Potster allows users to contribute different kinds of content, including reviews, photos, votes and more. To make things clear, we’ve put together these general guidelines. Please also read the additional guidelines below for specific types of content that you might contribute to the site.
- Inappropriate content: Colorful language and imagery is fine, but there's no need for threats, harassment, lewdness, hate speech, and other displays of bigotry.
- Conflicts of interest: Your contributions should be unbiased and objective. For example, you shouldn’t write reviews of your own business or employer, your friends’ or relatives’ business, your peers or competitors in your industry, or businesses in your networking group. Business owners should not ask customers to write reviews.
- Promotional content: Unless you're using your Business Owners Account to add content to your business's profile page, we generally frown upon promotional content. Let's keep the site useful for consumers and not overrun with commercial noise from every user.
- Relevance: Please make sure your contributions are relevant and appropriate to the forum. For example, reviews aren't the place for rants about a business's employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don't address the core of the consumer experience.
- Privacy: Don’t publicize other people’s private information. Please don’t post close-up photos of other patrons without their permission, and please don’t post other people’s full names unless you’re referring to service providers who are commonly identified by or commonly share their own full names.
- Intellectual property: Don’t swipe content from other sites or users. You’re a smart human, so write your own reviews and take your own photos, please!
- Demanding payment: Beyond simply asking for a refund to remedy a bad experience, you should not use removing or posting your review as a way to extract payment from a business, regardless of whether you’ve been a customer.
The best reviews are passionate and personal. They offer a rich narrative, a wealth of detail, and a helpful tip or two for other consumers. Here are some additional thoughts for conscientious reviewers.
- Personal experience: We want to hear about your firsthand consumer experience, not what you heard from your co-worker or significant other. Try to tell your own story without resorting to broad generalizations and conclusory allegations.
- Accuracy: Make sure your review is factually correct. Feel free to air your opinions, but don't exaggerate or misrepresent your experience. We don't take sides when it comes to factual disputes, so we expect you to stand behind your review.
- Review updates: Review updates should reflect a new experience or interaction with the business. Don't tell the same old story you've already told. If you'd like to add new insight to an old experience, you can edit your review.
Business photos should be broadly relevant to the business and reflect the typical consumer experience (e.g., what the business looks like, what the business offers, what products business manufactures etc.).
If you post a photo that showcases a more unique personal experience with a business (e.g., your smiling group of friends at the dispensary), we may remove it from the photo gallery for the business, but it still may appear alongside your review if you write one about the business.
User Profile Guidelines
Don't be shy — use your account profile to let people know who you are and what makes you smile. Users want to read reviews from people they know and trust (not those with profiles that are empty or laced with inappropriate content).
Business Account Guidelines
Business representatives should be getting in on the act, too. Some words of wisdom:
- From the Business: You can use the "From the business" tab to tell people a little something special about your business. Please keep it relevant: don't use this feature to attack your competitors, reviewers, or Potster, and don't use it to seed keywords or post special offers or promotions — we'll remove them if we see them.
- First Time Patients: You can use the "First Time Patients" tab to tell people how to become your customer, or provide some important information regarding your services.
- Public Comments: Business representatives can respond to reviews publicly by posting a public comment. Don’t use public comments to launch personal attacks, advertise, or offer an incentive to change a review.
- Photos: Photos are a great way for advertisers to promote themselves on Potster. Be as creative as you can, but please keep it clean. We're not big fans of imagery showing violence, nudity, near nudity, or suggestive acts. Also, please don't use your photos to disparage other businesses, users, or Potster.
- Don’t ask for reviews and don’t offer to pay for them either: Please don’t ask your customers to review your business on Potster. Over time, solicited reviews create bias on your business page — a bias that savvy consumers can smell from a mile away. Learn why you shouldn’t ask for reviews. You should also never offer compensation (discounts and freebies count too) in exchange for reviews.