I do know of one site that pays their top reviewer by letting her keep all the games she reviews for free. *without prejudice, so she can rate them honestly*
I've often wished a site would do that for my reviews -so far the gods of games seem to be ignoring me.
The only incentives reviewers have ever been offered by bfg, to my knowledge, is the implied kudos of being voted as helpful.
For many regular reviewers, that's what it's all about.
I do believe I probably get treated a bit better than other fishies, they are always very very nice to me, ask me to please keep reviewing etc, when I've questioned the way reviews are handled, and seem generous to a fault about issuing game coupons if I'm having problems with a game. But, maybe they do that for everybody. It just that's not the impression I get from the forums.
Anyway, all that's why
1) there is so much cheating (voting everyone else as not helpful - sometimes more than once)
2) this new system will get those same people calling anything and everything a 5 star - they will do that to see their names at the top of the page, no other incentive required
3) the voting system is now totally irrelevant to the actual quality or usefulness of the review
It never was worth much, because people vote for their friends just because they're friends, people vote against people who don't agree with their opinions, it is so unbelievably time-sensitive that being the first review in (this is where I get a lot of votes, I know) can almost guarantee the top number of votes.
It is already obvious that many people have stopped reviewing now they can't get the votes every time. The numbers of reviews have dropped drastically.
In other words, it has nothing to do with helpfulness and even less so now. Which is why, while I admit I enjoy keeping track of the numbers (I am a statistician at heart), I would rather post here, where if people find a review interesting or helpful, they generally say so. And can disagree with me amicably. That's why it is better than the bfg forums too.
Last edited by JustTheFacts on Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:01 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : added red bit)