Commenting Guidelines



What you should consider when writing comments on a review

Focus on facts mentioned in the review
Keep other readers in mind
If needed, give the author advice to further improve his/her review
Write in a factual, clear and well-structured way
Use accurate grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation

What you must avoid when writing comments on a review

Do not comment a review just for the sake of it
Do not use standard comments
Do not use your comment to advertise your own or third party services
Do not use your comment to discuss unrelated reviews or members
Do not use the comment feature to insult or discredit the author



What you should consider when writing comments on a review

Focus on facts mentioned in the review
Comments are intended to help readers determine which reviews should be taken into account in purchase decisions. When writing your comment, please found all your remarks on concrete evidence from the review itself. This will enable readers to see how you reached your conclusions.

Keep other readers in mind
Please make sure that your comments are written as clearly as possible. This will make it easier for readers to extract the key points of your argument. Please also remain constructive and polite, as the author of the review is likely to read your comment.

If needed, give the author advice to further improve his/her review
Comments are designed both as a means of distinguishing particularly useful reviews and of providing authors with constructive advice on how their future review-writing could be improved. If you feel this to be necessary, please give the author clear, practical tips for improving the review's content and/or style.

Write in a factual, clear and well-structured way
A well-reasoned argument, built on concrete evidence from the review itself, will make your comment easier to read and understand. Make sure that you always explain both what you think of the review and WHY you think it.

Use accurate grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation
This will make your comments easier to read and more accessible. Why not prepare the text for the comment in a word processing programme with a spell checker beforehand? This will help to avoid typing errors and mistakes which distract from the content.

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What you must avoid when writing comments on a review

Do not comment a review just for the sake of it
Comments are intended to provide readers with an indication of the usefulness of the review's content and authors with advice on how their review-writing could be improved. Please restrain from writing comments when you have nothing constructive to say about a review.

Do not use standard comments
Please make sure that your comments tie in with the review in question as tightly as possible. Avoid standard comments as these are too generalised to be of use.

Do not use your comment to advertise your own or third party services
Comments must not be used as free advertising: please limit your remarks to an evaluation of the product or service in question. Though you may acknowledge information sources, you may not use your comment to promote them.

Do not use your comment to discuss unrelated reviews or members
Your comment should relate to one review only. Please comment on other reviews in the appropriate sub-categories. Comments directed at other members, as far as these are not personal or offensive, should be left in members' individual guestbooks.

Do not use the comment feature to insult or discredit the author
All such comments are entirely inappropriate and will result in your review being removed and, potentially, your membership revoked.

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