What is the Member Centre?
The Member Center assembles all of the information that is relevant to
Ciao members, be they new or experienced. It not only contains community
and system announcements alerting members to new features and possible
scheduled site downtimes, but also many useful "Guidelines" documents
offering advice on how to write reviews and comments, give ratings
and use the Circle of Trust.
How is the Member Centre of use to me?
The Member Centre contains a wealth of information of interest to members,
such as charts showing the most-read reviews, authors and products,
and lists containing the names of new authors, products and diamond
winners. Here's where you can get detailed advice about specific member
features and keep in touch with site developments. It also serves as a
bookmark for useful functions like the "Member Search", affiliate programmes
and "Reporting Abuse" page. In short, if you need specific advice on Ciao's
member features, this is the page to visit.
How can I search for other members?
Enter the member's Ciao name into the text field at the top of the
Member Centre page. Then click the "Search button". To carry out an
advanced search for members whose Ciao names you do know, click on
the "Advanced member search" link. You will then be able to search
for the member by including or excluding certain search terms, or by
entering the member's approximate date of registration and/or
community points level.
What information can I find under "Community
Community Announcements announce specific Ciao member news: for example,
the development of a new feature or a change in the Bonus Programme.
Check the Community Announcements regularly to keep up-to-date with
what's happening on Ciao.
What are "System Announcements"?
System Announcements alert members to technical problems on the
site or any planned scheduled downtimes.
What are "Ciao Charts"?
Ciao Charts are "Top 50" lists of the most-read reviews, authors and
products (both in the course of the last week and since Ciao was
launched) and the best performers in the Premium Fund overall.
How does Ciao calculate what the most-read
reviews / authors / products are?
This is a simply calculation based on the number of member reads for the review,
author or product in question either over the course of the last week, or since
Ciao was launched. Non-member reads from anonymous site users are not included,
to avoid fraud.
What are "Ciao Lists"?
Ciao Lists show the 100 latest reviews published, products included in the
Ciao catalogue, members who wrote their first reviews, and winners of Ciao
diamonds. There are also Ciao Lists containing an archive of all of the
reviews ever written and all of the diamond winners since the site was
What are "Ciao Diamonds"?
Ciao Diamonds are awarded to the authors of exceptionally good reviews
once a month. The winners are hand-selected by our editorial team and
chosen on the basis of reviews which they have written which are eligible
to receive remunerated ratings. Members can nominate particular reviews
by awarding them the rating "exceptional".
What is "Ciao Training"?
The "Ciao Training" section of the Member Centre contains all of the
guidelines to member functions, such as writing reviews and commentaries
and rating other members' reviews. This section is particularly useful
for new members.
What is the "Ciao Café"?
The "Ciao Café" is an area which was proposed by members for members.
It has the same functions as the Ciao product guide: opinions and ideas
can be "reviewed" rather than products, and comments can be written on
other members reviews. However, please note that none of these activities
are remunerated in the Ciao Café area. The Café is a great place for you
to discuss your favourite subjects, tell jokes, share recipes and write
stories for other members to read. This is the place for you "hang out"
with other Ciao members and get to know them better.
Can I earn money for reads of reviews submitted
in the Ciao Café?
No, because there can be no objective assessment of the quality of
reviews written about ideas, beliefs and other members jokes, we
do not offer remuneration here