Upload & Sell: On
My relationship to this site has changed over time. At the beginning I saw it simply as a place to build a kit. Yes, I'd browse different forums from time to time but never participated in conversations and certainly never posted a photo. About four years in I became more involved. I didn't have very many posts and those were exclusively on the Buy and Sell board. Now I feel as though I'm a full fledged member of this community, initiating threads, engaging in conversations, sharing photos and enjoying some wonderful friendships formed here.
Frankly, I don't care much to read reviews from folks who have no commitment to this site. If I want professional reviews there are plenty of places to find them. What I appreciate are opinions from folks who've become engaged in the conversation on this site about gear they're using. Granted, a great deal of that happens in threads on the site, not in reviews. Frankly, I doubt that the opportunity to write a review would in itself motivate someone to get involved in this site. Personally, I'd like to see a minimum number of posts OUTSIDE the Buy and Sell board to quality to offer reviews. That will get rid of the folks who simply want to slam a product. It might also encourage folks to step beyond the B&S thread to explore the amazing richness of material available on this site. Folks who are willing to meet their fellow photographers will be more likely to treat reviews with greater respect, knowing it will be friends they're helping with their comments.
My two cents...