#11  
Old 04-23-2009, 12:44 AM
Texconsinite's Avatar
Texconsinite Texconsinite is offline
Eagle Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Years Playing: 6.5
Courses Played: 127
Throwing Style: LHBH
Posts: 563
Also, keep this in mind with yes votes on reviews. Its exponential, not linear, because the more courses you have reviewed, the more likely someone is to read one of your reviews and thus give it a helpful vote.

Then, if they like your stuff, (which I suspect they will since you cared enough to ask everyone else how you can make your reviews better), they will probably look for what else you;ve reviewed in the area, which in your case should be everything. Thus every time someone looks at any courses in their area of maine, they will prob look through several courses, and if you've reviewed all of them, thats a helpful vote on 5 or 6 different courses right there.

Just know that initially, when you've only reviewed a few courses, this is less likely to happen, but it will start snowballing eventually

I found that it got easier for me to write reviews as I played more courses, because I had more benchmarks to compare each new course to, and thus I noticed more things.

Just keep playing new courses and writing good reviews, and ppl will eventually click on them. Also, if you play a course again or think of something else later that you forgot, dont be afraid to go back and add on to your review. I do it all the time

Good luck on your quest for the total domination of Maine DG courses!!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-23-2009, 01:42 AM
pokamitch's Avatar
pokamitch pokamitch is offline
Birdie Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Years Playing: 28.4
Courses Played: 30
Posts: 442
Send a message via ICQ to pokamitch Send a message via Yahoo to pokamitch
Don't sweat it, there are idiots in every community, and we ain't short on 'em in DG (You should see some of the bozos I've encountered over 20+ yrs). But, for every idiot, I have found 5 new friends from this sport.....(I disregard the bad apples before they ruin the barrel)

Just keep reviewing, I and the other non-idiots appreciate it. That is how I deal with gettting "No" votes when I spent 45 minutes writing, editing, improving, and rewriting reviews.

I have been emailed and texted by people out of town to tell me that they appreciated the review I did and it helped them choose to play a course. Just 1 of those will make-up for a hundred "No" votes
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-23-2009, 02:13 AM
TalbotTrojan's Avatar
TalbotTrojan TalbotTrojan is online now
* Ace Member *
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Years Playing: 5.9
Courses Played: 93
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 3,058
Obviously I don't look at every review, but I am prone to vote not helpful for two reasons. 1) The review gives me little to no information about the course and your personal feelings about the main topics people have previously listed. 2) The rating that you give the course does not seem to match your description of the course. For instance on this one, if you give a course a full five stars, you had better not have any cons to say about the course. For a positive response to a review, I am generally looking for thoughtful. Don't worry about the thumbs down, you'll end up with more positives in the long run based on what you have said so far. Also, be a part of the community here as much as possible. There are certain people that I am bound to read a review by because I know them from the forums or groups.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-23-2009, 08:54 AM
Huff's Avatar
Huff Huff is offline
Birdie Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Maine
Years Playing: 7.2
Courses Played: 9
Posts: 348
Wow, lots of good info here (and plenty of link reading for me to kill to with today) and some things I certainly hadnt considered, like directions to the course, distances, maps etc.

Thanks for the replies, you guys gave me exactly what I was hoping to get to polish my future reviews
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-23-2009, 09:44 AM
craigg's Avatar
craigg craigg is offline
Eagle Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryland
Years Playing: 32.9
Courses Played: 183
Throwing Style: RHBH
Posts: 562
Yeah,
I wouldn't worry about a few negatives. As far as including the right kind of info - for me a course that gets a high rating (4 or above) and doesn't provide any backup for that rating other than you thought it was a great course, is not helpful. So I look for a listing of amenities/course qualities; signs, bathrooms, teepads, hole variety, terrain descriptions, owner information, parking information, all that sort of stuff. The more you can tell me about what makes it deserve a high rating - the more helpful it is.
One thing I do before rating a course - is to not read the other reviews. Don't worry about what anybody else has said - make your review your own. Be thoughtful, enthusiastic, and as complete as you can - and it should all be good.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-23-2009, 11:25 AM
valkyriefb11's Avatar
valkyriefb11 valkyriefb11 is offline
Eagle Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: central New Jersey
Years Playing: 7.8
Courses Played: 22
Posts: 756
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texconsinite View Post
Also, keep this in mind with yes votes on reviews. Its exponential, not linear, because the more courses you have reviewed, the more likely someone is to read one of your reviews and thus give it a helpful vote.

Then, if they like your stuff, (which I suspect they will since you cared enough to ask everyone else how you can make your reviews better), they will probably look for what else you;ve reviewed in the area, which in your case should be everything. Thus every time someone looks at any courses in their area of maine, they will prob look through several courses, and if you've reviewed all of them, thats a helpful vote on 5 or 6 different courses right there.

Just know that initially, when you've only reviewed a few courses, this is less likely to happen, but it will start snowballing eventually

I found that it got easier for me to write reviews as I played more courses, because I had more benchmarks to compare each new course to, and thus I noticed more things.

Just keep playing new courses and writing good reviews, and ppl will eventually click on them. Also, if you play a course again or think of something else later that you forgot, dont be afraid to go back and add on to your review. I do it all the time

Good luck on your quest for the total domination of Maine DG courses!!
This is very true, the more exposure you've got the more votes you'll get. This also goes for reveiwing more popular courses especially those on the top ten list. Your only negative came on Maple Hill ... if you lookk at the helpful-not-helpful ratio on some of those reviews are far worse than yours. The same thing happened to me when I reviewed Tyler State Park (a top ten course ) I had (I think) 16 ups and one down ... those isolated downs are going to come ... don't sweat it. Your reviewing style is good and as you gain experience you'll develop a unique reviewing style and it will improve.
One of the benefits of many reviews on here are the various perspectives and emphasis that they bring to the table. Keep reveiwing and more impotantly keep discin'
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 04-23-2009, 11:49 AM
ZMan44's Avatar
ZMan44 ZMan44 is online now
Birdie Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Smyrna, TN
Years Playing: 10.3
Courses Played: 134
Posts: 360
Yeah, keep up the good work. I think someone gave a negative on Maple Hill simply because you didn't give it a 5 and drool all over the keyboard. Olorin is right on...sometimes people just see your rating and will vote "not helpful" just because they disagree. I think this actually keeps some members from reviewing elite courses. I actually gave you a "helpful" on it for being truthful. You clearly said there was some damage due to winter storms, and when you review you can only say exactly what it was like the day you played. I thought it was a solid review. In short, don't sweat the negatives.

As for the quantity of "helpful" votes...the biggest problem is that you are in Maine. There are probably not many users of this site who play there, and some will only vote on courses they have played...it's not my philosophy, but some do abide by that rule of thumb. For example, see how much feedback you got on Maple Hill. It is because many have played it or want to look at it because it is a top 10 course. Currently, I am a silver level reviewer and closing in on gold. This doesn't necessarily make me an expert. I have just reviewed a few courses that are well-known. For instance I have 20 helpful votes on my review of Idlewild, simply because people look at the course page alot. It is probably different for the courses in Maine because they are not as well known nationally. However, I hear there are some sweet courses there. I plan to be up there sometime this fall to see family. So far I have only played BAP in Gorham and I thought it was really nice. Can't wait to hit up some more.

Keep the reviews coming because I will definitely be using them.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 04-23-2009, 12:07 PM
ZMan44's Avatar
ZMan44 ZMan44 is online now
Birdie Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Smyrna, TN
Years Playing: 10.3
Courses Played: 134
Posts: 360
To answer your question about what to include in a review...

1) Basics - Tee pad type/condition - basket condition - fairway condition (grooming and mowing)

2) Design - is it too right-hand dominant or left-hand dominant? Use of elevation. Are there navigational issues? Long walks between holes. How difficult is the course? Are many skills tested?

3) Course/Park Amenities - bathrooms, water fountains, benches on courses, poles for holding your bag, tee signs, directional signs for next hole, ample parking

4) Location - is it too far away from everything? is it too close to busy roads? etc.

Always add in your own "flavor" but this is where I generally start.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 04-23-2009, 12:46 PM
Huff's Avatar
Huff Huff is offline
Birdie Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Maine
Years Playing: 7.2
Courses Played: 9
Posts: 348
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZMan44 View Post
However, I hear there are some sweet courses there. I plan to be up there sometime this fall to see family. So far I have only played BAP in Gorham and I thought it was really nice. Can't wait to hit up some more.
we have some great courses here. Part of the reason ploth and I are trying to review them all is to give more exposure on here to some of those great courses. You should hit us up when you come up this fall, Maybe we can get a round or 2 in together
Reply With Quote
 

  #20  
Old 04-23-2009, 01:02 PM
Dave242's Avatar
Dave242 Dave242 is offline
* Ace Member *
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Years Playing: 20.2
Courses Played: 366
Throwing Style: LHBH
Posts: 4,345
In my opinion, DG is all about "feeding the addiction". So, for reviews to be meaningful/helpful to me I want to know what about the course will draw me to it and why this course will draw me back again and again and again. Is it a course I should go out of my way to visit when passing through an area?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.