I’ve been stewing about this for a couple years now. Call me a crybaby for all I care, but I’m gonna say it. To my knowledge, I’ve posted more reviews than anyone else on Pattern Review. And I’ve gotten no recognition or sign of appreciation. I know, I’m an adult and shouldn’t need that, but I also think that by contributing that much one should receive a thank you. Last year they started the “Pattern Review Awards” and had a category for most prolific reviewer. They had some algorithm so that newer members would get an equal chance to win it. That’s bullshit. Needless to say, I didn’t win. I guess writing 300-some reviews is not prolific enough.
I’ve been a member since 2003, and a paying one for a majority of that time, too. I’ve contributed a hell of a lot. Granted, I’m no expert, but I don’t think you need to be one to be valuable. I feel very slighted, to the point that I’m going to reconsider being so faithful in reviewing every pattern I make. If people want to see what I make, they can read my blog.
It’s also not the same community it was a few years back. I really felt like I belonged. Maybe it’s just gotten too big, maybe it’s because most of the people I liked so much are gone. Who knows.
I’ll end things on a positive note. I’ve gotten some very nice and thoughtful comments on my recent posts, and I appreciate it. I ordered a used copy of Fitting Finesse from Amazon, and look forward to its arrival!