Can’t disagree with any of this. The throw with the ano issue I mentioned is most certainly an outlier among modern non-budget throws. 99+% beyond the budget category should have no QC issues. But they do come up. And yes, talking about how great a yoyo is at X but not showing it or wing able to do it is an issue. I tread around that by pointing out design features (such as fingerspin cups) and reputations yoyos have without even attempting to speak to it myself.
I will agree that the review culture in general is so deeply flawed. Sponsored players “reviewing” their sponsors’ stuff. The honeymoon, “this new shiny thing is the best ever!” reactions. And I think that while sending stuff to reviewers for free - and often in advance - is sound in theory to help get word out and give some sort of compensation for their time and effort, I think such arrangements color reviews. Not attacking anyone that does any of this stuff. Just pointing out things that introduce bias.