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Now that you have created your owner's review, it's time to submit your review for editing.  This is an easy process that you can complete one of two ways.  You MUST have joined the BackpackGearTest group on Yahoo!.  If you haven't done so yet, click here for instructions.

You can now post your review to the BackpackGearTest group either by logging into and sending a message, or by sending an email to  Your review should be included as plain text in the message body, and not as a file attachment.

The SUBJECT of your message or email should be "OWNER REVIEW - (INSERT NAME OF ITEM)"  So, for our example item, the SUBJECT would be "OWNER REVIEW - Mag Instruments Maglite Solitaire"  If you need individual support, someone will help you through the entire process.

Once you have posted your owner review to the group, follow the group messages for responses to your review.  A Moderator will check your review, and may make editorial suggestions on how you should change it.  Please be patient, as the Moderators are an all volunteer group and have private lives as well.  It may take a few days for your report to be checked.  You will normally see a message with your original subject and the word "EDIT"  (EDIT - OWNER REVIEW - Mag Instruments Maglite Solitaire).  You will then edit your review to reflect the suggested changes.  You may have to submit your edited review to the group a second time, or the Moderator will tell you to make the suggested changes and upload your review to and indicate the folder that was created for your review.  If, after a few days, you have not been contacted and the folder has not been created, please send a gentle reminder to the list that you are waiting for a response.  Remember to be polite.  

Once you have secured approval to upload your review, it's time to do so.

You have two options:

Return to the Introduction page or Continue to the next lesson, Uploading the Review.

Product tested and reviewed in each Formal Test Report has been provided free of charge by the manufacturer to Upon completion of the Test Series the writer is permitted to keep the product. Owner Reviews are based on product owned by the reviewer personally unless otherwise noted.

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