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Review Consortium

08-19-2009, 03:07 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 5
Review Consortium

Hello, I am working on an game that we hope to release in about a month. It seems from some of the post of the other devs that getting reviews in exchange for free game codes is a problem. Many just take the code, play the game, and never write a review. I was wondering what the other devs thought about starting a consortium where we would keep 2 lists: A) users who followed through and wrote a review when they received a promo code and B) users who did not.

It is not fool-proof but would help filter out the scammers somewhat. Basically if you see someone on list A, they have done another dev justice and more than likely safe to give a code to. It would encourage people here to give thoughtful reviews as they would want to get on and stay on List A or conversely stay off List B.

Thoughts?
08-19-2009, 03:17 AM
#2
Joined: Jan 2009
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Why not just use a service like Promo Dispenser?

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08-19-2009, 03:32 AM
#3
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 111
When I recently updated Slope Rider I offered promo codes only to users who could email me with their iTunes review username and examples of games they had reviewed. The result was some great reviews from some great users. I think I had two requests from people without providing those details, I politely requested the details again and never heard back.
So I found that to be quite enough to sort the genuine reviewers from the others.
08-19-2009, 11:29 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 5
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Originally Posted by pharmx View Post
Well that appears to suffer from the same problems that some experience here, namely it is pure random chance you will get a review. From their website:
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(We can't and don't want to enforce you, but we hope, you are a person, who can behave like a human beeing and understands that somebody favored you, and you should give something in return.)
@monteboyd I am glad you had success. However, was it clear that the same person who wrote the review was the person you sent the promocode to (i.e. they didn't just pick an iTunes name of somebody else that wrote a lot of reviews)?
08-19-2009, 11:55 AM
#5
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,963
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Originally Posted by OldAggie96 View Post
Well that appears to suffer from the same problems that some experience here, namely it is pure random chance you will get a review. From their website:
...and it's broken right now

PD makes you type in a review ON THEIR SITE to get another code, but that doesn't necessarily generate reviews in iTunes (or good reviews...)

Doesn't keep me from watching PD, but like I said, it's currently broken and most of the codes left are for kiddie apps... (not that there's anything wrong with kiddie apps...)

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Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
08-20-2009, 01:34 AM
#6
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,634
Save your codes for review sites, or give them away for free to people as a gift, but don't expect reviews. Plus, the reviews will probably not be very honest anyway (i.e. overly positive as a "thank you"), so what's the point?
08-20-2009, 03:28 AM
#7
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 111
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldAggie96 View Post
@monteboyd I am glad you had success. However, was it clear that the same person who wrote the review was the person you sent the promocode to (i.e. they didn't just pick an iTunes name of somebody else that wrote a lot of reviews)?
Well that will never be sure. But the people who emailed me told me their iTunes reviewer username, then the reviews showed up with those names, so I'm hopeful that they were.