Trailspace's most helpful reviews: Win swag, community cred

Our members are the foundation of Trailspace's backcountry gear community. You share your gear experiences and opinions in reviews and forum posts, and we want to recognize your valuable contributions even more.

Beginning this month, Trailspace will recognize the most helpful review of the month. The author of the gear review rated the most helpful by the community over the previous 30 days will win a selection of Trailspace goodies.

How can you get involved?

  • Write your own helpful gear reviews and share your personal backcountry gear knowledge with others. (Check out "Write a Killer Gear Review" for tips.)
  • Click the "Yes" button after "Was this review helpful?" at the bottom of a review, whenever you read a truly helpful review (See image at right). You'll recognize that review and its author and help highlight the most valuable reviews on the site. 

We live in a gilded age of gear with thousands of new products introduced every year. The incredible variety can make it difficult to choose between all the new, shiny equipment. Your user reviews help other community members select the best gear for their backcountry adventures and get out there safely.

We'll announce February's most helpful review and its author next week. Stay tuned!


Filed under: Reviewer of the Month

Comments

Rick-Pittsburgh
1,631 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
February 7, 2012 at 10:01 p.m. (EST)

This is awesome !!!

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
715 reviewer rep
3,159 forum posts
February 8, 2012 at 7:59 a.m. (EST)

Thanks, Rick. We're excited to recognize our members more officially and all the great contributions they make.

Just to clarify for any confusion, we'll announce a winner each month, around the time of the mid-month newsletter. That winner will be determined by the previous 30-days of "helpfulness" which is mid-month to mi-month.

So there won't be any overlap of winners, but it will be a mid-month announcement.

Patman
REVIEW CORPS
770 reviewer rep
1,310 forum posts
February 8, 2012 at 8:50 a.m. (EST)

Only new reviews or will updates count?

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
715 reviewer rep
3,159 forum posts
February 8, 2012 at 9:02 a.m. (EST)

Patman said:

Only new reviews or will updates count?

When you click "Yes" it credits the overall review for being helpful (not the update alone). So, if the initial review was written in the last month the review will be in the running for "review of the month," otherwise we're looking at first-time reviews written in the past month.

Still, updates certainly make reviews more helpful and are great additions. So we'll think about that aspect too and how to recognize it.

Thanks for bringing it up.

Rick-Pittsburgh
1,631 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
February 8, 2012 at 10:42 a.m. (EST)

Time to start writing. :)

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
715 reviewer rep
3,159 forum posts
February 8, 2012 at 11:13 p.m. (EST)

Quick update, after doing some thinking.

To keep things simple we'll honor the most helpful rated review of the last full month. So this month (February), we'll honor the review(s) rated most helpful for January 1-31.

Starting in early March we'll honor the reviews rated the best from February 1-29. And so on.

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