I have been lurking on Eden Fantasy's for a while, but recently got more involved in the community, and am looking forward to writing reviews! I'm not sure what the old site was like, so it's hard for me to compare, but I am concerned reading through the comments to see how much has changed, and negatively affects reviewers.
I LOVE writing, and have a passion for sexuality (I actually write about it for a living!) so reviewing sex toys was a natural next-step in my exploration. I love to be in-depth and thorough in my reviews, but noticed that some reviewers seem to give only partial and "half effort" reviews. Perhaps this was an attempt to "farm points" and get free items, which is why the new changes have been made. But, points and free items should be given for QUALITY posts and reviews, not quantity of reviews/comments/discu ssions/posts/etc.
I wanted to write quality reviews for the simple fact that I love to write, try new products, share my knowledge... and I simply can't afford nice products. I fear that with the new changes, no free products, no points, and only being able to use points for 15% of the purchase - VERY FEW people will be writing reviews, and those who are great writers will be less motivated to give it their best. Why give your best with no reward? It seems like it would have been much better to give free products and points to the best reviewers, rather than eliminate the system entirely.
It should be a privilege earned, not given.... but those who really work to earn it, with great thorough reviews and effort, should still be able to enjoy the benefits.
After all, the great reviewers and community members here are what make Eden Fantasy's so powerful. It is the reviewers that make EF prosper. Reviewers are the reason EF gets so many sales! Taking the incentive to participate away, and giving no rewards, will discourage reviewers, lead to less reviews, and ultimately affect sales. In an attempt to save some money by limiting reviewer rewards, Eden Fantasy's may destroy the thing that makes it best, and destroy their own profit when reviewers and bloggers are less engaged and willing to give quality participation.