Yes! This is what a few other people have been trying to suggest for a while. I feel the same. I love this place & it's something I want to continue spending my time on very much. I think your suggestion was very well put & I think it would absolutely make all the difference in the world.
Some of us, including myself are happy to work hard & be here even if we aren't earning a lot of points. I was totally fine only earning the forum points every day. In fact, I hardly ever do all the actions to earn the maximum amount daily. Ever. I don't have a problem with lowering our earnings one bit & think it's not a bad idea. I do not like the change about us only getting to use our points for 15% off an order. That's very tiny incentive for our work and time. So I do think your idea is pretty spot-on to "fix" everything that's been screwed up here. It would require everybody to really, really work for those points and that sounds like what should've happened in the first place. Instead though, there were more and more and more people being able to point farm away and it seemed like the system was working in their favor.
Anyways, though. I think the whole new change came as a major shock to all of us. I've been upset about it and it's been on my mind all day. It's hard not to feel totally un-appreciated and like there's a possibility that we have all wasted years of our time. I don't truly think this, but I will admit that I too felt these things at first. It felt like a ginormous slap in the face.
I'm with you. I'd be willing to stick around for changes such as what you mentioned. Today, EF has been on my mind non-stop. I spent over 2 hours talking and discussing my feelings and stuff with my partner this evening. I am actually down and sad thinking this place might go down. I agree with what you said. I too feel the same way. I too would like a little more transparency. I feel like a lot of us give ourselves to this place in many ways & I do have some expectations from it. Such as honesty. Most of us are looking
and holding out hope that we will be given a reason (if even just a tiny one!) to feel we should stay, to feel we are worth a little more & to feel that we really are appreciated, again, even if it's just a little.
As it is, most of us literally cannot afford to spend much time here. I don't ask for much, but I think the point system should be something like how you suggested. We should be able to use our EARNED gift card $, but we should be limited to how much we can make. That is fairness. The way it is at the moment is far, far from fair. If we did what you suggested, the people who were causing problems in the first place by crazy point-farming wouldn't be near as likely to go through it all to screw the system. I mean, say we were required to write so much in a review and only get our old pay, it'd make it real hard for them to go through and farm the heck out of the place because 1. they'd have to write so much & two, it won't be worth it to spend so much time for so little if you don't really care and 3. you couldn't just plagiarize because that will be caught.
So there's one thing. Just lowering the maximum amount of earning would make huge changes.
I wish I had more suggestions to add about more things we could do to change the way things go. I don't know the exact problem, but the rumor is, it's "financial." I don't know how severe it is, so it's hard to make suggestions. We don't know what will be enough. We don't know how bad it is or anything.
I too am hoping EF will listen to your suggestion closely and consider it instead of saying "oh, we're in financial trouble. We love the people who've made this happen, but we're snatching everything from you guys." That sounds like it would only make it worse to me, but I don't know much anyways. It just feels that was a drastic, mean-ish approach.
As I said, I'm absolutely holding onto any hope that we will be given reason to stay. I don't know how to better put that sentence, but I hope it really says what I'm trying to say. Not saying I hope they give us something just to keep us. No, we WANT to be here, but as I said, a lot of us can't if we're only getting nothing at all in return. We can't justify spending hours here. Just like if I were spending all the time I spend here on Facebook. That would be crazy because while I may be making friends, I'm not spending my time wisely. I could be working overtime or something.
I do hope we mean enough to this place for them to try and comprimise instead of rip everything away from us & treat us like just a one-time customer who's given nothing to the company. A lot of us have truly done things for this company.
Indiechick, I am glad you made this post. I think everyone who loves this place as much as we do will agree. If we love it & we do, we will be willing to do what we can too. I hope we can re-create a positive place too. There's been enough bad all over about EF in general, so I think we desperately need to work together in a positive, friendly light. Yes, we need options available. As I said, just taking everything and saying "oh, well we're glad you guys gave so much to us," isn't much option for us. And I think/hope there is room for other options.
We could even maybe think about changing the points given for reviews based on how useful they are... Well, then nevermind. There's people who would just down-vote as they do now. Just a thought, but maybe not a good one.
As someone else suggested though, not rewarding points instantly when a review is submitted is a good idea too. I wouldn't mind having to wait to receive my points.