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    Cosmotourist

    Does anyone have any experience with them? I'm getting annoyed about something (which I may soon explain here more explicitly) but want to know if i'm being irrational/this is a special case.

    http://www.cosmotourist.com/

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    Are they a market?

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    Apparently.

    We pay 2USD per 200-400 word review.
    A review should take around 10 minutes to write.
    This means a possible salary of 12USD per hour.*
    (*Maximum payout per month 500USD)

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    Writer Beware Goddess Absolute Sage victoriastrauss's Avatar
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    $2 per review??? Sign me up.

    Not.

    - Victoria

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    $2 per review??? Sign me up.

    Not.

    - Victoria
    Oh, I dunno. Reviews for a travel site? Restaurants? OK.

    1. McDonalds, Oskaloosa IA. It sucked.
    2. McDonalds, Fremont CA. OK fries.
    3.McDonalds, Franklin TN. Coke machine broken.

    That took me what, 3 minutes? At $2 per review, I just made....$6. Enough to eat at McDonalds.

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    ^^Yeah that's the thing. Each review needs to be 500 characters but...

    ...I signed a contract that said 500 characters approx per review at 1.50 each, which was fine. But over the course of the month, i've been getting emails saying "oh you need to do x," "oh you need to do y" in dribs and drabs, which seems really unprofessional.

    Last night was the last straw. I'll post the emails, because I really don't have the energy to type this out anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by her
    Hi Shreena,

    I just wanted to draw your attention to the fact that tips that are shorter than 500 characters wont be paid. I think you may find you need to go and edit some of your work as a result.

    Best Wishes,
    Quote Originally Posted by me
    The contract says the tips need to be around 500 words, and my tips are around that length - just so I know, what is the absolute cut off point?

    I am still unable to change any of my Australian posts, as they have been blocked. Could you try again to remove these at your end so I can edit them?
    Quote Originally Posted by her
    Tips need to be a minimum of 500 characters- see Rufus T Firefly as an example.

    What is the problem with your Australia tips- please clarify.

    Best Wishes,
    Here's the review in question

    Quote Originally Posted by me
    As you will recall, you asked me to edit my Australian tips but I said I could not edit them as the website would not let me, and would you delete them so I could re-add them. You said I had to save the tips before you could delete them so they wouldn't be lost, which I did and emailed you to tell you. This was several weeks ago now.

    Also, the contract clearly states:

    Contributor agrees to produce written materials (travel tips) and if possible photographs for the webpage www.cosmotourist.com at the request of Cosmotourist for 1.50GBP per travel tip of approximately 500 characters in length

    which does not state that the tips need to be a minumum of 500 characters. I will try to do this in future, but as the contract does not state a MINIMUM of 500 characters, I should not be penalised for writing APPROXIMATELY 500 characters, as this would breach the contract.

    In future, please be more explicit about guidelines. I have had to re-edit my tips several times this month because specifications have been made in bits and pieces and vaguely. It will be more efficient for the both of us.
    Quote Originally Posted by her
    As requested I have deleted the tips you now just need to repost them.

    Re the 500 characters your tip on Rufus T Firefly's is only 427 letters in length- this is not approx 500 characters. Please make sure that tips are longer than this.
    Quote Originally Posted by me
    My Rufus T Firefly's tip is 513 characters long

    On a rainy evening last year, I travelled up a soggy hill to meet some friends in Rufus T Firefly's.

    Despite its uninteresting exterior, this bar is warm and inviting - something special in a city that may seem intimidating to an outsider. The staff are request-friendly, both regarding the jukebox and their drinks menu, and the kitchen serves up some some fantastic comfort food. There's a friendly atmosphere, which provokes a lot of interesting conversation. Exactly what I needed on that cold and wet night.


    I will get on with re-uploading those Australian tips!
    Quote Originally Posted by her
    Hi Shreena,

    That would be with spaces.

    Thank you for editing your Australia tips.
    Quote Originally Posted by me
    Those Australian tips are still up there, and I still can't edit or delete

    http://www.cosmotourist.com/travel-b...international/
    http://www.cosmotourist.com/travel-b.../s/811/t/acca/


    And of course spaces are counted in the character count - I have checked with Word, Open Office, and Cut and Paste Character count and they all do this. Is there a better program you can suggest, as the standard across the board seems to be to include spaces, which once again is something not specified in the contract or any documentation I have received.
    Quote Originally Posted by her
    How strange- I will get back to you on those asap.

    Re the character count I am more concerned about tips not containing valuable information rather than disputing about the length of tips.
    The following tip simply doesnt contain much of interest:

    On a rainy evening last year, I travelled up a soggy hill to meet some friends in Rufus T Firefly's.

    Despite its uninteresting exterior, this bar is warm and inviting - something special in a city that may seem intimidating to an outsider. The staff are request-friendly, both regarding the jukebox and their drinks menu, and the kitchen serves up some some fantastic comfort food. There's a friendly atmosphere, which provokes a lot of interesting conversation. Exactly what I needed on that cold and wet night.



    "There's a friendly atmosphere, which provokes a lot of interesting conversation." This needs to be explained rather than just a sweeping comment. How did the atmosphere provoke a lot of interesting information?
    What about the prices in the restaurant? What kind of food was offered? Why was the interior uninteresting?

    I will make sure I let you know as soon as I know more about the Australia issue.
    note she now changes the subject - this is the first i've ever heard that the CONTENT is unsuitable. I start to get annoyed...

    Quote Originally Posted by me
    The interior wasn't uninteresting, I already said it provides comfort food, and I meant a friendly atmosphere makes people more inclined to relax and talk.

    Looking at what most of the other people are posting on the site, what I have put doesn't seem unusual in the least. If what you are looking for is a critical review of these places, I am surprised you are promoting them in this format, and offering as little as 1.50 per review (for a bit of comparison, I have just been offered 50 per 500 word article to write a column for a Chelsea magazine - that works out at 8 for what was posted above alone). This is yet another thing that wasn't described in the contract or introduction. I have taken the existing reviews as an example and followed them.

    I find these regular requests to revise and re-revise work very unprofessional, Penny. As I'm sure you will agree, it is a waste of both our time, and would be more efficient if all of this is explained efficiently from the outset. To be honest, if I had been aware of all of these extra "conditions" from the outset, I would not have taken up the job.
    We've now agreed not to go any further, and I will invoice her for what I have done, but she insists that these conditions were in the contract, which they were not!

    I've made a grand total of 30 from them. ugh.
    Last edited by silktwisteddagger; 06-25-2008 at 12:35 PM.

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