16 ‘ChatAbout.com’ Reviews
I had been a member of chatabout for several months. it was fun at first and then came the 'changes'. Where once you could get paid after making 500 points, they changed it to 1000 points, same amount of work but having to make double the amount for the same pay. Not worth it! Under the topic 'chatabout' I was talking about the point change when one of the administrators, 'Brent", deleted my rant about the new point system. (Others read my rant and they began ranting too). I had also done many surveys where I finished them, then never got paid for them. The site has turned greedy and I feel sorry for anyone who joins it. I left and am so happy to not be on there anymore. The comments that everyone has written on here are true, do not join!
I used this site for a couple of months. I was always paid, however, I got fed up with all the changes that were being done to the site. After we started to chat a lot about topics like Swagbucks and other earning sites, they took down the most popular ones, claiming that we were somehow confusing other users about the site since we were chatting about a few topics so much. HUH? We were probably making a lot of money from those topics, which is the real reason why it was shut down.
And then I noticed that freedom of speech was not exactly respected on that site. We were basically pressured to praise Chatabout to the skies...some of the daily Poll question answers were so biased (praising chatabout) that it made you feel like an idiot to chose the negative answer. For instance, a typical question would be something like this:
Q: Do you use the "Bonus Offers" section on Chatabout?
- Yes, I LOVE it.
- No, I don't like easy points.
Some of the daily poll questions were so offensive to some people that they actually did not answer them and skipped the 5 easiest points they could have gotten all day.
And again, we were expected to praise the site to the skies. With every gift card code, they would send a request that we post on Chatabout that we had received the reward. All nice and good, but if you ever posted even a POLITE critique of chatabout.com on that site, it would be deleted within 24 hours. I finally posted a couple of comments mentioning that I was tired of Chatabout's agenda (in a civil way, of course), and I was banned. That is fine by me. That place was being to feel like a regime.
Bottom line: Avoid Chatabout.com and stick with Swagbucks and Bing Rewards. It is a lot of typing for a little money, and you never know when the administrators will tweak the rules yet again, without any prior notice. Don't expect that you can be frank there if something displeases you with the site.
I loved it at first until everyone started getting messages about doing what the site is inherently set up to do chat! Several people would chat back and forth and use certain topics as a home base that apparently was not allowed now not only is a 20 word minimum its:(direct from Brent on the question and answers section!)
Hey my little Chatabouters!
We are wanting your help. If you notice other members breaking the rules when posting as nothing more than a way to accumulate faster points and adding no real value to the onsite experience, can you please let either us know OR let them know directly it is against our rules and guidelines by sending them an IM.
A couple of the main problems we see are ...
1. Members working down the page. Basically this means working down any topic or question page replying to everyones comment.
2. Answering in multiple replies in a row to answer other members in the same thread. All those replies could easily be combined in one.
Thanks, any help is always appreciated on site.
Are you a helpful little Chatabouter?
first off are we children and can not actually do what the site is set up to do? I voiced my opinion it was deleted and then posted it again and then I was gone apparently a separate opinion is not allowed on what a bad poster is
So from day one I noticed this was a scam....they want you to BUY products and sign for 1000 dumb offers for very few points....I played the game for a few days and got like 4 $5 Paypal....then I was debating the news and people started arguing so of course I SPOKE my mind and suddenly I was ban and cannot get back...even when I was close to another 500 points....I just emailed them twice this morning...we need to speak out and get this and similar companies BAN from stealing from us!!!
SCAM!! I was red flagged and banned 5 days new. I was instructed directly by admin to NOT post on Twitter because I was actually receiving referral points. They instructed me to ONLY post on FACEBOOK. I feel they are wrong to limit me since posting to twitter is an option. I ignore their request and posted their referral link on my Twitter page. I was banned instantly. When I complained, they banned me from their Twitter Pages, Facebook Pages, Emails, And registering with a new email so I can contact them to find out what was going on. THE TRUTH!! They do not want to pay out their users for bringing them business. I only cashed out Two $5 Amazon Cards in a little over a week.
They want you to bring people in and then take away your points and not pay up. That way they have already gathered new members to do all their "point and click" in place of you. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE USERS WHO BRING THEM MONEY!!
Stay away from this site and those who run it. They have a rule that says you need to post comments at least 20 words long, and that's too harsh. I think I had my account taken away because of too many short comments.
If you have any problems there is no such thing as customer service also if you get any points cash out quick. You can follow all the guidelines and be a good member but then suddenly all your points will disappear. Not only will you have a hard time getting in contact with anyone when they do finally respond they will say oh you must not have followed the rules so your points were taken away. Bunch of liars. You can be an "angel' and then suddenly without warning or notice say goodbye to your points. They don't even bother to look to see if you did anything wrong that is just their lazy response.
3 days in and I was loving the site! I loved answering questions to help people while I was also earning points that I could cash in. But, it all went downhill when they offered several opportunities to earn more points. I signed up for the offers and never received the points. I visited one of the forums and saw that many others weren't getting their points either. So, I emailed them. First they told me I must have already received the offers from another site (which I did not). Then they deleted all the comments from people who didn't receive their points and emailed me again telling me not to post again because it must be a problem with my computer and I should just avoid all those opportunities. I asked if that was their policy (to just delete people's sincere questions and concerns) and without responding, my account was deleted. With so many great sites out there to earn prizes, I would definitely not recommend this one!