You have shared your concerns about user reviews for years now and I wanted to make sure you all knew that these discussions have never been neglected. Staff do know about your user review functionality concerns, and your concerns about union overhaul you have been asking for since 2005. The community team (former staff and current) have continued to pioneer for changes for the past 4 years for both of these features, but it seems like other features have taken higher priority.
In appreciation of your continued efforts in sharing your feedback to many of our community features, I'd like to share your discussions about user reviews over the years to prove that we have been listenng, and we DO care.
Please check out the links I have gathered by doing a keyword search of "user review" or "player review" in this forum. Share if you only read reviews here as well in your feedback. We want those reading the reviews to have a good time as much as we'd like those who write the reviews!
Some links below have feedback related to a post in the thread rather than what the author posted in the discussion. So, let's get started on your ever growing ideas for user reviews, which might I add blow my socks off!. All of these ideas would probably cause me to write my first review on the site!
- Sort User Reviews [most recent/username/recommended reviews/user review scores/users with top 100 or top 500 emblem/ if the review badges get added, sort by badge] #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10| #11 | #12 | #13
- Add User Review medals similar to GameSpot's review medals and demerits (review emblems) #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 | #15 | #16
- Allow users feature images from their image galleries or gamespace #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7
- Enable HTML/wysiwyg editor #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7
- Disallow users to review or rate a game if it's not in their tracked, recent played, or game collection #1 Ask the Mods discussion | #2
- Add a video to review #1
- Difficulty Options #1 | #2
- Post reviews about hardware or accessories? #1
- Display how many users agreed and disagree with review on the gamespace user reviews page #1
- Change "rate this review" to "was this review helpful" #1
- Disallow users to review one specific game across all consoles (text shouldn't be exactly the same due to the console or PC/Mac having different capabilities and controls
- Add Track Author button to user reviews (place away from the report abuse button to avoid any mistakes) #1
- Add an area for featured (top reviewers emblem writers? (might be resolved if there is a sort by option) #1
- Allow readers to know more about the writer on the user review page (user level, how many written reviews, etc) #1
- Save a draft #1
- Limit review writing to those who are higher level? #1
- Allow a way to import notepad/word documents to post a user review #1
- Add more report abuse violation options (plot spoiler and plagerism with a field to paste the original content's url). #1
I can't promise any of these changes will happen, but your interest and feedback on these former ideas will help a great deal.
UPDATE 1/10 at 10am PT: Added some more disccusions. If you read through the original discussion threads I linked to over the weekend check my latest post about the edits.