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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I was looking around and in the last hour noticed two very favorable reviews (5 stars on everything) by people with no posts in the forums. I think this is an issue that should be addressed. Someone should not be able to simply register and then promote their own product by giving very favorable reviews and never doing anything else to promote the general welfare of the community. I think there should either be a minimum post requirement for reviews or an automatic review by the mods of any review posted by anyone with less than a certain number of posts.

post #2 of 10
That seems reasonable to me. No telling who might create an ID here only for the purpose of promoting a particular product or line of products. If that's happening, there's no credibility.

Maybe Admin should also consider deleting existing reviews if put up by people with only a few 'manufactured' posts?

.ma
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

I was thinking about the whole Sunshine Vally debacle and happened to look if anyone put up negative reviews on the place because of whats going on (none had). The latest review, however, was from someone (user handle "dlazar") that had never posted and just reviewed two products. He gave it five stars across the board. The fact that he used the phrase "our video" to describe one of their marketing pieces set off a lot of red flags. He also reviewed a ski that had received mixed reviews and gave it five stars on all facets as well with supposedly no cons. 

post #4 of 10

That is something we try to keep an eye on but without feedback from the members, its tough to catch everyone.

Please let one of the mods know or post in the bug reports if you see something.

Thanks

post #5 of 10

Maybe it should be like pm's - you can't review anything till 15 posts.

post #6 of 10

Actually, reviews are considered a "low-risk" way to get started here at EpicSki. If you think back to when you were new here, that first post was like diving into a pool of indeterminate hospitality--it took a leap of faith, however small. Writing a review is playing at somewhat lower stakes. I like to assume most people come here not to manipulate the community for their own financial gain, at least until proven otherwise. wink.gif

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

Actually, reviews are considered a "low-risk" way to get started here at EpicSki. If you think back to when you were new here, that first post was like diving into a pool of indeterminate hospitality--it took a leap of faith, however small. Writing a review is playing at somewhat lower stakes. I like to assume most people come here not to manipulate the community for their own financial gain, at least until proven otherwise. wink.gif



See the above example that it is happening. I am not suggesting that there should be a minimum, just that anyone under a minimum post number should be automatically kicked to the moderators for review just like it does with some of your first posts.

post #8 of 10

I have seen numerous reviews that were clearly spam.  If I was promoting something I would definitely take advantage of this loophole in epic's moderation.

 

You clearly see a lot of value to the reviews to your business model nolo, as evidenced by the recent contest.  Why would you leave that open to anyone who wanted to come here and post a positive review for their product?

 

To me the reviews are useless, even more for this reason.  I'd much rather read a discussion of known posters on a product then see some strangers 5 star review.

post #9 of 10

I see your point. I'll ask about a having a way of getting new reviews okayed by the Mods before publishing for credibility reasons. If it's done quietly in the background, a new user would not need to know he or she is being qualified. It would also widen our net to catch the dreaded spam people. 

 

(You guys are trying to turn me into a pessimist. I just say Pollyanna real fast three times to break your spell.) 

post #10 of 10

It seems that our spam protection software is dialed in to examine the reviews, wikis, posts, and what have you for the tell-tale signs. Looking at the Sunshine Village page, I see no obvious violations there. Thanks for your vigilance. 

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