comparedby.us changing things up a little
January 9, 2009 11:26pm CST
for those of you who dont know already things are changing.. http://www.comparedby.us/blog/post/member-roles-and-review-submission-limits?postid=9e7cf2f0-f241-42f4-b234-4503793bd72f we have decided to implement a new Review Submission Policy. All members will be ranked on three roles, Rookie, Beginner and Reviewer. Review posting limits will be set for each level at 10, 25, and 60 reviews per month respectively. Rather quickly we will introduce additional roles that will carry greater freedom to post reviews and earn money on ComparedBy.Us. Each role will be limited to posting reviews up to their limit in each pay period (the next pay period is February 16th to March 15th 2009). By implementing these controls we can limit the amount of spam we have to deal with in the near future. It also allows us to control our costs over the next few months so that we can ensure that we are around for a long time. This has the added benefit of allowing our contributing members to earn money long into the future. This current pay period will be affected by these limits starting tomorrow January 10th, 2009. However, the limits will NOT affect any reviews you have already submitted. If you have submitted 50 reviews already this month they will not count against the appropriate limit for your assigned role. It will take us a week or so to incorporate roles into your member profile so that every member can easily know their assigned role. Until then, we will be sending emails to all in the Beginner or Reviewer roles. All other members will begin in the Rookie role. Rookie – limit 10 reviews per month: All new member accounts will automatically start as rookies. This is also the default role for any member that does not qualify for a higher role. The limit of ten reviews ensures that a member doesn’t waste their time posting reviews that will not meet our editorial guidelines. Beginner – limit 25 reviews per month: Only Members who have been editorially reviewed will qualify for this role. Beginner members have obviously shown a willingness to contribute to the community but the content that they submitted is not quite at the level that we require. The Beginner role is meant to be a learning role where members can hone their writing and review abilities with the help of our editorial staff before they move on to a higher role. Reviewer – limit 60 reviews per month: Members who have been editorially reviewed and approved by our editorial team will qualify for this role. These are members that ComparedBy.Us trusts to submit well written, concise and helpful reviews. Eventually this role will encompass the core of ComparedBy.Us members. How do you guys feel about this? i agree that you should only be paid if you are writigng legiit, but to put a limit on how much we write??? im not so happy about that..that means iff all of our reviews are not first review and long review we wont get paid in a months time (under rookie)
1 person likes this
• United States
10 Jan 09
I am so confused about all the changes. I just made my $20.00 but when I tried to request payout I can't because I am supposed to have just over $20 by the 20th. I contacted CBU and they told me to just write one more review and it will go through but when I tried today Jan 9th I got a notice that said my Monthly Review limit has been reached. I am a little frustrated with all of this but I am still hoping that Comparedby.us is able to work everything out because I really enjoy the site.
• United States
11 Jan 09
Disclaimer: I don't belong to this program, although I've looked it over. What they're doing makes sense to me. To stay in business, they need quality content and this is a way to ensure that it is. I'd rather a program stay in business even if it meant pulling in its horns a little, than allowing spam and half cooked reviews on the site and go under, probably losing the money they owe you.
• United States
11 Jan 09
Soooo... ok wait a second, in order to graduate to the next level of reviewer or whatever, you have to be with comparedby for a long time? I'm a little confused about that part.. I don't get it? How do they approve you? After you've written a certain number of reviews? At least this doesn't change how much we get paid per review, thank God. Like we're still gonna get $2.00 if we're the first to write an (extended) review for a product, you know?
• Greenwood, Mississippi
10 Jan 09
Theoretically, I would prefer the site to be as open as possible and give its reviewers lots of freedom so they can write just as many reviews as they want. I also don't really like hierarchies like they are implementing now. On the other hand, I understand why they did this and actually even mentioned here a couple of weeks ago that I thought they might start limiting the number of reviews that can be posted per user. They're under tremendous pressure from people submitting massive amounts of junk reviews -- some are plagiarized, some are of bad quality, some are valueless because they don't reflect actual experience with a product. People were posting here about how they were writing 10 or more reviews every day...it shouldn't be THAT easy to write a review! I doubt you can maintain an output like that for very long and still do good quality work. I'm still planning to stick with the site for now. They do seem to be doing everything they can to keep it going.