Woo hoo… it’s time to introduce another great new feature on our site. The idea of having separate LumberJocks section for posting reviews has been bouncing around in many discussions recently. I finally decided to turn it into reality this weekend.
There was lots of brainstorming involved during recent weeks because I wanted to be sure that the system will automatically guide you when posting the review of the product that was already reviewed by other jock(s). This system ensures that we can calculate average ratings for each product and you will be able to browse all reviews of the same product easily. How does it work? Easily… you are asked to specify the product before posting actual review. After choosing the product category and brand the system will do some mining and list all products – matching the selected category and brand – that were already reviewed on LJ. If you spot your product in the list you just need to click on it. Otherwise you will just enter the product name/number and the product will be instantly added to the system.
I already touched categories and brands. Yes… I decided to use predefined categorization instead of tags in the Reviews section. Categories as well as brands are listed on the sidebar when browsing reviews and you can even see how many reviews they contain. Just click on the links to filter the reviews by the respective category or brand. Note that you can easily add new brand when posting the review if your brand is not in the list.
And here is the screenshot of the product details on one of the exisiting reviews:
As you can see there are quick links to view the reviews by brand, category and respective product. Shiny star ratings are displayed too – silver ones represent the actual review rating and golden ones are for the average product rating.
I added Reviews link to the main navigation bar for easy access and if you want to post new review yourself just click on the “Post new…” dropdown in the header.
So let’s start building the largest and most trusted woodworking reviews resource ;) If you has already posted some of your tool reviews on your blog just repost them as reviews. And if you were hesitating to review your tools, woodworking books or DVDs? There are simply no excuses anymore.
ENJOY! And let me know what you think please.