First of all....Hi, everyone! Nice to have a Reviewer Forum.
I'm guessing that it's come up once or twice already, so I apologize if this is beating a subject to death that has already been discussed ad nauseam, and I apologize if this sounds pompous, but....
Do you think, like I do, that the NO vote discourages good, honest reviewers from even writing a review? Do you think, like I do, that the NO vote could be abolished and that a review can simply be judged by the amount of YES votes that it has relative to other reviews on a product page?
I believe that I wrote a fair, honest and I dare (pompously) say well-written review for a cult movie called Battle Royale. I'm getting clobbered by NO votes from fans of the film who clearly are NO voting me based on their offense at my opinion versus whether the review was actually helpful in making a purchase decision.
I lost 20 points off my reviewer rank for my Battle Royale review in two days. I like being a Top Reviewer, but if I'm jeopardy of losing that status because I write an unfavorable, honest review about a product that has a loyal following I won't do it anymore. And if other reviewers are avoiding writing unfavorable reviews for the same reason, doesn't that only fallaciously tip the scales for inferior products to higher ranked 4 and 5 star average ratings?
I knew it would happen with my Battle Royale review and even said as much in the review (probably didn't help my cause). But this is not isolated to just my Battle Royale review. Following is a link to the review....Is it really "unhelpful"? I don't believe that the NO vote count appropriately reflects the content of the review; hence, could the NO vote be abolished altogether? https://www.amazon.com/review/R314T31RC6A5IC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
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