What is an upgrade and what are the benefits?

MamaDivine MamaDivine
I'm sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but I am still trying to learn all the ins and outs of some of the programs that are being offered on EF. I was kind of holding back until recently (Im finally an advanced reviewer! yay!) Anyways,How do you submit an upgrade request and what exactly does that do for a member? I see it on the points chart and I have seen it several times in the threads under "Upgrades and I still have no idea what it means to be "upgraded" or why its something that folks want to do (what benefits there are to it).
04/18/2012
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Zombirella Zombirella
Upgrade is becoming advanced by being voted in by the already advanced reviewers, so, you are already "upgraded". You now get to take advantage of buyout assignments at a 30% discount in exchange for writing a review. You also get one free monthly assignment.
04/18/2012
js250 js250
The upgrade is in lieu of graduating a class to become an advanced member. A newbie writes a few reviews and submits them and then has the advanced reviewers vote on weather they should be 'upgraded' to an advanced reviewer or stay a basic reviewer and take classes.

Benefits: You get all the perks of being an advanced reviewer.

Cons: You do not learn effective review writing or site navigation and protocol by having a mentor.
04/18/2012
Forum Moderator Forum Moderator
Great answers Zombirella and JS250!

Yes, an upgrade request moves you from a basic to an advanced reviewer so that you can start monthly assignments.
04/18/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
Thank you everyone for your responses! I have already gone through the student/mentoring process, so I guess then I don't need to request an upgrade lol. I was confused because I thought "Well Im already an advanced reviewer, what would I upgrade to from here??? Staff?!" lmao. Thanks again!
04/19/2012
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