MAJOR NEWS: New Reviews Section!

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 01-13-2008 08:54 PM 2962 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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Martin Sojka

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 08:58 PM

oh.. and I forgot to mention that Debbie ad Tom helped me to test things out and even posted first few reviews.. thank you ;)

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 09:02 PM

Great job Martin. I’m sure that this is going to be one more great thing people like about LumberJocks!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 09:44 PM

Just another great improvement you’ve made Martin. Good Job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 09:46 PM

Great Job Martin. Another big Plus for this site.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 09:49 PM

small step for mankind, but a big step for lumberjocks !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 09:51 PM

This is great. I’ll bet the manufacturers will be monitoring this now.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 10:00 PM

Fabulous Martin. Great addition to a great site.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-13-2008 10:34 PM

Love the idea. No better review than buy actual users.

-- Joe Heskett---Illinois

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#9 posted 01-13-2008 11:58 PM

Excellent Martin! Lookin’ forward to using this feature.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 12:00 AM

Great idea Martin. This section will be of great interest to me.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 12:05 AM

ooh, nice feature.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 02:04 AM

Looking forward to seeing reviews of tools and the reactions of the manufacturers. As woodworkers we are the end users of all the products.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#13 posted 01-14-2008 04:03 AM

Dandy idea, Martin.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 01-14-2008 04:29 AM

Excelent idea and very useful service – Thank you Martin

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#15 posted 01-14-2008 06:47 AM

Excellent. This is going to be a great addition.

-- Bob

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