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Feedback and General Suggestions for dooyoo
Member Name: clumsy1974
Feedback and General Suggestions for dooyoo
Date: 13/04/04, updated on 02/11/04 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Great info
Disadvantages: Pop-ups, Review quality
I have been a DooYoo'er for over three years now. I am a lapsed addict, but I am back, and I have a few things to say about how one of my favourite sites has evolved...
First Impressions -
Its good to be back. The layout has been polished a little, but it all looks very professional and well thought out. The number of products that come under the reviewers heavy gaze seems to have snowballed, although there does seem to be a number of categories where a product exists, but there are no reviews for it. Come on guys, get typing!
I am not too happy with the frequency of pop-up messages I am seeing now. I understand that DooYoo is not a charity, but its a bit over the top I'm afraid. Never mind though - Google Pop-Up blocker takes care of them (sorry guys). I am pleased to see that the quality of products, that the adds are tempting us with, are generally good. Big names seem to have picked up on the power of DooYoo - The Vodafone banner that?s flashing above this window is a testament to that.
What I like about the site -
The diversity of products that are being reviewed has, as I said before got even wider. There seem to be some great reviewers on the regulars list now.
I always felt like it was an exercise in pulling teeth where feedback was concerned. You were lucky if you got one comment about a spelling mistake. Not so now. You are more or less guaranteed to get a comment within a few minutes of your review appearing live. I got a great tip from one member about how I can add capital letters to my posted text - very very useful.
I seem to be able to accrue DooYoo miles as quickly as before, I think its going to be a long time before I get 50000 again, but I'm on the way.
The quality of the reviews seems
to be, in most cases as high as always. I feel I can rely on information contained within them, and have already made a couple of decisions on products and places to visit on the
ngth of one reviewer.
The humor and wit in the reviews is great. It seems we have some really talented writers contributing, and some very unique styles have been developed. Keep it up guys.
What I don?t like -
I may sound like I am contradicting myself here but the quality of some reviews has dropped a little. Spelling and grammar (not one of my strong points to be honest) seem to have lost some of their importance. I have read several crowned reviews with fairly simple mistakes left in, that in days gone by would have been reason enough to refuse the accolade (and extra DooYoo miles) that a crown brings.
The Response from DooYoo seems to be a lot slower than it was. I have suggested several products that I am all geared up to review - Over one week hence and I have not seen the product appear, so my opinions remain unshared. I always felt that the attention to members that DooYoo gave in its infancy was one of its strong points. Don?t let that change please.
On the same subject, the process for suggesting a product is pretty complicated nowadays. It took me twenty minutes to figure out how to get to the form where I made the, as yet unanswered, suggestions. This was much easier in DooYoo's previous life.
Pop-ups. I've said my piece on this. I don?t mind, as I have my ways of dealing with them.
Capitalisation in reviews. I don?t understand why this seems to be such a problem, but the scripting used to publish the review seems to strip caps. There is a site - http://www.chuckleweb.co.uk/fixit.php - that fixes the issue. Still, why?
reads seem to be amazingly high - yet DooYoo'ers get no kudos for this. I wrote a review on the 206 I own. Its had over 800 external reads. Imagine if I had just 1 DooYoo mile for each of those? - that sounds fair to me.
Keep up the good work -
Over all, its good to be back. I have hammered away over the last week
, and including this one, written 4 new reviews. Those that I have read and rated have been informative (mostly) and keep up the tradition of DooYoo - Unbiased, useful information on products and services.
Fix those few little niggles and all will be well in the world of consumer opinions.