What do you do when you find a bad app?
- Engage with the developer to report why?
- Leave a negative review?
- Leave a low rating?
- Uninstall it?
- Just never launch it again?
What do you do?
I've started leaving 1 star reviews to bad apps, rather than just ignoring them.
I figure this helps serve as a warning to others who may download it.
If I know hte develoepr I'll talk to them but I just don't have the time to talk to everyone :(
Do you consider reviews when downloading an app? Is lots of bad reviews worse than no reviews?
I'd love to know your thoughts...
I also uninstall it, but that's just because I've got hundreds (not exagerating) of apps installed and I don't want the clutter.
Of course, if I come across an app which shouldn't be in the, marketplace in the first place I report it.
If you are/were the developer you'll want direct feedback, not a negative review.
That's a given.
But what if we're talking about another persons app?
Imagine the app has so much wrong with it you don't know where to begin and haven't got the time to get in to a long discussion about why that's the case and all the ways the app could and should be improved.
This leaves 2 options:
1) do nothing
2) leave a low rating
In this scenario, what do you do?
If you do nothing then my theory is that there's a greater likelihood that someone else will waste part of their life tryint to use that app.
If you give a low rating they may think twice.
Yes, in an ideal world there would be the time to help everyone make a great app and developers would avoid the situation in the first place by taking the time to understand what makes a good app and to test their designs, assumptions and quality prior to releasing it. Unfortunately a quick look at any marketplace reminds us that we're not in a perfect world though.
Yes, if you're the developer you'll want a detailed description of why you've got a bad review but reviews aren't written for the developer. They're written to help other people get a feel of what other users think of the app before they download it.
If you're a developer of an app and you're getting bad reviews and don't know why then it's your responsibility to go and find out why. It's not the responsibility of the person giving the review.