I've been a member of Dooyoo for over four years now and have finally inched my way through to 500 reviews. I have witnessed quite a few changes to the site over the years, some for the better, although some have been for the worse: -Payment Levels When I first joined the site back in 2008, all reviews in all categories were paid the same flat rate of 50p per post and then 1.5p per member each. The only exceptions were for the Dooyoo Lounge - which was called something else at the time although I can't remember what- and any Archived topics. This system meant that it was as 'lucrative' to post reviews about baked beans as it was to review the latest laptop or mobile phone. The current tiered payment system was introduced around the Spring of 2010. I was pregnant with my youngest son at the time and was like a pig in muck because all Kids & Family categories and Toys were in the highest paying level one category initially, so I had plenty to write about! There was some resistance to the changes initially particularly as many popular topics such as Food and Books suffered a drop in the amount of miles that people received for writing about their favourite subjects. It also soon became apparent that some members had very vivid imaginations and would actually invent ownership of whatever random objects/topics happened to be paying the most at the time. There was even at least one long-standing member who I'm still convinced invented a totally non-existent child purely so that she could benefit from writing level one reviews at the time! It's difficult to prove suspicions like these but most persistent liars and cheats do end up tripping themselves up eventually as the fabricated reviews continue. I find this issue to be particularly annoying, and surprisingly common, especially with some more obscure categories or brands. Strange how many Dooyoo members happened to have received random Dr Hauschka gift sets for their birthdays, for example, as soon as that relatively niche brand popped on to the level one list! It is also pretty sad that people are actually that desperate for 60p that they're prepared to sacrifice any scruples and start to lie about themselves online. I know we're in recession again, but surely they are more efficient ways of earning money without pretending to own twenty different types of lawn mower? For me, I actually prefer the tiered payment system as I find it gives me more inspiration of topics to write on. I used to struggle to decide what to write about in the early days but the levels encourage me to consider what products I own in level one and get those reviews written before the levels change. I find it quite exciting when I spot a level change announcement on the Community Pages, which is pretty pathetic, especially when I discover that the latest topics are totally irrelevant topics such as Golf Equipment or Power Tools! That is the other drawback of the system as the site tends to get flooded with the same types of review on the same types of topic, which as a member who reads/rates considerably more than I write, it can get a little tedious! Some of the categories that find their way into level one can seem a little illogical too. Currently, for instance, you earn more for posting a review about Pritt Stick than a Ferrari! - Anonymous Rating Until fairly recently - I think it was around nine months ago- members could see exactly what ratings each review had received and from whom. This worked okay for the most part but there were issues around 'revenge rating' where members, often new members but occasionally established members, would take offence at a particular low rating and immediately retaliate by giving the same (or lower) rating to a review written by that other person. In the grand scheme of things, revenge rating was a pretty meaningless act, especially as the miles earned per rating remain the same whether it's an NU or a VU. It was a little annoying, however, and something I soon noticed more when I became a Guide as my tally of Useful and Somewhat Useful ratings started to grow at an alarming rate, thanks mainly to my honest ratings of new member's reviews of their Household Appliances. "I love this fridge. It keeps my food cold and is white. I think everybody should buy one." etc etc. Anonymous rating seemed really strange when it was first introduced but now it is hard to imagine what the site was like beforehand and I think this has definitely been a change for the better by helping to reduce conflict and petty squabbling across the site. - Restricting Suggestions Believe it or not, when I first joined Dooyoo, members were actually rewarded with bonus miles for simply making new suggestions! (I think it was something very low such as 10 miles per suggestion.) There were also no restrictions on the number of suggestions a member could submit. This seems unbelievable compared to the current system when you can only suggest a topic when there is an XY and Z in the month and the star is in the East and you have to tap your head three times etc etc. (Or something equally as irritating, illogical and unpredictable as Dooyoo's current system of restricted categories each month.) I've never really been a prolific writer so I don't mind having a restriction in the number of suggestions I can submit, although I would prefer to list all my new purchases together , after birthdays or Christmas, for example. The topic restriction is really frustrating for me and most other members, however, particularly as my attempts at being pro-active and suggesting items several months prior to intending to review them has also been thwarted. Several of my successfully submitted suggestions completely vanished from the site when I eventually came round to writing about them. I did ask Dooyoo about this and got a really vague and pretty unhelpful response back - basically, they have been removed from the site because the topics weren't popular with consumers. Seems like a waste of everybody's time to bother adding them in the first place then. The most frustrating aspect about the current suggestions process is that there is no obvious pattern to the subjects chosen, making it difficult to plan ahead and reducing that spontaneity which was all part of the enjoyment of review writing for me. Some topics have never been open for new suggestions at all since the new system was introduced almost a year ago! Food, for instance, has never been open. I can appreciate that the topic is not a major priority for Dooyoo but it seems illogical to continue to pay for reviews on well-established products but not to encourage reviews on new food and drink items that members (and average consumers, in these cash strapped times) would be interested in reading about. Anyway, there has certainly been no shortage in changes to Dooyoo over the years since I've been a member. It will be interesting to see what the next four years will bring to the site and its members!
----------------- 1000 reviews! 173 crowns (1 in 6) 1,345,621 dooyoo miles 424 Thankyou's 31,734 comments 49,345 Reviews rated 49,764 Rates received 48,750 Very Useful 867 Usefuls 116 Somewhat Useful 49 Not Useful ----------------- The other day I read that Katie Price was atop the revered 'Times Booker List', the bimbo called Jordan now the most successful female author in the U.K (ghost written, presumably by The Stig!), according to our poshest broadsheet, an alarming number of intelligent women buying her trashy 'chick lit' in search of cheap thrills and celebrity along with their intelligent tomes. Now my point here is that this is exactly why I write in a tabloid style and why I think more of us should, the formality of a technical review often off-putting on dooyoo. The fact she is top suggests consumers don't really want to trawl through a boring product review that reads like the instructions of an Air Fix kit and so I try to make mine eye - catching, and if that riles up the usual suspects then so be it. There are plenty more exciting things to do on the internet than read us lot you know. I write as if everyone who reads my stuff is indeed intelligent and doesn't want to be patronised. As dooyoo turns into ciao Im going to celebrate with my 1000th review here(even a Pakistani bookie wouldn't have taken those odds of me lasting that long!) I will redesign (that's redesign, not resign Gill!) dooyoo with my signature A-Z! A - Arcade How much more fun dooyoo would be if it was more of a virtual arcade where you walk into a shopping centre and visit all the various chain stores and niche outlets. The best red writers with reviews on - say Boots would be in the virtual stores and the external consumers could read up them on the various goods and services. Ok, a 3D software program would be a tad expensive for dooyoo but the internet is going to go 3D one day so why not get in now? I just like the idea of going into a 3D Anne Summer show in my own virtual arcade! Right that was the dull opening for all those who like dull, practical reviews... B - Boring Topics Like many of you I feel guilty if I don't write at least 1000 words. Fair enough, dooyoo want us to write in the level one sections but its so tough guys. They are tedious sections to write (I'm currently explaining microwaves for my next household review) and most members have only one or two new items in those sections in their possession, but what external consumers want to read about and so we have to chase it. But too many good writers are not here anymore because there are no rewards for writing on stuff they enjoy, why they came here in the first place. Now the balance has gone they are gone. I would make sure sections like film and dooyoo lounge were given more rewards and crowns to get you all back again. The film and many other popular sections are at an all-time low for crowns and some of the best film writers have all but given up here. It's not too late to get them back. C - Comments I would finally give you the option to DELETE them on dooyoo! We have all logged on after a hard days work or a few pints and regretted having a rant there and then stressed further over any blowback from dooyoo. Some guides and prominent members know some are on tightrope and enjoy writing a taunting comment we can't reply to. I now just report them to save any hassle but a quick deletion for both your and their comments on your work would save a whole lot of hassle and make the site look more respectable to customers, the whole point after all, our spats not their business. Dooyoo would presumably still have a record of the original comment if it abusive so job done! D - Dooyoo Lounge I write a lot of dooyoo lounge reviews and ones that used to crown don't anymore, but no real reason given by dooyoo. These crowns cost dooyoo nothing but they just don't want to give them out these days. If I was dooyoo head honcho I would rapidly increase those crowns as a way to keep good writers on site, who may not be crowning elsewhere due to cutbacks. We are looking at three months to get a £50 cheque now for 95% of writers and if we want to discourage people pretending they have ten mobile phones and the amount of make up needed to make Jo Brand look hot to make easy money then this could be the way. Dooyoo would be surprised how many member get satisfaction from crowns. A lot more categories have been dropped into the dooyoo lounge of late and that is also lost revenue from popular categories. In August dooyoo crowned just three reviews in the lounge: Period Pains, Bread Recipes and Home Made Christmas Presents? Maybe I'm too blokey for Dooyoo Lounge anymore but Christmas in mid summer?? I was particularly peeved in the World Cup as I concentrated on loads of good footy reviews chasing crowns because dooyoo told us they would reward footy reviews. There was just one World Cup crown, that going to a guide. I still have the most dooyoo lounge crowns on the last five pages of crowns listed here but only three this year from nearly 100 reviews in that section. E- Extra prizes and giveaways Ciao seem to have no problem in running loads of competions. They have a product of the week competition, a monthly one on ciao café (dooyoo lounge), and external links to other competions. It keeps things competitive and writers on their toes ready to show off their talents, and you get great prizes, an Xbox 360 no less for the World Cup competition! Dooyoo, alas, give us 3500 miles for a review that may have taken all day to get right. I am currently the only dooyoo member in the top 25 crowners of all time not to get a crown of the day award. But I'm one of only five to get the review of the month award. G - Guides If I was the boss I would get rid of them all and hold elections for new ones .lol. In that way the best ones would be re-elected and it would feel democratic and wonderful and perhaps see some younger new talent get the gig. I doubt if there are many under-30 at the moment with one too many gentleman's penalty spots for comfort. Some of these kids know a dam site more than we do on all manner of things technical and it seems a missed opportunity. At least they would help break up the untouchable gang mentality that sometimes emanates from the guides here. I - Images Posting up pics to enhance ciao reviews is the best fun and they even give you ciao points for doing it! It helps to make your more 'subtle' points on reviews and you can be very silly too. Or you can just put up pictures of hot totty to get rates that way. I will wave my dooyoo wand and pictures will be allowed here!!!!!! J - Justice! I think we need an appeal panel of our piers so dooyoo and the guides aren't judge and jury. There's a lot of bullying going on right now on ciao and you don't want those guys doing that here. Certain members are all too powerful here and are hard to control sometimes. The worst ones have left but they could return any day. Ok, I couldn't think of a sensible J. K - King of Dooyoo! If you top the various crown lists in the various departments you should be more prominent on the site. Hogsflesh should have his own horror corner and Koshka her own travel agent. I know dooyoo had a spell where people who have reached various milestones went on the scrolling front page bit but I think we should be able to exploit our notoriety more so consumers can read more of our specialised reviews. Non guides that are contributing heavily to the site need more status to increase their miles. L - Leniency I fully agree with the two week ban for speed rating or copying. The site wouldn't exist if every word of every review was read and we have all nibbled a quote or black of stats or two to help bulk out our work. If we binned everyone for those misdemeanours then would there be anyone left? Dooyoo need the reviews and we need the rates. Admittedly behaving badly has cost me one too many crowns and accounts and you have to bend to get through life sometimes. I personally would deduct miles from members rather then throw them off though because this place is an addiction and that dumping hurts. As long as they produce original work and rate correctly everyone should be happy. M - Message Board We need an official dooyoo message board to put our concerns and ideas on and do some general official mixing at the same time, and also somewhere for our compliments and complaints and we need it to be linked on the community page. The private message system has helped to dilute public spats but you still feel you can't comment under reviews without censure. The private chat boards tend to be ego led affairs and often swamped by guides and truculent members who take things far too seriously - and can't wait to correct your spelling mistakes, teaching people like school kids. If it was policed by dooyoo it would be reasonably civil and dooyoo could write there to, communication the name of the game. The current internal system of complaint and abuse tends to favour the guides and those prominent members and if you do complain through the dooyoo abuse link the reply tends to usually make out it's your fault, or they don't reply, the same thing. N - Nominations! On ciao the reviews that win the diamonds (our crowns) are generally the ones that garner the most reciprocal 'excellent' and 'very useful' nominations, regardless of the quality or read. The 'big' members rule the roost and that's the way it works. You either go for diamonds or you don't. But on dooyoo the crown awarding has always been a bit of a mystery, regardless of the rules. To make it clearer I would list member's accrued nominations under all reviews to see how popular the review actually is so to help dooyoo with their crowning options. We can make the nominations anonymous so members can't reciprocally rate back. If crown awarding was more transparent under dooyoo rules we would all know who the influential nominators are and how roughly many 'noms' you need to crown, giving everyone a boost as we head into winter. O - Openness When I message certain guides or members I often get curt replies. Wouldn't life be fun if we could relax more here and break down the obvious hierarchies someway. Most members create a persona on dooyoo to get rates and some people seem to take that persona rather too seriously. I have learnt that the members who put their photo on their avatar bit are more likely to take offence than those who put playful pictures up, the latter able to distance themselves from any insults or criticism. I'm confused how people can be offended by the slightest little thing when we are often miles away from each other and have never met. One or two guides write on their profiles that they will report the slightest abuse of them, which is somewhat intimidating as what they interpret as abuse maybe simple banter or joshing. That type of attitude builds an atmosphere on site and we lose that grown up ability to interact. We are all intelligent people and should show respect to each other by giving a little like we would in the pub!! P - Pink! I know dooyoo wasn't green once (blue, I think) but isn't it time it was pink, reflecting the gender that most use it, be it writers, raters or external readers They say 70% of all purchases are made by women and the other 30% to get women. 70% of the dooyoo categories are guided by women and the girls write 70% of all reviews, the level 1 categories somewhat feminine in their appeal, most dooyoo volume coming from housewives, the retired and the unemployed, a bit like a county cricket crowd! But why kid ourselves it's an equal gender playing field guys! Its time to go pink because the girls are in control! But please, no glitter or Miley Cyrus spanglies!!!! Q - Queen of dooyoo Like the Prom Queens in America, every year we need a male and female star of dooyoo. Put your hand down Plip. They would have to have their photo on the front page and wear a crown and swimwear. Put your hand down Plip! I nominate Koshka, if just to see her strangle someone with her sash.lol. R - Rates Because dooyoo miles are hard to come by now for most we all have to consider entering dooyoo competitions to find that extra money. Bad idea! I tried my hand at last month's vacuum competition in 'Household', not usually where big boys like me hang out, and got slaughtered. I tried to be creative and funny with my entry to stand out like a soar thumb in a rubber hammer factor but was immediately shredded like an old sock going up the said vacuum, a sucker indeed. Once one member had SU'd me many sheep followed and I was quickly dispatched with vacuum dust in my hair, even getting one 'Not Useful, which I thought was rather outrageous for a competition entry. But, if you can't handle the heat then stay out of the kitchen reviewing... S - Suggestions Ciao have quite a rapid suggestion system where you actually create your own new suggestion. Pick a picture to and up it goes as you want it. You can chose to post it up there and than or wait for it to be Ok'd by cioa. If you post up there and then it won't go into the newest review list until ciao ok it and so you dot get many rates. But once you are sent an e-mail with a link it's the same as dooyoo's method. In that case why cant dooyooers have this option? I think it works very well and it still allows for dooyoo to delete the suggestion. T - Text Formatting. Many members are 'miffed' why dooyoo's text editor is so basic. We can't highlight text or pronounce its nuance with italics or under-lining. Surely that would help customers to enjoy our reviews more? Come on dooyoo lets make the investment on the server to keep up with ciao. U - Unification There are five dooyoo sites around Europe and so why not let our foreign writers who speak those languages post up there to. I understand that's currently banned but writers like Karimkha have made the effort to do battle with her English skills here and so she deserves the luxury of being allowed to write on the Spanish one. I believe on ciao you can cross - post on their European sites if your language skills are good enough. V - Vengeful rating I don't really have an issue with revenge rating as it's a payment after all. What I do have a problem is with tactical rating. I have 49 Not Usefuls and most spiteful and unfair I recall. The people who made them would probably agree with that. Until recently I only rated Very Useful and Useful (if it deserved it) and didn't rate churn. Now I rate churn because dooyoo told me to. Ciao have an off-topic abuse/button and that would also help on dooyoo. In fact five 'Not Useful's' given should automatically delete the review. It's all good stuff! W - We Thank You I have over 400 of them and I have discovered it's not a bad tally. External reads are clearly very important to dooyoo and so it will be interesting to tally the crowns list with the 'we thank you list'. I would definitely place that list on the community page under the newest crown list. Let's see who the real stars to the actual consumers here on dooyoo! X - X marks the spot Here is a fun idea. Once a week you can nominate one of your reviews for double rates by pressing a button when you post it up, and only when you post it up, no option to change your choice. It would be just like playing your Joker on 'It's a Knockout' and you would obviously put extra effort into this review and so chase rates with it. Just a thought! Y - Young writer awards I have seen some fabulous reviews from the younger writers here, our Dr Who obsessed girly an example of. How about a competition especially for them as they need the money most for university and future projects. The site is dominated by middle-aged and middle-class parents and many reviews can be samey. Z - A-Z Ciao have a miscellaneous section where you can put any other business, the 26 letters of the alphabet and 0-9 allowing flexibility with your anonymous stuff. It helps hoovers up any off-topic stuff in the wrong place and enables you to post up at weekends and bank holidays if you don't want to wait for ciao to add your new suggestions. Searching out general categories here to dump obscure work that you don't feel worthy of its own slot can take ages. SO there it is and from my suggestions its quite clear Ciao are beating dooyoo right now and dooyoo turning into ciao, which means if the economy gets any worse a merger is on the cards...
For those of you who are wondering how I am writing this review; it is because I visited the site regularly a long time ago when the old design was present. I didn't have enough time on my hands to join the site, but checked back on it every now and then. After finally creating an account towards the end of January 2007, I was more than pleased to be signing up as it had changed so much! It just looks so much better and I love it compared to the old design. The old design had the same colour schemes but wasn't nice-looking or as clear. Now, everything can be found in one place under the community page. You can now view your account on the side toolbar of the homepage when you log in. The site has been updated everywhere imaginable and has a modern look compared to the old one. The toolbars and whole design seems more 'bubbly' now in a modern way. The old design was a bit rusty and didn't look attractive. The shapes were square and boring and it had a boring look. The whole site has changed around as well as the general look being updated. The new reviews page is much updated as well as the community page itself. You can now view much more information such as 'most reviews written, most reviews rated, most comments made, most crowned reviews' and more for the last 30 days or other options. Little extra options such as this make the site even better. The suggestion feature has been updated and improved. Suggestions are now processed in a few days and they are quick and easy to submit. You are also now able to view comments to the side of the review when reading as well as rate it above this box. This is useful for when you scroll back up and may write a comment. It is also more visible if you were wondering where the ratings are. This is a real good bonus and very useful in my opinion. There are countless things updated such as a page devoted to guides and co-guides. One of the recent updates now shows guides with a green tab under their picture and new members (30 days or less new) with an orange tab under their name. This is very useful and looks modern and works well. It enables you to easily see the guides and new members rather than checking out their profiles or just not knowing at all! However, despite the up to date look and new features, the site redesign still isn't complete! I would love to have some kind of forums on the site, which it currently lacks! This would be a real bonus and would promote more discussions and more. The forum could have different titles such as 'Reviews, General, Off-Topic, Social' or something along those lines...just a few ideas there. I think many members would appreciate this rather than heading to Tooyoo to use the badly designed (sorry!) forums there. Thanks for reading, - Recon -
Well my amnesia's kicked in once again, I seem to have forgotten the sites actually been re-designed...then I remembered using this site at my former uni and remember I prefered certain things back then. The site's changed for both the better and the worse, the good and the bad are what we have to put up with I guess, though it's not the design I have the biggest actual problem with (I'll get onto that much later). I do like the new "My reviews" section, looks much tidier and easier to read, so thank you dooyoo for this, it was needed and is the best part of the site design I seemed to miss. Also the reviews when people are reading them looks better now (I was pretty shocked again, by just how tidy this did actually look now). However my first complain with the redesign is what made me realise it had be re-designed, it doesn't like my *^&%ing browser, it doesn't seem to allow you to rate a product (where you give a product stars) with Opera (instead just showing the word "image")*, which is basically making the site obselete for my prefered browser (which is sadly being discriminated against by Betfair and ESPN as well). Yes I do realise I can open I.E. Copy my review and put it on like that, but, well, I'm lazy and really can't be bothered, so it seems the only time I'm able to put reviews on here is when I have some time with my mums laptop (lucky you guys). With I.e. and Firefox working, wouldn't it be that difficult to make Opera work guys? The second and more nerving complaint, which I know has been taken advantage of it the new reward system, which has seen an increase in poor reviews no doubt, even some of the writers I genuinely like to read reviews by have fallen into the trap of putting out lesser work for the rewards. I know dooyoo works via advertising revenue and as such the more reviews the more ads on, the more we make, but it seems to have seen a proliferation of vague reviews. I've seen a few people agree when I've rated them lower and basically said "I expect better from you", they all seem to agree that they know it's poor quality, but now quantity is rewarded who gives a *&^% about quality? Yeah I'm a bit of a hypocrite putting out a few lesser quality reviews myself recently, though I do have the defense I did a 10k review which means if I was to go into that detail in everything I wrote I might need a new set of fingers >_> (thats my defence and I stand by it). Perhaps make the crowns really worth getting rather than quantity getting more, and less per each view (again a lot of people will just click VU rather than reading the damn thing...so mine are getting smaller >_>). I'm not sure, all I know is I'm not a huge fan of it. *This may have been rectified for newer versions of Opera, as I'm still on 9.2 Beta.
I guess over the past couple of months Dooyoo has seen a couple of design changes, one to the way the site looks especially the review writing page and now the new review list and secondly there has been a change to the reward system. Personally although I like the new reward system it is rather too early to comment on it, (although plenty of people already have, myself included in comments) and to be honest any comments are rather naive in that they are much too early for people to fully assess the impact on the site especially in the long term. The changes to the design of the site however have become quite well established (except the change this week to the new review list) so it is perhaps a suitable time to review them. Initially I was not a fan of the new changes as it seemed to squash all of the text across to one side of the page and meant that reviews just seemed to go on and on, this is a big problem given the verbal diarriah that some members suffer from managing to churn out 1,800 words on the most banal of products. The thing is, a few months on and now that I have become used to the new layout the issues I had no longer exist, it is amazing what you get used to. Reviews are often still too wordy but if they are I'm more likely just to give up reading them and rate accordingly hence the odd useful on an 1,800 word epic. In fact I do think that the new layout may have helped encourage some writers to be a bit more concise and focus on the product rather than the waffle and word count. Now I know it is early days so I'm going back on what I said at the start of the review but the New Review list does not seem to do what it sets out to do and in fact gives more prominence to those who write loads, not a bad thing for me as I write a fair bit now but it does not solve the problem of reviews going off the list quickly. I still use the old list as a much better way of sorting out what I want to read. Still maybe in another few months we will be used to that as well.
I don't think anyone would deny that Dooyoo is in better shape today that it has been for years. For "old timers" such as me, who have been members of Dooyoo, in my case for over seven years, through the good times at the beginning and then the dark years of the early and middle Noughties, the current rebirth comes like the Spring at the end of a long, dark and seemingly never-ending Winter. There are few changes that have been introduced in the last 18 months of which I could honestly disapprove although some have come as a bit of a shock at the time. As I enter my "declining years", all changes are difficult to absorb, especially when you simply can't find what you want or things don't do what you expect. However, I am the first to admit that in general things are moving in the right direction. Not, that is, that everything is perfect. There are a few things that I would like to see changed and one of those actually harks back to the way things were back in the earliest days. It's a very simple matter. It relates to the order in which reviews appear within a member's profile. Specifically it relates to reviews that are changed by the member. Back in the beginning of Dooyoo the order of reviews within a member's profile was according to the date of the last change made. The current order, date written, has been in effect now for a few years. Bear in mind, I am only talking about the order in the member's own profile, not the order of reviews in the New Reviews list. I would like to see a return to review order by date last changed in the member's profile and this is why. From time to time I, and I suspect other members, revisit reviews previously written in the light of new information or subsequent experiences. In my case, of the 287 reviews I have written I have updated 24 reviews. In my case you can always tell which of my reviews I have revised because I always add "UPDATED - " to the beginning of the Title. If you can be bothered to scroll down my list you will find them. And that's the point; how many readers bother to scroll on beyond maybe the first two or three pages? If you are a prolific writer, and I admit that I am not, despite the number of reviews under my belt, any changes to older reviews will soon disappear down the pile. And yet the update to a review may be very relevant. It may even be such as to change the opinion, previously formed, of a reader of that review to the writer's views. Ordering the reviews by last changed date would bring to prominence any updated reviews for those of us who are fortunate enough to be regularly read. Frequent visitors may be inclined to revisit a review previously read where they see it popping up again at the top of the member's list. My second improvement is related to this and makes use of what I consider to be the one single biggest and best improvement to Dooyoo in recent years; Messages. Being aware that any changes I have made to reviews I have written may not become known to those who have previously read them, where the changes are of the nature that I would consider might affect the views of readers I have used the messaging system to notify all those who have rated my reviews (there appears to be no way of accessing the identities of those who read but do not rated) to let them know that a change of which they might want to be aware. Where the review has received a significant number of reads, this is a time-consuming affair. There have been occasions on which I have really wondered if I can be bothered. I have though. The second improvement I would like to see would be to provide a facility to enable review writers to send a message to all readers of a review (including those who read but didn't rate; Dooyoo must know who they are) with a single action. I realise that this will not include reads by non-members but that is unavoidable. The third improvement I would like to see is an official process for members to submit, review and vote on proposed improvements to Dooyoo. I'm sure most are improvements devised entirely by Dooyoo but many must also be submitted as request by members. I have certainly made Dooyoo aware of the above improvements that I would like to see. I realise that some are driven by the business requirements of Dooyoo and in this we obviously must appreciate that the business model must take priority as it clearly can affect the financial viability of the company. However, I am sure that there are also improvements of usability that are of interest to members and, bearing in mind that Dooyoo undoubtedly has limited systems development resources, prioritising enhancements is certainly something on which members should rightly be allowed to have a view. The fourth enhancement I would like to see would be the development of a member's bulletin board. The enhancement prioritising and voting system mentioned above, could be incorporated into just such a system. It would also allow for other activities of interest to members. I realise that there is already a category - dooyoo Messageboards and Groups in general - but this cannot really be considered a true bulletin board. Besides, did you know it existed? I didn't, until I started researching for this opinion. I'm sure most members don't as the last opinion posted in it was in 2002! I am aware that there are a number of external websites that provide a forum for Dooyoo regulars. Review Writers Forum (www.reviewwritersforum.co.uk) is one and the dooyooers group on Facebook (www.facebook.com) is another, of which I am personally aware; I belong to both. However, it would be preferable to have just such a facility with Dooyoo itself. It should, of course, only be visible to members. I'm sure that there will continue to be Dooyoo watchers who will only want to use a facility that is independent of Dooyoo but so long as such a feature is demonstrated to be free of interference or censorship, it will become well used. Who knows, maybe we will even be able to use it to organise that long overdue Dooyoo get-together! The final enhancement I would like to see is one which has been long, long overdue; the removal of the restriction of only being allowed to write one review within any particular category. It's the reason why this review appears here in this category rather than in "Feedback and General Suggestions for dooyoo" although there is probably an argument that says that either category could be used in this case. As it is, I have already written a review in this category, way back in 2001. Because of the restrictions addressed by my first request above, changing that opinion (which is the only thing it appears that you are permitted to do) would not bring it to the attention of members, for discussion. By the by, it seems that Dooyoo now classifies that opinion as an Express Review as it contains less than 150 words. Nevertheless, it doesn't appear in my list of Express Reviews; it appears in my Premium Reviews list!!!! So, what do you think? I would be interested to hear. I don't know if they will carry any weight with Dooyoo, but you never know!
I didn't like the new design to start with but as with anything I have become used to it and now I don't notice it at all. When I saw the blue fonts first time it looked horrible. Probably some people feel same way now. Other things have been done to the site as well. Click on My accounts tab and you will see newest reviews and newest products in the middle of the page. One thing that hasn't changed is the search engine. It still drags out rubbish. One more change is members search box. Here you can enter members details to access this members profile and reviews. I have seen several more changes. Categories shifted to the left of page in some instances. other changes I haven't picked up or didn't catch. One more thing I have noticed is Dooyoo site works faster on my computer. Pages come up faster. One other thing I have noticed is Dooyoo pages take up more memory than before. Could this be due to so much stuff on the site? I am not sure my computer is playing up or it is the site but have seen this in last few weeks. Despite the changes green remains the colour of this site . If someone listened to me I would consider changing colour of text. One more thing that is different is colour of reviews posted by members and by non members. All in all changes are subtle and make little difference overall.
Today I logged in to find font colour of Dooyoo blue. I liked the old colour. Blue font colour is not visually nice unless it has a bold face. This probably is least important thing to complain about. Is there anyone else out there who doesn't like this colour. I would prefer simple black or bold face colour fonts. I like the reading ticker. Reads from members are displayed in brackets. This is good because I know how much I have earned from the review. I have a suggestion for Dooyoo. Display members and non members reviews in different colours. If blue is going to be font colour than change the background colours to ones which go with blue. The page where reviews are displayed doesn't look right at the moment. Changes are not always perfect and that is the case at the moment
I just cant believe it, you pop out for a few weeks to do other things and when you return to write a review you find that the decorators have been in and the décor has changed, well in this case my homepage has changed and someone has hidden the link to the comments made on my reviews and so like a fruitless search after the kids have played hide the remote you eventually give up and opt for the longer more retro route of finding it yourself or just using the buttons on the TV. So anyway Dooyoo have again gone in for some cosmetic changes to the website and potentially some improvements as well. In recent months the changes made to the site seem to have mainly been aimed at the writing membership. Some have been a great improvement with the excellent introduction of a suggestion system whilst others such as the merger of the video and DVD categories into one film category have been less obvious and have just added to the state of confusion that existed before the change. I guess when assessing the impact of the recent redesign it is important to consider the two main stakeholders (after the owners of course) in Dooyoo as an internet site and these are the people who use the site to find out about products and the second being the members who write reviews on the site. For the outsider who stumbles across the site as a source of information on a particular product then certainly the site looks a lot cleaner and easier to navigate. The front page drop downs are more geared up to the main products that Dooyoo want to promote with the focus on electrical and white consume goods even though they probably get more book and travel reviews. The actual search engine has not been improved however I would assume that the majority of people arrive at the site after a Google search where Dooyoo often manage to be placed on the first page or two of search results. For the actual members the results of the redesign have been more of a mixed bag. I have certainly noticed that pages seem to take a little longer to download these days; it is not as bad as the pages on Ciao and certainly not as bad as the dark old days on Dooyoo when I only had a dial up connection but all the same it is not a positive trend. The facility to message individual members in privacy is something Im largely neutral over; some will like it whilst others will see the potential for the less positive side of the Ciao guestbook behaviour spilling over with a minority of members using the facility to be bolshie and in some cases abusive to those they do not agree with. Personally I will use it to stalk any cute looking members just like the Ciao GB other than that I see little need for it and was quite happy to switch over to Tooyoo if I had anything pressing to say to anyone. It is however annoying that the ability to do a member search is no longer available as the only quick way to find someone is to add them to your circle of trust. I do have a couple of things I dislike about the redesign. The first is the layout of the members homepage which does not show the most recent reviews I have written without my having to select another page. This is annoying as it means that I cannot easily track the reads that I get and also the only way to know whether a comment has been added to a review is to click on the review itself. To be honest this means that I will only probably get to read comments that are added within a couple of days of posting a review, once I have written another review I will not go back to check out the old ones. I do like the fact that the last person to rate one of your reviews is shown however this in no way compensates for the hiding of the comments links. The second thing I find annoying is the fact that the drop down banners are quite sensitive with lists dropping down as you pass the cursor over the link, especially when these drop down over the sign on section or the link that I actually want to select. Overall I must say Im pretty neutral over the changes, it has not really improved my own personal Dooyoo experience nor has it made it worse, my homepage is better set out from a neatness point of view however at the same time some of the information I would want to know is hidden and more of a pain to access. I just hope that the next redesign does something about the search engine on the site. Thanks for reading and rating my review.
It seems like ages since Dooyoo had a proper redesign. The site has, if I can recall correctly, only two major updates in the six-odd years of its existence, and the last of those was back in September of 2002. It's only within the past year or so that Dooyoo has started to get busier again and finally, it looks as if Dooyoo are going to start making serious changes to the site, in terms of technology. This most recent update, for me, is extremely welcome. While the focus of the site is geared towards the non-member consumer, and the site has been set up with that in mind, the members supplying the content have been sadly overlooked. Most of the recent changes to the site have been done with the member in mind and it's about time. For the past few years, it's almost as if Dooyoo had forgotten about its members or didn't care about them. At least with this stage of the redesign, it looks as if they're looking towards the members again. It's getting better, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. I notice that the member search has disappeared. I'm not sure if this is deliberate or an oversight by Dooyoo, however, I must applaud this move and I do hope it stays away, even though it might prove annoying every now and again. "Why are you applauding such an action?" I hear you all cry! The answer, dear Dooyoo members, is that I prefer Dooyoo over other, similar sites because the community has always been slightly detached. Anything that encourages people to read by topic rather than by author has to be a move forward, especially if the resultant peer review means that good reviewers become successful rather than popular ones. The private messaging system is a plus point to the site, enabling contact between members without contaminating the comments threads of reviews, which should be left for the discussion of the review and the related topic. Hopefully people will be able to make this distinction and perhaps we can return to comments threads that are interesting to read and don't contain crappy comments like "thanks for that", "really good list" or some such non-event. I do have very serious concerns about the 'block' feature that's currently available. As a long term opinionator, I've seen at first hand the kind of behaviour exhibited by some people on the review writing sites. I don't think it's healthy behaviour and people can be quick to be offended far too often. By giving the members the power to block other members, then I believe the site will attract that kind of stupid, immature backstabbing political nature that's has been prevalent on Ciao for some time now. I propose a "report" button instead of the "block" button and that any action is taken by Dooyoo rather than the members. It is possible that this might initially create a little extra work for Dooyoo, but a stern hand that's unafraid to punish time wasters will soon mean that only proper abusive PMs is reported, rather than differences of opinion or unwanted contact. The punishment could be anything, but perhaps a removal of miles might encourage people to think before (over-re) acting. As members we should be encouraging mature communication with each other, not simply blocking someone at a whim. I'd like to see a small address book available to members with a list of the incumbent guides on it, so that members can quickly get in contact and have any queries or questions answered. Additionally, I'd like to see email alerts for private messages to be included in the 'Email Alerts' system as an additional tool for members. The alerts can be added to the current email setup. Ideally, I'd like to see the font size increased around Dooyoo. It's far too small at the moment and there are times when I'm practically squinting at the screen. Are you using Mozilla Firefox as your browser? Yes? Do me a favour and hold down the Ctrl key and hit the plus key once. There you are. Isn't that MUCH better? Yes? So why do we have to do it ourselves? Why can't Dooyoo have the site displayed normally with a readable font size? Gah! (It should be possible to change text size in Microsoft Internet Explorer too, but it doesn't seem to work on my PC). It would be nice to have one or two formatting tools for our reviews. I'm not talking about anything drastic here, just a few tags for bold, underline and italic to help present our work. Personally, I write my reviews offline in a word processor, but I'm sure others don't. Some kind of spell checker might help some people. It would be a handy tool. There doesn't need to be anything more than that. Anything extra would be overkill in my opinion and completely unnecessary. At the minute, some of the functionality is not working. Sadly, when the redesign was first unleashed, there were far too many issues immediately apparent in the software. Thankfully, most of these have been fixed, but there are still a few outstanding issues. For example, I can't select or make changes to my "Circle of Friends" email notification. Additionally, trying to add a member to my Circle of Friends is impossible on their profile, but it's still possible to add people from one of their reviews. While it's not a functionality issue, why can't Dooyoo be consistent in the way it displays dates? At the moment it's UK/European (D/M/Y) in 'normal' Dooyoo i.e. New In lists etc. but American (M/D/Y) in the profile page. It's only a minor thing, but is a dent in the overall professional appearance of the site. Back in the good old days, the comments sections were great for discussing all kinds of reviews. It really didn't matter who had written a review or what the topic was, if people were in the mood to chat about it, then they would. It was great fun just reading these, never mind taking part in the discussions. By removing direct access to the comments sections of reviews, I feel that the site is stifled slightly. Opening up access (the way it used to be) coupled with the PM system removing the need to chat in the comments threads should make the place a little more interesting. While not a part of the recent redesign, I think it would be good if the member's area (or "News & Competitions" to give it its new funky name). At the moment it just looks a bit lifeless. An updated Guide's List is a good start followed by a bit of a graphical upgrade to make it a little more appealing to the eye. I'd like to see the new items be date-stamped so that members can see when a new item was posted. Ideally, any new news item could mean that all members are PMed by Dooyoo to let them know there's a new news item and that means members can be kept up to date with what's going on around the site (unless, you know, someone throws a huff with Dooyoo and blocks them). And finally, a word on our member's dashboard which, overall, is pretty spiffy, is it not? I like it, though it would be nice to have a small selection of reviews at hand immediately perhaps our ten most recently written. The dashboard seems to try and make everything much easier to get to, but it seems silly to have to provide our most recent reviews on a separate page. I'd question the logic behind having to click the "suggestions" item in the menu to open up the "Track My Suggestions" and "Make A Suggestion" links when they both open the same page. Remove the fancy jiggery pokery and one click on the "Suggestions" link can send you to the Suggestions page. Oh, while I'm on the subject of Suggestions, why does my already added item say "Complete", but still have a queue number on it? If it's sitting at 734, despite being added and my newer suggestion is at 834, does that mean the queue is less than 100 items long? As I've stated at the beginning, I think that a few updates to the site for the benefit of the members was long overdue. While some of the changes aren't great or a bit rough around the edges, there is a stepping stone there to go on to adding better things for the site in terms of getting good content onto the web. As long as Dooyoo stays away from adding too many community-friendly features (because do we need a second Ciao?), then things should look up for members. Overall, it's a B+ from me on the new additions.
Just another day as I logged on to my familiar Dooyoo site yet suddenly my eyes are assaulted with a whole new look and on the whole I must say that the site does look a lot more professional. As with any new design there are things I like about it and those that I do not and some that I'm ambivalent over. Starting with the negatives so that I can finish on a positive I must say the fact that some of the new drop down features seem to activate as you move the cursor around are a bit annoying particularly as they sometimes block the lonk I want to click on. I'm also a bit disappointed that from my home page I cannot access my reviews without having to click through to another page and it is hard to know when someone has added a comment to one of your reviews or how many paying reads that you have had, at first I thought there had been a huge increase in the average number of reads my reviews were getting however it was a let down to see that this was not the case. I also note that the search engine is no better indeed I now find it harder to look for some products as they have changed the links at the top of the page. With regards to those that I care little about the ability to send messages to members is not a big plus for me as it is not why I'm on the site, for that I can go to chat rooms or message boards if I wanted. I rarely bother with Ciao having heard of problems with nasty messages in guestbooks and I hope Dooyoo does not go the same way. On the plus side I like my new home page which has pictures of those in my circle of friends and the fact that the picture enlarges helps with my dodgy eye sight. I also like the fact that thre are more options on the home page and with the exception of the hidden comments te set up is easier to navigate around. On the whole if the new design attracts more members it is a good thing and sometimes although change can be a nuisance after a few weeks the old design will be long forgotten. Most importantly you can still leave a title with the word sex in it just to get extra reads.
Alas poor old and tired dooyoo, I knew her well. But what is this rising out of the ashes with a vibrancy the likes of which dooyoo members have never seen? Why it is only the all new singing and dancing dooyoo that aims to do everything bar take the kids to school (which I hear dooyoomeisters are working on!). The dooyoo redesign kinda came out of nowhere. There have been noticeable tweaks to the site over the last six months or so which have caused various degrees of havoc. Be it the confusing fiddling with the VHS/DVD/film/movie or whatever we call it nowadays section or the supposed limitations in speakers corner which never really happened, dooyoo has been oft been a place of turmoil. However, the redesign and new template now on offer is something on the scale of which members will not have seen unless they were (I am reliably informed) unfortunate enough to be around in the days of the ill-conceived Aurora redesign. Of course, the question that remains is was the redesign worth the effort and what effect will it have on the dooyoo membership? On initial inspection the redesign looks very impressive and looks a lot cleaner, sharper and more inviting than before. Dooyoo's redesign seems to have accessibility and ease of use in mind and it certainly looks a more colourful and more inviting site. It now bares some comparison with its' main competitors ciao and epinions yet still for me has a more professional looking edge. Whereas ciao and epinions are awash with colour dooyoo definitely appears brighter than it did, thanks to a toning down in the use of green and more white backgrounds, but remains the more serious looking site of the three. On a purely cosmetic level dooyoo's redesign is an almost complete success. The site navigates as quickly, if not quicker than it ever did and access to the main area of the site i.e. the reviews, is as straightforward as ever. However, although cosmetically the redesign could be considered a huge improvement, it is not without its problems. The new dropdown list of categories is good but is missing major areas such as books yet retains bizarre niche products such as contact lenses. Also, there are obviously some bugs that still need ironing out as I can find myself logged out without warning when clicking through categories. On a functional level dooyoo has made a lot of improvements, some of which are more successful than others. The introduction of a private messaging system is a huge step in the right direction by dooyoo. No longer is there any need to say hi to your mate in the comment section or make an inane comment about someone's profile picture. Simply by clicking on a members name you can send them a private message saying anything you like. I am hopeful this will lead to a reduction in the absolute crap you can see in comment threads while providing a more suitable way of asking each other questions, debating and otherwise chewing the fat. While this PM system is a welcome and vast improvement to the site it is not as yet a perfect tool. It would be all to easy to block a user permanently as this option is next to the delete a message option and with no option to unblock them, contacting dooyoo could make this a lengthy process. I like the fact messages are sent in a window and the usage of an email style inbox is a much better method for me than ciaos overly friendly guestbook. Initial teething problems have meant that the PM system is not in wide and active usage as yet. However, when it is I can see the previously invaluable tooyoo becoming a haunted place as members no longer have a reason to join. A huge hindrance in my opinion, and a point lost for the redesign is the current loss of the search for a member option. This feature was useful for me in tracking reviews by some of my favourite authors and would have proved invaluable in finding members I wish to PM, something that I now struggle to do unless they are in my Circle of Friends. Unless this feature is restored I can see the CoF become an increasingly abused tool in which we add everybody, with it ending up as more of an addressbook, than a place to reserve for our most respected writers and raters. Similarly, the removal of the instant access to comments on your review and those which you have rated is a minus point for me. I rarely look at my rates and reads but I do like reading my comments. Hiding this away behind a series of sub-menus is slightly irksome. This brings me in a cumbersome way to our brand new personal profile. I love the new layout. It is very easy to navigate and the snazzy dropdown menus make it easy for me to access everything bar the things I have complained about above. Adding a picture to my profile is now a million times more straightforward and has worked every time compared to the temperamental workings of the old dooyoo and I love being able to see who has read and not rated my reviews. I know who you are! However, I would like to see my last five reviews on my profile page for easy viewing. Also, anyone think the use of a diamond on the menu is not just a bit ciaolike? A minor gripe I know but I do feel that dooyoo is a little too close to copying ciao in so many ways and this is not a route I would like to see the site go down. After all, both sites have radically different atmospheres and I feel dooyoo's unique selling point is that it is not as community orientated as its rivals but rather focuses on the consumer. However, this brings me to a further problem. Now that Johnny non-member can write reviews and publish them without reward the amount of tripe reviews on site does appear to have been reduced. This can only be a good thing. Unfortunately, this corresponds often with the same non-member joining minutes later and posting the same review again. Now I understand that dooyoo staff simply do not have the manpower to delete these reviews immediately but it can be difficult to decide how to rate either review. Do we rate the non-member and then downrate the new member or vice versa? I do not doubt that allowing non-members to post first has increased the membership but in the long term it seems like more trouble than its worth. It is bad enough that the best reviews do not appear on the top of the search lists without duplicate reviews popping up all over the site. All in all the dooyoo redesign is a bit of a mixed bag for me. It is almost like they have given with one hand and taken away with the other. The introduction of a private messaging system is great but by removing the member search it is a difficult tool to use. I am disappointed not to see a forum included in the redesign for members to make suggestions and pose questions. This works well elsewhere and has the popularity of satellite sites such as opinionators and reviewwriters show that there is a need for it. However, I see the redesign as a step in the right direction and importantly dooyoo staff are asking for feedback via email or through the guides themselves (you can PM us!) which proves they are listening. The redesign is not perfect but I do like it. Dooyoo?
DOOYOO IS BECOMING PERMANENT When I became a member at Dooyoo.com, I became intensely attracted by the formula of website helping consumers make a buy decision of products in the lowest possible price and me as a member could write product reviews and improve myself while helping others in their decision making. Well dooyoo helped me all right, I have blossomed from a shy introvert to a person not afraid to talk about anything on my mind, the load on my mind was heavy and it was making me restless, now after 90 odd reviews, I am fully relaxed and easy to go about my chores and regular work. I am free of clogs and smooth and whole again to give my workplace the best output expected of me. Thank you dooyoo.com, I am a very sentimental person, so let me be myself, I guarantee you I wont become a copy of anyone, I will remain myself as unique as my face and as unique as the parents I have and in turn the parent they had. Lets get back to the issue at hand, do you think www.dooyoo.com redesign is better than what it was, its a emphatic YES, how can a new design be not better than the older one, you have the hindsight of old design and the way to go from there is only up and onwards. www.dooyoo.com has one of the best search engines on consumer assistance sites, I know a few, I have done PRICE COMPARISON for a mobile phone, you know this phone has a price tag of Stg.Pounds 181 to 129 on different online websites like THE PHONESPOT, ABOUND, MARSHALL WARD, AMAZON, ORANGE etc.,dooyoo even gives you a link to www.ebay.com to the particular page where there are listing of auctions for the products you are comparing price about. You have this benefit and you have the consumer review or a expert in the field, like I enjoy reading reviews by COMPUTER_XPERT where among your friends you will find a person who has sound knowledge of his field and gives you tips to help you spend your money wisely. Its a humanitarian work. Maybe who know its your everyday good deed writing reviews on dooyoo. Romantics dont have a place on cyberspace anyway, where there is no expectation of permanency I like to talk about permanence. I always use SITEMAP to find new categories of products on dooyoo. I make it a point to find products which have no reviews on it, I must say there must be more points allotted to empty product categories with no reviews, this will encourage people to find something about the category and tempt him enough to write reviews on empty categories, this will no doubt increase the utility of www.dooyoo.com, I am practicing the art of empathy as advocated by senator BARAK OBAMA. I think introduction of MESSAGING is a much required feature, we all have feelings when we are impressed with someone's writing abilities, we could contact them and implore them to rub their shine on us too. Before you could only feel the pull and no way to contact people, now you can feel and do the pulling too. New design have more coherent listing of my reviews, I can go to my account and there I have all my reviews listed in the order of date and time, this way I can check out how my earlier work was and what progress I am making in context of myself and dooyoo. I was told I am Indian and this site is for British products and British consumers, I dont argue with that, but where can I improve my English except on a British site, where can I know about British products except here, How will the British consumers know, how they are faring in their product cost if they dont have idea what these things are costing in India, Tobacco, Tea and many Indian products are sold with British names or Indian names in British markets. More over online buying is increasing day by day so wide information base will definitely empower the BUYER ultimately, I have same Movies, Mobile phones, Computers, Monitors etc., Half of WALTMART sold products are sourced from China. I put email Alerts for comments so I just follow the link as soon a comment is added to my reviews, I have not experienced the payment method of this site so I do not know what they are going to do with overseas writers, however I have enjoyed my www.dooyoo.com experience thoroughly, I will definitely invite my friends or anyone to experience dooyoo ? Searching members remains the same on this site, if you remember the screen name of one of your friends, you can put the nick name in the search box and press go and it will take you to the users profile page. I believe the goals of dooyoo people have changed since when I joined I used to feel, this site have temporary structure and now with the new changed look www.dooyoo.com is declaring to the whole world they have found long term plans for their site, they want to dig in and keep updating the site as and when market requirements demand. I will finally suggest that comparison of products should also be a feature which will well serve dooyoo. Compare products is a good service which will have demand from consumers for long time to come. Final verdict dooyoo new look deserves 5 stars. Yo!! dooyoo keep updating to suit the market needs !!
The new Dooyoo Layout. As members will have no doubt noticed, there have been changes going on behind the scenes at Dooyoo, and for those who are not members, but are thinking of becoming members, I shall try and relate my experience as I think what Dooyoo offers is currently the best offered by any opinion site. They pay well (that has stayed unchanged), the layout is working, though there are still a few hiccups, but overall, the new layout works in many ways a lot more efficiently than other sites do. Comparisons of style. The tabs at the top of the site caused mumbles, and yes, they slowed down navigation when they were first initiated, although little by little have become a great part of the site features, in that people that want information can find it quickly. The drop down menus are rather neat and make a search very easy. I find this search easier than the search on Ciao for example, although one search that was recently dropped dismays me a little, in that you cannot do a member search. Here, Ciao as a site, usually works better, although even their member search is on the blink at the moment. What this means to potential members and public is that they can access information quickly, and if they do not want to use the drop down menus, then the traditional search for specific items works well. Within a few clicks, a member of the public can find items, and so can a potential writer of a review, and that suits me fine. Proposals. This is the area of the site where writers can propose new items to be reviewed. Dooyoo has long since been the best site for proposals. Each individual member can access their own area for proposals, and the new layout goes a step further, which I find quite neat. When the proposal is accepted, not only do you get an email telling you so, but you can access the link from your own proposal section. A list of items that you proposed seems to stay there, and I guess when it reaches a certain number will disappear. Order of reviews. Looks like this has not changed. You cannot bring a review to the top when you edit, and the reviews are shown on the site in date order rather than in usefulness which irks me. Finding your reviews. This is an area I don't much like in the re-design. In the past, your page showed your reviews. Now we have to access them from our page, although it is becoming habit and easier as time goes by. I think that the major irritation here is access to the reviews to see what comments people have left. In the past, it was just a matter of clicking on comments, and getting them, whereas now, it seems hard work, though when you look at the rest of the re-design, this really is a small complaint. Top Lists. I am fascinated by this area. I wondered what it all meant when I first accessed it. Whats the difference for example between who reads your review and who rates it ? Surely if you read a review you rate it ! Or at least that is what I thought. This area showed that it was not always the case, and I am sure many users will be amused by the difference between who actually rates and who reads. Financially it doesn't make much difference, because you get paid for member reads, but it's a strange foible, and one to be aware of. Yes, I have opened a review and found it to be crap sometimes, but I always rate it, and users should be aware that the writer will now know who has accessed their review (or at least the last 20 users to have read or rated). It also gives the user a chance to go back and see reviews that they have rated. I find this handy sometimes, although I liked the old system of being able to access your comments, which actually comes under the wrong heading. Here, if you want to access the comments you have made yourself on reviews, you have to access it via My Reviews which seems a bit cock eyed, but works once you get used to it. Circle of Friends. The change on the site now means that you have all the photographs of those members whose reviews you trust instead of just a list like in the old days. I quite like it. It's colourful, and makes the place feel friendly. You have access to members from here, although I would still like the search facility since members I am searching for are often not those in my circle of friends. Messages. This is one of the best innovations of the new design. It does not give guestbooks as such. What it does give is a system of messaging other users that is totally private. Here, Dooyoo win hands down against Ciao because the privacy that is afforded users means that messages to others don't get misinterpreted, spread all around the site, and mischief caused. That was one aspect of ciao that I detest. On the new design, you can send messages from your own inbox to members that have messaged you, which is another thing better than having to access the members page to send a message. Everything is simple and neat, and here I notice that Dooyoo have incorporated a block button which is first rate. If you get a message which upsets you, you get the satisfaction of blocking that member, which saves time for the site, and which saves hassle for you, as a member. Great stuff. I love it. I also like very much the methods of deleting messages. It is so quick and simply a matter of pressing the dustbin symbol. What could be easier ! A neat little gizmo at the top of the screen on each page you visit now tells you if you have a message too which is superb ! Another thing I like about the guestbooks is that we can now message a member if we think we can make a comment that helps them with their presentation, etc., in private and I must say that it is an effective and private way of helping other members, and works ! The downside, and it really is only a small one, is that the reply button and the block button are very close together, and once you have blocked someone you cannot go back on it, so beware ! Statistics This is an area of concern to me, because instead of showing separate numbers of member and public reads, they are all lumped together. I personally would prefer to see the reads separately. One area of statistics that remains is that you can see at a glance how many people rated you and how many people you rated. I am glad this has stayed because it is an essential part to getting the most out of dooyoo. You get back what you put in and a quick glance at these stats will tell you why perhaps you are not getting the number of member reads (paid ones) that you desire. Email alerts. Here the choices are the same as they always were, but you can subscribe to email alerts for certain writers, ratings, comments, and people adding you to their circle of friends. Simple, effective, and what's more it doesn't fill your letterbox like ciao ones do, because it comes in one neat package at 9 in the morning and I think in this respect Dooyoo got it right. My details Nothing much has changed here, except that a member can have a gallery of photos. I tried using this to upload one more photo and found that my old one was deleted, even though I had not ticked the box. Probably needs a little sorting out but it's not an important area. Here you can list websites you like, or make a small greetings comment for users to read when they access your page. Miles. Nothing seems to have changed with the cashing in of your earnings, and if anything the new layout makes accessing this area and the profile area easier. The small symbols that were on the site before the re-design were fiddly and not always obvious which one was which. Now they are very clear. Overall impression of the new layout. I like it very much. I have a few niggles, such as not being able to access comments easily, would have liked to have been able to access them from the My Review Section, although this is a small niggle. I don't like the fact that member search is gone and feel it is essential on a site such as Dooyoo. I do like the professional look of your member page, and am getting accustomed to the features there. I found when the changes took place at first that there was a slowness of the site, but feel that changes will inevitably have a settling in period, which is acceptable, when you consider the extent of the improvements that have been made. Well done Dooyoo. It must have been hard work, but I like the layout very much. I think that given time, the hiccups that do happen will be smoothed out, and that we should all give the site time for the changes to settle in. Rachel
?We advise you to prepare your review offline, then to copy it to this space. This ensures that in the event of a connection time-out your contribution is not lost on posting.? I wasn?t a dooyoo user before this redesign but I?d imagine that something?s aren?t as good as they used to be. I?m liking the concept of the site and what it has to offer with an incredible wealth of products to look through and offer your opinion on. However I?ve trawled through some of the opinions on the redesign and I have to say that there are a lot of gripes, gripes that obviously have still yet to be ironed out. My biggest moan with this site is that its search engine is frankly crap. If you want to find anything that?s quite new and you know is on the site then the odds are that you won?t find it through a regular search. Pick any latest movie, type it into the search box and you?re bound to come up with some results ? just not the ones you?re actually looking for. So instead you?ll be going through the sub categories wasting valuable creative writing juices. This isn?t what any professional website should portray to it?s users and personally I think it should be a priority for any site problems that need to be addressed. The other irony is that you now get the afore-mentioned opening statement when you go to write an opinion. This is some good advice and also helps you check spelling if you write an opinion within a word processing program. However what this advice doesn?t tell you is that your opinion once copied over will make you look like you?ve got no grasp of common English. There are question marks where they shouldn?t be and the whole thing looks poorly done not only to other opinion readers but also for the site as a whole. I can guarantee this opinion will look a bit dodgy as well. Thankfully there have been some useful comments from fellow users on how to correct this problem; this is fellow users and not Dooyoo themselves. Maybe they should get extra miles for offering technical support. Is this site due for another re-design, I hope not as it works quite well. It just needs the little things ironed out, it makes life easier!