
I am attempting to write this review on my phone. To me, it may look perfect, once published it will probably be all over the place so I shall edit on the laptop tomorrow. This is my first problem with dooyoo. Writing reviews my my mobile is a nightmare. My second problem with dooyoo is reading reviews on my mobile. About 50% of the time I can read and rate as normal, the other 50% of the time I can view half a review and when I scroll down the screen goes blank, meaning I cant read the entire review, cant rate and cant comment. This has happened on more than one phone so I'm thinking its not the phone that's the problem.
The second problem I have is with drafts, I cant find a way to save a draft review until later. I'm not sure if it can be done and I just cant find it.
Next up on my moaning list is photos. I can understand the reasons for not having them. E.g. Who wants to see 215 photos of a bottle of head and shoulders... but certain categories could really benefit from photos. One example being hotels, obviously brochures show the best of the best but consumer photos would be much more useful. Another example being something like hair dye. Of course the girl on the box looks fabulous but what does it really look like?
Another negative is the level changes. Some categories seem to never move to or from level 1 which I think they should, if only for a few days. The suggestions seem a bit strange as well, only allowing you to suggest certain categories. This should also be changed more often.
The catalogue could do with a bit of updating, some of the products in it do not even exist any more. Enough moaning and on to the positives.
Since joining dooyoo, before I purchase anything over a couple of pounds in value I read a review or 2. This has probably stopped me making more than a couple of bad buys.
Next positive, consumer reviews give you invaluable information. Examples? A toy advert isn't going to tell you that Luigi's head will fall off which I found out from Dooyoo, a hotel which is 10m from a beach does not mention in the brochure that its actually a 10m abseil or a 500m walk. I am suspicious of a lot of reviews on travel websites which give lots of 5 star reviews for shocking hotels and restaurants, each review being similar. With dooyoo you know that the reviews are going to be from real people. Lots of useful info and comparisons can be made.
There is also the social side to dooyoo. Its lovely to receive comments on your review and to feel you have helped someone with your comments and advice. Some people leave unnecessarily harsh comments just because they don't agree with you, but an opinion is an opinion and you should respect those of others. I think if you cant say something positive or constructive you shouldn't comment at all.
I think dooyoo is excellent, it has it's faults but overall is a really useful resource for consumers, the rewards and competitions are a bonus too!
Having been a member of dooyoo for three years now, I do really like the site but there are a few aspects which I feel would benefit dooyoo members.
Whilst it is a positive thing that we no longer need to rely on Royal Mail delivering our dooyoo cheques, I do not consider the current bank transfer system to be brilliant. It is stated that payments will be with us within 6 weeks but that doesn't seem to be the case with everyone. If Amazon payments can be initiated weekly then I cannot understand why cash payments take so long?
What would benefit members is to be aware of a cut off date and expected payment day. Over on the other side (Ciao - also owned by the owners of dooyoo) we are aware that we need to apply for payment by the end of the month for us to receive it the middle of next month. I think that would benefit dooyoo members and be, in the long run, less hassle for dooyoo themselves to have a payment structure like this. Surely it would be easier to do one payment run at the same time each month. At the moment it is impossible to predict when we will receive payments and we certainly cannot rely on them for special occasions.
~Have I Read This?~
I'm sure we have all been there. We wish to return a rate to a member and open their latest review, read it and then discover we have already rated it. It isn't possible for everyone to remember every review they read. It would be easier for some sort of indicator to be present at the side of the review - perhaps a star or something? This would save time!
I don't think that I am the only one who isn't impressed with the suggestions arrangement. Reducing from 20 per week to 5 per week was an annoyance but we coped but it has become far too limiting only being allowed to suggest products in a certain amount of categories per month. I believe at the start that we were told that all categories would have a chance but the food category hasn't EVER been up for suggestion which is rather disappointing. Sometimes we go months for the some categories to be up for suggestions including Travel, UK Travel, books and House (this hasn't been up for months and has now been split away from Garden).
How is this fair? It has put a lot of members off writing as they can no longer suggest in their favourite categories. The newest products aren't being suggested. New films at the cinema cannot be suggested until the film category is up for suggestion. I can't think of any member who is pleased by this way of doing things so why keep doing it? If there does have to be limitations, this should be equally split between the categories in my opinion. I would suggest either rotating one half the database categories one month with the other half the following month or perhaps even every fortnight. We should be allowed to review what we want in my opinion.
I'm not sure who really works out the crowns on dooyoo but it is becoming more evident that excellent reviews are being ignored in favour of average reviews. I feel some categories are favoured over others. In my opinion, Travel/UK Travel is badly ignored and often the best reviews are from these categories. Often it seems that it is who you know and get on with that how good your review is. I know that may offend but I feel the crown system is flawed and could be much fairer.
I do have other opinions on certain aspects of the way dooyoo is run but will leave it at this as I may end up speaking out of turn. I enjoy using dooyoo but not as much as I used to. Too much has changed and not really for the better.
Thanks for reading
Hi,There seem to be a lot of categories missing in the product suggestion choices. For instance, there are reviews of some products in Fashion and Beauty. Yet, when I wanted to suggest a particular Nicky Clarke clipper model because it was missing, I was unable to as Fashion and Beauty are not in the list of categories that can be chosen from. This is a bit frustrating. Do you think it could be widened a bit to include more categories? Apart from that, I enjoy being a Dooyoo member and keep up the good work Dooyoo!!!
I recently purchased an iPad, I would write a review but I'm not very technical so I won't. I also have an iPhone and I am just addicted to the apps.
I write a majority of my reviews on my iPad, instant spell check nicer usage, it just makes sense. But to write reviews on dooyoo when on the iPad I have to use safari, keep zooming in and out, signing in every five minutes and the overall way round is rubbish. (Just to point out I am more than happy with the online version on a laptop). I think it would be brilliant if dooyoo had an app in the app store (possibly free) that you could download and use on phones and tablets ect. This gives you the freedom to write when out and about with great ease and I think the layout would be easier on an app than on the tablet internet. I love dooyoo and I think that so many others would if they knew about it so I think if there was an app more people would download it and sign up.
I know this review is short but there's not a lot to say and I dont want to babble on, I just thought I'd get my point out there. Thankyou
Today an email informed me that I had received a comment on a review I wrote ten years ago. The nice caseybrady had left me a humorous few words which had me spending a pleasant five minutes re-reading previous comments from my friends of that day. I was also left mulling over how things have changed since then on dooyoo.
My review of that day (we called them "ops" then for "opinions") stated that apart from my guidey duties I had seriously considered giving dooyoo a rest. The reason was that Aurora, the then new face of the site, was a disaster. It was not always possible to log on, even after waiting 60 seconds to load, or to rate ops. Members' literary offerings could only be accessed sporadically and it became a chore to take part. I then went on to give all the community reasons why I had changed my mind.
After all this time I smiled and thought, "Did I really write that?" I then began to mull over the site today and the fact that I only have one gripe, but it is a frustrating one.
After an absence of some 7 years, I have in my opinion returned to a much easier dooyoo. Logging on happens in a trice, any queries for the team are responded to and we seem to be kept up to date with things. Of course, after all this time IT itself has moved on, which helps. The Community Page is lively and the interaction between members and dooyoo seems pretty constant. The new reads keep coming and there is a pleasantly busy air about the front page. I was delighted to find that the Community is still alive and well and, having been welcomed back by old friends, I am now making new. However, and it is a big "however", there is one change which frustrates the reviewer.
Back in the day a category would be requested and, if agreed, placed on the site in order that a new product could be reviewed by an enthusiastic member. There were times when a little fiddling around would find a cat that would somehow suit and permission (generally granted) asked to use that one. I found pretty quickly this time round that a list of cats for new products is listed on the community page each month. That is it! We cannot request a new item during that month if it does not fall within the list. I am informed that requesting an addition will not result in agreement and that it has been tried. I have a review which has been waiting since before the beginning of last month for a new food item. I have another which has me hoping that next month's list will permit me to apply for a new cat so that I can post in House and Garden. In the meantime I am writing "fillers" to keep my hand in as well, of course, as reading and rating others' work.
I dare say that dooyoo have a reason for this state of affairs. I presume that they want to keep things channelled in some way. Possible for advertisers? Would it really disturb things to relax the New Products list in order to encourage members to review stuff they want to rather than looking around for anything- will-do to write about?
Should you agree with me, do comment so that the nice people at dooyoo HQ may have a little re-think.
NB this is in the wrong cat as I have used up all the other ones
I have been exploring the dooyoo site for 6 months now and i have a number of suggestions for the site. These are just things that will make life easier or help me with my Dooyoo reviews
> DooyooMiles History (Breakdown of earnings)
The amount of times i wonder "what has made my dooyoo miles go up so much?" and the confusion as to what review it has come from i thought to myself i need a breakdown page of where earnings are coming from. A table of my reviews and how much each review has earned me. This would give me better access to see what earns me the most miles, and avoid confusion.
> Save to your favourites or "Review Later" list
I write down or bookmark stuff to review, so a favourites or review later page would be much neater and easy to access.
> Allow more than 1 review for the "General" category
I can find a million things to talk about but only 1 thing to post in the general category, if this is not possible, see my next suggestion.
> My most wanted suggestion: Custom Archive Reviews (Free reviews for dooyoo, more stuff for me to talk about)
If we can create any topic in the Archive, dooyoo will recieve free reviews for stuff and we will be able to write about anything and everything. Say for example i want to write about some new government legislation, a current law recently implimented etc, i would love to write about that sort of thing and it would be great to just see something on the news and pick up the keyboard and write my opinion about it.
> Alert when a new review comes avaliable for a product you want to buy
This could be dooyoo mail or email, whichever you prefer. If i want to buy a product that hasn't been reviewed yet on the Dooyoo site, an alert for this product could be ready to notify me instead of constantly checking the page.
> More emailed gift cards
I would like to recieve iTunes gift Cards, microsoft points and such. But also online store cards for places that deliver like next, very etc.
I have been on dooyoo for around a year now I think, on and off. I was using it very regularly just before Christmas, took a few weeks 'off' during the holidays, and am now back again and ready to build up my miles.
I do find this site very user-friendly, however here are a (very) few things which I personally believe would improve my enjoyment/use of the site.
1) Suggesting a product used to be so easy. Any product I suggested was picked up fairly quickly, meaning I only had to wait a few days before being able to review it. Now, dooyoo only let you suggest certain types of product each month. I have found that I have less items to review now. If I buy a new, say, item of make-up, it may be a few months before I am able to suggest it appears on the site, let alone review it. Surely new products should be able to appear for review right away? I know that the site needs to have a good range of ALL kinds of item, but if other dooyoo-ers are like myself, they won't be able to post half as many reviews... and isn't that what this site is all about?!
2) Being able to redeem your miles for an Amazon voucher is fantastic, but it'd be nice to get vouchers for other places, such as Boots or Argos. Obviously if you need money for something from those stores, you can just redeem your miles for cash, but 50,000 miles is quite a milestone to get to, and a £20 or £30 voucher for the likes of Argos would be a lovely option to have.
3) Sometimes if I have nothing to review, I will look in the Lounge instead to see if there's any subject I fancy waffling about. The topics in the Lounge seem to be very higgledy-piggledy, with no real rhyme or reason to them. Some are also very old. It'd be nice if there were some current topics added to the Lounge.
4) Lastly (told you there were only a few things!) but most importantly - dooyoo need, need, NEED to change it so you can tell which reviews you have already rated. I know nothing about website design but surely this wouldn't be so hard? Like others I expect I do rate the same people regularly and often, and it can be hard to keep track of which of their reviews you have rated. It's a bit of a pain in the bum having to click on several reviews before actually finding one you haven't yet rated. This would make a huge difference to my use of this site.
Aside from those trifling matters, I do think dooyoo is great and with £70 made so far I really can't complain!
I realised a week or so ago that I was about to hit the 500 review mark and so thought I would take the opportunity to write something a little bit different to the usual style of review-writing that I undertake.
As I have been a member of Dooyoo for some time now - well over two years in fact - I feel that I have gained sufficient experience of the site to be able to share my opinion properly. (I must confess that I find it slightly irritating when new members - often with their 'new member' badge still intact on their profile page - see fit to give their views and advice on how improvements to the site can be made, or suggestions on how members should compose their reviews!!) A little experience goes a long way with giving advice and making suggestions, in my view.... Anyway....
** First (and cursed..!) **
The first thing that springs to mind, when thinking about possible improvements to the Dooyoo site overall, is the introduction of some sort of 'indicator' on members' pages of reviews, which would indicate to me which of the reviews on the page I had already read. A simple coloured highlighter, or a coloured dot, or really any sort of marker would surely not be too difficult for the Dooyoo team to implement?
The reason behind my wish for a coloured marker is quite simple. I often need to spend a lot of time (and effort!) going through other members pages of reviews, to attempt to find one that I have not read before. The simple addition of a coloured marker next to each of the reviews that I had previously read would indicate to me at a glance which review I should be reading next.
There are a lot of great writers on Dooyoo (and on the 'other side' too of course!) and this means that I regularly 'seek out' many members whose reviews I know I am going to enjoy reading. As I read and rate quite a lot of reviews over any one week, I can find it difficult to remember which ones I have already read, and so a little indicator here would make the whole process much easier.
** Suggesting is Testing!...(With much Protesting..!!) **
When it comes to product suggestions, I have witnessed several changes to the suggestion process during my time with Dooyoo, but have only recently found a few gripes with the most recent changes that Dooyoo have introduced to the system. There was a previous change, where the number of suggestions that a member could make in any one week was reduced to only five, but this in itself didn't really pose too much of a problem for me personally as I generally only write one review a day, so five suggestions in any one seven-day period was quite ample for my own needs. At the time however, I could quite understand how members who chose to write more than myself felt frustrated and, well, restricted by this new limit to how many items they could suggest in one week, as it no doubt 'curbed' the volume of reviews they submitted in that week.
I have recently felt more sympathetic towards these members because the newest restrictions that have been introduced to the suggestion process have had quite a big effect on my own review writing, and so I can empathise with the feelings of being "dictated to" that other members were voicing earlier in the year.
That said however, I can sympathise too with Dooyoo, who no doubt have huge piles of suggestions to wade through each week and yes, I agree that in times gone past the waiting times for product suggestions to be accepted into the system were rather unacceptable for a lot of the time. I do not, however, feel that the current system of only allowing product suggestions in certain product categories each month is a satisfactory solution to the problem - from the review writers' point, at least.
What has happened in the case of my own review writing is that I have found that the new products I have purchased cannot be reviewed because the product does not already exist on the Dooyoo database, and there is a restriction or 'ban' on suggestions being made within the relevant category that month. This has caused no end of frustration and disappointment and as I have been unable to suggest my product, resulting in me being unable to write my review, I have tended to feel my enthusiasm 'dwindling' slightly, resulting in my motivation being lost, usually for several days at a time.
I understand that I can write the review and suggest it the following month, when, presumably, the relevant category will no doubt be on the 'selected category' list issued by Dooyoo, but this would not always appear to be the case in EVERY instance. A perfect example of this would be some Christmas confectionary items that I purchased at the start of November. Thinking that they would be an ideal item to write a review on (let's face it - most people buy Christmas-based foodstuffs at this time of year, don't they?) I found the product online and was all set to submit my request to Dooyoo, only to find that the Food/Drink category was not an 'approved' category for making suggestions during the month of November. I grudgingly decided to wait until December to make my product suggestion and of course again, during December, the very 'soul' of the festive season(!) Dooyoo have seen fit to refrain from allowing suggestions to be made in the Food/Drink category once again.
I, as both a review writer AND a consumer, am absolutely flummoxed by the decisions Dooyoo have made in terms of which suggestions are allowed, for both November and December. In particular, I find it ludicrous that I cannot suggest and subsequently review items of food (particularly when you consider the amount of party food items that the average household buys (and consumes!) at this time of year, not to mention festive/Christmas confectionary items and chocolates, Christmas puddings, Mince Pies and so on...) as I don't know anybody who doesn't spend a fortune on foodstuffs and alcohol at this time of year, but maybe that's just me.
As Christmas approaches, it is obvious surely that consumers want to read product reviews on gift items, such as perfumes, toiletries and gift sets, toys, games and the like, in order to make the best purchasing decisions? Whilst this is probably the case for most of the rest of the year too, I would have thought it was even more so at Christmas time, and yet not one of the items I have listed here is on the 'approved' list of Dooyoo suggestions for December.
I can quite understand the need for Dooyoo to regulate the suggestions process, or make it fairer or control the volume of suggestions submitted. What I can't get my head around is the decisions behind the restrictions on certain categories.
Perhaps a fairer way of 'restricting' which categories suggestions can be submitted in, would be to have 50% of the entire category list available for one month and then rotate this with the remaining 50% of the category list the following month. That way, at least, no one single category would be excluded for more than a month (unlike the food category, in the example I have given earlier) and hopefully no members would be left feeling "dictated to" or, in my own case, slightly resentful, due to feeling that my reviews were much less helpful, or carried much less 'clout' than other members' work, purely because they chose to write in a different category to myself.
** Editless?!..... Creditless!! **
This is quite a simple, straightforward point to put across. I would like the choice to 'add' a little to my reviews by the addition of a different font, or at the very least a bold and italic option for the font contained in my review.
By editing my reviews in this way, by using little tools here and there, such as being able to adjust any headings, make any important points stand out by using bold and the like, I am able to give my reviews a more detailed look and they come across as looking more professional in many cases. This is a tool that is available to users of other review websites such as Ciao, so I'm not entirely sure why Dooyoo can't offer a similar facility.
In addition, there is the option to upload photographs onto my reviews on Ciao which can be a very helpful tool in showing off a certain feature of a product or even just to show the product in a little more detail. It is quite a big bugbear of mine to have to spend a bit of time looking for a picture online to submit to Dooyoo when I am suggesting a product, only to then have the suggestion accepted by the team, and find that they have omitted the online picture I have submitted, meaning that the Dooyoo page has no picture on it for consumers to see what I am talking about! If I was allowed to upload my own photograph, then this wouldn't be an issue, but I must admit that I find it slightly disappointing when I am going on about how pretty a product is, or describing the detail on an item, only to find that Dooyoo have failed to add the online picture that I've submitted.
** To Conclude...! (And not Brood, Dude..) **
Throughout the time I have been a member of Dooyoo, I've enjoyed my time using the site for the most part. It's true that there are a few little 'niggles' I would like to see ironed out, and not to mention a few members who I would like to see having a little 'talking to' about their conduct, and in particular the way their behaviour can come across as being like that of a bully. I think it's important to remember that we are all equals on Dooyoo and nobody is any better than anybody else!!
Overall however, I have enjoyed my time writing on Dooyoo and have found it to be a friendly environment for the most part. I have made some very good friends on here, and I have enjoyed expressing my opinions and sharing my experiences.
Will I write another 500 reviews?....... Yes, Probably.
(But only if I am allowed to suggest the products in the first place.. *Ahem*!!)
Just lately I have become a little disillusioned with Dooyoo. I have been here over 4 years now and always rather loved everything about it however of late Dooyoo have made a lot of changes I don't agree with and I have to admit to losing a little respect for here and preferring Ciao somewhat!
So I decided to write this in order put my point across to the Dooyoo team and to see what they think so here are my suggestions for making the site better!
Ok I like the new rating system and that we now only get now a general rating instead of being able to see who has rated us what. I think that this is helping with revenge rating my only question is that then why is there a flaw to this system? Say I write a poor review and stay on a minute or two and someone comes on puts a not useful in. I then click on my review and see that my review is generally rated not useful and then I can see a list of who has rated me? Doesn't really stop the revenge thing then does it really? This has to be more thought through I reckon and can't believe the team never thought of that lol. Its still very much open to abuse from a few petty people!
Ok this has all changed recently. Not only do we all only get 5 suggestions a week but now its only in categories for over a month of the Dooyoo teams choice. Sorry but this is pathetic. Ok when the suggestions went down to 5 instead of 20 I was a bit cross. I write a lot on here whether it be new products or existing ones but at over 3851 reviews written I do actually struggle to find products to write about and lets face it some people have more time on their hands than others, as I do. However I could see the point of every one having 5 suggestions and never said a word. I thought maybe they would be faster accepted and that was why this had happened. But no it is no faster at all. I feel conned cos it hasn't helped the community or the team at all.
To top that not only then do we only get 5 suggestions, we are then told you only will allow them in certain categories and this feels a bit like censorship to me and not one bit fair. Some people only write film reviews, some only about books and your not allowing freedom for us to choose what it is we want to review and we are being steered the direction you want it. You already discourage writing about certain topics with a poor points level, we get the message and a lot of us write about those things regardless. If your not happy for us to write about certain topics, why not ban them from the site? Simple...and then when people join they know the score.
I sort of see the point though again this system seems pretty unfair. Food is only ever a level 3 never higher though coming up for Christmas maybe it should be a level one product as should books and films and toys? Doesn't happen though and I feel that sometimes we are not adequately rewarded for out efforts. If people stop writing you have no site to run or simply rubbish reviewers happy to churn out...well crap.
Able To See Which review I have Rated:
This would be a really handy thing for us to have. Often I will log on and simply rate a lot of new reviews. Old friends I like to mooch through and rate a few of their older ones to boost their points a little. However I end up having to flick through loads of reviews to hopefully stumble across one I haven't seen of theirs before. It would be nice say to have a red dot on the reviews of people we haven't read or something so at a glance we could keep up with peoples reviews easier!
Yep Ciao do it why not here? I'm up for it and on Ciao it's the usual same people getting the stuff! Grab some stuff direct from manufacturers and let us review it for them. That way you get cash, so do we and some free bits for us to play with. People love taking part in this kind of thing and its hugely popular on Ciao and livens the place up a little too!
All in all I don't have many quibbles on this site really. I'm not bothered about guides though lately some are rendered pointless cos they're never on but whatever it aint my problem. I'm not even all that bothered about how much I make, I enjoy writing end of and even for no money I would write as much as I do as when I started reviewing here it was worth nothing only a penny a rate! However I do feel that with the amount of suggestions we can make and the fact that we are steered into writing what Dooyoo want for peanuts is a bit insulting and I'm not happy with that, other than that I'm ok here!