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    On frag's in general..
    Most of us have been sampling/buying scents for years/decades..
    If you randomly select 5 scents that you have smelled- how many would you think are good-bad-ok?
    I know this will vary from person to person
    I was writing a review and glanced at Basenotes Review Stats..
    I know only a small portion of the Community writes reviews but here are the numbers..

    Total Reviews - 105522
    Users - 10349
    Negative - 15693
    Positive - 66643
    Neutral - 22889

    What I get from this is that if you select 5 fragrances..
    3 would be good
    1 ok
    1 bad

    Do you feel this is accurate or the fragrance industry is just that good?
    60% of fragrances are Good?
    Is that too high-too low or about right?
    I have wrote over 400 reviews and will post my numbers soon..

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    I think I'm much more eager to review a scent I find very good and reluctant to review the ones I find bad -- unless insultingly bad. Then I may feel duty-bound to post a warning. Yet someone else may love those I hate, so for the most part I do think I err on the side of focusing on the good and ignoring (or mumbling over) the bad.

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    Hypothetically speaking, if I randomly selected 5 fragrances to smell with no previous knowledge or info about them, I think that breakdown of 3-1-1 would be accurate.

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    I suspect that the criteria by which members review products varies so much that no accurate conclusions may be drawn.

    Quite a few people 'fall in love' with a fragrance, for whatever reason, then write a glowing review which is not based on anything but 'gut feeling', whilst a few who have more technical knowledge might review the same item more dispassionately with a massively different result.

    All reviews add to our knowledge of the product (and often, of the reviewer) but combined would be of little statistical use!

    If two people visited a store selling mainstream fragrances, the number chosen as 'good' would depend on the chooser's taste - one may find a few, the other might find none.
    The same people visiting a specialist outlet may again have hugely different experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Quite a few people 'fall in love' with a fragrance, for whatever reason, then write a glowing review which is not based on anything but 'gut feeling'
    This is how the entire world buys perfumes.

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    Sampling has been difficult. I have sampled over 300 fragrances the last few months, and I can safely say I only enjoy 1 in 10. Those I love are few and far between. But then I’m pretty new to the game, and I find that some fragrances need some getting used to before I like them. Especially if there are notes I am unfamiliar with. Many times I see people describe smells they experienced as children, but I don’t think I was exposed to a lot of smells when I was a child. My parents can’t stand any fragrances. I still haven’t written any reviews because I feel too inexperienced with notes and how to recognise them.

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    All those reviews aren't relevant to you.
    You have to isolate reviewers who are basically the same page you are.
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    I think that stats on Basenotes can give false impressions as others have said. Some reviewers only write posts about fragrances they like

    Also, choosing randomly can be misleading, i.e. you may dislike all 5 or love all 5 -- as is the nature of randomness

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    Many probably wouldn't bother to review really bad, uninteresting scents, if they even try them. Also some may be kind enough to write a thumbs up review for scents they wouldn't own themselves or only wear once in a while to use them up as they were good value for the price. Some of these perhaps could be seen as neutral ratings but make it into the positive sphere.

    I'd think that on sites for enthusiasts there will always be more positivity towards their subject than negativity.
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    [QUOTE=ScentFan;3064793]This is how the entire world buys perfumes.[/QUOTE

    Not necessarily - there are many who will write a positive review of a fragrance which they have no intention of buying due to appreciation of it's technical assets.

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    Ipp, I should have put a smiley behind that response, because there's no question BN members value the expertise of those who have your knowledge. It's a big part of why we're here. OTOH, I get the impression that most members don't have your depth of knowledge yet and that many don't seek it. Are our thoughts unwelcome? Just a while ago I thought Grant encouraged us to post reviews, whether or not we're experts. I hadn't been posting them for that very reason. Now I'm not sure how to proceed.

    I think my sampling experience is closer to yours, Twilight99. I've opted for a learn-out-loud mode on BN, exploring a house or genre while simultaneously searching for fragrances I want to buy, and having some fun in the process -- but when I examine the results, I've so far found only two houses in which I like a majority of their scents -- Sonoma Scent Studios and Slumberhouse. That may change since I haven't fully explored some of the biggies yet, but one day I went to a perfume counter, sniffed all of the L'Artisans and loved only four. In my Jasmine Sniff Fest* thread, I sampled about 50 perfumes and liked only 10 well enough to buy. So I'm loving 1 in 5, but my picks aren't blind. I always ask for BN recommendations before constructing a sniff list. I suspect if I were sampling fragrances blind, I'd be very close to your 1 in 10.

    *And my 1 in 5 was surely also influenced by the fact that Jasmine is my favorite scent.
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    Honestly, I'm just extremely lazy at doing them and have done maybe 10-20 between fragantica and BN ....so yep plain old Lazy....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Ipp, I should have put a smiley behind that response, because there's no question BN members value the expertise of those who have your knowledge. It's a big part of why we're here. OTOH, I get the impression that most members don't have your depth of knowledge yet and that many don't seek it. Are our thoughts unwelcome? Just a while ago I thought Grant encouraged us to post reviews, whether or not we're experts. I hadn't been posting them for that very reason. Now I'm not sure how to proceed.
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    I don't understand this response?

    My personal knowledge is pretty minimal and I made the point in my earlier post that 'all reviews add to our knowledge of a product' - there is no criticism of any reviews/reviewers either intended or implied.

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    How many bad perfumes are there out there? The type you want to run from, gives you nightmares?

    For me not many. There are a good hand full that I absolutely cannot be around. But the rest ,I don't own and just don't care for or don't like enough to buy.

    I'll never understand why people take it as a personal injury when they smell the new Gucci and immediately make a thread declaring "it's he most vile putrid sack of shit ever created!"

    Yes I am aware Gucci hasn't made
    Anything worth buying In a long time. But the last time I smelled Gucci Guilty in a store, I didn't get a nose bleed, nor did everyone stop what they were doing to throw rocks at me.

    So personally I wouldn't go out of my way to leave a negative review. I'd say neutral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    I don't understand this response?

    My personal knowledge is pretty minimal and I made the point in my earlier post that 'all reviews add to our knowledge of a product' - there is no criticism of any reviews/reviewers either intended or implied.
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    As some have already alluded to, there are way too many releases nowadays to even sample, let alone review every offering good or bad. As such, my reviews (and I suspect those of many other reviewers) generally have a more neutral to positive bias because most are for fragrances I sought out due in part to the thought they would most likely appeal to my tastes on some level. That said, "thinking" something will be appealing does not always equate to reality; and those disappointments get no quarter. Others I expect are unappealing but have drawn enough favorable attention from the community and/or reviewers I trust get sought out occasionally as well. With respect to those my guess is one would find I give a much higher percentage of negative reviews.

    I guess the bottom line is I suspect many folks give a higher percentage of positive reviews because they have selected samples of offerings that most likely will appeal to them, filtering out expected disappointments.
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    Reading reviews needs one to be careful.

    You can be reading reviews from a person who you, at the time, found a shared taste.
    The problem is the reviewer may turn out not to like certain notes your like, like rose or tuberose or frankincense. The fact that you like those notes & said reviewer doesn't like will pose problems. That reviewer will give negative reviews to perfumes with subtle rose or frankincense notes subconsciously. Because they don't like rose & a particular perfume may have rose blended subtly into the composition.

    That's why I prefer reviews where the reviewer reviews the perfume technically. By technically I mean it'd be something like this:
    Perfume opens with a zesty lime & bergamot accord but different from perfume Z in that the lime is sharper, followed a peppery floral accord of rose & jasmine similar perfume X, then later the galbanum similar to perfume Y creeps out.

    This is what I want from a review.

    I also don't want promoters praising the latest indie perfumer...
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    I agree with most of what has already been said. Well-written reviews are gold, no matter the "expertise" of the reviewer. I believe people tend to be likely to write about things that have moved them and the scents that lie between the extremes much less likely to be reviewed. Speaking for myself: I don't review at all because I suck at writing and want to avoid stinking up the directory with my poor attempts and I want to keep this hobby an indulgent pleasure. Doing things I'm ill-suited to do isn't pleasurable - it's joy-sucking work. There are some stellar writers here. Some are professional writers. The bar is higher, making my pathetic attempts even poorer in contrast.

    But even if I was capable and willing to write intelligible reviews, there are other factors at play. I don't even bother to seek out scents to sample if the impression I've formed from reading the notes, others' reviews, discussion on blogs and forums, friends' impressions, etc. aren't to my liking. Even samples that show up unexpectedly at my door are at least only sniffed from the vial before giving it skin. So I'm not even trying most scents at all. Of the relatively few I do try, fewer than 5% will be something I'd want to add to my collection or even ever wear again. Most are either awful, so-so or too much like other scents. I'll most likely wash it off before testing enough to write a review, even an unflattering review.

    I wonder whether there would be more useful and balanced information added by members to the reviews in the directory if it was formatted differently. Without advocating for the use of or wanting to open a discussion regarding anything illegal or possibly harmful, I think the search engine used to explore strains at Leafly.com has some characteristics worth emulating here. Members there may add detailed information to the data base without writing an actual review just by clicking a few boxes. This results in the ability to search for products that meet individual criteria beyond positive, negative and neutral as well as promoting more input from the less prolific or skilled and an increased likelihood that data for the so-so scents will be included.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    I suspect that the criteria by which members review products varies so much that no accurate conclusions may be drawn.

    Quite a few people 'fall in love' with a fragrance, for whatever reason, then write a glowing review which is not based on anything but 'gut feeling', whilst a few who have more technical knowledge might review the same item more dispassionately with a massively different result.
    Exactly.

    There are a handful of people still writing reviews for basenotes who I enjoy reading and gain some insight from - generally because they have experienced hundreds of perfumes and can place what they are reviewing in some form of context - they are able to articulate something about the structure and ingredients and also offer some perspective on where it stands in the overall scheme theme of things. Without this ability I think we shift from what I would call 'a review' to more of a subjective or 'naive' (in the academic sense) impression . . . which can still be enjoyable enough to read but not that helpful, really.

    As far as using BN reviews as some sort of indication of a quality percentage guide to what's being released . . . I don't see that at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Reading reviews needs one to be careful.
    That's why I prefer reviews where the reviewer reviews the perfume technically. By technically I mean it'd be something like this:
    Perfume opens with a zesty lime & bergamot accord but different perfume Z t the lime is sharper, followed a peppery floral accord of rose & jasmine similar perfume X, then later the galbanum similar to perfume Y creeps out.

    This is what I want from a review.

    I also don't want promoters praising the latest indie perfumer...
    I hope to be able to post reviews like that some day. I'm getting better, but I don't trust my nose enough yet. Totally curious. Gotta ask. By promoters do you mean paid promoters? Is there such a thing? I've fallen head over heels for almost all of SSS and Slumberhouse and I talk about them all the time, but that's honest enthusiasm. I'd hate to be misunderstood. Just in case, I have no connection whatsoever with either house and in fact have plunked down a noticeable wad to purchase these perfumes (have the receipts to prove it). I'll never be a shill for anyone [Yasmin would surely feed me to the alligators -- though shilling has got to be a heck of a lot less expensive, I must say!]

    Let me ask about something that just arose, though. An indie perfumer contacted me and offered free samples. I love free samples! Buying them is costing a fortune. However, I cautioned that if I accepted them I couldn't promise a review and if I did choose to review them, I had to be free to give my honest reaction, good or bad. In general, is it cricket to accept offered samples and should I say so if I post a review?

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    I agree with most of what has already been said. Well-written reviews are gold, no matter the "expertise" of the reviewer. I believe people tend to be likely to write about things that have moved them and the scents that lie between the extremes much less likely to be reviewed. Speaking for myself: I don't review at all because I suck at writing and want to avoid stinking up the directory with my poor attempts and I want to keep this hobby an indulgent pleasure. Doing things I'm ill-suited to do isn't pleasurable - it's joy-sucking work. There are some stellar writers here. Some are professional writers. The bar is higher, making my pathetic attempts even poorer in contrast...
    LOL! Funny post. I'm a writer and I work with writers and my experience is that someone who cares this much about their words is probably going to be a pretty darned good writer. In this case, your well-written post speaks for itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    I hope to be able to post reviews like that some day. I'm getting better, but I don't trust my nose enough yet. Totally curious. Gotta ask. By promoters do you mean paid promoters? Is there such a thing? I've fallen head over heels for almost all of SSS and Slumberhouse and I talk about them all the time, but that's honest enthusiasm. I'd hate to be misunderstood. Just in case, I have no connection whatsoever with either house and in fact have plunked down a noticeable wad to purchase these perfumes (have the receipts to prove it). I'll never be a shill for anyone [Yasmin would surely feed me to the alligators -- though shilling has got to be a heck of a lot less expensive, I must say!]

    Let me ask about something that just arose, though. An indie perfumer contacted me and offered free samples. I love free samples! Buying them is costing a fortune. However, I cautioned that if I accepted them I couldn't promise a review and if I did choose to review them, I had to be free to give my honest reaction, good or bad. In general, is it cricket to accept offered samples and should I say so if I post a review?
    I don't think there's anything wrong with accepting samples so long as the review is subjective. And yes , ياسمين wouldn't tolerate shilling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    What I get from this is that if you select 5 fragrances..
    3 would be good
    1 ok
    1 bad

    Do you feel this is accurate or the fragrance industry is just that good?

    60% of fragrances are Good?
    Is that too high-too low or about right?
    You cannot really get accurate objective readings from subjective and largely emotional data, so I'd say 60% is highly inaccurate. My own experience based on my own personal taste is more like 10% of "industry" perfume appeals to my sensibilities (which doesn't necessarily mean they're good or bad), and something more like 40% of guerrilla / indie checks the boxes that I want checked.

    As far as reviews go, learning how to read them is key. "OMG! OMG! This is the bestest most awesomest thing ever!!!" is neither a review nor of any use to anyone except maybe the reviewer's friends who can rejoice in the fact that their friend has found something they love. Close friends in this community tend to disagree with me on this, but context and objective analysis of what a scent is doing / offering is really all I can use except in the few rare cases where one persons' tastes are close to my own. I value people's subjective responses—especially if they're well-written and thoughtful, but even with people whose tastes I share, there'll be differences remaining.

    Given the nature of the topic though, as others have stated, I rarely even bother reviewing mass produced commercial fragrances because I find many of them to be crass and offensive to aesthetic sensibilities. I'll hit a couple now and again—especially if one gets a lot of attention so I can see what all the fuss is about, and I also take regular spins through the department stores / Sephora "wall-of-scent" to see if any improvements have been made (still waiting for that to happen). But I try to avoid quick dismissals as much as I try to avoid overly emotional OMG! OMG! reviews, and the best way to do that is simply not even bother with the obvious crap.

    One recent example for me was Puredistance Black. I'd gathered enough information prior to trying it that I was fairly certain it would be a let-down, but I committed myself to minimizing preconceptions to be as objectively analytical as I could. I still think it's DOA as far as fragrances go, but having lived with it for three days while taking copious notes, I'm pretty sure I was able to fully understand everything it had to offer—and only then could I accurately express the dissatisfaction I had with it (which, interestingly, turned out to be a very different kind of dissatisfaction than what others had).

    So, to summarize, the statistics of reviews on here mean little. In fact, I'd go further and say that they distort any potential objective truth as to the nature of perfume releases. But their role here is not scientific or objective—it's the collected ponderings of a highly disparate and diverse group of people who bring a vast spectrum of knowledge and experience to the table. As many of you have surely found, writing about fragrance is a) difficult and b) personally revealing. If someone enjoys what I write about the things I smell, that's awesome; but I'd say that writing my reviews is as helpful to me (if not more so) as it might be for someone who happens to enjoy reading them.
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    I think if you eliminate the bias of positive participation in reviews, most of us would fall closer to a 1(good)-3(ok)-1(bad). It's always about the bell curve!

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    Considering this question:

    If you randomly select 5 scents that you have smelled- how many would you think are good-bad-ok?
    As a couple of others have alluded to, I don't smell scents at random; I use criteria like reviews (which are themselves weighted based on my knowledge of the reviewer/their tastes), listed notes, perfumer, house, etc. to help narrow the field of possible samples and improve the chances that I'll like them.

    The more I learn about my own preferences, the more can be eliminated out of hand; if I don't like calone or jasmine, I won't bother trying fragrances that are said to prominently feature those ingredients.

    So the pool of scents I've smelled becomes ever more calibrated to what I know I like. In this context, I think that the 3:1:1 ratio is not unreasonable. By extension, it wouldn't surprise me if this would also apply to others, and could hold true for the basenotes directory.

    I think if the criteria were to "smell five random scents", I think the results would be quite different.

    So asking "is the industry really that good?" seems to put the focus elsewhere than our own subjectivity and preferences. But my answer would be, yes, if you know that you like a leather fragrance, there' s a good chance that 60% of leather fragrances that have made it to market would meet at least moderate approval for having hit some part of the target. I've seen plenty of reviews along the lines of "3.5 stars out of 5 gets it a thumbs-up, barely". So it has something to do with the way the rating system here is set up, as has also been mentioned by previous posters.

    Regarding the value of types of reviews, it makes sense that the more experienced members who can identify a wide variety of notes and ingredients gain the most from an analytical review. I like to read analytical information, even though my level of experience is only moderate, and I still am not sure what "balsamic" means. I most enjoy reviews that in addition to factual information, combine humor, writing skill and references to other subjects - music and books are two favorites - to help expand the subjective experience of a fragrance. Even though these may be too subjective to help know what something will smell like, they make the reviews far more pleasurable, for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    I think I'm much more eager to review a scent I find very good and reluctant to review the ones I find bad -- unless insultingly bad. Then I may feel duty-bound to post a warning. Yet someone else may love those I hate, so for the most part I do think I err on the side of focusing on the good and ignoring (or mumbling over) the bad.
    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Hypothetically speaking, if I randomly selected 5 fragrances to smell with no previous knowledge or info about them, I think that breakdown of 3-1-1 would be accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zatarain View Post
    As a couple of others have alluded to, I don't smell scents at random; I use criteria like reviews (which are themselves weighted based on my knowledge of the reviewer/their tastes), listed notes, perfumer, house, etc. to help narrow the field of possible samples and improve the chances that I'll like them.

    I agree with these comments. I think this is why the distribution is the way it is. Also, BN is quite limited with 3 options. You can put a fragrance as a "positive", yet not find it FBW. (I like it. I really do. I just don't LOVE it. -- or -- It's not my style, but I think it's well made, blah, blah).

    I think a 1 - 10 scale would be much more useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    I agree with most of what has already been said. Well-written reviews are gold, no matter the "expertise" of the reviewer. I believe people tend to be likely to write about things that have moved them and the scents that lie between the extremes much less likely to be reviewed. Speaking for myself: I don't review at all because I suck at writing and want to avoid stinking up the directory with my poor attempts and I want to keep this hobby an indulgent pleasure. Doing things I'm ill-suited to do isn't pleasurable - it's joy-sucking work. There are some stellar writers here. Some are professional writers. The bar is higher, making my pathetic attempts even poorer in contrast.

    But even if I was capable and willing to write intelligible reviews, there are other factors at play. I don't even bother to seek out scents to sample if the impression I've formed from reading the notes, others' reviews, discussion on blogs and forums, friends' impressions, etc. aren't to my liking. Even samples that show up unexpectedly at my door are at least only sniffed from the vial before giving it skin. So I'm not even trying most scents at all. Of the relatively few I do try, fewer than 5% will be something I'd want to add to my collection or even ever wear again. Most are either awful, so-so or too much like other scents. I'll most likely wash it off before testing enough to write a review, even an unflattering review.

    I wonder whether there would be more useful and balanced information added by members to the reviews in the directory if it was formatted differently. Without advocating for the use of or wanting to open a discussion regarding anything illegal or possibly harmful, I think the search engine used to explore strains at Leafly.com has some characteristics worth emulating here. Members there may add detailed information to the data base without writing an actual review just by clicking a few boxes. This results in the ability to search for products that meet individual criteria beyond positive, negative and neutral as well as promoting more input from the less prolific or skilled and an increased likelihood that data for the so-so scents will be included.
    So true. I like the idea of a more up to date data system.
    More reviews are always helpful, although they do tend to be positive, for the above stated reasons. However, I have certainly seen many of my favorites get bad reviews.
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    For me, only 10% of the stuff out there is worthy of a good review and 5% is Full Bottle Worthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    For me, only 10% of the stuff out there is worthy of a good review and 5% is Full Bottle Worthy.
    I'd put it at 3% and .3%.
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    I've only found myself motivated enough to provide a write-up if:
    (1) I already own it;
    (2) have been wearing it enough to really see how it behaves in as many conditions as possible (e.g. seasons, mood, formality, activity, humidity, etc.);
    (3) feel "WOW, now this is why I am into this hobby!"; and
    (4) believe there just may be some guy out there (similar age, similar old-school, edgy, masculine, animalic preference) that understands my perspective and uses the information one way or another.

    Unless I change this line of thought, I'll never be writing up a negative or even a neutral. I've written less than ten reviews and perhaps most people are, in a similar way, mostly motivated to write up mostly good reviews.

    Now back in Dec. I was, for whatever reason, interested in this BN global review issue. Consistent with your numbers, I saw that the universe of reviews broke down like this: 63% were positive - 22% were neutral - 15% were negative. I believe these figures are skewed towards the 'positives' for reasons stated above.

    I wondered how the top 5 (in number of reviews only) stacked up against the universe, respectively? Afterall, who are these people that have written 1,000 or even 2,000 reviews? Do they only review what they believe they'll like or do they simply test/review anything and everything they can get their hands on? Well, it broke down like this:
    Reviewer #1 -- 48% / 30% / 25%
    Reviewer #2 -- 43% / 39% / 18%
    Reviewer #3 -- 52% / 38% / 11%
    Reviewer #4 -- 63% / 29% / 8%
    Reviewer #5 -- 53% / 27% / 20%
    Combined -- 52% / 33% / 16%

    Now what does this all mean, if anything? Not for sure, but my guess is that those that write a lot of reviews are more likely to write up a review on each and everything they smell... and they smell as much as they can. Hell, maybe they're in the profession in some way, shape, or form. They'll review whatever gets thrown at them. Perhaps those that don't write a lot of reviews are less likely to bother with writing up something they are not positive about and are not really interested all that much in smelling everything they can, rather the interest is in smelling what they're bound to like.

    Dunno.
    Simplex Sigillum Veri

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