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Why does Amazon allow fake one-star reviews?

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2009 3:49:44 PM PST
"Now, would you ask Amazon to delete my opinion? "
After you said you at least opened the book? No way!

"Are you offended only by comments negative to Ms Palin--or are you also offended by positive comments from those who have not read her book?"
Offended? Some posts on discussion boards have been offensive, and I've "reported abuse" on some of them, and who knows if it mattered at all? Nope, just checked one from a few days ago that was particularly offensive, and it's still there. Fake reviews on either side don't offend me: I buy books that look interesting. In fact, I usually prefer movies that get bad reviews, so reviews don't matter a bit to me. Just pointing out that there are fake 1's and 5's all over the place, and I would bet that Amazon says they care, but really don't.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 12:34:39 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 7, 2011 1:59:24 PM PST
I think all reviews should be removed, and readers rely on sample chapters and sales rankings.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 1:28:44 PM PST
The 1 or 5 star reviews based on political beliefs are probably not the real problem, you pretty quickly see the reviewers bias and can learn to choose based on what those people complain about. If they talk about the book sucking because it is like another author you love, buy the book.
What troubles me is how to decide on the non-book items. If paid shills are putting up phoney descriptions of how well a cell phone or electric razor work, or almost worse claiming problems that the item DOES NOT have, it makes it impossible for me to make an informed decision. I would think there would be a way to track and remove reviewers who post suspicious, always glowing or always negative, reviews, real reviews would tend to have a combination.

I understand AMazon's claim to the difficulty in policing its review boards but by throwing their arms up they make this feature irrelevant. There is no reason for me to pay attention to their reviews and they might as well stop wasting server space on it if I know the reviews are essentially unreliable.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 6:56:04 PM PDT
rkroningam says:
There's only one solution to this problem, which is not limited to Amazon, or politics, or whatever. People should have to be certified to do anything which is deemed important to their performance as citizens in a viable democracy. That includes voting, spouting their opinions in public media, running for office, etc. etc. Where else in the world are children, and the ignorant, uneducated, property-less 'lower classes' allowed to participate in the running of the 'business'? The founding fathers must be laughing in their graves! Alright, who decides who should be 'certified'? What kind of people would YOU trust to perform that function? Come on; your opinion is important; this is a democracy, isn't it?
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Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin (Hardcover - November 17, 2009)
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