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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 03 Oct 2016, 12:00

I have a suggestion regarding the reviewer score. I would love for there to be a level where your score stops changing. It would be really great once you reach the final level to not have to jump through so many hoops just to keep your score up. I feel like quality reviews are the most important part of being a reviewer, but then I have to read BOTM's that I am not interested in reading and be entering daily giveaways (which disappear if you miss one day?)
I love being a reviewer and being involved in the community of OBC, but I have to cut back on some parts of it or lose precious time with my children. Everything changes so often in regards to the scoring...sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse. I think it would be nice to give people who have worked hard on their reviews a break. Especially as there seem to be plenty of reviews to go around lately :)

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Post by bookowlie » 03 Oct 2016, 12:28

I have to agree that the daily giveaways feel time-consuming to me since I haven't won once since the extra entries format was introduced. I don't mean that to sound like sour grapes since it's nice that other people are winning. I guess it just feel like work after a while when I never win. As for the BOTM's, it's not mandatory to read every monthly selection. Although the three most recent BOTM's are given more weight in the BOTM subscore, you also get some credit for the older ones.

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 03 Oct 2016, 20:55

I have to agree. I have been busting my chops trying to get my score higher but there are so many things you have to do, it is time consuming and feels nearly impossible.
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 04 Oct 2016, 01:28

Yeah I'm not trying to complain, but a lot of the things are time consuming. I know on one hand these extra things we do get more author's which results in more books to review and I don't mind participating in them when I can. I love helping authors, but being scored on that makes it a chore.
I have not participated very much in BOTM because I am a picky reader and poor...lol. The books I have wanted to read have been too expensive, though now I have an Amazon gift card, but I am not interested in the new BOTM's so I guess my score for a few months will be down.

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 04 Oct 2016, 07:36

Rachaelamb1 wrote:Yeah I'm not trying to complain, but a lot of the things are time consuming. I know on one hand these extra things we do get more author's which results in more books to review and I don't mind participating in them when I can. I love helping authors, but being scored on that makes it a chore.
I have not participated very much in BOTM because I am a picky reader and poor...lol. The books I have wanted to read have been too expensive, though now I have an Amazon gift card, but I am not interested in the new BOTM's so I guess my score for a few months will be down.
:ditto:
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Post by MsMartha » 04 Oct 2016, 08:39

Rachaelamb1 wrote:I have a suggestion regarding the reviewer score. I would love for there to be a level where your score stops changing.
I agree--I think you should be able to keep the score you've achieved. If you can't spend time doing some things then the score shouldn't decrease. And if it does, I think there should be a specific message indicating why that happened.

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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 04 Oct 2016, 10:45

I agree. It consumes a lot of time to maintain your score. Once when a person has established himself as a reviewer, he/she should not be needed to maintain thier score.
When people say you've changed, it just means that you have stopped living your life, their way.

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Post by Kia » 14 Oct 2016, 09:50

I also agree. Past a certain point you've proved that you can write quality reviews. I think the only way you should be able to lose that is because of any penalties you may have been given. Speaking of which, does anyone know if those ever go away? I recently had a discrepancy with an author about a blurb (which is fine, and I understand why the penalty was given for it), so will I have those negative points forever, or is there a point where they will expire? I would really hate to be penalized over one mistake for the rest of the time I'm reviewing for this site.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 14 Oct 2016, 09:54

I was wondering the same about the delay penalty...
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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2016, 10:36

Kia wrote:I also agree. Past a certain point you've proved that you can write quality reviews. I think the only way you should be able to lose that is because of any penalties you may have been given. Speaking of which, does anyone know if those ever go away? I recently had a discrepancy with an author about a blurb (which is fine, and I understand why the penalty was given for it), so will I have those negative points forever, or is there a point where they will expire? I would really hate to be penalized over one mistake for the rest of the time I'm reviewing for this site.
I thought Scott, at some point, implemented an "expiration" on a penalty after one year.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 14 Oct 2016, 10:43

I thought that was for having a warning put against us of we didn't follow the reviewer guidelines or didn't proof read. We had a number next to our name that only we could see showing what it was.
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Post by Kia » 14 Oct 2016, 11:12

bookowlie wrote:
Kia wrote:I also agree. Past a certain point you've proved that you can write quality reviews. I think the only way you should be able to lose that is because of any penalties you may have been given. Speaking of which, does anyone know if those ever go away? I recently had a discrepancy with an author about a blurb (which is fine, and I understand why the penalty was given for it), so will I have those negative points forever, or is there a point where they will expire? I would really hate to be penalized over one mistake for the rest of the time I'm reviewing for this site.
I thought Scott, at some point, implemented an "expiration" on a penalty after one year.
Thanks! That's kinda what I had in my head to be a fair timeline.
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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 14 Oct 2016, 12:42

I agree about having to enter the daily giveaways. Unfortunately I can't really enter them much since they always seem to take place when I'm sleeping, probably due to the time difference, and I don't really feel like getting up at 2AM to do this.

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 16 Oct 2016, 14:50

TrishaAnn92 wrote:I have to agree. I have been busting my chops trying to get my score higher but there are so many things you have to do, it is time consuming and feels nearly impossible.
I know, I'm in the same boat as you. I don't mean to complain or sound whiny but I have tried my best to increase my score but now since the point system has changed I've lost about 15 points which makes me unable to continue to participate in the First Ten program which sucks since I really enjoyed doing it and I have already committed my time to doing it everyday now it seems like I did it all for nothing. Plus for some reason I can't resubscribe to BOTD. :cry: 

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 16 Oct 2016, 14:57

Sarah_Khan wrote:
TrishaAnn92 wrote:I have to agree. I have been busting my chops trying to get my score higher but there are so many things you have to do, it is time consuming and feels nearly impossible.
I know, I'm in the same boat as you. I don't mean to complain or sound whiny but I have tried my best to increase my score but now since the point system has changed I've lost about 15 points which makes me unable to continue to participate in the First Ten program which sucks since I really enjoyed doing it and I have already committed my time to doing it everyday now it seems like I did it all for nothing. Plus for some reason I can't resubscribe to BOTD. :cry: 
That is a shame. I hope you are able to reachieve where you were at. I keep at it because ao enjoy being on here and am a stay at home mom but I know there are others that try and try and have other importsnt things to do.
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