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Guidelines for User Reviews

When sharing your opinion of a product by writing a review, please observe the following dos and don'ts:


  • Be succinct, accurate, constructive, and objective.
  • Compare the product to competing products (or to previous versions of this product) that you've used.
  • Provide examples of how the product or its manufacturer did or did not meet your expectations.
  • Try to write at least three to five constructive sentences containing your observations.


  • Use offensive language.
  • Impersonate someone else, either by using their email address or their name when submitting a review.
  • Submit more than one opinion of the product. Instead, you may update and reply to your opinion.
  • Submit an opinion of the product if your company makes or resells it or makes or resells a product that competes with it.
  • Submit an opinion in a language other than English.
  • Submit any form of spam, including advertisements, commercial or competitors' URLs or comments unrelated to the product under review.

All submitted ratings and written comments become the sole property of CBS Interactive, and may be used at our sole discretion. Ratings and written comments are generally posted within two to four business days. However, we reserve the right to remove or to refuse to post any submission for any reason. You acknowledge that you are responsible for the contents of your submission.

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When reviewing a product, you will also select a star rating for the product. Please refer to the following guidelines to help you choose the appropriate star rating.

  • 1 star: Though it may have some useful functions, this product is unstable, riddled with ads, or otherwise difficult to use. Download at your own risk.
  • 2 stars: This program has major flaws, though it is not completely without merit. I cannot recommend this download unless it is the only one of its kind.
  • 3 stars: This is a decent, solid program. It has no major flaws, but it didn't knock my socks off. There may be similar programs that work better, have more features, or are easier to use.
  • 4 stars: Despite a few minor flaws, this program is generally excellent. I recommend this download.
  • 5 stars: I can't recommend this product highly enough.

You can also rate products via this star rating system without actually writing a review for them.

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