Advantages Can be fun, a handy writing tool and you earn pin money
Disadvantages Earnings are quite small. Niggles on surveys. Ciao's apparent arrogance and laziness dealing with them.
Today I'm going to be rated not helpful, off topic and generally slammed by all and sundry. You see, here in this Ciao section, I'm going to concentrate on one particular part of Ciao; the surveys.There is a reason for this, that is, that the chaos fairies seem to have hit Ciao again, or at least the bit that sends out survey invitations. I'm not given to moaning about this site, it's run by an amorphous corporate behemoth and anyone who thinks our views can have the remotest impact on what it does or says is deluding themselves. Yep, we really shouldn't confuse the company as a whole with somebody who gives a smeg. Various individual employees might but the corporate entity itself? Nah. And yet fool that I am! I've done just that.. credited the people who run the surveys side with a heart! Ooo deary me!
Conversely, a prime example of the individuals who are trying to sort us out are the Ciao help desk. When I've had a problem I've found them to be excellent - and also, responsive to humour. For example, a while back, when a survey crashed repeatedly with my internet browser - I use Firefox because it's secure and advert-free - I suggested they warn us in the e-mail invite of a survey needed to be done in Internet Explorer. I am sure I wasn't the only person but the fact they now do this is testimony to their desire to help where they can.I enjoy writing, rating and reading reviews and I enjoy the community aspect of Ciao. It's nice to get paid but I don't really come here to earn money. I don't have any qualms with the eccentricities of Ciao members, to me that's part of its charm, I don't get phased by the strange inverse logic so prevalent that the lower readers rate you, the less likely they are to explain why... Hands up anyone who's been given an H rating with a decent explanation..?* Me neither.
*Although I should hasten to point out that there are two exceptions to the rule, SohoBlack and Chocolate Lady I don't mean you guys!In fact, going off onto an aside, I think this is quite cool. We have a bit of joke going about this... Soho black has given me an H on most of my music reviews for putting in too much other information alongside the track listing and the Chocolate Lady has given me an H or two for putting a track listing alongside the other information. The way I see it there's something splendidly Adamsian about that, it proves you can't please all of the people all of the time and it amuses me and they always explain why which is all I ask... so you two, you just carry on! I only mention you because I don't want you to think the bit about H ratings was a dig or feel unfairly maligned...
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