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Short Reviews or Full ones?






What sort of Review would you rather Read
Short ones
58%
 58%  [ 7 ]
Detailed Ones
41%
 41%  [ 5 ]
Total Votes : 12

garionw
I've been working on a website called movopia. This site is designed to be like a movie wiki with reviews. While I was working on it during my break, I got thinking - is it really bringing anything new to the vast table of the internet, or am I just re-inventing IMDb, rotten Tomatoes....

So, I got thinking about what I could do to make movopia different. And thats when I thought of the reviews. What if movopia had a twitter-style review system where each one would be limited to less than 200 characters? Or should I just keep with my original plans and allow for full reviews (that are more than 50 words)?

If I choose to use the mini-Reviews, there would be further delays in building the site because Ill use javascript for advance effects. I would also be able to enable guest posting, and not have to worry about spam. It could also (possibly) increase activity on the site, because even I would rather write a sentence or two rather than a full review. It would also open up the possibility to have SMS reviews as the site gets bigger.

But it would lack the sense of a community, and there would be no communication, something that full reviews offer. Thought out posts will not only complement the movie information but may encourage others to watch and review the movie. Longer reviews would give people something to read, as opposed to the shorter ones. However, users would have to register to post, and some people may not want to do that. Members may also want to keep their reviews to them self, and keep them on their blog which is perfectly reasonable, I would do the same thing.

I think my opinion may be a little biased, so Im asking you what you think.

Would you prefer to read 3 detailed reviews, or 15 short ones?
And what would you rather write, would you keep your longer reviews on your blogs or post them on movopia as well?
Keran
I think it depends mostly, I like long reviews when the thing that I'm reading about is interesting for me. On the other hand, if I don't care much/don't know much about the reviewed thing, I just like to read the list of good and bad points or a short summary.

The perfect combination to this, in my opinnion, would be putting long reviews, but right in the beginning You put a list of good and bad things about the movie, or something of a 1-sentence-summary. That way You will have a combination of short and long review and it will satisfy everyone ^^
For example, I love Gamespot game reviews, because in the beginning You can see what's good and bad about the game and if You are still interested, You can read on a detailed review. Also I love Gamespot articles because they are sometimes funny and it's fun to read them regardless of how long they are.

garionw wrote:
However, users would have to register to post, and some people may not want to do that.


From my experience, if a person wants badly to write a review, he'll register. And the quality of such review will be better, than for example a review from some noob guest...

garionw wrote:

And what would you rather write, would you keep your longer reviews on your blogs or post them on movopia as well?


I don't see the point of wasting few hours to write some awesome review and then keep it to yourself or for a small handful of people, if You don't want to share it (because it might not be so good) then why bother writing it in the first place? Atleast that's my opinnion.
MaxStirner
garionw wrote:
... or am I just re-inventing IMDb, rotten Tomatoes....

Well, to be truthful, I'm afraid you are. There are, from IMDb to Wikipedia, loads of sites offering excellent, extensive content in this area, so even if you would be optimistic enough to somehow assume reaching a critical mass of users to keep your site alive, you would still be producing no original content but only duplicating what is already available. Unless of course you are able to find some niche which no other site has thought of or which is so small that larger sites fail to be interested.

I have contributed very sporadically to IMDb and Wikipedia in this area, and although the amount of content was negligible, it was at least original and might even have been read by someone Smile. In any case, your audience at these sites would, in my opinion, be immeasurably larger than anything you might hope to generate on a new site.
Nameless
I'd prefer to read longer reviews. The shorter the review, the more information is cut out until all you're really left with is the reviewers opinion on the game - something that should not generally guide someone else. Longer reviews allow for more consideration and examination of individual elements of the game, so any potential player knows what they're getting into, and can better judge whether they would like it or not.
Helios
Depends. A good review on a film, or a game, is a short review, expressing the opinion of the author while not forgetting key details about the reviewed subject. So yeah, I prefer good short reviews. But when I'm about to buy a piece of equipment, or upgrade my PC, I'll always read a detailed review on it.

I consider long reviews on films and such a bit of a spoil. I also dislike trailers - a lot.
garionw
MaxStirner wrote:
Well, to be truthful, I'm afraid you are. There are, from IMDb to Wikipedia, loads of sites offering excellent, extensive content in this area, so even if you would be optimistic enough to somehow assume reaching a critical mass of users to keep your site alive, you would still be producing no original content but only duplicating what is already available.


I did plan to release an API so that other people can work off the database, and that could win *some* of the market, but not all of it. But combined with some form of reviews, the site will be different to both IMDb and Wikipedia, because neither show reviews (IMDb does offer them, but they are hidden away).

Nameless wrote:
I'd prefer to read longer reviews. The shorter the review, the more information is cut out until all you're really left with is the reviewers opinion on the game - something that should not generally guide someone else. Longer reviews allow for more consideration and examination of individual elements of the game, so any potential player knows what they're getting into, and can better judge whether they would like it or not.

I can see where you're coming from, but I know when I read reviews, I tend not to read them all, mainly because they could spoil the movie for me (As Helios has said). But when you get 20 to 30 people all stating an opinion, you may be able to form some idea as to weather or not you like it. For instance:

  • The movie was good, but the blood was fake. It had an interesting storyline though.
  • I loved this movie, the acting was great and the music sounded awesume too.
  • This movie is nothing like I though it would be. Not one to watch for those who dislike musicals.

So just reading those 3 (from different people) you can have a general idea of what the movie is like (It's Sweeny Tood, and I made those 3 up). They might not even be called reviews, but something else all together.
hunnyhiteshseth
I think you can have both kind of reviews. You can allow users to post how much the like. then you can use scripting to count no. of chracters and classify automatically a post as a short or long review.

Now when a user is reading a review he can have an option or may be a '+' symbol to read full reviews if he found short one's interesting.

That way you can have best of both worlds.






P.S. And while you are at it, it would be great if you also add an option for subtitles. So, a person after reading reviews may download subtitles from your site right away without visiting any other site.
garionw
hunnyhiteshseth wrote:
I think you can have both kind of reviews. You can allow users to post how much the like. then you can use scripting to count no. of chracters and classify automatically a post as a short or long review.


It would be good, but while the site is still small, I don't too many options.

I would rather have 200 reviews spread out through 20 movies, then 20 reviews spread thought out 200 movies
Aless
It depends on what I'm looking for. If I'm looking for a movie to rent or go see, I might prefer to read a lot of short reviews, mostly for time's sake. However, if I want to learn more about a movie I'm already interested in, a long review will be crucial in deciding whether it's worth the time/money investment. Sorry, this does help except to say that everyone will have different preferences!
friuser
I rather someone build a site that will get rid of imdb. Their interspacial ads. Annoying ads before previews. ADS EVERYWHERE. OMG what the hell. I've not seen any site as bad as imdb unless it is somesort of porn site I accidently clicked on... :P

Trust me you won't be replacing imdb at the least but think rotten tomatoes is hard to beat with your idea. I'll read just one detailed review and maybe one short review. It only matters if the movie is like an indie that doesn't explain everything like the fountain or something metaphysical.
garionw
friuser wrote:
I rather someone build a site that will get rid of imdb.


Yeah, and not only that, but you can't post on forums unless you've a) got a mobile confirmation b) purchased something from Amazon or c) got a credit card.

However the problem with that is that they have things like quotes, faqs, discussions... it would be nice, but not at the moment
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