The recent Reviewers Ranking Reform seems to be based on a shaky cornerstone: percentage of approval. Ranking is not exhausted there of course and there are other parameters, such as how recent are the reviews receiving positive feedback. Also, when it comes to distributing the spotlight positions, it appears that the total number of positive votes is ignored in order to...dislodge older reviews and encourage new reviewers to keep writing.
Still, approval percentage seems to be disproportionately important. And there lies the problem.
The old system was indeed an ugly jungle. Anyone could abuse the Profile/voting system to attack anyone he was envious off and no Amazon moderator could do anything about it. Only some weeks ago my reviews received over ...2,500 new negative votes - all within 48hours and all from the same deranged individual, blind with envy (details can be provided by email, please check my Profile page).
These votes were obviously bogus but I too had to wait for the "tool under development" to have them removed. And they were removed. Amazon's new vetting system cleaned out over 16,000(!) from my reviews. The bozo was slaving in front of his monitors for nothing.
So, yes, the new system may indeed be better than the old one in detecting and neutralizing negative campaigns but it is far from fail-proof.
From the very first day the ...usual suspects have been testing the system for weaknesses and, judging by the latest selective papering of my reviews with new negative votes, have found chinks in the armor.
And there is the wrench in the machine: when spiteful negative votes cannot ALL be detected and removed, the importance of approval cannot remain cardinal.
However, there is a very simple solution that would kill both birds with one stone: ABOLISH THE NEGATIVE VOTE.
Reviews could still be ranked by the positive feedback they received. Votes could still be weighted by how recent they are and so forth, thus new reviewers could still have a fair chance to advance over older ones. And without the negative vote to vent their frustrated envy with, the Trolls would have to find different venues to waste their pathetic life at.
I am interested in reading your opinion.
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