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What does the eNotes star represent?I can't seem to find information regarding this new...

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:11 AM via web

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What does the eNotes star represent?

I can't seem to find information regarding this new feature, so I better start a discussion!

A new website update has brought an interesting little star pinned onto some non-editor profiles. For example, mine. What does this star represent?

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wanderista | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:45 AM (Answer #2)

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Oh, nevermind! Apparently, it means one is a premium member. Sorry for that!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM (Answer #3)

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Yes, the star does mean you are a premium member.  In case others don't know what that means, it means that you get first priority.  Editors will answer your questions first.  Being a premium member has many advantages, including access to question answers first.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM (Answer #4)

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Yes, the little red star designates premium members. They generally receive the quickest attention at eNotes, in part because your questions receive a better payment for eNotes editors who answer them.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM (Answer #5)

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I think you will also find that your membership is slightly more expensive than the standard. However, you will find that your request is dealt with super fast!

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM (Answer #6)

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Congratulations to you ,,, ^_^

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:12 AM (Answer #8)

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If I am not mistaken, Premium subscribers also have greater access across eNotes resources; unlimited access to all study guides, discussion boards, and full Q/A answers all the time. I think free members cannot access certain sections of the site, such as uploaded documents.

http://www.enotes.com/jax/index.php/faq/faq_controller/eventHandler=view/faqID=516847614

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 13, 2012 at 2:10 AM (Answer #9)

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I agree with all of these notes. Premium questions do receive quicker attention as noted, but #8 makes an important distinction that these members can also access eNotes resources without limitation. They can also ask as many questions as they wish. I am comforted in this: if a student asks a question that is not clear and I respond literally to what I see and it's not what they want, I feel better that they can ask again, making a clearer note of what they really want.

I find it interesting, though I have not noticed if it's still happening of late, that the red "e" next to editor's names don't always show up, so if someone has answered a question in the "pool," I have to read the summary to see if it's an editor and see if I can answer the question that may have a response by a student.

Another concern is that questions answered by other editors are still showing up in the pool. I'd feel more comfortable if once they are completely answered, they just went away: then I wouldn't feel so bad about missing a great question because I wouldn't be repeatedly reminded by seeing it still there. :)

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM (Answer #10)

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To echo #8 and #9, truly the best feature of being a premium subscriber is the priority given to answering premium questions first.  The eNotes editors practically fight to answer the premium questions as they first pop up in the Q & A.  The question-to-answer turn around is very quick.

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