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Are lists about to be removed?

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Initial post: Sep 19, 2012 10:32:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2012 9:00:23 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:

After being downgraded a while back, now it appears that lists are not being linked to product pages any more. (To clarify -- the links FROM lists still work, but the links TO lists from product pages are gone). And lists do still link to other lists.

Personally, I think lists are great, and I have continued to use them to organize content even if no one else sees them.

I hate the idea that Amazon would eliminate them.

If you agree, join me in asking Amazon not to remove the Lists!
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Posted on Sep 19, 2012 10:49:26 AM PDT
Well, mine still appear to be linked.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 12:08:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2012 12:57:03 PM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Links FROM lists to products, yes, but not links TO lists from products.

And how is anyone going to see a list if it isn't visible on a product page? How would someone even know that list exists to search for it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 2:25:59 AM PDT
I don't think Amazon care about lists any more. They probabably think it's not worth spending a lot of time weeding out the scams. I got rid of all but one of mine last year, and won't mind if that one disappears.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 4:34:03 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Personally I will be significantly less motivated to review if the lists are eliminated.

I don't know what a "scam list" is -- I don't recall ever having seen anything that fits that description.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 6:15:37 AM PDT
We can only hope they soon remove the discussion groups.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 7:22:07 AM PDT
Sky says:
Hi, R Hutch. Interesting...I had not noticed that. To be clear, what you're saying is that Lists are no longer on product pages, but items on Lists still have hot-links to the individual products, right? That is odd because from a marketing standpoint Lists on product pages can only help sell items related to those on the product page I would think. Perhaps it just takes up too much server space or manpower to manage and wasn't selling product? I did start to notice however that Lists on product pages often were dated and many years old. I thought that it was kinda cool when one of my lists was chosen to be included on a product page...same kind of satisfaction when your review gets chosen as a lead review. Oh well. C'est la vie.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 8:05:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2012 8:07:22 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Sky, yes, that's right. I guess that wasn't 100% clear in my original post.

What does it matter if the links FROM lists still work if there are no links TO lists? Very few people will see the lists, and so their utility for information or sales will be nil.

I'm still hoping that Amazon is going to reconnect the lists, perhaps in some new configuration.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 9:19:02 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 1:47:16 AM PDT
Some authors and musicians have been known to promote their own work by including their book(s) or CD(s) in lists dominated by popular products. There is no limit to how many lists anybody can create, so the scam is even more difficult to control than fake reviews.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:10:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2012 9:10:47 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
I find it hard to believe that "scam lists" of the sort you mention are a big enough problem to necessitate eliminating lists. I have looked at a lot of lists over the years, and I don't recall seeing any such things. In any event, easily enough ignored, I would think, if you run across one.

C'mon, Amazon, lists are great! KEEP THE LISTS!

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 9:01:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2012 9:02:08 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:

Don't let Amazon eliminate lists!

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 10:01:22 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 23, 2012 5:56:44 PM PDT
Adrian says:
Save the lists!!!!!

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 8:26:16 AM PDT
Serene Night says:
I love lists. So easy to find series books and books put together in various topics. Viva la lists! I think they should spend more time on them.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 1:22:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2012 1:22:49 PM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Lists have been key to my reviewing for years, grouping similar recordings that I've reviewed so interested browsers who found one could find others.

I know because of consistent feedback that many have found my lists to be helpful.

If products aren't connected to lists any more, the odds of the recordings I've reviewed being found decrease substantially, and with it my motivation to write reviews that no one is likely to read.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 10:58:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2012 10:59:55 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
As it stands now, if a review has no votes there is no way to know that anyone has read the review.

When lists had viewcounters, you knew whether people had looked at a list, and therefore at least potentially had looked at the reviews for products on that list.

Amazon seems determined to remove features that give reviewers helpful feedback and therefore motivation to keep writing reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 1:56:06 AM PDT
"if a review has no votes there is no way to know that anyone has read the review."

I have plenty of those, many of them the only review. Sometimes I'll get a vote years after I posted a review. The advantage of reviewing obscure stuff is that hardly anybody else reviews it, so when a customer who is interested in the product, the review is highly visible.

I also sometimes review more popular stuff, but if such reviews don't get votes fairly quickly, they can be quickly buried. It is VERY rare for an old and buried review to get a vote or comment, but even that happens sometimes.

I used to enjoy lists, but I've learned to do without.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 2:33:46 AM PDT
Just got an e-mail from Amazon. I just got the first vote on a review posted in 2004.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 9:31:30 PM PDT
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