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I think they are Dooing me
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Member Name: stevepeto
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Date: 31/07/09, updated on 10/06/10 (194 review reads)
Advantages: community spirit, get involved in as little or as much as you wish, earn a little cash
Disadvantages: churners, 6 month review rule
I have been a member of Dooyoo since June 2001, I don't post all the time for a number of reasons and have only posted 64 (this will be 65) reviews so far in my time on the site which averages out at only 8 reviews a years posted..
However Dooyoo, along with Ciao (where I have been since 2006) has been a site that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I can post a review up and make a little bit of cash and also find out about new items when I return the reads/rates of the people that read me.
I can delve into as much or as little as I want, you can meet new people, you can improve your writing skills and you can get a real opinion on a product or service that you maybe interested in buying/getting involved with so in this the site is a very good site with a community spirit.
That said there are bad points to all these types of sites, for me it is two fold. Firstly it is the churners, people that throw out masses of low quality reviews on a daily basis in that search for a quick buck, I avoid those people by looking at the statistics as most of these people are so busy churning out crap that they don't read other peoples stuff, so it is easy to pick these people out, and so I don't read them.
Also a new bad point has come to my attention via someone on my Circle of Friends and this is something that Dooyoo themselves have initiated. Now I must admit I don't know if this rule was there all along or if it is something that has recently been updated, but if you go to http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/community/_page/faq/
And look at #1 it states "Reviews continue earning dooyooMiles for the first 6 months that they are live on the site, after which time they will remain visible on the site but will no longer earn dooyooMiles if other members read them (unless you update the review)."
Now I know some of my very early reviews can be off in terms of quality, but for me, because I only post irregularly most of my reviews are more than 6 months old, which means that most of my reviews will not earn me points. Sure I am reasonable and would either go back and update the poor ones (or I assume that with items I no longer have such as the Flightplan DVD I can ask for the review to be removed entirely WITHOUT having any points deducted after all it is over a year old and even though it was awarded a crown it is not worthy of any reward as it isn't up to date).
However in many ways, not having many reviews posted is a blessing as if I wanted to update it would not be insurmountable but what about those that post very regularly, these people have a real issue regardless of the quality of their review as Dooyoo now determine that a review that is 6 months old is not worthy of reward because it isn't up to date.
If this was already in the Ts and Cs then I missed it when I joined those years ago, however If this is a new addition to the rules I can only assume that dooyoo are under some pressure financially, they don't want people earning points, and there for money, from their older reviews regardless of how good those reviews are.
And I think that by implementing this rule (assuming it is new) they are encouraging the scourge of sites like dooyoo and that is the churner, those people that chuck out crap reviews all day every day. THESE are the people that dooyoo should be looking to thwart, not the people that actually put effort into their reviews.
My opinion is I will see how things go, if I notice that a lot of my reads are on my reviews over 6 months old, then I won't be getting any points, and if I don't get those what is the point of me actually being here? That's right there is no point and so I will leave the site and close my account. Or I could just come back in 6 months and update this review as after then I wouldnt earn anything from it anyway.
I would have given a 4 star rating, 1 being removed for the churners that spoil the site, the 2nd star has been removed simply becuase of this rule that reviews over 6 months old do not get rewarded.
Summary: jump in, get involved, but read the small print