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So I am getting prepped to do a 2 week sobo-to-nobo hike on the LHHT which will consist of me starting at the northern terminus of the trail, heading to the furthest southern shelter area on the trail(Ohiopyle) then heading back to Seward.
I am looking at around 2 weeks on trail give or take a day.
This is where an idea for the site popped into the ol' bean.
When a review is initially posted here it gets the most exposure (imo) being it is highlighted on the home page for all to see. Then after awhile it is archived and then the only exposure it receives is when one actually does a search for the specific product that has been reviewed.
So let's say I am looking for a new tent(no specific model) and I see a glowing review of a model that fits my needs and has a stellar 5 star rating so I read said review and go "wow, now that is the tent for me."
Well let's then say that shortly after I read the review the individual that posted the review has a catastrophic failure of this tent in the bc and then changes their glowing 5 star review to a 2.5 and deems the product a dud.
Now I read the initial review but not the updated version because I honestly had no reason to look at it again because I already read the review and am not aware of the issues that arose after the review was posted nor do I know of the fact that there was an update to the review.
So based on the glowing initial review in my mind I am purchasing a 5 star product when in fact I am purchasing a tent that truly has the potential to fail catastrophically and end a trip that I have been saving up my money for and only have a small time space(vacation) to complete.
Ya know one of those one shot at it trips.
This is where the idea I have comes into place.
On the homepage we not only have a highlighted feed of reviews as they are posted but also an area(rectangular box) on the upper-mid right of the homepage that shows the reviews as they are posted on the site.
Well, how about a notification box/area/tab that also highlights review updates?
Let's face it...
...fabrics fail, footwear delaminates, stitching fails, water ingress issues happen, so on and so forth.
So would it be beneficial to have an area such as this promoting the "recently updated reviews" or even a tab that gives a viewer the best up to date info about a product?
I personally am not made of money and a wrecked trip due to a failure can potentially result in a memory that is less than happy or quite possibly could result in my well being/health being somewhat compromised dependent upon activity, season, etc.
Hopefully I conveyed my thought well and some of you can understand my idea throughout this rambling.
I will be watching this thread and if there is any confusion please feel free to ask questions and I will explain anything I can if there is any confusion.
Thanks everyone & happy hiking-