Anyone else who has had their EP nominated recipes volunteered to be tested by 'usernames'?
By 'usernames' I mean individuals with absolutely no information about themselves on the site, who've never contributed a single recipe, or a foodpickle answer & are seldom, if ever heard from, except the times they offer to test a recipe.
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That said, there are some things we'd like to clear up. First, we hope that you'll trust us to keep an eye on the Editors' Pick process and make sure it's fair: we monitor EP reviews very closely and send out reminders when reviews haven't come in by the deadline. It is only very infrequently that reviews don't come in at all, and we would notice if there was a pattern of not reporting in, from a new member or otherwise. Our policy is not to post the review if the recipe isn't recommended as an EP -- just because you don't see a review doesn't mean one didn't come in.
We always welcome new testers, and we often see people who don't fill out their profiles right away but quickly become engaged in all facets of the community -- EP testing is one of the activities that make some people really start to feel excited about the site. Some of you mention feeling "lucky" to have your recipes tested by friends; we know that many of you have become friendly through this process, but we've actually asked in the past for everyone to try to test recipes of those they don't know very well in order to maintain impartiality. Obviously, this isn't always possible, but we encourage you all to branch out -- it'll make the whole process just that much more fun!
I have tried a lot of the recipes here, though, and I have to say that most of you are much more adventurous cooks than I am! I've been really impressed with the level of creativity and the recipes. ;)
I'd absolutely welcome a negative verdict, but I'd like to know that at least the tester did make a sincere effort to execute on what they volunteered for.
I take recipe testing very seriously, and I've become a much better cook because I've learned new techniques and flavor combinations from all of you. Recipe testing IS work, and there's a deadline and writing that has to be done, and you know that the person who wrote the recipe really cares about what you said. I've given positive reviews and the recipes weren't chosen as EP's--I don't know why--and I've had one recipe nominated but not chosen. I wrote the tester privately and asked her for feedback and never got it. Oh well. There's another game next week--it's all fun. I have also tested recipes that just didn't work for me--and I always send the author private feedback if that's the case. And I volunteered to test a rhubarb recipe last year and couldn't source the rhubarb in time. I eventually did make it and put my feedback in the notes, but it didn't make Editors Pick, and I felt badly about that.
I don't know what happened in your case, Panfusine, but have you considered writing the tester a private message and asking what happened?
But one of the things I love about this site is the warm welcome "newbies" receive! I feel like I have new people to watch for when they pick my recipes...I look forward to "returning the favor"! But I would love one of the many cooks I admire/am a fan of, to test one of my future recipes!
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Their is an openness and transparency what I count on.
I love the question you ask because it will take us to the next level of this incredible site.