Understanding and encouraging online reviewing with a selection-based review system

Rowanne Fleck, Benjamin R. Cowan, Eirini Darmanin, Yixin Wang

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Online consumer reviews are important for people wishing to make purchases online. However, not everyone contributes online reviews. This paper looks at consumer motivations of reviewing and rating behaviour in order to motivate the design of a mobile interface for online reviewing. An interview study found that people tend to contribute reviews and ratings based on their perception of whether they would be helpful or not to others as well as their own personal view of the usefulness of reviews and ratings when buying products. There also seems to be a cost-benefit trade off that influences people’s decisions to review and rate: people tend to make a decision based on the perceived value of that review or rating to the community against the effort and costs of contributing. A mobile interface was designed that was intended both to reduce the cost of leaving reviews, and to increase the perception of the usefulness of the reviews to others. An initial evaluation of this reviewing interface suggests it could encourage more people to leave reviews.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-464
JournalInteracting with Computers
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2019


  • user studies
  • social recommendation (social computing)
  • online shopping
  • online reviews
  • review contribution


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