This thread is in regard to a discussion that began here: http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?p=143364#post143364 Maybe someone can merge over the original threads. As a new member I was a little surprised to see the inactivity in a lot of the review forums. It seems like there are so many members and a lot of people on, yet only a few people's work is consistently reviewed. When I first joined I did so to get feed back on some pieces I had written. A forum I'm on elsewhere within in interwebs had a creative writing section, but as I have been writing more and more I wanted a more dedicated place to solicit critiques. I was very surprised to learn of the "posting credits" requirement. But after reading it and thinking about it, there seems to be a lot of positive things that can come from a system like that. I particularly found it interesting that the forum tracked un-reviewed pieces and recent reviews on the right side of the page. So, doing my due diligence I reviewed a couple of pieces and posted my own. It took a while before I got comments, and one piece has yet to be really delved into from a critique standpoint. Personally, this doesn't bother me, and being interested in what others were writing I continued to review others' work and explore the forum some more. This is where I realized the big thing that some people that aren't satisfied with their review turn-around-time may have not noticed. When you review someone's work it makes you visible. The more thoughtful reviews that I put out there, the more people are going to want to look at my work to see: whether I even have the authority to tell them how to do anything; what makes me tick; and finally if I can follow my own advice. Where is the impetus to follow up with the work behind the username if all that comes out is: "sweet." or "sounds really nice!" whenever they post something that is not their own? The review process is a two way street. It's not ONLY people with thousands of posts and moderation status getting reviewed. It's people that put themselves out there to really put some thought into reviewing others' work that get thoughtful reviews in return. I'm sure the turn-around isn't fast enough for some. They drop a good review here and there and still aren't met with what they're looking for in regards to feedback... but what can you do? Since I've been a member (a whole 3 days! wow!) I've seen some new members come in and just drop in a thoughtless review of a piece just to get their post credit up enough to post their own thing and wait. Either that, or post almost identical reviews for two pieces and then sit and wait. In part the review credit system can be a double edged sword... but I think it's a far better idea than nothing at all since it prevents flooding. What should the passive forum user expect anyway? Critiques aren't popular, that's why there are editors. Most other writers, I would guess, don't enjoy fumbling through someone else's questionable work when they have their own production to worry about. I think it just boils down to people's personality and unrealistic expectations. There is no website where people are clamoring to read the prose and poetry of a complete nobody on the internet. But by making yourself an active member of the community, people will be more inclined to see what you come up with. Even if they aren't climbing hand over fist to be the first to review it.