acceptable submissions

on Feb 29, 2008 @ 01:40 pm

Is there a blanket list published on the site that notes acceptable products and services to be reviewed?

I ask b/c I noticed that a user added a review for a personal lubricant which was removed w/n 24 hours. I understand that ChickAdvisor wants to obtain a certain level of integrity, but personally, I don't see lube as a violation. I don't mean to cause trouble, but b/c of this infraction, I wondered if there was something provided, perhaps a guideline list, that we may follow.

I reviewed ChickAdvisor's terms and conditions and have provided the sections that generally address my concern, but no specific examples are cited.



(iii) post or transmit any Submission, including, without limitation, articles, images, stories, software or other material, which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected by any intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark or other proprietary rights, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or rights holder;

(iv) post or transmit any Submission that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual, could be harmful to minors, harasses or advocates harassment of another person, provides material that exploits people under the age of 18 in a sexual or violent manner, provides instructional information about illegal activities, including, without limitation, the making or buying of illegal weapons;

Chick may review Submissions before they are posted. Chick may refuse to post any Submission to the Website. Chick reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to edit or remove any Submission, whether or not the Submission is in violation of the provisions hereof or otherwise objectionable.


13 Replies

Ali de Bold
acceptable vs. not on Feb 29, 2008 @ 03:32 pm

You raise a very good point, Spotty.

We generally will accept any review that is genuine (i.e not embedded advertising) and that is palatable for our members.

It's really hard to post a list because there are many things to consider and it is impossible to come up with an inclusive list.

Sometimes it has more to do with authenticity than the item itself. There is no way to know for certain but if we suspect something was reviewed by a company rather than a regular "chick" we delete it. In this case we had reason to believe that may have been the case because this item appeared in our deals section and other places that did jive with an unbiased review situation. Of course we can always be wrong but we do reserve the right to delete things we consider inappropriate - be it spam or otherwise.

We try our best to ensure our reviews are as unbiased as possible because that is what makes it valuable to you. If someone wants to advertise we offer plenty of opportunities for them to get the word out and even have free business profiles they can sign up for on (we just launched it for this very reason).

I hope I answered your q sufficiently. Have a great weekend!

This is interesting... on Mar 01, 2008 @ 05:04 pm

I didn't know that you did that with the reviews! I think it's amazing.. and what makes ChickAdvisor unique. I have wondered in the past if companies would try to use this site as "ad space".

As a user, I am extremely pleased that you do this to keep it credible... yay ChickAdvisor!

thanks on Mar 04, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

Gotcha. Thanks, MC. So, just to make sure I'm understanding correctly, if *I* were to post a review on personal lubricant, would it stay up? I'm not advertising for the company/product any differently than I have for previous reviews.

Ali de Bold
You betcha on Mar 04, 2008 @ 03:45 pm

As far as I understand our obligation, as long as the review is genuine (i.e not planted by a company or advertiser) and reasonably PG13ish in nature, it should be fine. Women use these products and I think it is helpful to learn about them.

We do have to be careful because the only area of the site that is password protected is the forums. The rest of it is open to the world so anyone can access it. If someone wanted to put up a review for anal lube with a picture of their -bleep!- and the caption "it rocks", we would definitely delete it. ;)

We try to apply the "reasonable person test" at all times.

We are also governed by our flag as inappropriate that we have with each review. If someone flags it, we'll take a look. If we think it passes the reasonable person test we will generally leave it, but if a lot of people object or it is questionable enough, we may delete it.

Hope that helps!

LMAO!! on Mar 04, 2008 @ 06:47 pm

Hahhaahah, this cracks me up!!

"We do have to be careful because the only area of the site that is password protected is the forums. The rest of it is open to the world so anyone can access it. If someone wanted to put up a review for anal lube with a picture of their -bleep!- and the caption "it rocks", we would definitely delete it. ;)

We try to apply the "reasonable person test" at all times."

I'm w/ ya. Thanks for the entertaining example!

Ali de Bold
The example on Mar 04, 2008 @ 09:49 pm

... was a real situation that happened shortly after we launched. We were out for dinner, came home and that was what I saw. DELETE DELETE DELETE!!! So, ya, that's where that one came from ;)

It was pretty funny actually but... ya.

how about prescription drugs? on Mar 07, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

I was contemplating reviewing clindoxyl & differin gel, which are both acne treatments that were prescribed to me by my dermatologist. But since it's available by prescription only, I'm not sure if it'd actually be useful for other people. They worked wonders on my skin. Just wanted to check on your thoughts about that before writing. Thanks

Ali de Bold
prescription drugs on Mar 07, 2008 @ 03:07 pm

That should be just fine.... Illegal narcotics on the other hand... not so much ;) Haha!

toys on Apr 16, 2008 @ 01:08 pm

is it ok to post reviews about sex toys? Company websites provide pretty obviously fake reviews, and a lot of women don't know that many personal toys are made from dangerous materials. This is because the companies market them as "novelties" which is like saying it looks like a sex toy, but isn't. Plus, they are super expensive! A girl doesn't want to spend an arm and a leg for a toy that isn't very good, but can't be returned once it's out of the packaging.

Ali de Bold
Should be ok on Apr 16, 2008 @ 02:40 pm

As long as you keep it really clean and not too graphic. PG13 please. Just because the site is open to anyone to read these reviews and we have to be really careful. We've had people post stuff like that as a joke in the past (which is obvious) or planted reviews, but as long is it seems legit and is kept clean that should be ok. We reserve the right to change our minds though!

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