Earlier today we had to take the WineDemon website down and temporarliy remove the earning and redeeming of points. This was due to some rather unwanted visitors gaming the system just to get free wine.
These users were easily identified and their bogus reviews were removed.
The points system was designed to reward early adopters who would fill WineDemon with genuine reviews so it became more useful. We always said that if it got abused we would pull it.
We actually have enough reviews on the website (over 30,000) to offer meaningful recommendations in all the big supermarkets, most of the online retailers and a lot of restaurants too.
The good news is that we’ve worked up a fix so that if you joined prior to Sunday morning, everything should now be back to normal. You will be able to earn your points and redeem any you already have to spend at Naked Wines.
If you joined after Sunday morning you won’t be able to earn any more points. This may change in the future if we can think of a fair way to reward users for honest reviews.
WineDemon set out to help normal people drink better wines. To those of you who have supported us with reviews, thank you. Please don’t let a handful of party poopers spoil this project.
Keep submitting your ratings and we’ll continue to drinking better wines!
Any questions email me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**UPDATE** Tue 20th December, 08:46am
Guys, for clarity:
- if you came to WineDemon, submitted genuine reviews and ordered a case from Naked, thank you. Your wine will be delivered as promised, your WineDemon accounts remain open and we will try to re-introduce points in January in a fairer way.
- if you were one of those people who created several accounts under different email addresses to obtain multiple free cases, your wine will not be delivered, your WineDemon accounts have been closed, and your postcodes have been flagged with Naked Wines to stop future orders.
The majority of you did submit honest reviews and so, again, thank you and Happy Christmas!