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Old February 26th, 2010, 11:43 PM
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Default Re: is there any websites....

Originally Posted by kalutika View Post
Ugh. Why? That kind of thing could put a person off the hobby right quick.
Mmm, I don't think so. The tobacco I started smoking was Lyalina. It's not great, but there were some decent flavors. I've smoked a few from Jewels and they're not great, but I would've liked it well enough when I was brand new.

Originally Posted by Kelsey View Post
If there's one thing I've learned from HP you can't rely on member reviews.
Most people just give something a good review if they like it and a bad one if they don't. You should be reviewing the quality, thickness, smoothness of the smoke etc and also how consistent the flavour is with what is should be.

I see members taking off points for stems (I don't like stems either but if they're the small ones it's actually fine to smoke them. I pick them out just because but they're totally smokable).
I see members giving flavours very good ratings that don't even taste like what they're supposed to (obviously I'm talking about Double Apple here, I feel sorry for anyone who's ever tasted an apple like that).
I see members taking off points for the shisha being too wet or dyed, not really sure what that has to do with anything.

And the only way to do consistent unbiased reviews is to use the same coals, same hose etc.
Some people do reviews on a flavour and give it 7/10 then do a review on a coal and give it 5/10 then use that 5/10 coal to do another shisha review and complain that the shisha didn't smoke as thick or some other problems.
I think members should stick to a hookah, hose and coal for the purpose of reviews.
I would say that's true for pretty much all reviewers who aren't professionals. Just look through reviews on Amazon or Newegg. The bad reviews are often based on an item being defective on arrival. When a company makes millions of one product there are bound to be some defective units. But people still deliver negative reviews on these basis rather than on the total experience (i.e., did customer service take care of things, how was the unit once it was replaced, etc).

Reviews, from non-professional sources, I think, are better taken as an average. What does the majority think of this flavor. When you assess that, you can peer into a handful of specific reviews to see exactly what people think.