Do you research a site before joining?

@euphie (581)
Ballymena, Northern Ireland
November 21, 2015 8:51am CST
I have read a few posts today about new sites springing up and how some people join and happily post away without checking whether or not the site is legitimate. Another side of the same coin is do people check that they can actually get paid if they do join and start posting? I am a member of the UK site Ciao and a lot of non UK residents join and start posting reviews in the hope of earning a few extra pence through the site. The site does state that you need to have a UK bank account on order to cash out but few members check this before starting to post. Next thing is that they realise when they go to cash out and can't. I often tell new members about the UK bank account rule but quite a few think that they will sort something out with Ciao, only to disappear off the site. Do you do your research before joining a website or do you join and hope that you will get paid eventually?
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@Namelesss (994)
• United States
21 Nov 15
I don't know what makes people so willing to jump in anywhere so fast. I read @Owlwings comment and totally agree with most of it. I don't do 6 and 7, those will only confuse the issue. Guaranteed people won't read the terms, won't know what they are doing and holler scam in the end. Legitimate reviews are few and hard to find. I would add that keeping an email address just for the purpose of checking out a site is great. Get in there and look around and don't expect to find a pot of gold around the corner.
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@owlwings (36716)
• Cambridge, England
22 Nov 15
I included 6 and 7 because I do often use those techniques and feel comfortable with sorting out the wheat from the chaff when doing so. I wouldn't want to try to teach someone how to do that, though. Using throwaway email addresses is a very good idea, especially if you anticipate that the Privacy Policy of the site may not be worth the bytes its made of. Yahoo Mail makes it very easy to create throwaway addresses which all deliver to your inbox but can be easily disabled. If you use a different one for each site you join, it's very easy to see which one is abusing the trust you placed in it.
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@boiboing (11497)
• Northampton, England
21 Nov 15
I'm a bit of a sceptic. I usually wait until some people I know have tried a site and confirmed it's honest.
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@euphie (581)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
21 Nov 15
I'm a bit like that too. I'll research something but wait til others share their experiences.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
I at least try to do research by looking up a reviw about the site if it involves making money off it, so I at least know if they're paying before I join.
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@Freelanzer (3386)
• Canada
21 Nov 15
I do check reviews and such but I guess I didn't always take the reviews seriously or I wouldn't have joined Bubblews. I had read they were a scam site years ago when I joined,
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@babaraimc (1346)
• Pakistan
21 Nov 15
to be honest, i never really researched any site, i think payment option is paypal for most of the site, so this is not a problem weither this site is legitimate or not , this is a problem i try to read some reviews about sites but not a through research
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@euphie (581)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
21 Nov 15
Not every site pays with paypal though. Most do but a few people ahve found that their attitude that they will be paid regardless means that they will lose out on some sites.
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@babaraimc (1346)
• Pakistan
21 Nov 15
@euphie then i think i haven't tried too many sites then i will correct myself as "all the sites i have joined pay through paypal"
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@owlwings (36716)
• Cambridge, England
21 Nov 15
@babaraimc Since you are from Pakistan and PayPal does not support Pakistan, how can you expect to be paid?
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@Irving35 (129)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
21 Nov 15
That is the way to go. I never join a website without knowing anything about the website. At least, we should be sure that they wouldn't misuse our personal details (even if it's just a name and email address).
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@euphie (581)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
21 Nov 15
True, I'm always wary that some sites could just exist as a way to get email addresses and personal details so they can spam people.
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@moondebi (1256)
• Bangalore, India
22 Nov 15
I do check now. At my initial days, I was a novice to understand the pitfalls.