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Something like this already exists elsewhere

On, readers get to rate a review. Those reviews rated Very Helpful and Helpful are eligible for income, while reviews rated Somewhat Helpful or Not Helpful do not earn income and are rendered invisible on the screens of those who do not wish to read SH or NH reviews. ('s pay structure stinks, though; VH and H review only get paid if someone orders the book or DVD you're reviewing, and only if the in-theater movie you might have reviewed gets a lot of nonmember hits before it leaves the theater and goes to DVD. I made a grand total of 22 cents during maybe two months on my review of Catch Me If You Can for that reason - it got a lot of nonmember hits, very fast, at a time when Epinions ad revenue was at all-time highs due to the Christmas season. Believe me, that's a lot of money if you're not an Advisor or Category Lead, or Top Reviewer.)

Although similar systems might work here on BN, I have some concerns that the Shaycom people who run BN might get as tightfisted as Epinions' execs if we were to be converted to such a system.

posted by kidnykid on April 4, 2003 at 2:43 PM | link to this | reply

I agree

I would love to be able to rate a blog that I find to be offensive, poor, or just plain trash.  These people would or would not get paid based on that rating.  That way I am not paying people to assult my senses.

I love this site... thanks.

posted by homegirl on March 27, 2003 at 1:55 PM | link to this | reply

Love the changes!

Thanks for listening. How nice it will be to catch all my favorite blogs without them slipping through the cracks.

posted by Freedom on March 27, 2003 at 1:00 PM | link to this | reply

My feedback
What I'd like to be able to do is to go to and see an actual list of all BN bloggers, so that I could click onto those I'm interested in tracking. has something similar - Most Popular Books, Most Popular Reviewers (in certain categories), and so forth. That would sure help transparency - we would know who's most popular and be able to learn from them if we ourselves want to gain readership.

posted by kidnykid on March 27, 2003 at 9:24 AM | link to this | reply

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