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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 1:21:36 PM PDT
It's a free-for-all there. But there are some people who post who are very shy and quiet. They just don't post as often as us blabbermouths.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 1:26:05 PM PDT
Yeah, Mr Book is a real wallflower. Ha!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 1:36:51 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 1:49:44 PM PDT
I think we have a trinity of talkers here.

I haven't seen Mr Book for a while. Have you?

@virag, you've now inadvertently associated yourself, by guilt, with me. Have a nice day :O

I'll shut up now. I didn't intend to hijack the thread.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011, 2:47:33 PM PDT
Jason says:
It would be cool if they rotated / every week on say.. Sunday 6pm est ... the system recompiles a fresh batch of randomly generated quotes.

That would be awesome because while sometimes it totally misses the mark, other times it hits it perfect. By rotating you garantee that if it missed on Week 1, it might hit on week 2 to just randomly pick a few static quotes and that's that... if it misses then it is a "permanent" miss; Rotation would be awesome

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 3:44:47 PM PDT
"I haven't seen Mr Book for a while. Have you?"

Maybe he finally got himself invited to Vine. 8-/

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 4:19:17 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 5:15:31 PM PDT
LT Beasimer says:
I know you, and find it difficult to believe you were shy and a dainty little flower who didn't like to be noticed.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 5:28:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2011, 5:33:40 PM PDT
"Again, no quotes by the time I got there. :-( "

T, The quotes are there, but it's apparently a random thing, whether you are allowed to see the beta quotes feature at all. If you try a different browser, you may be able to see them. As I said in an earlier post (page 3), I could see them on a netbook running Win7/MSIE9, but not on a desktop running Win7/MSIE9. At present, I can see them on the desktop using Win7/Firefox6.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 5:40:50 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 17, 2011, 7:04:02 PM PDT
Tanstaafl says:
Pardon me for making an ON topic comment.

I wonder if the instigators of this new, but terrible, feature considered that these types of comments would be chosen:

"
If you feel you need to purchase this book, certainly wait for the paperback addition since the 100+ pages isn't worth spending the money on a hardback. "
- Brian Hawkinson | Read this review
"
With that being said, I still found the book to be enjoyable, as it is one about reminiscence, childhood and days gone by, something which everyone can relate to. "
- Frederick van Allwijn | Read this review
"
Simply put: I don't find José Saramago's childhood slightly interesting, much the same as ninety-eight percent of the world's population. "
- Chris Roberts | Read this review

From: Small Memories

I really liked the advice to wait for the paperback "addition"; and imagine a book of only 100+ pages. I want less than 100 page books to spend the money for hardback.

And the depth of perception to note that we might all relate to "days gone by".

I'm still trying to decipher the 98% one. Is he talking about .... well, you know .... uh ... forget it.

(Now back to the regularly scheduled OFF Topic posts.)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 7:11:04 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 7:19:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2011, 7:27:46 PM PDT
Tanstaafl says:
virag, maybe they'll just post a frame or two from the video at the post office.

Plus - no one would ever doubt that you failed to read a book. You've only read one, apparently. So, that review's totally believable. (The name of that book escapes me at the moment.) :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 7:40:45 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 7:53:37 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 17, 2011, 8:43:53 PM PDT
Jason says:
Virag :) perhaps amazon will quote a video review by including a 3 second "teaser" clip of said video review? ^_^ I made a funny?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011, 9:52:06 PM PDT
(Now back to the regularly scheduled OFF Topic posts.)

What would you know about regularly scheduled anything here? I see you around like twice a year, Dick. We'd all love for you to join in more often, but don't drop in just to make a sour face.

Now back to the regularly scheduled complaining.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011, 4:21:04 AM PDT
Well, I was little once. But it's true, you just didn't know me when I was like that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011, 8:55:19 AM PDT
Yes, the regular complaining is infinitely more entertaining! Why do people have to come along and interupt it anyway? We have an established set of gripes already in use. Can't be having people throw new ones into the mix. People might get confused!

Posted on Sep 18, 2011, 10:22:20 AM PDT
Inkhorn says:
Amazon:

Based on what you said here I don,t like this idea.

As a reviewer, if Amazon introduces feature that makes people less likely to read reviews before buying products you devalue the efforts of reviewers, and make them less motivated to write reviews.

As a customer I may be less likely to stick around. The more people stick around, the more they return, the more they shop.

Someone mentioned the quotes might link to the actual review quoted. I do like that.

It seems like u might be adopting the Rotten Tomatoes format or presenting reviews. Why adopt a less successful model?

If you are going to quote someone I think u need to link it and attribute it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011, 10:41:28 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011, 11:44:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2011, 12:33:06 PM PDT
"If you are going to quote someone I think u need to link it and attribute it."

LP, The quotes come up with the reviewer's name included, and with a link to "Read this review". If you click the link, the full review (including the assigned star rating and vote count) comes up in the dialog box, below the three quotes. If you click the "Read this review" link for a second quote, then the open review will be replaced with the full review associated with the second quote.

The dialog box still has the histogram (the little graphic chart showing the number of 5-star, 4-star, etc. reviews), with the links to click to see the 5-star, 4-star, etc. reviews. The dialog box also still has a link to "See all xxx reviews". If you click any of these links, you will be taken to the reviews portion of the product page (just like you are now).

In addition, the dialog box has voting buttons to allow you to vote on whether the quotes are helpful.

I really wish that Amazon had rolled out this intriguing beta feature for everyone at once (or for everyone who is interested enough to request it). It's a hit-or-miss thing, whether any particular computer, or OS/browser combination, will be able to see it.

ETA: On page 2 of this topic, TA kindly posted links to screen shots of the new feature. Here's a link to TA's post:
http://www.amazon.com/forum/top%20reviewers/ref=cm_cd_et_md_pl?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2Z5LRXMSUDQH2&cdMsgNo=29&cdPage=2&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=
Tx3UNHFYRU0ZVCO&cdMsgID=Mx1PA661MKUL3D8#Mx1PA661MKUL3D8

Posted on Sep 18, 2011, 12:34:35 PM PDT
I think it could get reviews read. I suspect that's what they're trying to do with it. The average customer reads the description, looks at the stars and doesn't actually read the reviews. The reviews on corporate print books are always 'greatest book ever,' and often you'll see exactly the same review on two books on the same shelf. They contain nothing of true value. The 'ordinary guy' doesn't go to book review sites or read the great critics. I really hope the software is good enough to pull up pieces that lure the reader to read the reviews. The reviewers deserve notice. They work hard to help people choose books they'll enjoy.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011, 12:48:27 PM PDT
So much for the software. Of course, I'm real likely to click a say-WHAT link.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011, 1:35:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2011, 1:39:51 PM PDT
"I was quoted. . .'Water from our tap tastes terrible.'"

LTB, As odd as that out-of-context quote from your review is, I think that I would click on the "Read this review" link, if I had the same problem! :-)

The new feature has potential. I wonder what effect the robot-selected quotes (and accompanying reviews) may have on the ranking system. Presumably the robot-selected reviews will pick up helpful/unhelpful votes from customers, just as the voted-most-helpful reviews do.
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