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Initial post: Jun 28, 2011 3:07:53 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 7, 2011 1:42:43 PM PDT
Sarah says:
You render an extraordinary public service by operating these discussion fora. Thank you.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 1:44:48 PM PDT
Ü says:
Lose the voting buttons so people will stop complaining about them. That would clear out about half of the posts right there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 1:48:31 PM PDT
Celeste says:
Yes yes yes! That would be a great idea!! NO GOOD comes from those buttons.

I also would love to see an "ignore this disucssion" button.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 1:49:04 PM PDT
Lene Jensen says:
But please stop improving them! More and more things are getting broken!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 1:49:24 PM PDT
Lene Jensen says:
Agreed! Remove the buttons!

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 1:50:12 PM PDT
Just MO says:
I want my friends back!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 1:50:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2011 2:14:57 PM PDT
Bruce Bain says:

Thanks Team.


I think the forums could be much improved, if the teams that monitor the forum dialogues, regarded
Name Calling as an unacceptable abuse.

Many thoughtful communications can be buried under a heap of petty sniping and abusive commentary, that has no intelligible bearing on a subject.

Such a standard would compel many persons to either publish a meaningful communication, or take
their frothily emotional and deprecatory communications to some other part of the blogosphere.

Amazon is a book and product review forum. As such, rational communication should be the highlight of the forums.

One of the problems I see in the forums, is that thousands upon thousands of Gigabytes of space are wasted, by the kind of forum member who posts a continual stream of "Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!" kind of blather, and continues to do so without let or hindrance, for years.

Amazon, I would argue, is sometimes generous with its guidelines, to the point of permitting chronic negativisms to be regarded as normative.



I think that another form of abuse which should be more closely watched, is the ubiquitous habit of some forum members to engage in the Practice of Medicine online, without certification by a medical board.

Such occurrances appear when forum members, who cannot engage in intelligent and rational dialogue, begin claiming that other forum members have been diagnosed with some form of Psychiatric Disorder, Mental Illness and so forth. Such practices do a great deal to reduce the forum dialogues into a hotbed of and unreasonable communication for the exchange of "hostilities" rather than Ideas.




Overall, I think the Team is lenient, fair, and permissive.

I do feel however, that public media such as Amazon is, which is as public as Television, Radio and Newspaper, show be elevated a good deal higher than the kind of invective that is acceptable in a saloon in the bowery of a large city.




I think one of the unfortunate features that Amazon allows, are voting buttons on Comments.
The voting buttons on book reviews are fine. Unfortunately, it is unfair I think, to give a segment of the Amazon forum, the power to "censure" other forum members.

Some of the most scholarly and intelligent forum members are censored, because they are unpopular.





Finally, I would like to say that I think that some of the forum dialogues, are, in spite of some superficial communications, a great philosophical treasure, and a time capsule. Therefore, I would hope that Amazon would archive these dialogues, for posterity, for the forums are a treasure trove of human conceptions, sentiments, and ideological construction, unique to the time in which we live.

-----Sincerely, Bruce R. Bain


Posted on Jul 7, 2011 1:53:19 PM PDT
Lene Jensen says:
Here are my gripes:

Where are the "My communities"?
Where did the thread list below the posts go? There are three cases they are there: 1. You post in the thread; 2. you go into a new thread; and 3. you go from one page to another. This is just stupid
Why doesn't the replies number work? We have to reload several times and/or go into the thread many times, just to get it to update itself
What is the point of "Your Recently Viewed Discussions"? It works only half the time
When do we get the ability to mark a thread "unread?" It's annoying to be updated of a thread one has lost interest in?

Well, just a few complaints to start, I don't want to overwhelm the powers that be. But be advised: when there is a glitch, people ask themselves: "What is Amazon breaking now?"

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 1:53:42 PM PDT
Lene Jensen says:
Yes, that too!

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 1:57:29 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 7, 2011 1:58:45 PM PDT
Free kittens!

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:03:19 PM PDT
Put the voting buttons back in. They help the world fight crime!

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:04:33 PM PDT
dischism says:
Please bring back the communities list, as it is extremely difficult to navigate to different fora at will.

Keep the thread list for each page of the forum, please.

What has happened to the Friends feature?

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:06:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2011 2:07:10 PM PDT
awesomep says:
I would like to be able to delete the discussion I started instead of only my post.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:07:06 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:09:14 PM PDT
dischism says:
I concur with removing the voting buttons.

The standard of moderation has become extremely haphazard, posts being deleted because of unpopularity with some participants, rather than breaking posting guidelines.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 2:09:33 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:14:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:17:11 PM PDT
Tomcat™ says:
This is really a nice discussion forum. I have two requests for improvement:

1. Remove the voting buttons. They're totally misused and unnecessary.
2. If you're going to remove a poster, or warn him/her, you need to be able to tell them why. Not some generic "You violated the rules", but explain to them what they did wrong. It's really not that difficult.

Thank you for providing the forums for our entertainment.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 2:17:21 PM PDT
1. I would suggest eliminating the voting buttons. They seem to serve no useful purpose except for tracking a popularity contest.

2. It would be nice to be able to track responses to one of my posts.

3. One of your recent changes has made it difficult to find other forums, unless they are in the "More active communities" box.

4. Your customer service representatives should be more responsive to complaints instead of just pasting boilerplate responses.

5. Thank you for soliciting suggestions from the users as how to improve the way the forums work. I suggest posting any prospective changes in the forums, much the way you have done here and solicit responses.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 2:18:39 PM PDT
Lene Jensen says:
I would rather have back the arrow that gave us the ability to check out a poster without having to go to their page. That was useful.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:27:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2011 2:28:00 PM PDT
I would like to thank Amazon and the mods for keeping the forums going and destroying my career. I hate my career anyway.

Edit: Okay, on-topic. I would love to be able to embed pics and vids into posts, and have a forum sig appended to my posts that I can put graphics into.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:31:57 PM PDT
nonpareil says:
Thanks for the opportunity to address issues. I've just been wanting to!

I have no problem with the "yes" button but think the "no" button creates an opportunity for certain types of personalities to "diss" for a variety of reasons, not just whether they think "this post adds to the discussion". I believe this has driven many people away from fora and from reviewing. I would like to speak for this unknown number because they are gone and won't be seeing this opportunity to express themselves. Besides, some may be afraid to express their opinions simply BECAUSE of the rampant negative voting. So I am asking to have the "no" button removed and the "yes" left in place.

Amazon denizens, be they sincere or manic control freaks, who disagree with a post or review can report it to the appropriate Amazon entity.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:32:01 PM PDT
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