Reviewers Spotlight - An Announcement and Feedback

Ansley Ansley


Hey guys, as you may have noticed the Reviewers Spotlight usually goes up on the first Thursday of the month. With the holidays fast approaching and the number of activities we have planned, we thought it would be a great idea to put the spotlight on hold for a little while and get feedback from the community.

The criteria for who is chosen boiled down to how long a person had been in the community, how well they write reviews, and their overall popularity.
However, there was very little input from the community about who was selected and ultimately came down to the person's availability.


How should contributors be chosen for the spotlight? Popularity? Rank? Activity on the forum?

How long should the spotlight last? One week, two weeks, one month?

How often should the spotlight be held? Once a month? Once every other month?

We're all ears so bring us your suggestions!
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- Kira - - Kira -
I think a combo of those things. Someone who writes good reviews, is active in the community, and someone who at least doesn't piss people off all the time. lol I don't think popularity should play too much a role in it. Then it gets too high school-y.

If you hold it once a month then I would have it last the month. That gives everyone the opportunity to ask questions.
10/04/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Ansley


Hey guys, as you may have noticed the Reviewers Spotlight usually goes up on the first Thursday of the month. With the holidays fast approaching and the number of activities we have planned, we thought it would be a great idea to put the ... More
Hmmmmmmm I happen to think it would be kind of amazing if the winner of the Contributor of the Month could sit in the hot seat and be grilled mercilessly about who they are, and why they are here! Doesn't that sound like fun??

Possibly the spotlight could be just a couple of weeks to keep it fresh? One contributor chosen by the community and then one member of staff? I can see a time when new members of the community could be spotlighted, welcomed and probed;you know, like the aliens do! That'd draw in all the real interesting people if they know there is probing involved...

I think all of the criteria should be available: rank, milestone, activity, basic interest, new blood, anyone who stands out...and the ones who prefer to hide in the shadows. Let's yank them out and inspect them! (Only if they are willing, mind you.)
10/04/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Hmmmmmmm I happen to think it would be kind of amazing if the winner of the Contributor of the Month could sit in the hot seat and be grilled mercilessly about who they are, and why they are here! Doesn't that sound like fun??

Possibly the ... More
Love you! I like the COTM idea. It was in my list of notes but I didn't want to lead anyone's answers right off the bat, nice to see that in your response.
10/04/2012
lovesexandmarriage lovesexandmarriage
I agree that it shouldn't be a popularity contest, but a mixture of things. I also like community and staff picks.

Also, I would like it if the Spotlight rotated more often. Even if they are only picked once a month, rotate them every week, so when I go Community Page, the same three reviews aren't there for the whole month. Just my .02. Thanks! xoxo
10/04/2012
js250 js250
I think it would be pretty interesting to select three candidates for the Reviewers Spotlight.

One community vote, suggestions for one week from members followed by a vote.

One staff choice based on site activity and helpfulness.

And the COTM.

With three candidates, it would take the hot seat off one or two people and make it more spread out, give everyone a chance to get to know the Reviewers and also adds a special bonus for the COTM. It would also keep the thread fresh and interesting.
10/04/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
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Originally posted by js250
I think it would be pretty interesting to select three candidates for the Reviewers Spotlight.

One community vote, suggestions for one week from members followed by a vote.

One staff choice based on site activity and ... More
I really like this idea!
10/05/2012
Risque Risque
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Originally posted by js250
I think it would be pretty interesting to select three candidates for the Reviewers Spotlight.

One community vote, suggestions for one week from members followed by a vote.

One staff choice based on site activity and ... More
I am liking this also! Totally love Airen's spin on it as well. Let's shake it up a bit. t is so hard to get to know so may people on here this would give it a little jump.
10/05/2012
AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
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Originally posted by js250
I think it would be pretty interesting to select three candidates for the Reviewers Spotlight.

One community vote, suggestions for one week from members followed by a vote.

One staff choice based on site activity and ... More
I think this is a great idea, 3 different people talking about why they are members and what they enjoy on the site would be great.
10/05/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I always enjoy reading what the people have to say in the spotlight even if I can't think up of new questions to ask. This helps the community as a whole learn more about other community members. I have friends on here that don't write reviews, so don't make the requirements just be upon rank because that would exclude them and they're frequent on the forums.
10/05/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by unfulfilled
I always enjoy reading what the people have to say in the spotlight even if I can't think up of new questions to ask. This helps the community as a whole learn more about other community members. I have friends on here that don't write ... More
"I have friends on here that don't write reviews, so don't make the requirements just be upon rank because that would exclude them and they're frequent on the forums."

This is a very good point. One that I think should be seriously weighed because some of our most unique and interesting contributors aren't really into the review process but they still contribute a fair amount both in having interesting things to say and helping others learn the ways of Eden.

Should rank really be a factor?
10/05/2012
Ansley Ansley
I really like the idea of people having to nominate folks. My hopes are that it won't be the same people nominated every month.

I also had the idea of building a master list of people who were interested in participating. We could either then hold a vote and say the top three will be spotlighted or just run through the list alphabetically.

I think the same rule should apply - a yearly rotation, you can't be spotlighted more than once every twelve months.

Thoughts?
10/05/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by js250
I think it would be pretty interesting to select three candidates for the Reviewers Spotlight.

One community vote, suggestions for one week from members followed by a vote.

One staff choice based on site activity and ... More
I really like this idea too! Great suggestions js250
10/05/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by Ansley
"I have friends on here that don't write reviews, so don't make the requirements just be upon rank because that would exclude them and they're frequent on the forums."

This is a very good point. One that I think should be ... More
I don't think rank should really be a factor in all this since like you and unfulfilled mentioned, it would leave out some great folks.
10/05/2012
SaiDiscordia SaiDiscordia
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Originally posted by - Kira -
I think a combo of those things. Someone who writes good reviews, is active in the community, and someone who at least doesn't piss people off all the time. lol I don't think popularity should play too much a role in it. Then it gets too ... More
Very well put. I agree with all points.
10/05/2012
SaiDiscordia SaiDiscordia
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Originally posted by Kitka
I don't think rank should really be a factor in all this since like you and unfulfilled mentioned, it would leave out some great folks.
Another great point made.
10/05/2012
mjtheprincess mjtheprincess
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Hmmmmmmm I happen to think it would be kind of amazing if the winner of the Contributor of the Month could sit in the hot seat and be grilled mercilessly about who they are, and why they are here! Doesn't that sound like fun??

Possibly the ... More
Ohhhh, I quite like this plan =D
10/05/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Ansley
I really like the idea of people having to nominate folks. My hopes are that it won't be the same people nominated every month.

I also had the idea of building a master list of people who were interested in participating. We could either ... More
I like the master list of people who are interested. Not everyone who reviews may want to participate.

On the flip side, I think rank should play only a very small part. I know a lot of great people who don't review but help out a ton in the forums. They should get a shot as well.
10/05/2012
xxombie xxombie
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Hmmmmmmm I happen to think it would be kind of amazing if the winner of the Contributor of the Month could sit in the hot seat and be grilled mercilessly about who they are, and why they are here! Doesn't that sound like fun??

Possibly the ... More
Oh, the last paragraph of this gave me a good giggle!!

Let's yank them out!!!
10/05/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Ansley
"I have friends on here that don't write reviews, so don't make the requirements just be upon rank because that would exclude them and they're frequent on the forums."

This is a very good point. One that I think should be ... More
I don't necessarily think it should, especially because (to me anyway) it means a lot less than it used to. Rank doesn't make someone a great reviewer or a poor reviewer, it's really just about how many reviews someone's written at this point.

But I love reading all the different ideas for how to pick new reviewers!
10/06/2012
Edeneve Edeneve
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Hmmmmmmm I happen to think it would be kind of amazing if the winner of the Contributor of the Month could sit in the hot seat and be grilled mercilessly about who they are, and why they are here! Doesn't that sound like fun??

Possibly the ... More
lol - love your ideas!!!
10/06/2012
Edeneve Edeneve
I think all reviewers ought to be in the selection pool; I hate the high-school-popularity thing, so that's not an option. the selection process needs to be simple; 1 staff member is a good idea; COTM is a great idea too
10/06/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
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Originally posted by Risque
I am liking this also! Totally love Airen's spin on it as well. Let's shake it up a bit. t is so hard to get to know so may people on here this would give it a little jump.
I concur.
10/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
Loving the input so far, keep it coming everyone!
10/08/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Ansley
"I have friends on here that don't write reviews, so don't make the requirements just be upon rank because that would exclude them and they're frequent on the forums."

This is a very good point. One that I think should be ... More
Naw interest should be the only factor...hell let's make it like a shooting gallery where anyone could be picked and then grilled like a BBQ steak! We will probe them and strip them bare. C'mon you KNOW that would be funner than hell.
I think some of these wonderfully active but not reviewing people should be looked at under the microscope of public interest...in this case we really DO want to know!
10/10/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Ansley
I really like the idea of people having to nominate folks. My hopes are that it won't be the same people nominated every month.

I also had the idea of building a master list of people who were interested in participating. We could either ... More
OOOOH alphabetically! I vote for that!
10/10/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Edeneve
lol - love your ideas!!!
Wow all of these blood thirsty contributors...I KNEW there was a reason I love this place. Mob rules! We drag them out kicking and screaming and then pester them with silly and very pointed questions until they yell "UNCLE" or some such!
10/10/2012
April Lewis April Lewis
i have a puppy
10/11/2012
April Lewis April Lewis
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Originally posted by Ansley
"I have friends on here that don't write reviews, so don't make the requirements just be upon rank because that would exclude them and they're frequent on the forums."

This is a very good point. One that I think should be ... More
yes
10/11/2012
Sangsara Sangsara
How about 2 reviewers in the spotlight? One mentor and one protege? Not necessarily of each other, but I think that it would be neat if someone who is new on the scene and just blastin out quality reviews or has an interesting background or history was briefly spotlighted, kinda a whoa! Guess who joined Eden sort of thing. Not as much attention as the main spotlight person though. Or maybe if the spotlighted person is a mentor you can ask them if they have any new students that they would like to in turn spotlight.
For the person who has been here awhile I think it would work to have it once a month or bimonthly would get more people up and known. In exchange for som sort of points bonus they could accept or deny the position of fielding questions fom the rest of the community for 2 weeks.
10/13/2012
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