Hi. I'm Likwid_Cid. I'm new here.
OK. Now that I got that out of the way, I have something I wish to share with the fine people of JD. I know I don't post much here as of right now but I do come here often. And I am working on some posts to entertain at least myself and hopefully some of you. But this post here is about something that needs to be changed.
THE HOME PAGE...
At this moment the home page is close to a year old and it's content consists of some crap about some upgrade or maintenance.
Today I got tired of it and started to brainstorm on what we can fill it with. I came up with the idea of knife reviews done by the fine knife connoisseurs of JD. I ran this by LaBella and thinks it's a great idea and he too knows the home page sucks. We just need some of your help and ideas on how we are going to execute this.
Now before I continue, I must say that I am a complete knife noob. I don't know anything about them besides how to cut people... I'm Puerto Rican. It's in my blood. So you won't be seeing any reviews by me. I'm just trying to make this awesome community even better by putting a suggestion out there. It's up to all of you if you wish to do something with it.
Now we already have a review sub-forum, which I am posting this in. We have several really good reviews too. LaBella says that it's only a button press away to publish posts on the homepage. So that is already taken care of. What we hope to accomplish with this post is come up with a guideline of what should be included in a review or how to go about writing one so it has a better chance of making it on the “front page”. This is where I need your help because I don't know shit about knives.
What should be included in a knife review? When you are thinking of buying a knife, what do you look into? What is MANDATORY to be in a knife review?
Craftsmanship – How well is this knife made
Ergonomics – How it feels in your hand while using it
Value – Is it worth the money spent
Appearance – How “sexy” the knife is
Pictures – Let's see the sucker
I'm just throwing stuff out there. As I have said, I am out of my element here.
Then what are some optional things that could be added to the review to spice things up?
Video – It could be of the knife in action, being opened and closed, or getting a nice 360 degree look at the knife.
History – It could be of the knife if the review is on a newer version. It could be history of the company making it.
Various random facts
I don't know... You tell me.
This is a guideline that we can follow to make a review that will have a good chance to make it on the front page. A guideline is just a guide. It doesn't have to be followed 100%. It's to help those that may not know where exactly to start or what is desired in a review.
Proper grammar is highly appreciated but we will not require that people be English majors to get their review published. I suggest writing your review in a word processing program like MS Word or Libre Office (free) http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ They have built in spell checkers and you can save your work as you make the review. I'm actually using it for this post because I hate unexpected things happening and having to retype something when it could have been avoided.
Pics are BIG plus. Such a big plus that I think it's mandatory. People want to see what you are talking about.
Each review would have the same amount time up on the front page. This is so people can ask the reviewer some things about the knife that may not have been answered in the thread in where the review originated, for thanking the reviewer, giving him praise, and even positive criticism. Depending how big a pool of solid reviews we can muster up will determine the time period that each review is held up there. If we are slow and can't generate many, it could be a week that each review is left up. If we can generate a constant stream it could be as short as 3 days or two. Personally, I think 3 days should be the minimum so everyone can get a chance to read it and ask an unanswered question.
I also talked about him briefly about what the reviewer would get for getting it published. I threw out the idea of stickers, those business cards he had recently got printed out, or possibly nothing at all. If people do get something for their contributions, it doesn't have to be necessarily something for each one. You might get sticker, cards or whatever after doing 3 reviews. After 20 published reviews, you could get a sweatshirt... I don't know. I am just throwing ideas out there. There may not be anything for anyone for adding to the site besides praises and thank yous from the JD family. Also knowing that you are adding to the greatness that is JD by getting a review up could be reward enough. I know I am doing this right here with no desire to gain anything out of it. Just knowing that I am trying to help JD take a step forward is enough for me.
So... people of JD, what do you say? Is this a good idea? Do you propose another idea for what we can do to the “front page”? Tell us? Help us mold this idea.
Just a reminder... what I want to accomplish with this thread is determine a solid guideline of what is desired in a review for a knife. The guide does not need to be followed 100%. It's just to help people know what we would like to see in a review and what are the things that a review needs to have so it can make it to the front page. What things can be added to spice things up?
This is your community. It's what you make it. So far, you have all been making it a spectacular place. Can we take it to a new level?
LaBella, is there anything you wish to add to this?