Update the links!

Hey gang. I’m new to mystery shopping, and I’ve been checking out the stickies. A lot of links are old and out of use, plus a lot of the advice is not up-to-date - 2009 advice. We’re different creatures than we were 10 years ago. A lot of the newb questions get rerouted to here, yet I see that many threads *here* have been moved to more appropriate threads. Am I out of line in suggesting that threads started by newbies should remain in this section? I would like to read comments by other newcomers without being sent to a different thread under another subject, personally. It dilutes the newcomer portion of posting, and I’m sure you seasoned folks see the same posts all the time, which means having a dedicated newcomer thread would save you from reading redundant questions.

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Virtually everything moved from the newcomers' area actually belongs in either the MS area or the MSC area. Leaving those in the original area means that most seasoned shoppers will not see them, so the newcomers will not benefit from various points of view. Just because newbies do not know where to get the best answers, why neglect their questions ?

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
@VVT
Though the dates on some of the advice pinned in the "New Shopper Area" are a decade old, the industry has not changed so much as to invalidate the advice. I have only been doing this for three years and I found it all very useful.

You must be talking about the numerous threads in the "New Mystery Shoppers" area that have been moved to "Mystery Shopping Discussion." I don't move threads and don't think I've every requested on be moved. I can certainly see how leaving those questions in the "New Mystery Shoppers" area would be helpful to the new person looking for answers. Maybe they should be. At the same time, the questions are often beneficial for "not so new" shoppers who might not venture into the area. Plus, there are veteran shoppers who regularly read the "Mystery Shopping Discussion" who don't read the "New Mystery Shoppers" area. These folks will provide an answer if they see it - which may not happen in the "New Shoppers" subforum.

The way I see it, it's "six of one and half a dozen of the other." Asking a new person to make one extra click when they see a question they want to know more about isn't a big deal, especially if it is likely to have more good responses as a result of the organization.

Redundancy is unavoidable. A large number of folks new to shopping will post their questions without reading the forum first - or even trying.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
Oh no, I’m certainly not asking anyone to do extra work. We’re all working online and we appreciate any work that goes towards us having an easier online job. Me included. I think you all are great! I’ve learned so much and I’m so grateful. I really mean that.

But since new shoppers get sent to this thread, I am hoping to bring attention to the fact that this thread needs a little TLC. I’ve clicked on links that are no longer active. And I thought I could come to this thread as a newcomer, but now I see that every thread gets kicked over to a different thread. I’m not asking you to agree with me. I’m just pointing out that if a real newcomer really and truly has a question, she doesn’t get to see her question in the Newcomer area; it inevitably gets moved. That means I have to go a couple extra steps to read newcomer messages. Maybe it won’t matter in a few weeks! Since I’ll be seasoned soon.
No worries... I didn't take it as you asking me to do more work.. I saw your comment as a constructive suggestion. tongue sticking out smiley

I will say that, when I first started, the folks who shared with me were extremely helpful, too. I am starting to look at my taxes and I made close to $25K (not including reimbursements and gambling winnings) last year doing this part time. I attribute about 70% of that amount, at least indirectly, to the help I got on this forum. When the "reimbursements" include many oil changes, quite a few meals, several tanks of gas, SD cards, all the diet soda I can drink, office supplies, baby clothes and more, the value of shopping to me has been over $30K in a year. That's a huge addition to my family's income. I figure the best way I can "thank" everybody is to pass on what I know to other new shoppers, too. Besides, every once in a while, I learn something that helps one of the wily who got me pointed in the right direction.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
As a “for instance,” I don’t know what MS or MSC means. Sure, I can pick up the lingo on the streets. My point is that since so many newbie threads get rerouted to here, that “here” could be evaluated by the mods, and improved. If I’m rerouted here, I would like to see real links, plus see that newbie questions are getting answered.
MS means Mystery Shopping MSC means Mystery Shopping company,

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
I was wondering what Boon means....

Don't cry because it happened, smile because it's over....
Merriam Webster: boon

1 : BENEFIT, FAVOR especially : one that is given in answer to a request // would not grant his boon
2 : a timely benefit : BLESSING // a boon to new homeowners // the rain was a boon for parched crops
@VVT wrote:

As a “for instance,” I don’t know what MS or MSC means. Sure, I can pick up the lingo on the streets. My point is that since so many newbie threads get rerouted to here, that “here” could be evaluated by the mods, and improved. If I’m rerouted here, I would like to see real links, plus see that newbie questions are getting answered.

By reading here a little, you'll quickly figure out the abbreviations and shortcuts. Most industries have a language and a corporate culture and most of it has to be learned. There are few manuals that teach exactly how to get into something and all the terminology, although if you check Amazon, there are a few books about mystery shopping that you can order that give specific information. I don't recommend them, though, because you can get a free education here.

There would probably be a greater effort to make this site "customer friendly" if it were being provided to customers. As a free site, with those contributing doing it on their own time and free, it is a very casual thing. I was amazed at how much is available here when I came years ago.
Irene, you’re absolutely right. Thanks for taking a minute to put this in context. I have learned a bunch already from this forum fo’ free.
I think I meant to acknowledge roflwofl. You made the post, and Irene in Los Angeles liked it.

GOT it. Internet: mastered.
WT There is a box at the bottom of the posts on a threat that says "Follow Topic" If you check it you will be notified any time posts to it. It is a way to keep up with the threads you are interested in, It would alert you to the fact your questions were being answered.
Yeah well, the way it works now just sort of bites. I liked the old way were it let you click on it when you opened the site now it sends you an email and to find out what it says I have to click on it or save the email. I get too many emails now. Especially from companies that do a multi blast for an area of the country that I have no intention of going too.
Changed my mind about posting.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2019 11:31PM by Msaddict.
Yes, I do.
However, it is a violation of forum rules and my ICA
To tell you. We’ve told you this before.

@roadie1 wrote:

Does anyone know the company that offer to shop Applebees?

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