Insiders have discussed in significant detail the deleterious impact of the flood of hotel reviews. To his credit, NathalieF has listened and responded with an upcoming format, promised in November. The reviews by cluttering up most all of the boards has had IMO, three major negative impacts:
1) They have greatly reduced the visibility of posts. Regardless of content, importance to Insiders, or interest potential, posts fly across the Insiders forum like shooting stars - often never to be seen again.
2) Even when posts are 'stumbled upon', the reviews have materially increased the PITA factor in tracking and participating in the discussions. This significantly reduces participation, which because has a geometric growth pattern to it (two more participants often quadruples further input, etc), costs tremendous loss of potential ideas.
and perhaps the most damaging negative impact;
3) Because of numbers 1 and 2 above, the pool of participating Insiders has understandably (coupled with general disappointment in Rewards benefit erosion and recognition) diminished.
Only a year ago, few, if any posts went without having comments. Now it is commonplace for two or three posts a day to be shutout, never to be addressed or heard from again.
and no one responds, be sure to read the More Like This column over to the right of your post - many have excellent info)
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/message/92913#92913 Plains of Africa - this was just posted today, so it still has a shot, but if the diminished pool of participants either A) don't see it or B) don't have the expertise, this will die without input
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/14903 Ireland (newhiltonmembr kicked in some flight thoughts)
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/14875 Amsterdam (jerrycoin and bprince joined in)
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/14889 Honeymoon tips (oops, I mean Honeymoon trip tips, I can only imagine the replies to Honeymoon tips )
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/14874 Hotel 57 vs. CY Soho
And then, in case you missed it, for your viewing pleasure, sg1974 posted a link with some nice travel photos
Keep on keepin' on Insiders.
and now, rounding up some of the usual suspects to 'prime the pump' - Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines
Thanks, erc, for pointing out something that has kept me mostly from the activity site for so long. I've mostly responded to posts started long ago that I've been subscribed to through communications. I just took a look at the main activity page and it's a horror -- of no interest to most everyone except someone who may be staying at one of those hotels.
erc, THANKS for the nice plug.
For folks amused by this stuff (travel photography), check out my posting here: Places I've Been, Photos I've Posted (updated, July 2016) ... I'm still hoping other travel photographers will consider following suit...