Stormy: First of all, I must say, unless I've actually needed to contact you in regards to something Eden-admin-related, I've never seen you as just an admin
and by the way, I must add, I am glad that after having posted on the 3 year itch
poll, that something wonderful came of it not only for you, but clearly at least
one other person. That gives me
the warm fuzzies!
I must say, I had a very similar experience.
First joining Eden, my hubby told me about this site during a conversation about getting free items to review. I'd mentioned "hey it would be so cool if you could do this but for sex toys!" and he goes "oh, go to edenfantasys" and tells me about how he knew someone who got free things to review! So, I joined, and read up on how to become a reviewer!
I ran to my toy box and dragged out the two that Eden carried and I felt like reviewing. My first two reviews, I'll admit, were missing a bit of information! I submitted them, and was proud nonetheless! There were some comments, asking for information I hadn't thought to put in, and I realized what all needed to be done!
I ended up getting a great mentor, who was then there to answer questions and help me in case I forgot something! By then, I'd read enough reviews to have most of it down, but I enjoyed the extra help and collaboration, and she was great! After Darthkitt3n graduated me, I felt ready to go from the kiddie pool to the deep end!
I jumped right in and began ordering one box after another! I discovered the forums, though I can't quite tell you how, as I kinda just stumbled onto it!
I know I was spamming (though not for points, that story comes later!) because it was all new to me, and in my excitement, I just kept posting. I did post legitimate questions, but they were questions that had already been asked. Multiple times. Someone then kindly pointed out how to search the forums to see if topics had already been posted, and I also discovered that there was a thing called "point farming". I had seen it in a post and was very confused.
Points? What are these "points" these people speak of?
Upon joining, there was this really ANNOYING box that kept popping up every time I posted or clicked certain things! It drove me nuts, so I hid the box for a good while, not knowing what it really was. After reading up on it, holy cow! I can convert those points into GIFT CARDS and make PURCHASES WITH THEM! HOW COOL IS THAT?!
So, at that point, I realized "oh man...I bet everyone is sooo mad about those posts now thinking I was point farming!" and I was a bit concerned for a while, but no one said anything, no one was rude or mean about it and no one complained to me. Whew! I was in the clear!
So, I'd had my reviews down to EU ratings only (for the most part, because we all get a Useful every now and then!) and my posts were all original topics now!
Then, I became a mentor! I've had some really cool students, some of them are returning for more than one class with me, which is really awesome! I enjoy helping them out and explaining the site, mentioning what info should go in their reviews just like my mentor did for me, and of course, getting the spoilers by reading it before anybody else!
I got to host the rumble, and joined the editor program for a rotation (which I'd love to do again!).
I have almost 100 reviews up now, and my sex life has never been better! Several of my friends have made accounts, my mom made an account, and now my husband has an account! We all share thoughts on toys, read each other's reviews, and have fun!
As far as issues, I've submitted some support tickets for site-related issues or questions, which were all resolved in a super-timely manner, and I am of course in close contact with JR, sending him my long-winded emails with questions and such
I typically prefer to post my questions on the forums, so that others with the same issue may be able to have it resolved the same way, but any time I message, email or just generally contact an admin on here, they are quick to fix my problem.
I've never had any "life or death" situations to report, but I know if I ever do, the Eden team and probably some of the contributors will be quick to my aid with virtual CPR to fix the issue!