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DXSMac
post Sep 16 2012, 03:44 PM
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Ok, with all the gripes about "my review got rejected" and "my review got edited" and all that, let's give some suggestions for writing reviews.

Stick to facts, try to leave out emotions. Ok, once in awhile, I throw in an emotional comment, like one park I stayed at in New Mexico had this WONDERFUL view, and I started the review out with WOW, WHAT A VIEW!!!

It's ok to mention that check in person was a bit rude or ugly to you, but then go on to say, "sites were (or weren't) level, bathrooms were (or weren't) clean, Sites had grass, gravel, hardtop. Great pet area, except it was near the propane station. RV Park had lovely flowers.....

Negative comments are ok in reviews, just stick to observations. "My sewer connection was full of bugs, so I had to ask to switch sites." (That happened to me once!) Or, "It rained and my site was full of puddles I had to jump over when I got out of my RV." (This isn't the park's fault, but could be a clue as to whether or not you would want to stay there when it rains.....)

Any other suggestions?

I love this site. I used to post on two other sites, but stopped, as I feel this one is the best. And, another RV Park Review site offered me 50 cents per review, and I sent in a bunch, but never followed up to get paid. What kind of upset me was when they wanted to copy all my reviews off this site and add them to their site, well..... I felt something was WRONG with that......


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post Sep 17 2012, 10:28 AM
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Ok, with all the gripes about "my review got rejected" and "my review got edited" and all that, let's give some suggestions for writing reviews.
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I suspect that the moderators reserve the right to edit or reject any review that doesn't meet the rules for submitting one or doesn't fit a basic criteria of being helpful information. I feel sure that we reviewers don't get to make the rules.

I like to read reviews that are well written with proper sentence structure, good grammar, and proper punctuation. I believe that is one of the Rules for Submitting a review that we all have to acknowledge before doing so.

Someone else posted a suggestion somewhere on the forum about doing a review that was a low rating for the campground. The suggestion was not to actually post until after they had gotten over their ranting and complaining stage. The cool down period allowed them to go back and write a much better, more civilized review even though the rating may not change.

When a review is written, it is important to remember that the purpose of a review is to help someone ELSE decide if they want to use the campground or not. Reviewer's should look past their own site at all of the campground facilities, amenities, and services and then report on those. They also should consider the different types of RVs that others might be using in the campground. A motor home owner needs to consider the pop-up user and vice versa. It's all about helping each other make a good decision. Some form of structure similar to TxBobCat's list could be helpful in doing that it.

The length of a review is something to consider. Cliff Note size reviews aren't very helpful and novel length is overdoing it. A Reader's Digest version, using proper English 101 techniques, is perhaps the more ideal length for a good review.
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DXSMac   Hints For A Well Written Review   Sep 16 2012, 03:44 PM
GandJ   I couldn't agree more on the "stick to th...   Sep 16 2012, 04:39 PM
TXBobcat   Some time ago I started placing reviews in the man...   Sep 16 2012, 05:49 PM
Texasrvers   You have a good list. Sorry our review software i...   Sep 16 2012, 06:31 PM
John Blue   If you go to the home page we have a review form u...   Sep 16 2012, 06:56 PM
RLM   Ok, with all the gripes about "my review got ...   Sep 17 2012, 10:28 AM
Texasrvers   Reviewer's should look past their own site ...   Sep 17 2012, 11:43 AM
Jerry S.   This is almost a rehash of a thread from earlier t...   Sep 17 2012, 11:17 PM
jan-n-john   Not saying anything about the pool, bathrooms, ...   Sep 19 2012, 08:19 PM
Texasrvers   Just to clarify: we do not expect reviewers to co...   Sep 19 2012, 08:46 PM
TXBobcat   When I go to a campground I will walk through the ...   Sep 19 2012, 09:13 PM
JohnTucson   I have a suggestion about the nightly rate that yo...   Oct 9 2012, 01:06 AM
JohnTucson   I have a suggestion about the nightly rate that y...   Oct 9 2012, 09:10 AM
Fitzjohnfan   I have a suggestion about the nightly rate that y...   Oct 9 2012, 11:53 PM
Full-Timer RV'er   Also, seeing discounted rates may help me decide...   Oct 10 2012, 10:04 AM
Full-Timer RV'er   TXBobcat - I love your list. It makes a wonderful ...   Oct 9 2012, 11:21 AM
Full-Timer RV'er   A programming suggestion that might help. I did NO...   Oct 9 2012, 12:38 PM
vincee   What alot of members or guests don't seem to u...   Oct 12 2012, 11:42 AM
docj   I would hope that common sense suggests that if y...   Oct 12 2012, 04:16 PM


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