Judy’s Book
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  • It would encourage quality and reliability of reviews by using a 'agree' and 'disagree' function, and by allowing users to 'friend' each other - all of which was used to calculate one's 'trust score'
  • Another issue was the inability to review online business
  • Some people who reviewed positively sounded a bit like shills or people who were simply out of their minds (I once read a disagree that stated, and I kid you not, 'I don't care if I live in a slum
  • Then there was the problem of site navigation
  • I think it is pretty dishonest to tell people to review X amount of things and then to thwart them and try to prevent them from doing so, especially where a prize is concerned

    • by Meklorka
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      There is a certain irony about reviewing a review website on another review website. But after all, there must be a reason why I am now reviewing on Review Stream and no longer reviewing on Judy’s Book. Actually, there are several reasons why Judy’s Book, which used to be a great site for reviewing, has lost favor with a great many reviewers. Judy’s Book was a site founded from a consumer’s point of view and an aluristic purpose - to allow consumers to be able to give honest reviews of local businesses The concept supposedly was a homegrown one - the founder’s mother in law (Judy) apparantly kept a book in which she wrote reviews and eventually passed on to her daughter-in-law. And in the beginning the Judy’s Books did exactly that. It inticed reviewers with its rewards program, through which it would offer gift cards for a certain amount of reviews in one month. It would encourage quality and reliability of reviews by using a ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’ function, and by allowing users to ‘friend’ each other - all of which was used to calculate one’s ‘trust score’. If you had an 8 or higher you could become a city editor, which offered additonal benefits.

      But the reality of Judy has fallen far from the ideal. Part of this comes from the fact that a lot of the great features in the begining were not thought through as they should have been. For instance, there is only one function that allows communications between ‘friends’ - the ‘ask a question’ feature, which users, desperate for more social activity through Judy’s Book, used for all sorts of functions - conversations, announcements, opinion polls, even the occasional forward. This caused two camps of users to quickly form - one who


      felt that the question fuction should be used only for questions about businesses or products, and one who felt that the question function could be used at the member’s discrection. Both camps agreed on one paramount idea - that there should be more networking capabilities built into the site. Some people actually went off and made Judy’ Book member blogs and chatrooms. Others just kept using the ‘ask a question’ function.

      Some of us just gave up on the idea all together. Another issue was the inability to review online business. It made little sense to people that you could review products, businesses, but not websites. Yet another problem came from the ‘trust score’ and the ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’ fuctions. How many reviews did you need to do, how many ‘friends’ did you need in your network, to get to a trust score of 8? Who knows. From the very begining the Judy’s Book staff made it clear they weren’t telling, and no discernable patterns could be witnessed from the reviewers end of it. Some people seemed to get to 8 with ease, others got stuck at 7.

      It seemed clear that a lot of it had to do with how much you reviewed, but it was never clear how much was enough. And everyone thought that the ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’ functions seemed to play a part but no one knew how much. Also, if you think about it, this gives more benefit to those who live in large cities, as there are more people to agree with you. Also out in the country and smaller cities you get more people who blatantly abuse the function in the way of disagrees that state in disbelief (and that you might read in equal disbelief) ‘WHO CARES IF THE FOOD IS ...


      • BAD AND THE SERVICE SUCKS? IT’S LOCALLY OWNED! BUY LOCAL!!!’. Some people who reviewed positively sounded a bit like shills or people who were simply out of their minds (I once read a disagree that stated, and I kid you not, ‘I don’t care if I live in a slum! My landlord is the best!!). Then there was the problem of site navigation. This started bad and got worse.

        It seemed like every few months the site became even less intuitive and harder to navigate. Some of this seemed purposeful. It seemed clear to me that the Judy’s Book staff didn’t like when people reviewed products. They didn’t make product pages for them, as they did for businesses, and hid them on some page that was near impossible to get to. Then the ability to browse products disappeared overnight. It seemed clear to me that Judy’s Book knew that a lot more people would reach their goals for earning gift cards and other rewards if they reviewed products. It is simply a matter of numbers.

        You go to a store and buy ten items. You could review the store once, but if the ten items could also be reviewed then you would each your goal ten times faster. I think it is pretty dishonest to tell people to review X amount of things and then to thwart them and try to prevent them from doing so, especially where a prize is concerned. The problem of site navigation got worse with the advent of ‘Deals’. Everything got worse. That was the moment that everything began to unravel. ‘Deals’ was nothing more that advertisements for special sales, most of which were online.

        If you bought something through Deals you made a little bit of the money back, but Judy’s Book made

        about ten times more back off the commisions that they were collecting from people buying through their site. The consumer oriented site at that moment turned its back on the consumer in favor of commercial corperate revenue. Not only did users start leaving in droves as Judy’s Book had lost all its credibility, but the reviews started to suffer. Why? Because now the City Editor rewards were now much more oriented towards Deals than reviews. And also if people are being encouraged to shop online in order to make back money through ‘Deals’ then they are not buying from businesses that are not online and therefore cannot keep reviewing at the same pace they once were. Everyone, from local businesses to consumers, suffered because of Deals. Everyone except for the staff of Judy’s Book, who are making a tidy profit off the whole thing.

        The final straw came when, after months without any rewards for anyone other than City Editors, Judy’s Book announce there would be no more promotions for anyone who was not a City Editor as of the begininng of February. If you managed an 8 after that? Tough luck. Furthermore those who were already City Editors would now be receiving only Deals oriented rewards. In otherwards, nothing but more advertisements thrust in their faces. Judy’s Book is done for. If it isn’t already shutting down it soon will. An empire whose foundation is corperate coruption cannot stand for long.

        People are getting tired of getting screwed over by people who are supposed to be for the consumer. Furthermore, there are a lot better alternatives out there now, including the very one you are reading this review at right now. At the risk of sounding like a complete shill, I will confess that Reviewstream is a much better site to review for.



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