#Announcement - Changes to the Review Program pt.02 (a brief update)

Gary Gary
Hello Everyone,

While none of these changes have happened yet, the plans for implementation have been approved and should not take that long (if all goes well).

Eden Points:
- The Eden Points Program will be broken down into 2 sections, Trial Period (15 days) & Premium Service. There are also some security measures being put into place on the back end to help us identify abuse. Most of the activities that were removed will be put back in place, but the exact point schedule will not be the same. The Trial Period will be like a checklist, earning a one-time point incentive for exploring all of the tools and services available. The Premium Service will include a number of point adjustments including a very large increase in points for reviews.

Review Program:
- There are a number of Review Program proposals in the works, including some for new or revised templates, but the changes that we have been discussing will be happening. There will be three levels of Advanced Reviewers. These levels will be earned by achieving a minimum rank, submitting a minimum # of reviews, and being a contributor for a minimum period of time. Once you meet these requirements, you will automatically advance. The buyout discounts for each level will increase. This will replace the current free assignment system. We also have the details pretty much worked out for the Mentor Program as well. As for shipping, Buyout assignments do not have free shipping. You may use Eden Points or shipping based promos if you qualify, but there is no plan to change this.

I hope this directly addresses a number of your collective concerns. I will let you know all the specifics and details as soon as I can.

Thank you!
04/01/2013
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Thank you for the update Gary! It sounds like a good plan.
04/01/2013
Adnerbmw Adnerbmw
Sounds like your making good progress. Looking forward to seeing it all go together once your done!
04/01/2013
MrWill MrWill
Sounds like good things to me, though I can see how the shipping may cause issues for some! Looks like orders will have to be planned accordingly to save on shipping!!
04/01/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
Will the levels be based on current activity/reviews/rank, or is 'this' (when the change takes place) considered the starting point?

The changes sound good to me! Thanks for the update!
04/01/2013
mpfm mpfm
Thanks for the update. The changes sound good.
04/01/2013
AmethystQueen AmethystQueen
I signed up for something and didn't realize it would make me NOT have the advanced review status no matter how many reviews I wrote. I hope that will change too.
04/01/2013
Incendiaire Incendiaire
Shame about the shipping, but overall the changes sound good to me.
04/01/2013
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Kind of excited...
04/01/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
I appreciate the update on the changes - I'm excited for them to come about, as things look promising!

As a relatively new member, I'm just curious about your mention of shipping promotions. When there are shipping promotions, are they for international customers as well as those within the US? This would put my mind at ease about ordering once I return to Canada.
04/01/2013
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by Incendiaire
Shame about the shipping, but overall the changes sound good to me.
My sentiments exactly. Thanks for the update Gary!
04/01/2013
js250 js250
Thanks for the update...I know I am getting pretty excited to have everything figured out and in place! You guys are very generous at working with us and I wanted to have a few other suggestions to offer--but with Easter did not get them in. You are amazing at allowing members to have input with some of the changes--way above and beyond the normal!! Thanks again!!
04/01/2013
mjtheprincess mjtheprincess
Oh Gary thanks a million for this post! I am happy/excited to see changes taking place that will benefit our community and give us more freedom in choosing products. But mostly, I am excited about the increase in review points =D You guys work so so hard and do so so much for us! Echoing js250, you guys rock for letting us have input, and we all appreciate you a ton!
04/01/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
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Originally posted by AmethystQueen
I signed up for something and didn't realize it would make me NOT have the advanced review status no matter how many reviews I wrote. I hope that will change too.
You mean how you're listed in your profile? You can be an advanced reviewer and have it say writer (mine does)....but you are still considered advanced if you earned it. I hope that helps.
04/01/2013
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
Will the levels be based on current activity/reviews/rank, or is 'this' (when the change takes place) considered the starting point?

The changes sound good to me! Thanks for the update!
I am hoping that it will start with all non-advanced users, and grandfather everyone else in.
04/01/2013
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by AmethystQueen
I signed up for something and didn't realize it would make me NOT have the advanced review status no matter how many reviews I wrote. I hope that will change too.
Please send me a message with the details of your issue.
04/01/2013
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I appreciate the update on the changes - I'm excited for them to come about, as things look promising!

As a relatively new member, I'm just curious about your mention of shipping promotions. When there are shipping promotions, are they ... More
Canada is a huge problem for shipping this past year. The cost, the import duties and the export duties. At this point I would say it will likely be handled as any regular order.
04/01/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
Thanks for keeping us all up to date about this. I feel like easing us into this and giving us a few weeks-maybe more than a month to get used to this will keep the 'points change riots of '13' from reoccurring.

It's also a bummer about the shipping, but understandable. If your rank goes down will you go down a tier? I know that I was an 8.3 this time last year, but I have been taking harder classes and have gone down to a 7.5-6. Say that you had to be over an 8 to be tier 4; would I have fallen down to tier 3 or would I stay at 4 once I reached it?
04/01/2013
Bleu Bleu
Thanks for the update. I'm so happy you guys are listening to user concerns. This goes far beyond what other websites are willing to do for their users
04/01/2013
indiglo indiglo
Thanks for keeping us updated! I'm excited to see all the details of how this will work - it is sounding like really, really good changes.
04/01/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Thanks for the update Gary. I look forward to seeing how the new changes effect the site.
04/01/2013
vulvalicious vulvalicious
I appreciate the information. Is there more detail posted somewhere on what the "premium service" is.
04/01/2013
AmethystQueen AmethystQueen
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Originally posted by charmedtomeetyou
You mean how you're listed in your profile? You can be an advanced reviewer and have it say writer (mine does)....but you are still considered advanced if you earned it. I hope that helps.
Yes, that helps....I would just like the ability to change that since I had no idea what I was doing when I first started out. I'd like to actually see Advanced review next to my name. I know my reviews are advanced...
04/01/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
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Originally posted by AmethystQueen
Yes, that helps....I would just like the ability to change that since I had no idea what I was doing when I first started out. I'd like to actually see Advanced review next to my name. I know my reviews are advanced...
I'm so glad that was your issue, because I think it can be confusing. But just because it doesn't show up there, doesn't mean you aren't. Mine says writer and I'm an active reviewer and have been advanced for a long time. So, it's not one or the other, it's both!
04/01/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by AmethystQueen
Yes, that helps....I would just like the ability to change that since I had no idea what I was doing when I first started out. I'd like to actually see Advanced review next to my name. I know my reviews are advanced...
It says "writer" because you activated the SexIs service. You're an advanced reviewer, still.
04/01/2013
jr2012 jr2012
oh that sounds good! I actually really appreciate how this has played out, somehow having it change over a longer period of time makes it seem very orderly and thought out. Other companies could learn a thing or two from your example!
04/01/2013
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by vulvalicious
I appreciate the information. Is there more detail posted somewhere on what the "premium service" is.
Not Yet. Right now, premium is a little more than is currently available and nothing was lowered (those point values were either raised, or not changed), so I think everyone will be happy. I am hoping after this initial change to add additional things, like incentives for adding additional content to reviews. But that will come later.
04/01/2013
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Bleu
Thanks for the update. I'm so happy you guys are listening to user concerns. This goes far beyond what other websites are willing to do for their users
Thank you! Your feedback is always very useful. From the back end it can be hard to see things from your POV, and vice versa. So talking about things is great when possible.
04/01/2013
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
This is great and I'm glad to know that an advanced reviewer that I'll likely be grandfathered in.

Thanks so much for the update!
04/02/2013
eri86 eri86
How will the review levels affect graduating from the mentor program? And will the new review system reset anything?
04/02/2013
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