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    Angry Recent trend in non descriptive reviews

    Is it just me or there seems to be a recent trend in posters writing up reviews that say nothing. Not shill-type of "she was the hottest girl and she does it all"... What I mean by nothing, is a post that only pertains to feelings and contains no information about the encounter (girl's appearance, services rendered...)

    I won't quote any specific threads...

    I sure can understand that when a lady has numerous pages of reviews describing not only her attributes and attitude but also the available services and play options, one can decide to avoid repeating it all and simply state that what has been said in the past is still valid...

    Now, I can understand some guys want to be poetic in their review style. Some, though rare, truly succeed at this... One may want to leave a little to the imagination at times... so as to not sound too graphic. But ... come on, as aptly said by Nylonlover:

    c'mon guys, this is a REVIEW board, not a "feelings" board. Put in some goddamn work!
    Guys, if you want to only write poetry about how you felt to the lady, put it on a card and give it to her on your next meeting! Poetry is OK, if you write it as such that it contains pertinent information!!

    I think that Mods should simply remove these posts that contain no information...
    Last edited by hormone; 05-02-2011 at 12:11 AM. Reason: clarified my intentions and removed thread so not to single out

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    I agree with you. A review should include what others should expect should they call for her. The main purpose of a writing a review is to share your experience, whether it is positive or negative. The important elements are looks and description, acronyms (yes and no), service, sensuality, attitude, and interest in being there with you. If you want to write for Penthouse, contact them, but don't burden board members with your attempt of scripting erotic prose.

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    Guys, it takes all kind of people to make a world, same as it takes all kind of reviews to make a board. Nobody can be forced to a style and this type of complaints will only make some posters who could contribute greatly, decide not to post at all, for fear of that kind of backlash.

    Thanks

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    Hey Mod, sorry if you feel my post is potentially discouraging to woudl be reviewers. All I wanted to say was that if you post something that just says "I liked her a lot" ... or " she brought a wind of freshness/ a ray of bright sunlight in my dull and otherwise lackluster life" ... well this kind of post does not help me a lot, unless I know very well the reviewer because of multiple previous reviews. A post needs to contain information, not only feelings.

    I too encourage people to write up as often as possible, I just think that there is a trend in some reports to be only subjective feelings and not more concrete information. I dont deny the place of a good subjective appreciation in the review -- we all do, our ratings are subjective, the repeat factor is another one! And the ones who are able or willing to write them up poetically, it just makes it more entertaining to read when it's well done!!
    Maybe I will simply remove the quote of the one thread I singled out, this would make my own thread more "generic"...

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    What we need is something like a check list or a rating system. Some people are just better writers than others. Most post give you a general idea of what to expect.

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    I am not sure if the OP speaks for the large majority here or small selected few. But perhaps, the board should have a policy on what is expected of it members in their reviews.

    It is very possible that I am out of my league on this board and ought to look elsewhere.
    I am not comfortable writing graphic details of my encounters. I try to communicate whether I was satisfied or not, whether anything I saw in ad was deceptive and whether previous reviews are accurate.
    But I don't try to write a detailed description of the physical encounter between us as I have seen from other poster's. As disappointed as Nylonlover will be.... I am NOT going to "put is some goddamn work", learning
    how to get comfortable writing what he wants to read. I will accept however, that if I am not meeting the community standard that perhaps I should not be here.

    It is coincidental that I just saw this trip. I just posted a couple of reviews that I hesitated to write for fear they would be deemed useless. I later went back and edited them to add a few numbers and acronyms.
    But somehow I think they still fall short of what this thread is seeking to set as the Merb standard. I just made a list. I did not write a sexual narrative.
    Quite frankly, if more detail is required, I don't think I am up to the task.

    So why doesn't Merb just define what is acceptable for a review and what is not. Then we can self-assess whether or not we ought to participate in this community.

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    Thanks Bud...
    I appreciate your comment
    I am trying to find a balance between my comfort level and what the folks around here want

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    Quote Originally Posted by freezin View Post
    ...But perhaps, the board should have a policy on what is expected of it members in their reviews.
    That would be good in a perfect world but, as everybody know...

    Putting such policy would deter a lot of people from posting. Some reviewers are already hesitant and are getting bashed as soon as what they write isn't exactly what some members are expecting so, putting a required format would simply push them away.

    We have reviewers here who grew confident, starting with short, very basic and limited reviews and now doing good ones. It's a learning curve anybody better follow on his own. A bit of info here and there from timid reviewers is better than no info at all.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by hormone View Post
    Hey Mod, sorry if you feel my post is potentially discouraging to woudl be reviewers. All I wanted to say was that if you post something that just says "I liked her a lot" ... or " she brought a wind of freshness/ a ray of bright sunlight in my dull and otherwise lackluster life" ... well this kind of post does not help me a lot, unless I know very well the reviewer because of multiple previous reviews. A post needs to contain information, not only feelings.

    I too encourage people to write up as often as possible, I just think that there is a trend in some reports to be only subjective feelings and not more concrete information. I dont deny the place of a good subjective appreciation in the review -- we all do, our ratings are subjective, the repeat factor is another one! And the ones who are able or willing to write them up poetically, it just makes it more entertaining to read when it's well done!!
    Maybe I will simply remove the quote of the one thread I singled out, this would make my own thread more "generic"...
    Hello Hormone,

    Everyone has probably felt the same frustration when searching for someone to meet and have fun with. I know I have many times due to information that is lacking. I think your thread asking reviewers to include more useful substantial details is a good idea. I have also wanted to remind reviewers that while their reviews are interesting, their emotional subjectivity does not inform the reader of much that is helpful. But anything that resembles trying to create rules attempting to regiment all reviews would probably be discouraging to many for one reason or another, and would probably result in fewer reviews overall.

    Perhaps some sort of sticky with an optional suggestions or a template for reviews would indicate to newbies that certain details are okay to include. I know when I wrote my first I was pretty reluctant to include anything that seemed too personal or graphic.

    But in my view the best way to encourage better reviews is to respect the ones that are made, positive or negative. Stop challenging member's honest reviews instead of attacking details some don't like, and send suspicions to the mods first.

    And the mods should have a no tolerance policy for insulting or libelous accusations, regardless of being true or not. Newbies seeing the attacks they may face WILL be discouraged from posting anything. In trying to weed out shills with attacks many have consequently weeded out the help we want by making a spectacle of these episodes, thus making it seem like all reviewers risk the same treatment. That help prevent shills, but it's also intimidating to newbies making them more reluctant to post.

    It would also help if veterans got respect for their efforts instead of being mocked, taunted, or their honesty challenged.

    Cheers,

    Merlot
    Last edited by Merlot; 05-05-2011 at 10:59 PM.

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    I think some suggested guidelines would be helpful for newbie’s.

    When I wrote my first review (which was also the first time I had engaged in the hobby) I had no idea how to write it. My encounter went great and I documented it as such, but without telling all the details of the encounter (just didn’t know what to write). Because it was my first review, for my efforts I was attacked as a shill…(apparently you are not supposed to have a good time or deal with a good agency the first time you post a review… oh, and know what the community wants to hear about…). I have thick skin, so it bothered me for a bit, but my initial reaction was “well fuck everybody then, I won’t write any more reviews”. I did get some positive feed back, so I continued to contribute.

    I’m sure that was very interesting to everyone, but the moral of the story is, if we are going to suggest guidelines to the newbie’s, then we should provide guidelines to those who want to immediately go on the attack because of what a newbie posted, sometimes they just don’t know.

    But, and it’s a big Butt, if someone is welcomed into the community and doesn’t contribute…well, game on…

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYClimber View Post
    I think some suggested guidelines would be helpful for newbie’s.

    When I wrote my first review (which was also the first time I had engaged in the hobby) I had no idea how to write it. My encounter went great and I documented it as such, but without telling all the details of the encounter (just didn’t know what to write). Because it was my first review, for my efforts I was attacked as a shill…(apparently you are not supposed to have a good time or deal with a good agency the first time you post a review… oh, and know what the community wants to hear about…). I have thick skin, so it bothered me for a bit, but my initial reaction was “well fuck everybody then, I won’t write any more reviews”. I did get some positive feed back, so I continued to contribute.

    I’m sure that was very interesting to everyone, but the moral of the story is, if we are going to suggest guidelines to the newbie’s, then we should provide guidelines to those who want to immediately go on the attack because of what a newbie posted, sometimes they just don’t know.

    But, and it’s a big Butt, if someone is welcomed into the community and doesn’t contribute…well, game on…
    Hello NYClimber,

    This is extremely unfortunate and the most damaging possibility for any board which can only thrive on the steady renewal of new credible members. That's why I suggested there should be a 100% no tolerance policy for anyone who commits these attacks regardless of seniority. There can be no excuse to attack anyone just being of superficial appearances. IF...there are shills the suspicions should be brought to the mods first, and that process should not be changed no matter if the reviewer is a shill because when it becomes a habit to attack reviewers without proper process the damages for discouraging reviews is much greater than the rewards of catching a shill. Shills are always exposed eventually. Attacking first just cuts off the roots of future benefits for us all.

    Good luck,

    Merlot

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    Quote Originally Posted by freezin View Post
    But perhaps, the board should have a policy on what is expected of it members in their reviews.

    It is very possible that I am out of my league on this board and ought to look elsewhere.
    I am not comfortable writing graphic details of my encounters. I try to communicate whether I was satisfied or not, whether anything I saw in ad was deceptive and whether previous reviews are accurate.
    Thanks for your post Freezin.
    I am also one who is not very inclined to describe the roll in the hay part. I won't write "I penetrated her" or she sucked my dick all along the shaft... " I respect that a lot. If your reviews provide the info you quote, you are not out of your league.
    It is possible to contribute very well to MERB by simply stating
    - if the girl physically fits the advertised description
    - if she provided the services as offered
    - if the girl arrived on time or how late she was
    - if the girl was pleasant to converse with... if you did talk!
    - if the girl was shy or more adventurous or took the lead or stalled the actual debut of festivities

    I am not expecting anyone who does not feel like it to write details describing the encounter, being graphic about positions and how hard you went at it or how long. Of course, you can mention how satisfied you were. But its important that readers can understand WHY you were happy.

    This being said, I think that a policy or too strict guidelines would not be helpful. What would be more helpful in my mind would be indeed a sticky type of thread with various examples of reviews, illustrating what makes one better or one not usefull. With various styles also, to allow most people to find the one that fits better. This way newbies could have a model to follow.

    Of course, the best way in my mind to find models is to read... and to practice writing!!

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    Dream on, it ain't going to happen. Learn to read between the lines and understand that a lot of the most knowledgeable members are hoarding the best for themeselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbodick View Post
    Dream on, it ain't going to happen. Learn to read between the lines and understand that a lot of the most knowledgeable members are hoarding the best for themeselves.

    How dare they..!
    What gives them the right..!
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    Nylonlover: c'mon guys, this is a REVIEW board, not a "feelings" board. Put in some goddamn work! Nylonlover is one of the rare reliable Merbiste left (so are Merlot and Hormones) and his reviews over years should be considered as references.

    Merlot: It would also help if veterans got respect for their efforts instead of being mocked, taunted, or their honesty challenged.
    What respect??? LOL, as soon as you are a bit too incisive Mods, shillers and white knights are interfering

    My 25 cents: over years I ve really reduce my litterature-poetry-BS in my reviews. I'm now trying to be to the point as much as I can always using the same structure:

    - look: from 1 to 10 + details if needed
    - Face: from 1 to 10 + details if needed
    - Body: from 1 to 10 + details if needed
    - Attitude: from 1 to 10 + details if needed
    - Service: from 1 to 10 + detaills of the menu (acronyms)

    Optional:
    - Damage ($$$$ + extra)
    - Receptionnist: from 1 to 10 + details if needed
    - Repeat: Y or N

    Very simple structure, No BS.
    My minimum note is 2 out of 10, my maximum is 9...

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