This topic keeps popping up in various threads, so lets try and keep this convo in one place!
What is everyones thoughts on this topic? I feel that if we are only doing peer reviewing and playtesting that we should get to do it for free. Why? What benefit do we REALLY get for giving out our hard work. I really hope HMX is trying hard to get us cheaper/free playtest only accounts.
I for one don't really think I will renew my subscription and help out if I gotta pay another $100 a year. Now its not really about the money for me. Its the fact that what do I get out of helping the community in this aspect? I thought it would be fun and cool to see the song early, but after having being doing this a month or two now, I feel that its not enough and I can just play the demo's or whatever. Its ALOT of work and other people are benefiting from my hard work (authors, HMX, M$, labels)
Now of course I think there should be VERY strict guidelines so that this won't turn into "I love this song I will give it all positive reviews without even playing it!"
There should be a weighted voting system (I've heard mentioned before that would work very well) HMX could assign people with ranks based on their play tests and reviews. Say you have a new guy. His would be 0 count for input, until they move up the ranks once proven to be useful/helpful.