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ArikB says

Sorry, but I don’t recieved any usable feedback at the last rejection. The answer that the reviewer himself is preparing a similar file was very annoying to me.

I think you misunderstood the note. I took a look at the note you got from the reviewer. First he tells you that your item requires a tune-up and then he links you to 5 files that are similar to yours in concept which have been accepted and one of those files is his own. I don’t see how this would imply that the reviewer is preparing a similar file.

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ArikB says

Submit it to add-ons.

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ArikB says

Our fault, sorting it and I’ll get back to you asap.

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ArikB says

If you do not mind then I would like to look into your reasoning and see if we can come to terms here.

Your original post claims that reviewers benefit from the unethical treatment of other authors by means of blocking the competition. You proclaim that in such a manner a reviewer benefits from achieving a position as a top seller and this does not allow a free market economy of sorts. You suggest to remove the reviewing aspect from the submission proces because this will allow the market to control itself, you would like a laissez faire market.

Your arguments and my rebuttals:

1. Reviewers benefit from the unethical treatment of authors by means of blocking competition. (In your words ‘a conflict of interest’)

You negate the negative long-term aspects associated with this conduct. The more competitive and “healthier” this marketplace is, the more authors it attracts, the more we spend reviewing and the more we are sure of retaining our jobs, the more money we make from reviewing.

We are paid to review items. We charge for this. Your first argument is a gross oversimplification of the motivation behind reviewing items.

2. Regulation does not allow the marketplace to behave like a free market

From your original post:

In terms of business cards there are currently 492 out of 1417 that have received 10 or more sales, that is roughly 35% of the total.

^That’s called supply and demand. Free market at work right there. I haven’t checked your data but that is beyond the point of this discussion.

Another argument I would like to make is that you have no understanding of the reviewing process and the amounts of submissions which we process and how we process them. How do you know what the quality is of most of the items which we reject? How are you so sure that the marketplace will not be flooded with near ms-paint quality level files? How can you strive for a solution without having any understanding of the problem you are trying to solve?

What you negate – and what makes any comparison between this and a macro economy incomplete – is that the mechanics present here and in a macro economic environment are not the same. What happens if a company releases a product that nobody wants? It runs out of business and disappears, the owners may lose an investment. There’s an inherent risk with failure.

What happens on GraphicRiver if you submit a file and it fails to sell? Nothing, except that we’re stuck with it. You appear to forget that GraphicRiver is part of a private venture, a commercial operation. These junk files will not only use up resources (space, bandwidth &c.) but they will also damage the image of the marketplace and cause it to perform badly which will, again, decrease sales and cause the reviewer to lose his job. The value of the market as a whole influences the performance of items within the market, it is managements job to push this market as much as possible.

It is in fact because of regulation that this marketplace is performing better, by serving higher quality files at competitive prices, which in term allows it to attract more and better authors which in term increases revenue and benefits all of the staff. You see where I’m going.

One of the biggest problems we had was the saturation of certain categories. This is mainly due to the near nonexistent entry barriers to this marketplace. You need the proper software (and we know how people who don’t have any money are able to get that), that’s it. You don’t need any skills to submit your file, if we weren’t reviewing, guess what that ends up with.

Let us assume that the worst case scenario happens, a reviewer decides to go bonkers and reject good files in order to push his own file to the top. The following instruments are in place to deal with this:

1) Ability to object by the author. You have the right to ask for clarification for any rejection reason and you have the right to complain. Your complaint will be handled by other staff, not just the reviewer who reviewed your item.

2) Managerial overhead. Management benefits solely from the operations of this venture and thus has no possible incentive to support anyone in such malpractices.

Your position is based on a collection of generalizations, assumptions and oversimplified modeling. It is not supported by data. The examples you provide conflict with your position or they are false comparisons based on the assumptions that a macro economy works the same as this marketplace.

To conclude, rational thought dictates that it is not profitable for reviewers to kill off competition and the probability of such an event happening is very low.

Feel free to comment and disagree. :) Feel free to ask me anything, you are the customer, you are the king (or queen for the ladies :) ).

Have a nice day!

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ArikB says

Arik, which is short for Ariël, from Hebrew means “Lion of God” or “Divine Lion”.

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ArikB says

Your point?

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ArikB says

I really need a new picture. I’m 16-17 on my forum avatar…apparently I haven’t changed much though.

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ArikB says

Their product cycles are 18 months, right? I don’t think it will drop this year.

Btw, the iPad has been successful as a gaming device but that’s just about it. It’s not handy for heavy duty use. Typing out long ass mails with your on screen keyboard doesn’t work well.

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ArikB says
I have to say … you’re quite handsome … :superbashfulcute:

I was just going to type that.

:kiss:

That’s why he gets so little support tickets. It’s the looks.

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ArikB says
If you are going to say that you used masks I am going to laugh :)
It doesn’t matter how you do it, what count is the final result. You spend to much time on GR i think, bad habit :P

I meant that in a positive way. When I was a little sh*t I made this heartbeat animation by taking a layer, cutting out the shape and just passing a graphic underneath that. In my experience coders want to code EVERYTHING , this while animation is one of the core applications of flash.

So yes, kudos here.

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