JL Mo wrote: janet reid wrote:
Even if we just have the option to give them points from our own balance would already be a step in the right direction. Although the skeptic in me think it wouldn't make a difference.
Allow me to address your inner skeptic...
Let's say I have 1000+ points in my account. I can afford to pay reviewers. But, poor John Doe, who just joined the site, doesn't have two points to rub together. He couldn't pay for reviewers, so he's screwed out of those reviewers who won't get extra bonus points for reading his stuff. They will come to me, instead.
Your inner skeptic is wise.
But then again, Poor John Doe, newest TNBW member, doesn't have more than 1-5 chapters posted ... Admittedly, they also have problems with not getting any reviews - the bonus points to review their work has been brought in for that exact purpose recently. It would be interesting if Sol could let us know (after enough time has elapsed) whether the extra bonus points did make a difference. If so, giving bonus points for reviewing complete works might also work. And if poor John Doe reads through my whole novel (which if I follow jp's advice will be a breeze ), he will find himself with more points too and he/she can also start to do this thing.
On a completely different trend ... What overwhelms me and prevent me to read complete works is when writers have more than one novel going. I can always ask which novel they want to have reviewed first, but then something else pops up that I can review instead (or I have a message to reply to and I forget what I was doing in my inbox in the first place) and I never do and when I remember to look at that work again, it's so far gone I'll never be able to catch up again. Which brings me to another point, some writers simply publish new chapters at a rate that is impossible to keep up with. Which brings me to another point, I have so many recips to do, that I simply can't review complete works anymore, especially those that publish new chapters at an unbelievable rate.
And then life steps in and you move to a new country on the other side of the world, and you have so many recips to do, you're drowning and it is impossible to catch up and read complete novels (and you're also here to write ...). And I have had the time to do 3-4 reviews a day most days in my previous uncomplicated life and had been in a fortunate position to review complete novels (because I'm like that, I finish things I start - it's a strength and a weakness), and now I have so many points I can dish out to reviewers I know would be able to use it much better than I can because I write so damn slowly and only need a fraction of them to post my own work, giving me more points to stick with novels will not make one bit of a difference (I don't need more points and I simply don't have the time).
So in short, what I'm trying to say is, it's not that simple. And more points doesn't address the problem - only part of it.
Personally, if I can transfer points to others to thank them for whatever, it would make my day.
And, that is also why I so understand why reviewers do not stick with me, so no need to apologise!