Has anyone noticed that the products and topics available for review aren't exactly up-to-date? I don't mind them not listing films and products that have only just become available - that wouldn't be overly practical. What I'm talking about is things that have been around for years, but aren't on here. Or are on here in an out of date form (TV channels which have changed their names, websites that no longer have that domain name, products which have re-launched with subtly different variants.) It makes the site look shambolic and unprofessional.
Don't get me wrong - I love this site. I love the opportunity to write reviews that will automatically be published when I hit submit. I like that we can read and rate. And without the points system I wouldn't have been able to do my Christmas shopping (I know that some people have issues with how many points are assigned to reviews and/or ratings, and I don't disagree, but the vouchers were really a lifesaver at Christmas.)
I also love the sense of community here - because you guys are awesome, supportive, and enjoy speaking your minds. Yes, there are spammers (we've all seen the suspiciously short, suspiciously anonymous, suspiciously frequent reviews for certain companies that have a habit of lurking around,) but overall, I'd say we're doing pretty good.
So why do we have to put up with some pretty shambolic features? On more than one occasion, pages have suddenly been in German, only updating when I hit refresh quite a bit. And I have before now found myself looking at another person's 'My Dooyoo' page - don't worry guys, I exited immediately, but I'm more than a little worried that it happened in the first place.
I love this site. I just think it could be running more smoothly.
I started using dooyoo a few years ago when I came across the reviews for a product I was considering buying. I then started to write my own, and whilst some of my initial ones were locked for being too basic I got into the hang of a style of writing that hopefully helped other people as their reviews helped me. I really liked the community section, and the whole community people as a whole. A few times people would comment on my reviews or message me. I then became so busy I didn't have any time to write any reviews. I came back a month ago, and am finding the site really rubbish.
Half the links don't work
The help pages don't go anywhere
My miles keep disappearing
Customer support don't want to know
The community section has gone
The community as a whole have gone
The categories have changed
the conclusion of a review is now the title?
the word count is 200-500 words, what happened to the different type of reviews? Like express reviews. Sometimes there isn't 250 words to say about something, and at the other end why is there a word limit of 500 words? Some of the best reviews I have read were in such detail one paragraph would have been 500 words and that would have just been the introduction
I just feel that its gone 'down the pan' somewhat, as though the sites slowly started falling apart and that's made me feel really sad.
What's going on Dooyoo?
When I first started using Dooyoo last May, my reviews were pretty terrible. I was using it as a money making tool, until I was reported and a number of my reviews locked. I remember at the time feeling so annoyed by this, until I took the time to look at what others were writing. A lot of it was fantastic quality and really did help the consumer.
A number of review would start real discussion and often posts were read dozens of times. Members would message me, both two alert me to fraudsters or mistakes, but also just for a chat. If I reviewed a book or a film someone would always message me their thoughts or to ask what else I would suggest.
I don't think we can message anymore.
I have no problem with 'churning' as long as you treat the community with respect and be active in other ways, by reading, commenting and suggesting crowns. If you really enjoy writing reviews, writing five or ten a day is not a hardship, so reading shouldn't be either.
I took some time away. This was partly due to starting a new job and also due to the website revamp. For a few weeks everytime I tried to post it would not work. I was sad to see all my old favourites gone and with that the sense of community. This may be due in part to the lack of profile intros and guides. I also find the community pages slightly harder to navigate. It is now mostly full of faceless churners (in the true sense of he word), and I find this really sad.
Please come back !!
Dooyoo used to be an okay website for earning Amazon vouchers via the penning of reviews. Sadly that all changed on the fated day when the re-design hit. The regulars abandoned the site in droves (even the trolls) due to the plethora of bugs that remain to this day. As an example, when I unsubscribe from alerts I still keep getting them. I email support and post the matter on Facebook to halt the spamming, but I get ignored. It's just like my parents who refuse to shower me with love.
You don't have to be a IT expert to see how broken the new design is. Hearts replacing stars for ratings? How daft and how ironic. I used to love you Dooyoo, but you broke my heart. It's just like that girl I stalked who pepper sprated my eyes :-(
The new layout is hard to read and apparently implemented to make the site more mobile friendly. From what I hear the site is however broken for mobile devices. I cannot confirm those claims as I don't have a mobile phone. I would buy one, but alas Dooyoo refuse to pay out money anymore so I cannot afford a handheld communication device.
It's obvious that the company is bankrupt. Perhaps the redesign was imposed to scare off reviewers. If no one is around to rate articles then no one can make income ergo no need to make payouts. Well played Dooyoo. Well played. You conned us good. As a protest I refuse to buy German sausages or beer. The nation will hit a recession due to your greed.
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