An outdated opinion is better than none at all for sure.
Thanks to the - much appreciated, thank you Grant - return of the edit function, lots of reviews have been updated as time has passed.
But something one often runs across while searching reviews is a "review under revision" notice where a review used to be.
I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but hear me out - I think I'd rather read a review you no longer agreed with than none at all, especially if there hasn't been a new review yet to replace it. Increasingly I notice these popping up here and there, and I hate to think of the review sections becoming depopulated due to changing tastes.
Curious to hear other Basenoters thoughts on this. I've often gone 180 degrees on a fragrance, but I've kept up most of my reviews until I had time to write a replacement...
Last edited by Sugandaraja; 24th September 2009 at 08:20 AM.
An outdated opinion is better than none at all for sure.
Also, First impression reviews IMHO gives me a "better" idea of what the frag would be like before trying it out or buying blind, since it is how everyone else except the wearer (in my case, A noob, the wearer too!) would perceive the scent as.
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My response to a similar thread http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=230619
In essence, if I felt my review to be untrue to how I feel about a scent now, I thought it responsible on my part to have it removed or revised. Well the former is not possible on our end. I would gladly have those of mine which are under revision, to be deleted by the admin. I do this mainly for not wanting to sound contradictory or misleading.
I leave mine up until I revise them. Usually when I look at my old reviews, I find that the individual note analysis still rings true, though sometimes my reaction to the whole shifts or occasionally changes.
It is great to be able to do edits, I'm in favour of improving my reviews as I learn more.
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I see absolutely no harm in leaving an old review public even if your feelings have changed. I do see harm in leaving a worthless waste of space behind in it's place.
I have a question tho:
how long does it take for a review to be approved? I sent mine but it is still not posted yet
I also leave mine up till I revise them.
Since people are "using their edits" whether they put something meaningful in or they put in ""review under revision", my recommendation would be to put an addendum at the end of the review, namely:
NOTE: the above does not reflect my current opinion; it will be revised.
I think that is more satisfying to me as a reader. Certainly I would make allowance if the review in question if the review was genuinely embarrasing to its author.
also i see a lot of reviews that isnt justified and it was very clear that the reviewer only smelled it on a strip as he/she only described the top notes and start lambasting the perfume...why are those even approved in the first place? I mean, its kinda clear that the reviewer didint really test the perfume throughly.
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A valid point by GB. But I can understand how uncomfortable it may get when you find yourself in disagreement with what you've written earlier. I'm all for updates on past reviews to include the earlier review so we can get a better feel about how one learns to appreciate or even lose interest in certain scents. I know I'd probably cringe over some of my past reviews but I think I'd rather laugh about them instead. After all this is just a hobby.
And reviews come in many forms. Some zero in on the top notes to decide if a scent is worth exploring further. Others wait out till the dry down, and give it multiple wearings. Certain reviewers dissect their scents to the individual molecular note while others prefer to form impressions from the scent composition. Lets face it, confining the ways of looking at scents to a single path would just be downright boring, not to mention too narrowly focused to be of much use to the community. I'd vote for variety. We just need to be discerning about which reviews we should be focusing on and find those that fit our personal preferences.
Last edited by Diamondflame; 24th September 2009 at 04:13 PM.
I agree totally with GB, and I think scentsitivity has a great point. I think it's fun to see how a person's view has changed over time, and exactly WHAT it was about the fragrance that caused the change in opinion. I find it useful for my own purchasing decisions, and it adds to the intellectual appeal of the reviews and subsequent discussions on the boards.
To tell you the truth, there are some reviewers whose reviews I really enjoy and look forward to reading, and when I see an "under revision" note on those reviewers' posts, it's a letdown.
I think the better option would be the right to totally DELETE a review we are no longer proud of. And leave nothing behind to alert readers of our past presence! I think it's our total right, actually.
As for me, evolution of opinion has nothing to do with my wanting to remove a review, but I do cringe at my usage and haste.
I keep my old reviews and note that it is my "newbie" review, when I edit. I wish others would also do this, but of course you can't force them, I guess. It really helps to see how frag perception changes over time.
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I'm an inveterate (compulsive?) editor of my own reviews, and even though I squirm at some of my older observations, I do leave my original reviews standing until I've completed the revisions. Knowing that the old review is out there is a kind of penance for me - it also motivates me to get on quickly with the revisions!