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About Member-Created Content

There are many ways to express yourself on eBay. When you have something you want to share with the eBay Community, choosing the right tool to post makes all the difference. You can use one or all of these features.

If you want to post opinions, you should use:

  • Blogs: A blog (also known as a weblog) is a running commentary listed in reverse chronological order. Your blog is about you, so it’s where you can write opinions or tell your stories. Blogs certainly include factual information, but they're mostly about opinion and may include comments at the blog owner’s discretion.

  • Discussion Boards: Discussion boards are a great way to get involved in an ongoing dialogue with many members of the Community. Posts are mostly short opinions with the expectation that another user will respond with a post.

It’s important not to use these opinion areas for feedback about a trading partner. Our Feedback system is designed to keep track of all comments related to transactions. Posting Feedback in other areas results in inaccurate Feedback scores.

When you want to share factual information, you should use:

  • Guides: eBay Guides are fact-based articles written by experts, collectors or any member with helpful, accurate information to share. Often, these are written as “how-to’s” for products or features.

  • Member-created Product Descriptions: Contribute to our Member-created Product Descriptions to share your knowledge and expertise on a specific product. Product descriptions are written collaboratively by multiple contributors throughout the eBay Community and contain factual, objective information about products.

When deciding what type of content you would like to create, first determine whether your content will be factual or your opinion. Then, decide whether you want to create content that is yours alone, or if you want to contribute content that belongs to, and is written by, the Community.

Refer to the following chart to select the appropriate content type.

Type of Member-created Content Factual Information or Opinion? Single or Multiple Contributors?

Blogs

Opinion

Single Contributor

Discussion Boards

Opinion

Multiple Contributors

Guides

Factual

Single Contributor

Member-created Product Descriptions

Factual

Multiple Contributors

Whichever you choose, you should cite reliable sources in your content whenever possible. Writing verifiable information helps members immediately and cuts down on the chance of it being edited or deleted by others.

The best way to feature all of the content you create is by featuring it on an eBay My World page. You can also promote yourself or your items by using content and the links from your blog, product descriptions, and entries in Guides on other places on eBay. For example, sellers can place links to their blog on their eBay Stores page, or buyers with expertise on collectables can direct members to a guide.

For eBay's rules about member-created content, see the Community Content Policy.

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