[theme-reviewers] An idea regarding the user review system

Daniel Tara contact at onedesigns.com
Wed Feb 20 01:36:46 UTC 2013

I was lurking through theme reviews and noticed something: When writing a review very few people strive to give an objective review and most people rather tend to get personal and biased about it, so instead of writing a generally useful review and give a rating based on the theme's quality they write things like "This is exactly the theme I was looking for, 5/5" or "I was hoping for this theme to have feature X, but was disappointed it doesn't so I'm gonna give it 2/5", which in my opinion just messes up the ratings. I also noticed newer themes tend to have more from the first category and get high ratings regardless of their quality and older but more popular themes tend to have more from the latter so they get a low rating despite being top quality.

I believe users should understand that just because *they* found a theme to match their needs it doesn't mean it's useful for everybody and also that just because a theme lacks a feature *they* need it doesn't mean the theme is poor quality. So I was thinking the review form should have a guideline like "Please try to be as objective as possible with your review. Try to focus on the theme's general quality rather than a single personal experience to make sure your review is as helpful as possible to others".

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.


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