I do think that it might be useful to add information about what the purpose of review voting is on the Eden tutorial page or something.
This site is so unique. The whole review program is amazing and so very helpful when swimming through a sea of sex products.
And that's the main point.
Reviews are supposed to be helpful.
Yes, ranking is nice because you are eligible for more expensive monthly review assignments and buyouts, and there's something that makes you feel warm and fuzzy when your rank goes up!
But I think sometimes people can take the whole review thing a little to seriously. When you have 23 EU votes, whats the big deal if you have 8 U votes or even 2 or 3 SU or Worth Reading votes. Overall, you're review is still ranked as EU! If you write a good review; the majority of people will recognize. And if there are some people who didn't find it as useful (or perhaps they're just sour grapes!), oh well! Don't let it get to you, just let it roll of your back like a water on a duck.
I don't agree with the TheSinDoll made at all: "How many new reviewers does EF need ... ?"
Perhaps she wrote this too quickly in the heat of the moment without putting much thought into how it really sounded, because to me it comes off as a bit snobbish. When I'm thinking about buying a product, I read every single review on that product before making my purchase; and the more reviews to read the better! I don't just want one or two people's opinions on a product, I want 30! Everyone is different and experiences things differently, and to say that Eden only needs a few select reviewers is ridiculous.
Also, I think everyone needs to cut newbies some slack. We were all new once and I'm sure we've all made mistakes, posted in the wrong forum, wrote a poor review, or voted incorrectly on something. The air of superiority and cliquish attitude that a few (and I truly mean only a small few!) of the more experienced members have is really disappointing and unpleasant.
I'm not on Eden for free stuff, points, ranks, or attention. I'm here for the amazing products and fabulous, wonderful, family-like community. I write reviews to help my fellow community members make more well-informed purchases because their detailed reviews have helped me make good purchases.
So don't hate, appreciate. The world isn't a perfect place and Eden is just a microcosm of the society we live in. The best way to improve our community is to be positive and courteous to one another. We need to set good examples, especially for the new members, and I believe that most people on EF do this extraordinarily well.
Thanks to all the nice, helpful folks here for making this site a joy to be a part of. And to all the Sourpusses: be cool.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."