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      24.09.2008 17:18
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      A smart thug is running the show at mouthshut. The content is simply unreliable.

      These are my experiences with an Indian consumer feedback site mouthshut.com. Its operations are shady. It does'nt have a proper privacy policy. In fact it don't respect your privacy or care about your freedom at all. The only way to contact other members is through their internal messaging which they call M2M. You send a message today and it will reach the receiver tomorrow after the mouthshut team and probably it's CEO goes through it. If they don't like your message they simply delete it. Member logins are disabled and entire user profiles deleted without any prior notice.These don't seem to be isolated incidents they are the norm at mouthshut. The site rejects anything but your actual photo for your profile: though there are many exceptions, especially for those in the good books of the CEO.

      The CEO, Mr. Faisal Farooqui used to appear in every member's trust list by default. When I complained to him, he tried to lie his way out. And when I posted a review on mouthshut.com itself regarding this, they simply deleted my profile, reviews, comments and all, without even informing me. Web communities do censor certain users to rein in the rogue or abusive elements, but what Mouthshut does is really a shame ! Mouthshut doesn't provide for one member to expose his/her email-id to another trusted member; unlike in popular sites like orkut. Therefore once your login gets disabled or profile deleted, there is no way of contacting other mouthshut users. One can try creating dummy IDs on Mouthshut but his/her M2M messages or complaints to others won't get through, they will be censored. Sending M2Ms to the CEO won't help either, after all he is the main crook. This is how Mouthshut has managed to hide their fraud for so long. They also have smart team of proxies who blog in their defense all over the web; so complaints and protests on the internet get buried under the weight of counter-comments.

      Several users have found their profiles zapped after they wrote critical or negative reviews about some products. Obviously mouthshut gets paid by manufacturers/service providers to keep negative reviews on their respective products or services under check. This is a fraud perpetuated against unsuspecting visitors who use their reviews to make a 'mis-informed' purchase. Then there are many fake reviews on mouthshut which are misleading. They spam everywhere and promise to pay on writing reviews based on the points earned. The payment is never made and if you complain repeatedly, your login is disabled. That way mouthshut gets to keep your reviews without paying you a cent. Faisal Farooqui, the CEO has a bunch of sycophants around him who suck up to his ego and dance to his tunes . Most of them are made star writers and they enjoy the privilege to flame anybody with impunity. Overall a substandard site which is a poor but locally successful copy of dooyoo.com. Most of their highly rated reviews are clearly below standard especially some of the recent star writer ones. The so called highly rated technical reviews are at best laughable !

      I have no choice but to give a one star rating as dooyoo doesn't allow me to assign a zero star rating !
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      Find more about this on my personal blog
      www.mouthshut-com-fraud-cheat.blogspot.com/ where I have given more details about the mouthshut's unethical censoring/deleting critical or negative reviews and deleting user profiles along with supporting links. Blogs form the backbone of the web community and have a greater reach across the internet. None of the critical or insightful mouthshut reviews on dooyoo seem registered with search engines like google or yahoo; a keyword search of 'mouthshut' on google simply doesn't bring up the truth.

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        13.08.2008 18:39
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        Mouthshut is a review site which someone commented as an illegitimate nephew of dooyoo.com, from day one this site which is run from a slum area in Mumbai is copying intellectual properties of other websites including look and feel, content and everything else. It used to look ditto like epinion.

        Mouthshut is there for 10 years but still unable to find an investor for itself mainly because no one believes it's content. The owner Faisal Farooqui thinks he is wiser than Bill Gates and has a army of people who manufactures reviews by which it creates some hype. But things are going too bad for him as India's premier car manufacture Maruti Suzuki caught them red handed doing click frauds and cancelled all sponsorship. Now it has zero revenue stream and has a very bad name in the market.

        Mouthshut literally means mouth shut as it is widely known for deleting genuine reviews. It also initially announced that they will pay but later they ate their words and started giving virtual gifts, what a shame!

        It is run by some crooks and they are out there to fool people.

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          21.05.2002 20:48
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          Mouthshut is another site where you write opinions and are supposed to get paid. It is just like Ciao and Dooyoo. It is based in India, but people from all over the world go on this site. To go on to Mouthshut go to www.mouthshut.com You then give some information, like your name and address. Then you are ready to start reading and writing opinions. You get points when you read and rate opinions. These points are then supposed to be cashed in for money. If you live outside of India though, they do not pay you. This does not seem fair, as they should pay everyone. Once you join, the site does not tell you how to cash your points or how much the points are worth in cash either. But recently we got an email saying we are not getting paid unless we are in India. Also to get money you have been on the site for 6 months. There are many subjects to write about on Mouthshut and these are:- Automobiles Books Business Education Electronics Fashion Food and Drinks Government Health and beauty Household Internet Media Personal Finance Sports Travel There is a circle of trust, just like on here. YOu can add anyone that you trust to it and people can add you too. As well as having a trust list, there is also a distrust list. This is for anyone that you do not trust, like if you know someone who has copied people's work. You can go to the last 30 opinions that have been written to read and rate them. Your opinion does stay in the top 30 quite a long time, which does give you chance to get quite a few reads. You have your own profile page where you can put information about yourself. You can also add your photograph if you want to, so other people can see what you look like. There is also all your opinions that you have written on your profile page too. When you have wrote an opinion, there is a spell checker. If you spell any words wrong, it wi
          ll highlight them in red, so that you can change them to the correct spelling. This is a good idea for people who are not good spellers, though it does not give you the correct spelling though. To rate other people's opinions you rate them:- Highly Recommended Recommended Somewhat Recommended Not recommended The ratings are really the same as on here but just worded differently. I find on Mouthshut though, that there is quite a lot of opinions that are not highly recommended, so you do find that you find a lot of opinions with different ratings. You can write a comment about an opinion that you have just read too. You need to have a title though and then write your comment, which has to be 10 words or more. This is so that you do not just write good opinion or crap opinion. The points you get on Mouthshut are as follows:- 10 points - For Registration 5 points - For writing an opinion 2 points - when someone reads your opinion 1 point - for reading some one else's opinions 10 points for referring a friend 5% of friends earnings that you have referredto that site. Your points do soon add up, but unless they change the payment where everyone gets paid, then you will end up with loads and loads of points. I usually read opinions on this site rather than write them, but have wrote about 5 opinions since I joined the site. Everytime you log on to this site you have to give your username and a password, otherwise it does not let you log on. I do enjoy reading and rating opinions on this site and recommend it to anyone that wants to join and do not mind that you do not get paid. If you would rather get paid for the work you do, then I do not recommend this site at all!! Mouthshut gives you a list. This list is what they want people to write about, but you do not have to choose anything from the list, and you can decide on what you want to write ab
          out. There is also star writers, who are on the front page of Mouthshut. There is a picture of them and a bit of information about them too. To get in touch with mouthshut, you need to send them an email at any of the following:- info@mouthshut-inc.com This email address is to email them about anything at all. feedback@mouthshut-inc.com This email address is to send in suggestions and tell them about any errors. Anyway if you enjoy reading and writing then do join this site, but if you want to earn a bit of cash, do not bother with this site!!!

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            29.03.2002 13:49
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            I came across Mouthshut in August 2001 and have hardly missed a day in writing and reading the numerous reviews on this site. It is a site similar to Dooyoo, based in India. Becoming a member is free and very straight-forward using your own details and choosing a user name and password. There are endless possibilities for people to write, read, rate and add comments to opinions and reviews in categories such as: sport, travel, health and beauty, and many more. Points are awarded in the following manner: 10 points for registering. 5 points for writing a review. 2 points for someone reading your review. 1 point for rating a review. The points are accumulated and are converted into Indian Rupees. You can claim them when you have been a member for 6 months and have got 999.00 Rupees in your account. The site is very easy to manage and circumvent. Choosing a subject from the above referenced categories is also easy. The difficult part is writing enough informative information to enable the reader to be interested in either the product reviewed or the subject matter. More than often the reviews are well written and informative. I really enjoy reading reviews on this site, as they are from all over the world by international members. Some subjects cover items of interest as you would never find out about them normally, eg ’’India Times’’ newspaper. One other plus point about Mouthshut is the e-mails you can receive from other members. I particularly like this because you are made aware of what other members feel about you and your reviews. Another good thing about Mouthshut is Mouthpad. This enables you to write about something that is not on the site at present. The speed at which Mouthpad operates is quite amazing, which is of help to me. The Trusted Circle enables you to have friends that rate highly of you and that you find helpful.
            So, finally, my congratulations go to Faisal I Faroogui (CEO) and other managers. Most of all many thanks go to you, the members, for making this site a great one.

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              29.11.2001 18:18
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              About a month ago, I joined MouthShut. Now, I am a member of this site (obviously) as well as Epinions (though I'm terribly fed up with them for playing games with their members), and of course at Ciao as well. I'm not doing this "writing on the Internet" thing for money, folks. I have no bills. I live at home with my parents. WHY do I need a "second income" - especially one as small as this type of thing generates? I don't. Besides which, I live in the United States. That means most non-American sites won't pay me regardless of how well I write, how many of my pieces get rave reviews, et cetera. I'm not asking for payment: I'm asking for honesty from the site founders as well as from other members. I do this because I love writing. I adore it with a passion. Writing on the Internet gives me a chance to receive instant feedback from like-minded people as well as from those who disagree with what I've got to say. It has helped me improve my writing skills, and I have read some VERY interesting and informative things on various author's sites such as this one. I really didn't care if MouthShut paid or not, but the "earn cash and prizes" caught my eye. Upon further investigation, I discovered that MouthShut does not tell users ANYTHING about what "cash and prizes" means. How much cash, and in what form of currency? MouthShut is based in India, and has a smaller annex in Virginia, U.S.A. Would American members get U.S. currency checks from the Virginia site, or would they have to try and exchange Indian currency? What about the gift vouchers MouthShut promises? Will I redeem them for toasters, mouse pads, or a MouthShut tee-shirt? They made no mention whatsoever regarding the nature of the gift vouchers. They also did not say ANYTHING that would exclude non-Indian users from payment or reward. NOWHERE in the FAQ, Web site, or Terms of Service did I read
              anything that indicated I would not receive a reward. That is why I am so upset to hear so many non-Indian members complain of not receiving the rewards they have earned. Some of these writers are absolutely spectacular: Many have even made the "high society" sections of MouthShut - namely, the Featured Reviewer and Star Writer sections, which are given to those with outstanding skills. This is the way that things work, according to several of the MouthShut users I've interacted with regarding this heinous crime: Users sign up, but must be members for six months before they can redeem their points. They must also have at least six hundred MS-Points in their account before they can redeem. These users join the site and write opinions about almost anything - much like dooyoo. MS-Points are given for reading reviews, writing opinions, rating the work of other users, referring friends, et cetera - again, much like other sites like it. After six months, some of these users have tens of thousands of points in their accounts, have been given the privilege of Star Reviewer status, and are ready to redeem their points. So, they go to the "My MS-Points" section. This lists the number of points in the account, as well as how they were accumulated. Very spiffy, I must say! There is no mention of how to redeem points, so the users e-mail MouthShut. Several times. And never get a reply. This goes on for weeks or even MONTHS in some cases. These non-Indian users are quite upset at this point, because they are not getting what they were promised. They have definitely earned their rewards, and would like to get them. Let's face it: NOBODY likes a con job, regardless of its nature. Even I, who does not pay attention to my MS-Points total, can't stand the thought of being inadvertently ripped off and scammed. Nine times out of ten, MouthShut users who continue t
              o complain will try to log in, only to find that MouthShut has deleted their accounts - as well as all the points they've racked up! My my, isn't THIS interesting? Further e-mailing and probing obviously generates no response. At this point, it is a lost cause, because even if you were to sue MouthShut, they are all the way over in India - a lawsuit THAT far from our home countries would be absolutely trying, if it could even be pulled off to begin with. So, users such as myself as well as the ones who have actually gotten scammed are spreading the word. MouthShut will NOT pay you unless you live in India - regardless of what it says on their site! There is also the matter of censorship on MouthShut. Here at dooyoo I may write things good, bad, or indifferent about other sites like it (such as MouthShut or Ciao). MouthShut does not allow this. In fact, they have Content Filters in place: Every time you write a review and attempt to submit it, the software automatically checks to make sure that the words "Epinions," "Ciao," and "dooyoo" are not in your work. If they are, your work will get kicked back, and you will be informed that those terms are not allowed. When I openly complained about this blatant act of censorship (which upsets me greatly - MUCH more than the fact that I won't ever get paid, as a matter of fact), many Indian users (God bless 'em, I'm not trying to complain about them personally!) wrote nasty comments to me. "Greedy users like you are what got Themestream shut down," et cetera. HOW in the WORLD does my dislike of being censored equate greediness? It makes no sense to me. But, whatever the case, MouthShut royally sucks, and I strongly recommend that you get out of there while you still can. MouthShut has a few positive aspects, but they are nothing when compared to the overall nature of what will most likely prove to be a giant con job.
              Just because MouthShut has a Trusted List and direct messaging to other members doesn't mean getting scammed is going to hurt less, right?

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                19.11.2001 16:55
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                Mouthshut is a consumer opinions site much the same as DooYoo, writers are paid for their opinions on consumer goods, books , films and so on. Beware though, the chances of you getting any financial reward for your work is highly unlikely. I joined back in April just out of curiosity, at the time I was doubtful as they don't state anywhere on the site a monetary value for the points earned from writing. You have to belong for 6 months and have accumulated 600 points before you can be redeem them. They promise to E-mail you when you have reached the criteria, but from comments on the site itself and elsewhere, this in the case of British writers is not happening. A number of writers from DooYoo and Ciao joined Mouthshut over 6 months ago, and have supplied good quality opinions , and for their troubles have received nothing. Some of those who have tried to get what is owed them by private E-mail or a publicly through opinions on Mouthshut have found themselves locked out. I have been watching from the sidelines a bit and have not gained the magic 600 points as it doesn't seem worth the effort. So chances are you won't get paid, but I do think it is worth having a look at the site purely as a visitor as it does have some features that DooYoo could learn from. So lets take a tour around Mouthshut. Homepage Links to joining, community centre, account/profile, star writer featured, latest 30 opnions and profile list. Community Centre. Hall of Fame, News, Hot Reviews, Member Flagged and Mouth Sealed. Member Flagged is a naming and shaming of members who mis-use the site. A blue flag is a warning to straighten out your act, a red flag means the account has been disabled for a serious violation. Mouth Sealed is a list of members that have had their accounts terminated and the reason why. Your profile page. Very similar to DooYoo, but you can post a picture for them to upload
                on your behalf , if you do not have the facility to do it yourself. You also have a circle of trust, and distrust. I am undecided on whether it is good to list people you distrust,it seems a possible vehicle for revenge and abuse in itself. Member to member e-mail. This seems a good idea at first, rather than publicly display your e-mail address, Mouthshut will forward messages on to you through you profile page. Although this is a good feature as regards a members privacy, there has been some discussion amongst members that these messages are being censored. I have had a few e-mails blatantly asking me to rate and comment on opinions, so these have not been censored, I suspect that mail about non-payment probably is stopped though. Writing an Opinion. Choice of subject is much more limited on products, but there are plenty of books, films etc to write about. Mouthshut does have some good features to help you improve your presentation. Firstly you opinion is spell checked which is handy if you don't have a spell check on your own computer. From the asthetic point of view you can also use bold and italic type to make your piece look more professional and interesting. Rating. As with DooYoo a choice of 4, Highly Recommended, Recommended, Somewhat Recommended and Not Recoomended. I do find that many people tend to rate on whether they agree with an opinion,rather than the quality and points raised in the writing. Commenting. A nice feature is that the comment has to have a title and be at least 10 words long. Having to actually think of a title and make up a decent sentence does discourage the people who comment for the sake of it. Quality of Writing. This varies greatly as many writers have English as a second language. The quality has gone down a lot recently as many good writers from DooYoo and Ciao have reached their 6 months membership only to find that payment is not forthcoming, and left. <
                br>Censorship. I mentioned earlier that there are concerns about the e-mails being read and possibly trimmed. Another more blatant form is that there are no opinion categories for similar sites such as DooYoo and Ciao, they seem unwilling to advertise the competition. I have suggested these categories more than once to be greeted with stony silence. Racism. A disturbing feature amongst the minority, opinions setting India against Pakistan, complaints that American writers are earning on an Indian site, and some religious vitriol bought about by the War against Terrorism. So in my opinion you should not join and write for Mouthshut as they are not paying as promised. I would say it is worth a visit to get a different outlook on things, and also if you have an interest in Bollywood movies. It appears that unless a miracle happens and the writers who have built up a good cache of opinions for Mouthsut get paid, that Mouthshut have won this game.

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                  13.11.2001 20:46

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                  Well, Mouthshut is a very similar site to dooyoo where you write opinions and reviews about many different topics and get paid for it. Just the catch is that once you have registered you have to be a member for at least 6 months before you can even think about asking them to redeem your points. Once you have been a member for 6 months, you need at least 600 points which is easy enough to get. Just one problem..... They don't send the money. As like on dooyoo you get money for writing opinions and for people reading opinions. But about the one good thing about this site is that you can also get points for reading other peoples opinions and for recommening people to join the site. This site is a indian based site, but does allow people from anywhere in the world to join and they say that they will still send the money to you. So bad points about it being an indian based site is that the things you have to write about are all indian and half the stuff you would have never heard of before. Dooyoo is a much better quality site with more things to write about and the members are also alot better at giving opinions and do go into alot of depth. Where as on mouthshut the members seem to be fairly lazy and do not tend to write much. I do not recommend people to join this site but if you are into making money then its up to you.

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                  09.11.2001 14:52
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                  No way I am keeping my mouth shut!! The great write and roll swindle, you write they use your ops to make a profit, and they roll in the money while your left with nothing. 8 months I have been a member of mouthshut opt mouthsh*t as we like to call it in the ciao UK group. For those who don’t know, let me give you a brief insight into www.mouthshut.com A similar web site to Ciao and Dooyoo, mouthsh*t is based in both India, where her roots firmly bed, and also in Virginia, U.S.A. I received an email from some chap called Jimmy I think, inviting me o join this new web site. On investigation, I found mouthsh*t to be a friendly, if not amateurish looking site. And decided to join. There were a few “catches” though, with rules that stated “All work posted on mouthsh*t may not be posted anywhere else and becomes the property of mouthsh*t”. Easy to get round though, I just posted my work here first, and then posted it at mouthsh*t, so as not to break their rules! Another rule they had was that you had to be a member for 6 months before you could get paid. Now this didn’t bother me. The reason why this didn’t bother me was simple. Around that time, Ciao and Dooyoo were besieged by churners and cheats to an unbelievable level. Keith, Brian and myself were catching something like double figures every day. So I thought this would discourage cheats, as they were there to make a quick buck, not as a long-term future investment. Despite the concern from established members here, I decided to give it a shot. Now the method of payment at mouthsh*t had not yet been decided, but you earned what they call MS Points (now understand it means Maybe Someday Points!) These are awarded for you activity and so forth for both submitting and reading work, another good idea I thought. So off I went and started po
                  sting away. I noticed quite a few other members from Ciao and Dooyoo there, and soon built up a large Trust and averaged a good amount of reads. Now that is the story of mouthsh*t. Here is the nightmare ending! September came, my 6 months were up, and I smiled as I saw I had some 3000 ms points to cash in. Looking through my profile, account etc, I could find no way of cashing in these points, so I emailed mouthsh*t for advice. NOTHING No reply, no cheque is in the post, NOTHING So I emailed them again. NOTHING Did I get an acknowledgement then? NOTHING I was getting a bit annoyed now, but I was going on holiday, so I though I would leave this until I returned. 2 weeks later, I came back from America to over 100 emails, what did I have from mouthsh*t NOTHING All in all I sent some 20 plus emails asking for at least some form of acknowledgement, and what did I get? NOTHING Enough was enough, it was obvious to me after two months of trying to get money from them I posted an opinion on their web site yesterday about mouthsh*t telling everyone they don’t pay and asking moutsh*t to prove me wrong by contacting me to sort it out. They have now sorted it out! They have cancelled my account and I can’t log in. Therefore 8 months of membership down the drain. Those people on here who know me, will know that my work is of a decent standard and rarely less than two pages long, so I feel very annoyed, almost used, by a shady back street website boasting to be a community site. This site is nothing more than a scam, which could upset a lot of people in many ways. Just think, if they don’t pay you and promise this that and the other, who else do they give your information to? I somehow feel that India do not have the same strict guidelines on D
                  ata Protection that we have over here. Another put of at mouths*t is that despite my making them aware of numerous cheats and even people who were copying other work from Ciao and Dooyoo and pasting it over there, they did nothing about it! So maybe we only a few pennce a read here, but at least we get it! My advice to anyone who is a member on mouthsh*t is simple, go there now and delete all you opinions, as it is free advertising for a tuppence happeny web scam. Make other people aware that they rip you off. Leave with you head held high. Don’t let yourself be scammed like I have been. Angus Reid

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                    20.10.2001 19:50
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                    Firstly there was Ciao, a consumer site where you write reviews in exchange for a few pence. Then I was introduced to Dooyoo, another consumer site where again you write reviews, but in exchange for dooyoo miles! Now I have been told about mouthshut.com, which is you’ve guessed yet another consumer site very similar to the other two (except based in India), with which you get paid in MS points™. Home Page ========= The home page is pleasant enough, nothing spectacular, nothing exciting, but basic and efficient. On the left of the screen you have a list of around 17 categories. On the right is a box which details a star writer, while nearing the bottom of the screen you can see the latest five opinions written by members, and one click leads you to the latest 30 opinions. Log in is at the top of the screen, while also to the right is a box with a list of opinions that are wanted! (Namely: opinions that have been asked by member to be written). Registration ============ As stated Mouthshut is an Indian based site that is ‘global’. You register with the site by filling in a simple form asking for the normal details, username, password etc. It takes just a few minutes. Opinions ======== These need to be at least 75 words long, informative and honest. After all what’s the point of writing an opinion about something you know nothing about – it helps no one! No offensive words, or phrase will be allowed. Once you opinion is written you can choose one of the following by clicking in the box! *Get email alerts when you opinion is read (I did this and ended up with around 50 emails when I first wrote a few ops. Each email was the same just the user who had read it was different) **Get email alert when you opinion is rated. (Not as many emails as above but still a few) ***Get email alert when you get a comment on your opinion (A far better choice, a
                    s they tend not to comment much on opinions on Mouthshut). MS-Points ™ =========== There is a slight difference here between the other sites I have mentioned. You get 10 points for registering for a start. In addition for every opinion you write you get a further 5 MS points™. But the difference is you actually earn points by reading and rating other peoples opinions! Two points for every opinion you read, while a further one for rating it. Bonus points are added frequently, for opinions the company rates excellent. However, there is a draw back to all this. You have to earn 600 points before you can think about cashing them in, and you can’t think about that until six months has lapsed! Plus being in India I am not sure what the system is like for cashing points in the UK is like. You can exchange your points for gifts or cheque so the site says, but what gifts I am not sure? Reading and Rating ================== This is much the same as on the other two sites, you can rate an opinion- highly recommended; recommended; somewhat recommended; not recommended. You can add products (whether or not you’ve written on them) to your likes/dislikes list. You can also add people to your ‘circle of trust’ or ‘distrust’ When you read and rate someone’s opinion you get paid one MS point ™. Flagging and Mouth sealed ========================= Members who abuse the system are chased up and dealt with. Firstly they are given a blue flag, which is a warning. Then follows a red flag when their accounts are disabled. Following this, the account is closed (mouth sealed). A good idea, which the other two sites might like to adopt! Categories ========== There are 17 original categories including; Automobiles; Books; Business; Computers; entertainment and more. Each: with there own number of sub categories. However, being Indian based there are
                    many which are not relevant to the UK. However, you can always ask for a new product to be added. Help ==== You can obtain any help by emailing the company, or visiting the F A Q in the community centre. Mouthshut is a good site, which I enjoy using and writing on. However as for the rewards that remains to be seen. Six hundred points may seem like a lot, but in truth the points soon mounts up, and remember if no one reads your opinion’s, you can always earn points by reading and rating someone else’s. If you have time to write for another consumer site then why not go for this one? Thanks for reading - Dave

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                      28.08.2001 06:13
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                      As far as Internet money making schemes go, I must have tried just about every one of the full range of programs, whether it be website banner ads, paid e-mail, viewbars, pyramid schemes and all the rest, but without doubt I've found that the best, most reliable and most lucrative to be the opinion sites, primarily Ciao and Dooyoo. You can imagine my intense interest, then, when some months ago, in common with a lot of other Ciao contributors, I received an e-mail from an enthusiastic young chappie known only as Jimmy. Jimmy was gleefully trying to drum up trade (and referrals) for a program called Mouthshut (www.mouthshut.com), an Indian website which mimicked the basic principles of Ciao and Dooyoo in that it paid you to write reviews of consumer items. Jimmy's mass e-mail marketing campaign came over very much as a scam and spam, so at the time I took little notice at all of it, dismissing it as one of a hundred get rich quick schemes, and we all know how good they normally are. Then about a month ago, I saw an op about Mouthshut on either Ciao or Dooyoo (I forget which exactly) and it revived my interest, so I thought I'd spend a bit of time checking things out. I signed up and spent a while exploring the site, and have to say that I was quite impressed. The site was pretty well designed and laid out with good accessibility and easy navigation. It looks good and operates quite efficiently, although moving between pages sometimes takes a touch longer than it should. The basic principle of the site is the same as other opinion sites in that you get paid for your contributions, but there some differences in the detail. The site's currency is something called MS (Mouthshut) points, and you earn ten in your account just for registering. You get 5 MS points for each opinion you write and 2 every time one of your opinions gets read. The difference with Mouthshut, however, is that
                      you get another MS point when you rate opinions by other writers, and neither Ciao nor Dooyoo do that. You also get 10 points every time you get anyone to sign up on your referral and then you earn 5% commission on their earnings, which is pretty good. Downsides on the earnings front are that you cannot cash in any balance on your account until six months after you join and you have to have at least 600 in your account. It's also not clear what the value of each MS point is, but after three weeks the balance in my account was over 500, so they're quite simple to earn. The 6 month qualifying period also gives some reassurance that this program isn't going to be swamped by churners, who are generally in it to turn a quick buck, but I'd much prefer it if I knew what the value of the points is. As I'm also yet to be convinced that Mouthshut actually pay out, I'm going to keep a wary eye on things and not put much effort in until I've had a payout if that ever happens, but you earns your points, and you takes your chances, I guess. In one respect, however, Mouthshut can teach both Dooyoo and Ciao a thing or two and that's in the area of circle of trust. Mouthshut shows those other writers who trust you and whom you trust, but the difference is that you can DISTRUST people as well, and others can distrust you. Now that might also cut down some of the abuse you get on other op sites, although I can just imagine some of the battles that might go on if either Dooyoo or Ciao tried such a development, because there's enough rivalry and bad feeling on both sites, and this would just invite disputes. Just a word on the rating front - the categories of rating are Highly Recommended, Recommended, Somewhat Recommended and Not Recommended - how can anything be Somewhat Recommended? The site's home page shows the five most recent opinions and there's a one click link to the 30 next most rec
                      ent, but from looking at how quickly they move, there are fewer opinions being written on the site. As far as subject matter goes, Mouthshut is much the same as either of the other two main sites, although it is mainly populated by Indian contributors and so many of the subjects are Indian in origin, but there's plenty to interest writers from the West, although the sport section is almost exclusively based on cricket. There are many good writers on the site, and plenty of acquaintances from both Ciao and Dooyoo, but I have to say that the general quality of writing isn't of as high a standard as either of the other two. You get a lot of duff writing, although I've not come across any churners or abuse so far. I intend to stick with things and make the odd contribution, although as I've already said, I'll wait until I've had a payout before I take things too seriously. If you're a keen writer, there's nothing to be lost apart from time by checking the site out, but it would be nice to know that they're going to come up with the goods. There's a nice community feel to the site and a lot of friendly writers around, including Wulise and Ashford from Ciao.

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                        13.08.2001 07:21
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                        I have been with Mouthshut since April 3 of this year and have been asked to write a review on it so looked it up. I was surprised to find it listed as Mouthshut does not list dooyoo. The site is based in India and probably three quarters of the writers are from there, but they are very friendly and helpful to anyone that joins and the community spirit is high. The staff is among the best I have found and they answer e-mails right away. If you want to write on something that isn't already listed there is a feature called Mouth pad and you can suggest and it is up by the next day. The ceo himself will leave comments on reviews and answer private e-mails and take phone calls. They watch closely for abusers of the system such as people with multiple accounts or that copy others writings. When some one is caught even if it is abusing another member they are given one warning and if not heeded they are removed from the site and their name put up. There are alot of categories to write in and their is an advice section which I enjoy. The article has to be 75 words or more.The ratings are highly recommended, recommended, somewhat recommended and not recommended. Some write long reviews and other short and to the point. You have a trust list just like most of the other sites. You can also send an e-mail from the sight to another member and leave comments. For each article you write you get 5 points. Each time some one reads what you wrote you get 2 points and you get 1 point for each review you read of some one else's. They have featured reviewers. I would guess at about 12 people that have made that so far. In order to make that you have to write often. get all highly's or recommended, comment on others writings and the next thing you know they make you a star writer. They also have a hall of fame and in it are the 10most popular writers in order. This can change. At the pr
                        esetrn I am ranking number 4. They also run contests to make more points. They pay out every 6 months you have been there and they go by rupees so I can't tell you yet how much that equals in American money but am anxious to find out and they do pay by check. If I have forgotten anything or there is something else you wish to know feel free to write me. My e-mail is on my profile.

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                          16.07.2001 22:56
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                          This site is fairly new. As a result it has few members and some teething troubles. The most obvious of these is a lack of categories and good reviews, but it may be only a matter of time before things improve in that department. *Or so I thought, see end* Although mouthshut is international, it is based in India. Sometimes it is clear that English is not the first language of the writers, making for difficult reading. But for the most part the writing is no worse than anywhere else, and it means a lot of refreshing new viewpoints. Anybody can write and earn points though, and they promise to pay you no matter where in the world you are. More on that can of worms below. Navigation of this site can be difficult, for example you can't get to the home page from the community pages easily. On many pages your only option is to return to the home page, and it's quite annoying that you can't skip easily from one category to another. Unlike Dooyoo and Ciao there is no listing of the number of opinions that have been written on a particular subject. Perhaps the numbers are embarrasingly small? This meant that I found myself clicking on a lot of links only to find that nothing had been written about them at all, a great waste of time. Pages were relatively slow to load as well. In a few respects Mouthshut has features that aren't available on most other opinion sites. On the front page the five most recent opinions are displayed, unlike on Dooyoo. It also includes a circle of distrust, something I know people have suggested for this site. You have the option to conceal this on your profile. However it isn't anonymous, as you this option doesn't allow you to hide it from that member's profile, leaving you open to revenge ratings. I initially though that the circle of distrust was a good idea, but I'm not sure how comfortable I am with it any more. Maybe I'm just chicken, but I've stopped using this fe
                          ature. Once you have rated something, it tells you that you have done this at the top. People and places you have already visited are highlighted, although I believe that this feature is reset once you have logged out. And just as you are told how many people have read your reviews, your profile page also has a hit counter. It is quite difficult to find the most recent new reviews in each category. The most recent for the main category headings are shown, but as you delve through the sub-categories you will discover that the same two opinions are shown throughout the entire section. Finding new reading matter isn't easy! The best way to do this is to click on member's names and find out what they have written, and then discover who they trust. Of course this method favours the Star Writers, Mouthshut's equivalent of the Hall of Fame. Having read some of them I have to say that standards aren't as high as over here. They'd probably even let me in, if I ever get round to writing a bit more. What they do well, better than any other opinion site I have visited so far, is all things Indian. Music, places, Bollywood films. If you want travel advice or to look up something on these subjects, this is the place for it. The UK is dealt with in general, and has attracted only 9 reviews to date. The "consumer feedback community" section includes Mouthshut, and no others. Considering that a lot of their members are regulars on here, Ciao or epinions, this was surprising. It seems they are afraid to even mention the opposition. In the interests of research, I decided to post an article and see what happened. I did this late at night, but they run on Indian time and the time that came through was in the very early morning, when nobody sane would be awake. Still, I managed to pick up ten reads after a day or so, not too bad for a first op. So don't imagine that you won't get read if you post on Mou
                          thshut. Once you've written something, you can get email alerts on it. My advice is, check none of the boxes. You can be emailed when you get ratings, comments, when others write, all sorts. Unless everyone hates you for some reason, this will result in tons of spam and is not really worthwhile. But, and I know you're itching to ask me about this, get some flea powder, what about the MONEY? Money, money, money. Is that all you care about, you Midases? Yes. Of course it is, and quite right. "Nobody but a fool writes, except for money." -Dr Johnson. Well, Mouthshut intend to pay in M-S points, each point worth one peanut. Well, maybe. Here are the current rates: 10 for registering 5 for writing an opinion 2 when a member reads your opinions 1 for rating someone's review 5% commission on referrals There are also bonus points available, but they don't say how many. I haven't come across any opinions with bonus point status or anything similar. Other awards are the Star Writer Award, Founding Member Club Award, and the Best Opinion Award. The other big catch is that you have to wait six months before there is any payout. Incredibly, they are still paying people to read opinions. I'm certain this won't last. As far as actually getting paid to write for this site goes, the clue is on the site itself. There are no adverts, which means no revenue, which probably means no payouts unless they get their act together. If you are interested in things Indian then it would be worth your while to check this site out. *UPDATE* For many members the six month period is up, and payment is due. The conversion rate is one MS point = one laugh in your face. I have not heard of anyone outside India being paid, and the one Indian member who said she was reported that the amount was peanuts. They are also very quick to censor. I wrot
                          e an uncomplimentary review of MS itself, expressing the above doubts, and it was pulled in around a minute. The account was also deleted. If they are that dishonest about MS, who is to say that they won't be as quick to pull uncomplimentary reviews of their advertisers? It's a bad show all round. I have heard that they are suspending payments from the first of January 2002. Faisal sent members a defensive email saying that they will continue to add points to people's accounts and denying that they don't intend to pay at all. He blames the downturn in the world economy and Sept 11th for Mouthshut's problems. This admission shows a surprising degree of honesty considering their track record.

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                            02.07.2001 04:17
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                            Hmm... you could churn and churn and churn these bog standard opinions all day and every last one of them would be Highly Reccommened. For some reason you need 600 points and you have to be a member for 6 months to cash in. I got 1200 points in a week. The reviewers, apart from the Star Writers, write very bad reviews and turn out something like this film is good i liked it a lot.it was about a person who had to travel back in time and save the heir to the war leader. Seriously. Personally if you want an opinion reward site which is of no challenge at all go here. P.S. One of my opinions had to go in 4 seperate places because it was too big.

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                              21.06.2001 20:21
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                              Mouthshut.com. This was the second opinion or revoew writing site I had visited after Apnaguide.com. So I registered there and was soon writing reviews there and earning MS points. Let me go through each of the aspect of the site, one at a time. 1) Registration- This is a relatively simple process. No big deal here. You just should have a email address and choose a user name and you are up and running and you are soon ready to read and write reviews. The other details can be filled up at some other time. 2) Layout of the site - The green colour is dominant in the site and the mouthshut logo is all over the place. You can have a look at the star-writer at the main page which keeps changing. Then there is another table telling on what products or services are opinions being required by the members.. Then there is the other table which tells you about the latest 30 reviews and also the most recently highest and lowest rated product or service. 3) Submission of reviews - There are 2 types of reviews. Either you can write about some product or service and rate the product. Or you can write some advice as in " How to Buy a PC " or " Learning Foriegn Languages " and so . You get 5 points for writing a review ( I'll explain the Points thing later.) You also have s spell check within the site. But you do not have the Category manager like thing as we have here. There is a minimum 75 word limit though. 4) Reading and Rating of Reviews - The rating system is similar to this site but instead of the "useful" term you have the "recommended" term. You get 1 point for rating a review and if a member rates your review then you get 2 points. If your review is read many times then you might just find yourself in the popular reviews section. 5) MS POINTS- This is the area where i feel that Mouthshut are losing in on members. Many members don't become members as they take 6 months for a mem
                              ber to redeem the points and then one does not know how much these MS points are worth. They might be worth nothing for all the effort you might have put in. I think they have to redo that system. So now that you have an idea of what the site is. Let me tell the pros and the cons of the site. Pros- The major Pros of the site are 1) The community spirit is probably the best thing in this site and i am on first name basis with many members. 2) The customer service is excellent and you get reply very fast and this is a major plus point. 3) Then they add the products you suggest very fast. It usually takes less than 24 hours. 4) You can mail the member so the site with the help of the inbuilt mailing system. Cons- The major Cons of the site 1) The MAJOR con of this site is the rewarding scheme. No one knows what these points are worth 2) There are a few reviews which are derogatory and have nothing to do with the subject and they are not deleted. 3) They depend more on members to increast the member database rather than they thmeselves do it. See the games section and you will know what i mean. All in all it can become a real neat site if they can incorporate sugegstions by members of thier site and ops by members on this site and other sites.

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                                16.06.2001 18:13
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                                This is a new consumer opinion site, based on the same format and system as Dooyoo and Ciao. Their website link is: www.mouthshut.com I have registered with them this morning, to get the look and feel of this site and put in my opinion on the Nokia 3310. I would like to provide some information to those of you that might be thinking of joining them. 1) They have obviously just started operations very recently and seem to have more of an international touch to them. 2) The site is operated from India and probably the owners are from their aswell. 3) They mention that you can only claim your reward, either by cheque or gift voucher, after 6 months from the date you opened your account. 4) You get MS Points for writing your opinions and the earning table is as follows: 10 Points when you first join 5 Points for each opinion (review) written 2 Points when your opinion is read. 1 Point when you read any opinion. Basically everything else is the same as Dooyoo and Ciaa but the main sticky point is “payment after 6 months” from date you joined. I’ll let you decide. Also they have not clarified the value of each MS Point ie. What is it worth ?. Another very important point is you will earn 1 MS Point for every opinion you read. You’ll probably have every member reading every single opinion on the site. I’m not very confident about this company at all and I will leave it for you to make up your mind if and when you visit their site.

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