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Lack Of Reviews In 2014 And Since Site Changes

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Has anyone else noticed a drop in the number of reviews for their area on this site in the past year, and particularly since the last round of changes, the ones that dispensed with the "last 500" page, etc.?

 

Bristol hasn't had a new review since January, previously there were usually at least a couple every month. If you go back to this time last year and before, it was regularly 4 every month.

 

Any ideas on why this seems to be the case? Reviews for Bristol seem to be appearing on other sites, so the drop off is likely due to something here. Presumably more reviews is better (as long as they're genuine, of course) so what could be done to encourage more reporting?

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Perhaps some small prize could be awarded for the review of the month to encourage people to make reviews. Or some sort of league table of top reviewers to improve engagement.

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Perhaps the software is being triggered by its filter system?

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Has anyone else noticed a drop in the number of reviews for their area on this site in the past year, and particularly since the last round of changes, the ones that dispensed with the "last 500" page, etc.?

 

Bristol hasn't had a new review since January, previously there were usually at least a couple every month. If you go back to this time last year and before, it was regularly 4 every month.

 

Any ideas on why this seems to be the case? Reviews for Bristol seem to be appearing on other sites, so the drop off is likely due to something here. Presumably more reviews is better (as long as they're genuine, of course) so what could be done to encourage more reporting?

This site used to be like the holy grail of punting sites.  Reviews flowed in. at one time, but time passes and more sites emerge and the review system seems to be less important to punters.  I think punters are also more reluctant to leave a paper trail. .  On the positive side, there are an awful lot less fake reviews these days.

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the review system seems to be less important to punters ... there are an awful lot less fake reviews these days.

 

I'm not really sure of either of those claims. Personally, reviews (or referrals) are as important to me as they ever were, it would be a huge step backwards to just pick someone based solely on an advert. But that seems to be what Galahad is moving towards, with PunterNet becoming just another directory site.

 

Also I don't think you can claim there are a lot less fake reviews than a year ago, at least as a proportion of what new reviews there are, without more evidence. Sites like AW seem to be having more regular cleanups, but as a whole there seem to be just as many fakes around as in the past. PunterNet is simply seeing less of them because it's seeing less (review) traffic in general.

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I'm not really sure of either of those claims. Personally, reviews (or referrals) are as important to me as they ever were, it would be a huge step backwards to just pick someone based solely on an advert. But that seems to be what Galahad is moving towards, with PunterNet becoming just another directory site.

 

Also I don't think you can claim there are a lot less fake reviews than a year ago, at least as a proportion of what new reviews there are, without more evidence. Sites like AW seem to be having more regular cleanups, but as a whole there seem to be just as many fakes around as in the past. PunterNet is simply seeing less of them because it's seeing less (review) traffic in general.

That was what I meant..  the ratio of fakes is less because there are altogether less reviews.

 

Reviews may be as important to you as they always were but its clear they are not as important to others or wouldn't they still be churning them out ?

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Since I punt less often than once I did, I do not use the review section as much as  others may. I take a quick look whenever there any new ones but I rarely use it for researching new ladies.

 

Having said that, I agree with the OP that there seem to be fewer reviews being posted than there used to be. I cannot think that the software is responsible; guys are, maybe, more circumspect about leaving an e-trail nowadays.

 

I still think that reviews are an important asset of this site and I have more faith in them here than many of those on Another Website.

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Reviews may be as important to you as they always were but its clear they are not as important to others or wouldn't they still be churning them out ?

 

That assumes the producers are the same people as the consumers. You don't have to post a review to get the benefit of reading them. Doubtless there are many who browse PN and perhaps post on these forums who have never written a field report. But you're right in a way, clearly the act of leaving a review (rather than reading one) has become less important for some, at least as far as this site goes. Perhaps it's the privacy issues, I don't know. But that wouldn't explain why new reviews seem to be going up on AW and other sites more frequently than here.

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Totally agree with OP. He mentions Bristol and its similar with Birmingham - only 13 reviews this year of which 3 are mine. This compares to 127 in the same period on AW although this seems to cover "Greater Birmingham" so the comparison is not exact.

 

Either way, I have always found reviews useful and its disappointing that punters don't seemed to be bothered anymore. 

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yep im in bristol almost 200 fb on other site but only 1 review on here i think its dead :( :(

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Well I'm new on here but happy to post reviews. Found reading some here helpful.

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Being quite new to the whole internet and forum aspect, may I ask why people do reviews in the first place, if there is no incentive to do so. That is why I mentioned rewards and incentives to increase the numbers.

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Being quite new to the whole internet and forum aspect, may I ask why people do reviews in the first place, if there is no incentive to do so. That is why I mentioned rewards and incentives to increase the numbers.

I think you can tell a lot from the review itself.

 

Some seem to me to be informative (and, therefore, helpful) covering things like actual looks compared to photos, services provided, attitude, safety of location etc etc. Others seem to little more than the reviewer boasting about his sexual prowess - you know the ones - "my dick is 14" long and I made her cum 14 times in 20 minutes". 

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Being quite new to the whole internet and forum aspect, may I ask why people do reviews in the first place, if there is no incentive to do so. That is why I mentioned rewards and incentives to increase the numbers.

Remus back when this site was the bees knees a good review could and did easily bring in 20+ new clients so most ladies welcomed them, however a bad review back then could finish you. In the main here G tried his best to ensure they weren't fake (yes girls often submitted fake nasty reviews on other girls to kill of the competition or got their punters to do it for them).

Having said that there were a lot that were very uncomfortable with the whole concept. I don't think people needed incentive, for most the bragging rights were enough. If a guy had a super time and walked away with a massive spring in his step he wanted to share that but this was one of few places he could do that.

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Being quite new to the whole internet and forum aspect, may I ask why people do reviews in the first place, if there is no incentive to do so. That is why I mentioned rewards and incentives to increase the numbers.

My incentive for doing reviews is if I found a WG who really have a good service I felt it was right to help her out out by letting others know, and help others out by letting them know about her - it's a win-win situation.

No different to the consumer reviews on amazon etc. - there are no incentives or rewards for posting those either, rather an innate sense that it is good to give praise where praise is due.

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Personally I just don't like the site in its new format. Why on earth was it changed? Previously it was very simple & straightforward & you could find what you wanted very quickly (very important in my case with "er indoors "possibly hanging around).

I have gone over to the purple site for that one reason although I do enjoy the Forum. When the old format was going I regularly posted reviews but don't do so now for the reason that I just do not like the new format. Possibly other punters are of the same mind. If the site reverted to its old format I would be very pleased indeed.

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Well, isn't it so much easier to do reviews for indies straight on AW (just attaching it do the FB process)?  Why have it on here if you can post it there?  And you can read them while you're browsing the profiles as well which is pretty convenient.  I don't think reviews are less relevant today, just that it's so much more convenient to post them on AW directly.  Maybe if you could comment on reviews and have a bit of a discussion - they would be more popular on here?

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Being quite new to the whole internet and forum aspect, may I ask why people do reviews in the first place, if there is no incentive to do so. That is why I mentioned rewards and incentives to increase the numbers.

I think it is a case of sharing good news! If you have enjoyed a wonderful time with an escort who is happy to have a review posted then "it would be rude not to!". That's why I have posted reviews. Some escorts would prefer not to have them and in those cases I have complied with their wishes. If my review sends another visitor to an escort whose company I have enjoyed then that's just fine with me.

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Well, isn't it so much easier to do reviews for indies straight on AW (just attaching it do the FB process)?  Why have it on here if you can post it there?  And you can read them while you're browsing the profiles as well which is pretty convenient.  I don't think reviews are less relevant today, just that it's so much more convenient to post them on AW directly.  Maybe if you could comment on reviews and have a bit of a discussion - they would be more popular on here?

 

But that's not something that has changed in the last 12 months, so not something that should really have contributed to the noticeable drop-off. There is another site that allows comments on reviews, and they appear to be doing OK numbers-wise, so you may have a point there.

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But that's not something that has changed in the last 12 months, so not something that should really have contributed to the noticeable drop-off. There is another site that allows comments on reviews, and they appear to be doing OK numbers-wise, so you may have a point there.

 

Yes.. My guess is that 80% of them are fake! No date or time of punt to me makes them worthless! Could be true or false.. No idea.. So to me a waste of time and not genuine if the time and date can not be clarified!

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Yes.. My guess is that 80% of them are fake! No date or time of punt to me makes them worthless! Could be true or false.. No idea.. So to me a waste of time and not genuine if the time and date can not be clarified!

 

It's possible, there's no way to know of course. The site in question (if we're talking about the same one) doesn't exactly encourage positive reporting or disputes, so it's not a suitable alternative to here regardless.

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I'm not really sure of either of those claims. Personally, reviews (or referrals) are as important to me as they ever were, it would be a huge step backwards to just pick someone based solely on an advert. But that seems to be what Galahad is moving towards, with PunterNet becoming just another directory site.

 

Also I don't think you can claim there are a lot less fake reviews than a year ago, at least as a proportion of what new reviews there are, without more evidence. Sites like AW seem to be having more regular cleanups, but as a whole there seem to be just as many fakes around as in the past. PunterNet is simply seeing less of them because it's seeing less (review) traffic in general.

I dont believe Galahad is stepping in that direction at all. If you remember its not within the forums control if a review is put up. Thats entirely down to client input. Do you write a review for each booking you have? I still get comments pretty often from guys that they have read my reviews and 90% of them are on this website. I do have them linked to my website, each and everyone of them individually also. If girls did this more then more new clients would become aware of this website and the fact that you can leave reviews. I think linking the actual review is far better than just copy and pasting your favourite bits onto your site as they mean nothing. They could have been made up although of course Im not saying they are, but linking takes the client to the actual review…and the rest of this website too hopefully.

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That assumes the producers are the same people as the consumers. You don't have to post a review to get the benefit of reading them. 

This is very true but to get the benefit of reading them punters need to actually post them. If punters are members of this site then really why not review the ladies you visit so that other punters can gain benefits from reading of your experiences. 

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yep im in bristol almost 200 fb on other site but only 1 review on here i think its dead :( :(

Do you tell your clients about this place though? If they ask if you would mind them leaving a review do you ask them if they would leave it on this site rather than aw. If a client does ask where I would like a review left then I say here. I have never had a sudden upsurge in business on aw when I get a new good review although I still certainly appreciate the ones that I have even if not on here. 

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I dont believe Galahad is stepping in that direction at all.

 

Then how do you explain the redesign? The directory is now much higher profile, the "last 500" page is gone, etc. G is doing this for profit obviously, not charity, and has decided to steer the site more toward paid advertisers. Perhaps in doing so the site has lost some of what made it a success to begin with, and perhaps alienated the kind of punter who submits reviews.

 

This is very true but to get the benefit of reading them punters need to actually post them. If punters are members of this site then really why not review the ladies you visit so that other punters can gain benefits from reading of your experiences. 

 

I realise that, of course. Sarah was saying fewer reviews = less punters interested in them. I was pointing out that's not the case.

 

What I'm talking about here is why there has been a significant drop off in reviews in the last year. Yes, punters need to be aware of PN etc. but that has always been the case, not something new. There are reviews being posted elsewhere (or maybe 80% of those are fake, like Sylver claims?) but apparently not here.

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