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A Decade of Dooyoo
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Member Name: collingwood21
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Advantages: I've earned a few quid over the years
Disadvantages: Where has the time gone?!?
In the bottom right-hand corner of my dooyoo homepage there quietly sits a bit of information that has only recently come to my attention. It says "dooyoo member since 02/05/01", and has come to my attention because, dear reader, today marks the 10th anniversary of my dooyoo membership (or my tenth dooyooversary if you prefer). I haven't often written in discussion categories over the years (and nobody seems to now there is no remuneration for posting and only 10 miles per read), but I felt this was a landmark worth celebrating by spending several hours careful composing something that will earn me about 3p. After all, not many members are sufficiently dedicated/unhinged/obsessed/bored/desperate for approval (delete as appropriate) to carry on doing this for 10 years against a background of steadily dropping rewards are they?
=== Dooyoo: A Potted History ===
To the best of my recollection, I first found dooyoo through becoming a member of a cashback website, which would reward me for joining and posting my first review (this was posted the day after I joined, 3rd May 2001, and was a review of ipoints - now maximiles.co.uk - for which I got a grand total of 19 ratings). Back in these heady days, we were paid 25p for each review posted, 5p for another member rating our review and 1p for rating another member's reviews. That first review got me hooked and I thought I would just stick around long enough to be able to cash out of dooyoo - which was rather easier than it is now, given the early generosity of the site. So, I carried on writing and was overjoyed to be rewarded with my first crown in August 2001, for a review of the game Caesar III. As far as I can recall, crowns used to be worth 50p at this point, so not a huge bonus, but that didn't stop them being as coveted by dooyoo members as they are now.
Over time, dooyoo moved to make crowns worth more (first to £1 and then to the current heady £1.50 level), and removed the reward simply for posting and rating, but the amount you got per rating received went up to 3p a go, making it worth your while to attract as many reads to your reviews as possible. Under this revised system, dooyoo flourished for several years as there was a big incentive to rate other member's work - which in turn would encourage them to rate your work, thus earning you miles. It is only quite recently with the introduction of different category levels that some reviews once again get rewarded for simply being added to the site, although I find that it encourages a lot more posting and quite a bit less reading. Not necessarily a bad thing for dooyoo, but certainly not a plus for me as I feel this change is at least partially responsible for the slow death of the more community-orientated parts of the site.
Looking back over some of my earlier reviews, I am starting to get a feel of how dooyoo has changed over the years. My earlier reviews may have attracted fewer reads than I get these days, but generally they had more comments attached to them - and by that I mean proper comments rather than the insipid "good review" remarks that some members use almost universally to try and get themselves noticed. I don't think that this is because my reviews have become less interesting over the years (well, I hope not, anyway!) but I think this is because the community side of dooyoo has been in gradual decline for a while now. People are here less for the fun of it and more to earn a bit of money. For that matter, didn't we used to have "write offs" and creative competitions on here as well to add extra writer interest to the site? It would be lovely to see things like that brought back in addition to the monthly competitions that we have now.
The first community "experts" back when I first joined were the dooyoo gurus. I was briefly a guru before we became more blandly known as guides (first in the travel category, but over in services these days after a lengthy break). I don't know why our title was changed, but there you go. At one point the lovely dooyoo people gave us dooyoo t-shirts as a thank you for doing our guiding work, but I have not received any dooyoo freebies for a long time now (staffers, if you have anything like that would be suitable for a dooyooversary present, you know where I live).
===Vital Statistics ===
In these past 10 years I have written 372 reviews - which I make to be one every 9.8 days and leaves me well behind many more prolific members, who manage to produce a lot of quality reviews over a far shorter timescale than I have ever managed. (How do they do it and still manage to find time to have a life full of things to write about?) Of those 372 reviews, 225 have been crowned, which is a crowning rate of 60% - although you must bear in mind that a lot of these came from the days when there were fewer members and so less competition for crowns. As the lovely dooyoo people have seen fit to allow us to see who has the most crowns in all categories of all time I can see I come in at 18th, despite being around a lot longer than a lot of the people above me on the list - and repeated attempts to be more prolific in my writing. It is not even that I lack things to write about - I have a whole list of things but struggle to find the time to do it (or at least, do it to a standard where I would feel happy to post the results on here). I also keep getting distracted by things (like writing self indulgent dooyooversary pieces) instead of composing a thorough consideration of why my latest toaster is good value for money. In case you think it is all about the writing, I have also rated just over 23,000 reviews in that time (an average of 6.3 a day) and received 17,600 ratings in return. Not too awful for a decade's work.
===An Ode to dooyoo ===
Which only leaves me to resurrect and update a little ditty I once wrote about dooyoo way back in the mists of time...
**Dooyoo Addiction - A (Very) Early Seasonal Poem**
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the net,
Only dooyoo was stirring, its goals to be met;
The opinions were hung on the top lists with care,
In hopes that some readers soon would be there.
The members were alert and far from their beds,
While visions of crowns danced in their heads;
And sit as I did and click at my screen,
Just waiting for my review to be seen.
When there arose such a fuss out on the lists,
I sprang from my read to see what was amiss.
To the homepage I shot, quickly away,
Wondering what could be the affray.
The page was as white as new fallen snow,
But slowly the opinions began to show.
When what to my wondering eyes should view?
A brand new churner, and eight tiny reviews.
A newbie it seems, so pure and so new,
But I knew in a moment that this would not do!
More rapid than eagles his reviews they were sent,
In the background I knew there was growing dissent.
"Stop it right now!" the first comments say,
"Don't you know there's a rule of 3 ops per day?"
"Needs more detail" some others chided,
The community was clear, we all had decided.
Though we are scattered, we feel part of a set,
We have our own rules, our site etiquette.
Thou must write and read our commandments stress,
And covet our rewards, as crowns impress.
Slowly this Dooyoo becomes our favourite website,
We visit it often, by day and by night.
Dooyoo wins the battle for heart and for mind,
It's almost an addiction, a drug of a kind.
Seeing my words up on Dooyoo, such a thrill,
But I'm not hooked - I can stop when I will!
I don't need Dooyoo, but I love its lure,
This is Dooyoo obsession, there is no cure.
I spoke not a word to the newbie whose crime
Was to get carried away, we all do sometimes.
I returned to my work and read something new,
Knowing the churner was just an addict too.
I log off at last and leave Dooyoo for a while,
And go off into the night with a contented smile.
You'll hear me exclaim as I go out of sight,
"Happy Dooyoo to all, and to all a good night!"
Summary: Ten years of writing reviews on dooyoo