Well, here're the Guidelines that are presented to everyone after leaving a review via a link
Basenotes Review Guidelines
by Grant Osborne, 01 September 2005
We welcome all reviews of fragrances from our visitors, but would request that they conform to the guidelines outlined here
You must be a member of the Basenotes Community to leave a review.
* The recommended length for a review on Basenotes is between 100 - 500 words. Reviews that are very short may be deleted.
* Reviews that are unhelpful, infringe on copyrighted material, include personal information, are commercial, false or contain any offensive or objectional content are not permitted and will be deleted.
* Focus on the fragrance - do you like or dislike it? Why? What other fragrances do you think are similar, etc, etc..
* Please only use the review form to review a fragrance. If you require help finding a fragrance, please use the Fragrances Wanted section on the Basenotes Community Board.
Last updated: 7th July 2006
I italicized the two points that are important. 'Request' and 'recommend' are keywords here. The one rule of unhelpful reviews is violated quite a lot as others have pointed out.
But I think there are intelligent enough people to realize that this is a USERBASED community and in as such there will be those that do things differently. There will be comments that are offensive and misleading. If we start reviewing the reviews of reviews... I think things will degrade into the YouTube style of "LOL idiots!" style of commenting. And then com
Amazon's reviewing reviews system is not good. Ever read their forums? People comment about how stupid they think the reviews are. Even the lengthy, well thought-out ones get bogged down into racial slurs and name-calling.
"Was this review helpful?" won't be very helpful in my opinion. For instance, not just Creed vs. Bond crap but stuff like "Hey I liek this fragrance and this person didn't?!? BAD REVIEW" Hell, if I was vindictive, I'd vote Vibert's recent review of my very, very favorite fragrance Canali for Men as offensive but I won't or ever will do so. His opinion is respected and I can definitely see his point.
I honestly think a system like that will be ultimately abused.
I lvoe this community and sometimes I feel like things are taken too seriously.
The edit function returning would be very good. Other "improvements" are not necessary as the directory is good just the way it is.
We just need more people reviewing fragrances! That in itself will make the directory better. you can say "It stinks!" just tell us why. It's very simple.