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Any thoughts on reviewers behaving badly?

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Initial post: Mar 10, 2012 6:25:34 PM PST
mys_reader says:
I just read a review of a (kindle) book - one reviewer was pitching a tantrum - "I want this book in paperback; I'm so mad I'm giving it ONE star!" *Stomps foot, holds breath*

Uh... what? This is actually not the first time I've read a review like this. Why do some reviewers insist on doing this? Why slam a product for reasons that have nothing to do with the QUALITY of the product?

"This product came late - ONE STAR!"
"This product was out of date - ONE STAR!"
"They sent the wrong color - ONE STAR!"

Uh... if the seller messed up, then what has that to do with the actual product itself? It's not helpful to write these reviews. Complain to Amazon or the seller! Sheesh.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 7:53:46 PM PST
Iola says:
Amazon's review guidelines say that reviews should not comment on things like delivery, so I think you are quite within your rights to Report Abuse on "The Product Came Late", "The Product was out of date" etc (as long as you are also prepared to Report Abuse on five star reviews that say "Arrived on Time!! Great!!!" or "Nice Packaging").

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 8:13:05 PM PST
I wish amazon would just delete those reviews.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 8:17:19 PM PST
Yep. Amazon is, sad to say, absolutely chock-a-block full of product reviews that aren't really product reviews. From the 1-star rants to the 5-star gushes, there's so much out there littering the waters. I feel bad for shoppers who have to pick through the debris. I suppose that's one reason why I review, and why I endeavor to make mine as helpful as possible.

FWIW, when I saw this topic titled, "Any thoughts on reviewers behaving badly?" I assumed we would be talking about reviewers who attack other reviewers or something salacious like that. While I share the OP's frustration at these all too prevalent non-reviews, I hesitate to label their reviewers as badly behaved. Clueless, surely.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 8:46:00 PM PST
I read about this on another site. It was a collection of 4 older (re-released) Signet romance short stories published in an ebook In Love and War.

I am not certain that some people understand the concept. How on earth is it the author's fault if a customer clicks on the wrong item?

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 9:43:47 PM PST
Reviewer Aus says:
When Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8) was released, there were about twenty one star reviews in the first twenty-four hours where reviewers complained they wanted the Kindle version. (Mind you, that time it was countered by about 200 five star fangirl squees!) Most were reported and deleted, but I simply don't understand people who think it's okay to punish an author for something they have nothing to do with.

The other one I hate is the "Oops, I bought the wrong product - ONE STAR!" reviews. They come in many variations:

* "I already own this and didn't realise until my book arrived." (Can't believe people can admit to that level of stupidity online, often with their real name on the review!)

* "I'm a teenager, liked the cover, and didn't realise this was BDSM erotica - ONE STAR!
(Saw that one on Goodreads yesterday - stupid kids!)

* "This book with the naked couple on the cover has a sex scene in it!" OR "Oh My God, this book about domestic discipline had SPANKING in it!! I'm a Christian with values, not one of those dirty godless freaks! What has happened to society?!"

* "This 100000 word classic novel doesn't have illustrations in it! I can't read books without pictures!" (Saw that one last week!)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 10:07:56 PM PST
Those are all bad, but my faux-favorite is the 1-star "NEVER RECEIVED THE BOOK/DVD/TOOTHPASTE!!!!!" reviews, which of course come stamped with the 'Amazon Verified Purchase' seal of approval.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 7:25:57 AM PDT
Rena Ruadh says:
I usually ask the 'reviewer' - very politely!!! - whether s/he is in possession of a dictionary. If so, would s/he kindly look up 'book review'???? (I tend to read the ones for books, not other products.)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 7:45:33 AM PDT
That's funny. I love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 8:05:33 AM PDT
Jem says:
I do think the "didn't realize I already had it" comment is a little fairer if it was a re-issued book with a new title, but no mention of that in the publisher description. Still not really the author's fault, but something relevant to other readers.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 2:29:15 AM PDT
Rena Ruadh says:
Browsing around Amazon, I came across a one-star review for a book and the (only) reviewer that gave the book 5 stars went into full attack mode, accusing the 1-star reviewer of 'stomping on the author's heart'. Read, be amazed, shake your head in wonder:

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 4:19:58 AM PDT
Only has two reviews, both for the same author's books. What are the odds?

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 4:39:00 AM PDT
read4fun says:
@Rena Ruadh
Hahahahaha!! I was not aware that honest reviews could be considered heartless. Shame on me :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:23:14 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:29:30 AM PDT
Ummm. Who are you?

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:37:10 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
He also specifically named you in the BBA thread. He seems a tad fixated on you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:42:41 AM PDT
Which thread? The one here on the RF?

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:44:05 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
Here's the link:

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:50:52 AM PDT
Well, he doesn't seem to like Anna or Mahala much either. I note that he leaves Jason alone. Probably scared of Teh Kirkfield.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:53:52 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
I would be more scared of Mahala :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 11:07:43 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
Agreed. Though, he wouldn't want to be Kirkfielded. At all. In any way shape or form. ;)

Posted on May 19, 2012 7:53:59 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 8:00:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2012 8:01:31 AM PDT
Stargate, I will not be personally attacked by you...You are the one showing your ignorance. Are you that particular author's sock-puppet, relative or best friend? The review for the book is authentic and the book in my opinion is a waste of money. Also, having posters come to a thread who no one has ever seen post before and recommend a self-published crap book is suspicious to say the least. But to have this same person keep bringing this book up multiple times makes it even more suspicious. Keep showing your rear are the one who is looking bad not me.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 8:14:00 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
Clearly your lack of knowledge of the Euro is showing. Europeans do use commas in place of where Americans use periods. So, 40,000,00 would be 40K Euro. They also drop the 'cents' just as Americans do. So, 40,000 would still be 40K Euro.

Please don't try to dispute this as I just returned from living in Europe for several years.

I realize that you are a disgruntled author trying to stir up trouble in this forum, but you really aren't gaining any fans. Not that you care, because you don't.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 8:52:33 AM PDT
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