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IsaacA says

I have to agree with the concerns shared by other authors. When I joined, that quiz took me a while to figure out, but it also gave me a lot of insight into how Envato wants items to be prepared and uploaded.

Remove that barrier, and now there will be a lot more authors flooding the marketplace, a lot more content to sift through, and a lot more people who don’t understand the rules in advance. Translation: a lot more for moderators to reject and educate.

Couple that with a search engine that isn’t powerful enough, and I think it’s primed for the marketplace to be flooded with a lot of additional content that – it looks like – is going to result in a decline in overall quality, both in items sold and in user experience.

Color me concerned. I personally think Envato should be tightening things up, not loosening them.

You’ve got a good point there… I agree.

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bluelagoon says

This is a bad idea!

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KingDog Envato team says

Please remember that the same standards of quality will be required just like they’ve always been. The author quiz wasn’t holding back a tide of low quality items that will now be able to flood through :D

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Njanimator says

well its a great change.I suggest to keep the quiz part for new members who want to be an author.You can add some randomness in quiz as I passed through the quizs there were only about 10 – 15 quiz of same questions for all the marketplaces I joined. It was quite easy to answer. MAKE IT HARD :)

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Phantomore says

From my opinion I think that the review process is great at hard rejecting my files when they aren’t good enough, without hat I think that if they make it a bit tough on the review process I think it can eliminate not needed files. BTW the quiz was really easy, if you just like read the rules for like 10 min then you can get 100% probably. Also to tell the truth I don’t think my files are like REALLY perfect, so my guess is to maybe you have to take a test, but make it hard, also, maybe make a active thing or something… I’m out of ideas.

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Stockwaves says

Please remember that the same standards of quality will be required just like they’ve always been. The author quiz wasn’t holding back a tide of low quality items that will now be able to flood through :D

The quiz was indeed a barrier for entry for me! A couple of years ago I didn’t know much about AJ, wanted to try it out but got annoyed when I got one of the questions wrong several times, so I forgot about it.

Now I’m here again, got the answers right (phew ;) ) but I do confess that having an achievement behind me adds to the level of commitment. I remember thinking to myself “OK this quiz is a little weird but maybe it filters out some competition, or at least makes for a more streamlined business now that only ‘committed and ambitious’ applicants make up the community.” Right or wrong, this sense of commitment now spurred me into going for Exclusive and devoting some time to tune up my portfolio.

All in all, the quiz may not be necessary, but every other step that adds to the competitiveness and apparent quality (like the review process, the alleged “cleaning up of files that don’t sell”, the top lists, the visible sales) is more than likely to actually motivate ambitious authors and raise the bar for everyone.

One must never forget how time-consuming it can be for buyers to find adequately priced high quality stock items on the web. Once they find a goldmine like AJ, let’s hope it’s easy for them to see the difference.

And maybe (just maybe) if more outstanding authors “flood in”, and the review team gets inspired, the number of high quality items for sale will actually increase, leaving less room for sub-par submissions.

I believe in the Envato staff and that they will keep an eye on improving things. Just seeing how good this forum communicates, I’m impressed ;)

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tmthymllr says

There should be a quality check when a person applies to be an author. Have them submit a few samples of their work, and only grant them author status if they pass.

It makes more sense than letting them submit mediocre items, indefinitely, clogging up the queues.

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IsaacA says

There should be a quality check when a person applies to be an author. Have them submit a few samples of their work, and only grant them author status if they pass. It makes more sense than letting them submit mediocre items, indefinitely, clogging up the queues.

That’s what I was saying a while ago… There should be sample submissions to determine if someone is worthy to have the title of author or not.

Imagine a top sports sites like BleacherReport.com (2,000+ articles per day) or Givemesport.com (200+ articles per day) having to review a lot of bad articles from many of their writers every day… That would eventually bump up their queues and make their best writers anxious. In order to prevent that however, they have – since 2011 – implemented a Writers Application system that acts just as a real-life interview, in which the applying writer needs to submit information on himself, his experience, and a unique sample article.

The result of this application form is straightforward: filtered quality that speeds up the queue and eases the job of reviewers.

I think AJ – one of my favorite websites – needs to implement this. It will help all of us :)

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