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dooyoo Site Rules

by dooyoo | 07.03.2014

Like any community the dooyooCommunity has a few rules that you need to know before diving in and getting involved. Play by these simple rules and you'll get the most out of being a dooyoo member - and the lovely folk at dooyoo HQ won't have to hit the big, red eject button on your account!

1. Be original and don't copy.

Plagiarism is a major no-no on dooyoo, and there really is no excuse for it when with every review submission you also agree to the dooyoo Oath, confirming that the review is your original work.

If you're quoting specific facts or statistics, make sure you cite your sources. If you're researching your review, make sure you put your research into your own words. In short, make sure your reviews are your own.

2. Make sure your Premium Reviews are of premium quality.

Premium Reviews are those that receive dooyooMiles on dooyoo, so if you want to receive your dooyooMiles rewards, you need to make sure that your review is of a sufficiently high quality. Reviews must be written in easily understandable, native level English, contain genuine, personal consumer opinion, and be helpful to consumers using dooyoo to research their product purchases.

Sneaky reviews that just scrape over our Premium Review threshold (150 words) but do not contain 150 words of genuine consumer review, instead being padded with lists, repetitions, or other non-relevant material are also counted as dooyoo abuse. We probably shouldn't have to be specific but just in case; for a recipe or food review, for example, a list of ingredients is fine but only if there are at least 150 words of genuine review once the lists are subtracted. Same goes for descriptions of the packaging, CD tracklists and information that is irrelevant to the product being reviewed (it's great that you received the product as a gift from your sister's neighbour last week, and that it was wrapped in floral wrapping paper, and tied with a red bow - but this information doesn't really help consumers form an opinion about the product itself so therefore isn't included in the 150 word minimum). Repeated sentences (or whole paragraphs!), using punctuation to reach the minimum word limit, or some other kind of 'word limit fraud' is dooyoo abuse.

3. Post each review only once.

Although some products in the dooyoo catalogue may be similar, they are not the same, and therefore posting the same review under numerous different products is not useful to users of dooyoo. Trying to collect extra dooyooMiles in this way will likely result in your account being closed.

4. Only review products you actually own.

We know that reviewing on dooyoo can become addictive and soon you'll be looking around frantically for the next item to review, but don't forget, the real reason for writing reviews on dooyoo is to help other consumers out there make better purchasing decisions. You need to be fully familiar with the product you're reviewing, in order to be able to give well-informed and accurate feedback about the product's quality, value for money, usefulness etc.

In other words, it needs to be a product that you yourself own, and you've used it extensively (as well as recently). Please don't post any reviews of products you'd like to use (but haven't), products your friends own, products you've used just once, or things you remember vaguely from 'a while back' - this isn't much help to consumers, and therefore isn't what we want on dooyoo. Please also note that if we have concerns about the ownership of the products you're reviewing, we may ask you provide proof of purchase or a recent photo to clarify ownership.

5. Rate reviews honestly, and read all reviews properly before making your rating.

Our systems tell us how long you spend reading a review before you rate it, so obviously if we see a pattern that you're opening 1,000 word reviews and rating them three seconds later, we're going to need to have a chat with you about "speed-clicking". This is when you click as fast as you can through a friend's reviews to generate dooyooMiles for them. While we all sometimes click through a review quickly if it wasn't what we were looking for, if it becomes a trend (and you do it many times in a row) your activity officially becomes dooyoo abuse. Keep in mind that reading a lot of reviews without rating them is also a no no.

Similarly, if you develop a pattern of rating anyone who gives you a negative rating in the same way, this is called "revenge rating" and is also against the site rules. We definitely want you to be honest in your ratings - don't be afraid to use the full range of rating buttons - but make sure that your rating truly reflects your genuine opinion of how useful the review is and is not influenced by ratings that member gave your reviews.

6. Be helpful, polite, and friendly.

Keep your behaviour on the site positive and you'll find that others respond to you in the same way. Of course, as in any community with a range of different personalities and people with various beliefs, there will from time to time be differences of opinion on the site. This doesn't have to be negative though, and in fact keeps the community vital and interesting - just make sure that you always approach others with respect and a virtual smile.

Obviously, offensive language or behaviour is not acceptable on dooyoo. Nor is being lewd and or generally 'icky' - no one likes that. You all know what we mean, just be sensible and aware of what others might potentially find inappropriate.

So that's it! Pretty simple rules, we think. Stick to these straight-forward guidelines and you'll get plenty of enjoyment from dooyoo as well as being able to take advantage of the dooyooMiles rewards system. If you do have any questions, the dooyooCommunity Guides will be happy to answer them for you, or you can contact the dooyooTeam.

Noticed a review on the site that breaches one or more of the above rules? Send us an abuse report (just select 'report abuse' from the drop down Topic menu) and we'll take care of it.