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Community Level 8thingywhat...

thingywhatsit

WELCOME NEW PEOPLE TO CIAO

AdvantagesI hope it will help new people on here.

Disadvantagessome people may get bored

"...used to be called the Community Page. Now it is called the Member Centre. This is the hub of Ciao, and there is a button at the top of the page when you are logged in that takes you to the Member Centre. Here, you can search for another member by name, by typing their name in the search box at the top of the page and pressing search. This is a handy item when you have read something by a member and want to get back to their page. ANNOUNCEMENTS ********************** This ..." Read review
11.01.2004

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5ImogenW

ImogenW

Trainspotting

AdvantagesLists.....

DisadvantagesA little dictatorial

"...and problem with, the Ciao community centre. Now, I've just had a read through some of the other ops here and I'm going to do my best to avoid saying all the same stuff again. If you want to know how it works, check it out - it's pretty self explanatory and if you really don't get it there are plenty of other ops here written by people entirely deserving of your 2p who will tell you. What follows is my thoughts on what's good and what's not about ..." Read review
11.03.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 8blurbubble

blurbubble

Is it truly communal...

AdvantagesInteresting lists!

DisadvantagesNot very interactive

"Ciao has a community centre – some newer or occasional members may be unaware of it as it is not widely advertised on the pages of Ciao. It boasts “It’s your Ciao! Make the most of your membership” – but how I wonder? To me a “community” suggests interaction – agreed Ciao itself needs that all the time with all the writing, reading, rating and commenting but coming to the Ciao “Community” ..." Read review
13.06.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5petersmyth1

petersmyth1

An Evaluation

AdvantagesUm

DisadvantagesWhere do I start

"...my second opinion posted in Community Centre. The 1st was only used as a gateway for something totally irrelevant and irreverent and was subsequently deleted, so this time I’ll try to stick to the subject. LOL. Ciao is essentially a consumer page where Tom, Dick or Harry, without registering, can view the members evaluations of a product. This is how Ciao can afford to give members payment for contributions. It is the life blood of this site ..." Read review
23.03.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5Squidget

Squidget

Benefits everyone

AdvantagesMotivation, extra exposure and praise

DisadvantagesA lot of members are against it

"Community Centre The Ciao Community Centre was introduced to us just over a month ago now and it has sparked a little controversy amongst the Ciao members. Here is my opinion on the community centre and after reading many other opinions I hope to be able to inform new and old members of some of the advantages and disadvantages of the centre and what my overall thoughts are. So let’s start with the features: Newsflash ~ This section ..." Read review
24.03.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 7vinodgm

vinodgm

Use it for your Benifit

AdvantagesVery useful info especially for new members

DisadvantagesNone

"The Community Center is one of the least used areas of the Ciao site and at the same time one of the most important. It is not only a very important area for the new members but also for the more established member. So what does the Community Center offer us that is so important and relevant to our activity here. I will try to go through each area of the Community Center and provide with the necessary details. Newsflash ------------ All ..." Read review
21.09.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 7CareBear

CareBear

Condeming Ciao to the Grave

AdvantagesAbility to write freely and openly

DisadvantagesDistorting the focus of the site and ultimately its downfall

"...which fall outside of the community category which are unpaid). Maybe they were provided in response to DooYoo, who for a long time have offered similar categories, with increasing success. My problem with them though is simple. If more and more people take to writing lists of their top ten TV programmes, what are Ciao going to gain? Manufacturers and consumer research people are, on the whole, not likely to want to know what your favourite animal ..." Read review
13.06.2002

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5leahslad

leahslad

Like it or lump it, is that how it should be

AdvantagesThe charts are a good idea, as is the message board

DisadvantagesNot enough member interaction, late updating of news (especially about payment) and the charts are easily abused by churners right now

"The community centre has now been around for a while and I am beginning to understand the full use of it, both positive and negative. Before I begin though, I ought to tell you how to access the community centre page. The easiest way is to simply click the link on the left (accessable from your 'my account' page). It's the last link in the box and has the 'new' symbol next to it. The page should then load. The first thing you will notice on the ..." Read review
30.06.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 7moose

moose

KILLING TO CLIMB THE CIAO RANKS

AdvantagesPromotion of new members, communication portal

DisadvantagesTHE LEAGUE TABLES = Jealousy, contempt & bitterness

"...going to explain what the community centre is – that is like teaching my Grandmother to suck eggs. But something has prompted me to write this opinion and I think something needs to happen pretty quickly if we are to protect our community here at Ciao. As you all know, you can pop to the community centre to read any updates from the Ciao team, see a list of all the new active members of the day and to sit and analyse (if you so wish!) who ..." Read review
21.09.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Stop moaning...The results are in.UPDATED

AdvantagesHighlights new members. Has the potential to bring Ciao members closer together.

DisadvantagesEncourages higher reads of well-known authors on the site. Makes it harder for good but less well known writers to get high levels of reads.

"...protested and complained about the Community Centre, and Ciao have listened to our suggestions. First they changed the charts to include only member reads. Then they asked us all what we thought of the charts so we could democratically vote on the matter. Then they actually used the results to make changes in a very fair way. Isn't it nice to know if we have a problem with the site that if enough people agree Ciao will try to rectify it! For the ..." Read review
08.03.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 7babajane32

babajane32

Cafe competition...a reward at last

AdvantagesSociability, writing, creativity

Disadvantageslack of rewards and recognition

"...so much to both the community and the cafe I doubt I could cover it all if I tried in this op,so instead I will stick to the point of my writing this piece and hopefully you will all bear with me. ***Cafe section and its rewards*** All established and many new memebers are familiar with the prize fund and the monthly competition and how it all works. The monthly competition pertains to just one catagory and has only one diamond to ..." Read review
20.09.2003

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5Martin.row...

Martin.rowley

But does it promote community spirit...

AdvantagesSpot the popular reads and authors

DisadvantagesNever tells you the absolute truth

"...few opinions about the Ciao community centre it is quite clear that there is quite a big rift amongst the people that are for it and those who oppose it. It has constantly been praised and also constantly slated, so I hope my opinion will be somewhere in between as I can see both the good and the bad. ~~~ My good thoughts on the community centre ~~~ It provides a valuble service to Ciao members who look out for other good writers or writers ..." Read review
18.06.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 6danielethe...

danieletheridge

The Ciao Community Spirit

AdvantagesVery easy to use, helpful to see what's going on

DisadvantagesCould expand more, with daily votes etc

"The Community Centre is a fairly new section on Ciao. Its intention is to keep up the community spirit on Ciao and to keep everyone happy. It also gives you information about what is going on at Ciao at the moment and lots of other things you may want to know about. Finding the Community Centre... The ComC, as I will call it here, can be found by, from any page on Ciao, clicking on the Ciao.com logo at the top of the page. Then, on the homepage, ..." Read review
19.05.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 4robsgirl

robsgirl

The Site Is The Community

AdvantagesSome good ideas

DisadvantagesMisleading about payment time, poor email links and no real community spirit. In fact its just an overhyped message board

"...to write about the Ciao community centre but before I begin I felt it only fitting to write about the Ciao community spirit. As you are reading this, you are probably one of those who reads, rates and gets their due reward for doing so from the site. By this I mean that you get to see what other people are writing aswell as recieve the return reads and comments that help your work. This is the community spirit, one person reading another persons ..." Read review
14.06.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 4real_rob_w...

real_rob_writer

The Community Centre Sucks

AdvantagesThe info

DisadvantagesThe charts

"The Community Centre is a relatively new addition to Ciao, and despite the fact that I go there quite a lot it really isn't a very good idea. Some of it is very useful, but other parts give a pretty bad idea of what Ciao's about. Before I slate it, first I'll cover the good points. The new members list is a good idea, as it is often hard for a new writer to be noticed. This gives them a bit more coverage, and if they use it well (i.e.. write ..." Read review
18.07.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful



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