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    Talking A verified image on reviews? POLL.

    Lately I have been seeing a lot of reviews in the web hosting forum which is good. People are expressing their feelings about certain hosting companies etc.. But on some of those reviews the OP does not give a domain name, basically anything to verify that he is hosted with the company he is writing the review for.

    Now what I was thinking is for people that are actually looking for reviews to have an easier way of finding out what WHT things of the review without reading the whole thread. So if the OP does not provide enough information WHT would put an Unverified Review image or something somewhere in the post.

    Maybe we can add some type of a verified/unverified review image to the post?

    What do you guys think?

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    Sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

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    I agree with the concept, however, I believe we should have a dedicated forums for reviews e.g...

    Shared Hosting Provider Reviews
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    Each forum could have a 'verification team' (5 or 6 members who verify each review, to free up moderators time)... Just an idea.

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    Well just giving the idea, but we can pitch in more ideas here and make up something. Hopefully the mods see this thread .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SercoNetworks View Post
    I agree with the concept, however, I believe we should have a dedicated forums for reviews e.g...

    Shared Hosting Provider Reviews
    Dedicated Server Provider Reviews
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    Each forum could have a 'verification team' (5 or 6 members who verify each review, to free up moderators time)... Just an idea.
    I agree with this idea and surprised a specific forum for posting reviews doesn't already exist.
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    I agree with this concept, more and more fake reviews are popping up lately... which is really making WHT a rough community lately. I voted YES!!!

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    Oh o we have a NO!

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    excellent idea... It ll give the power of truth to every review posted here at WHT.
    i voted yes too.

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    Eh I don't know ... It would be nice, I put no because it may lead to more Crap on WHT anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TmzHosting View Post
    Oh o we have a NO!

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    still it ll help to differentiate between real reviews and spam.
    Last edited by Fakher; 03-02-2011 at 02:01 PM.

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    No you can look I don't post false reviews ! I've been a member for a long time .. I just hate when people do stuff like that and it shouldn't be necessary to have a verified/unverified image. WHT used to be a simple place to get knowledge...I don't know

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    i posted like that coz i thought, you ll never come up telling that you voted no. you did it so i edited my post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fakher View Post
    i posted like that coz i thought, you ll never come up telling that you voted no. you did it so i edited my post
    haha oooh gotcha! I posted just before you that I said no .

    The more I think about it, IT COULD be a great feature, and since there are so many hosts, and so many fake reviews, maybe... people suck and shouldn't abuse it though.

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    yes exactly, thats what the idea behind.

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    Well the poll doesn't let me change my vote! How about that for an added feature, vote change!

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    ok so currently they are all YES.
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    haha YUP! But rarely do people take the time to read a whole thread these days so I'm sure someone inevitably will say "who voted no" blah blah

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    Don't the mods already verify most reviews? I really don't see what an image verification would add to WHT?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyPenguin View Post
    Don't the mods already verify most reviews? I really don't see what an image verification would add to WHT?
    Yeah, it was my understanding that a review (thread or post) w/o verification is deleted, so not sure what the point is of having a verified/non-verified symbol. The non-verified reviews are deleted anyways and they should be, instead of being allowed to remain with a non-verified symbol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyPenguin View Post
    Don't the mods already verify most reviews? I really don't see what an image verification would add to WHT?
    Yes they do. But i have seen many that are still not verified and are just sitting there.

    Quote Originally Posted by WickedFactor View Post
    Yeah, it was my understanding that a review (thread or post) w/o verification is deleted, so not sure what the point is of having a verified/non-verified symbol. The non-verified reviews are deleted anyways and they should be, instead of being allowed to remain with a non-verified symbol.
    It would be easier for the person searching for the reviews to know if it's valid or not.

    So far YES is winning

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    Quote Originally Posted by TmzHosting View Post
    Yes they do. But i have seen many that are still not verified and are just sitting there.
    If there are unverified reviews floating about, it's most likely due to the lack of resources available to verify each and every review (I'm assuming). If that's the case, fixing the root cause would be to get additional volunteers on staff to help. Whether or not that's feasible is not my discretion, but adding verified/non-verified images to reviews certainly wouldn't help because there still has to be someone adding them in.

    Like I said above, in the ideal world, non-verified reviews should be deleted so no point for a non-verified image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedFactor View Post
    If there are unverified reviews floating about, it's most likely due to the lack of resources available to verify each and every review (I'm assuming). If that's the case, fixing the root cause would be to get additional volunteers on staff to help. Whether or not that's feasible is not my discretion, but adding verified/non-verified images to reviews certainly wouldn't help because there still has to be someone adding them in.

    Like I said above, in the ideal world, non-verified reviews should be deleted so no point for a non-verified image.
    Yes I would agree it would be safe to assume it is because there is a lack of resources. Granted it is a community run website and the moderators are all unpaid there are plenty of infractions/bans needed daily, weekly, and monthly!

    Unless someone can create an autovalidating process on the server for WHT! I smell a contest! That's where innovation for the forum can come from. WHT should create contests and the person(s) that come up with it get to moderate the forum.

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    ^ Interesting idea for some sort of auto-validating system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedFactor View Post
    ^ Interesting idea for some sort of auto-validating system.
    =] I'm a brain trust ... I just don't have the developmental skills to create such things. If I had an unlimited budget or a programming buddy there would be about 5 new online companies that make great money.

    Don't let the name fool you, Techy, was originated in 2003 when I thought I was going to go into the IT field. Needless to say I am a financial analyst with a learners degree at best in IT lol.

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    Haha, same here. Probably.

    Not sure how feasible an auto-validating system would be because "reviews" can still come in the form of a single post and not necessarily a new thread. It really seems there have to be humans screening the forum.

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    Would be cool how your suppose to report to the mods of your server ip / website / domain / whatever is hosted with that company for verification process and once the Mod verifys it, there is like a special icon/logo saying "Verified" would be cool / or "Legit Review" would be cool and ones who don't get removed or "unverifed"

    I second this!

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    If someone happens to come across a review which they believe is unverified they can submit a ticket with the report button. If the systems isn't broken, why try to fix it? To me it seems like additional work for the moderators to deal with this image verification idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaronn View Post
    Would be cool how your suppose to report to the mods of your server ip / website / domain / whatever is hosted with that company for verification process and once the Mod verifys it, there is like a special icon/logo saying "Verified" would be cool / or "Legit Review" would be cool and ones who don't get removed or "unverifed"

    I second this!
    Well, maybe just the VERIFIED review would be necessary. This way unless it is stamped people know. Who wants to get on my project team? I'm contacting iNet interactive, although they never get back to me lol.

    Maybe they'll let us run the project !

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    Agreed .
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    Actually I think a better idea (and easier to implement as it's already in vbulletin), would be to use the thread prefix system. [Verified] [Unverified] - it would also load faster than another image too.

    I do see a few problems however, such as what distinguishes a "review" from say a gripe? The work alone would be high on existing staff to tag existing threads as well as new ones. You also have the issue of newbies posting their reviews in other people's threads as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattS View Post
    Actually I think a better idea (and easier to implement as it's already in vbulletin), would be to use the thread prefix system. [Verified] [Unverified] - it would also load faster than another image too.

    I do see a few problems however, such as what distinguishes a "review" from say a gripe? The work alone would be high on existing staff to tag existing threads as well as new ones. You also have the issue of newbies posting their reviews in other people's threads as well.
    Thats even better! Now only if the mods take our advise.

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    I want to give some more Ideas

    It is a good idea. This verification tag will be useful to

    • Differ the multiple reviews on a same host
    • To avoid Fake reviews


    But implementing this ' Image verification ' would need some work done.I think it needs some time for WHT team to plan and implement. Until then the moderator who checks the reported IPs submitted for verification can place a tag ' Verified ' in the post or in title as ' My Review on XYZ host [Verified] '.

    Un-verfied posts can be like this...[Awaiting for approval].If the OP fails to provide the IP or a domain to verify. The posts can be removed after a limited time (Ex: 24 Hrs or 3 days etc.)

    Besides this 'Verified' reviews concept. Every user should follow general Forum Etiqutte.

    • A user should think once if he wants to post a review on immediate sign-up. That's not appreciated

    • If we find a thread going off-topic. We should immediately report it to Mods . The mods would delete the unnecessary posts in the particular thread. Some unnecessary arguments diverts the actual topic . Such arguments should not be allowed on ' Reviews '. I saw many arguments on reviews which were not related to the OP(Original post) in any way .

    • I can see that some legit Hosts and users don't give the chance to un-necessary arguments and they stay away from such things.That is appreciated and every one should follow them.


    I don't know if someone would write a fake review afterall implementing this ' Verification Tag ' method. What if a host/ a person write a fake review? There are some chances to Host/person to create a fake hosting account easily with a different IP/domain and submit a review. I hope the moderators can take care of them, if we report
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaronn View Post
    once the Mod verifys it, there is like a special icon/logo saying "Verified" would be cool / or "Legit Review" would be cool and ones who don't get removed or "unverifed"
    Sometimes they are verified "on the surface", but we wouldn't exactly say they are all legit

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon-e-mouse View Post
    Sometimes they are verified "on the surface", but we wouldn't exactly say they are all legit
    It would be impossible to validate all of them ... you guys do a great job and all, but there are so many posts per day anything could fall through the cracks (except my infractions from you ) - i'm getting better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon-e-mouse View Post
    Sometimes they are verified "on the surface", but we wouldn't exactly say they are all legit
    Exactly what I mean to say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techy View Post
    ...

    Maybe they'll let us run the project !
    It'd be way cool to come up with a system that empowered the community to self-verify reviews.

    It looks like we're closing in on a more formal review system around here. I'm thinking it could happen sometime this summer.
    Quote Originally Posted by anon-e-mouse View Post
    Sometimes they are verified "on the surface", but we wouldn't exactly say they are all legit
    Well yes - there is that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoftWareRevue View Post
    It'd be way cool to come up with a system that empowered the community to self-verify reviews.

    It looks like we're closing in on a more formal review system around here. I'm thinking it could happen sometime this summer.
    Wow this is awesome and great news! Really looking forward to it, would love to help and give input when it comes closer to the summer.

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    Just another thought; once the review has been verified, can the thread be closed or otherwise restricted? Do we really need 5 or 6 people bumping the thread with generic "Thanks for the review" posts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SercoNetworks View Post
    Just another thought; once the review has been verified, can the thread be closed or otherwise restricted? Do we really need 5 or 6 people bumping the thread with generic "Thanks for the review" posts?
    So essentially you are advocating some form of censorship?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SercoNetworks View Post
    Just another thought; once the review has been verified, can the thread be closed or otherwise restricted? Do we really need 5 or 6 people bumping the thread with generic "Thanks for the review" posts?
    This whole forum is based on the premise that people come here to talk about a provider and share with the community... if people want to thank the OP for the review then so be it? Why change that now. That should be the least of the forums worries.

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