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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 Oct 9 2012, 11:21 AM
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TXBobcat - I love your list. It makes a wonderful outline for writing a review and it keeps you from inserting too much emotional garbage.

Someone else mentioned they do a "walk-about" of the park so they can be better informed prior to writing their review. Hubby and I do this as well.

I was raised on some very LARGE recreational parks (Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Lake Powell, etc), as such I check certain things, knowing it is a good indication of how well the park is taken care of. Hubby is from the construction industry and as such he has his things he looks for as well. Before we (I) write a review we sit down together and figure out what we want to include.

Yes a number of my reviews have been deferred, not posted, changed, etc. I even received a very long winded email as to what I was doing wrong. Honestly I appreciate this admin's time. I am sure they are doing this on a volunteer basis as many forum admin's do, thus their time is just as precious as ours. So I will do my best to keep things short and to the point... If TXBobcat doesn't mind, I may borrow his list idea and use it as an outline for future reviews as I am sure there will be plenty more to come. We are spending at least the next year as full-timers.
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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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