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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Oh, nevermind! Apparently, it means one is a premium member. Sorry for that!
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.
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.
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!
Congratulations to you ,,, ^_^
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.
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. :)
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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