When I became an Advanced Reviewer, I used the upgrade request method. I was very proud when I found myself voted in. Now that I am used to the site and have been here for a while, I would gladly give up my Advanced Reviewer status and go through the Mentor Program to get it back if it meant getting rid of this system. Little did I know, it was next to impossible not to get voted in so my accomplishment meant nothing. In all my time here, I have never seen anyone not get voted in. I saw some questionable people go through a few times and I bit my tongue but lately, I feel that the system is a complete failure.
(No names being said) When someone whose only reviews were an undetailed one with little to no information and a review that wasn't even about the product (but one similar-looking) can get voted in, the system obviously does not work. I believe the system should be completely thrown out and if not that, at least it should be overhauled (perhaps by increasing the needed votes DRAMATICALLY and maybe adding a way to vote NOT to let someone in). I hate to be so cynical but at this point, I can't help but shake my head. I'm worried that EdenFantasys is going to lose money on sub-par reviews and good reviewers are going to miss out on chances because of all the bad reviewers being let in. If everyone had to go through the Mentor Program to become an Advanced Reviewer, the quality of reviews would significantly increase.