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Should Amazon Abolish the Negative Vote Altogether?

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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 16:01:10 GMT
We have. It's called the vine forum! :-)

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 16:16:32 GMT
NeuroSplicer says:
If there ever was a need to exemplify corporate interference in Amazon reviewing by abusing the negative vote, these pages should be enlightening;
Diablo III - Reaper of Souls (Mac/PC DVD)

Just observe: I have washed my review several times already. Nevertheless, the game publisher has invested too much on this (very badly implemented) product that the company shills will use the negative vote to bury every single negative review of their product.

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 17:21:42 GMT
urban raider says:
The problem is - if you remove the unhelpful/no vote how will we make sure that those inane good/bad delivery reviews or the "it isn't out yet but I really want it" ones.

Most of us understand that the "no" vote is abused by those who think that people only read the first couple of reviews when anyone who is seriously looking at something (especially if it is an expensive item) will read a lot, if not all, of the available reviews - not just the top three or the 5 star reviews but all of them - we want to know the good and bad so that we can judge.

I don't believe that people who vote should be identified - we already have a problem with some people attacking others for their thoughts/reviews - imagine what would happen if some people found out that a reviewer had voted them down - the reprisals would be appalling.

@ Neurosplicer - a few years ago there was a case where a company called datastor (if my notes are correct) put up shill reviews from their MD and another company director - they also attacked and threatened one of the reviewers who documented the contact between them. Now that's nasty!

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 19:50:36 GMT
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Posted on 25 Mar 2014 19:53:05 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 20:22:17 GMT
urban raider says:
wasn't me, though I do wish people wouldn't do that as it might have been really interesting

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 20:33:34 GMT
NeuroSplicer says:
I found it in my email trash. It was rather strange:

"Amazon customer says:

* They cheat to get there
* They cheat to stay there
* It's a full time job
* Tracking dogs down to 13, unlucky for some?"

Apparently he or she deleted the entire Profile.

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 20:37:38 GMT
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Posted on 1 Apr 2014 16:35:10 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 17:25:24 BDT
Well spotted Mr Baz.

Total imbecile and no explanation as to why on any review. It must be like a curse jealousy. Saddo.

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 19:16:04 BDT
A customer says:
I had a quick look, and yes it's hard to imagine how someone found those reviews "unhelpful". But as each review got a single negative vote, it's fairly meaningless to future customers, and many will see the obvious pattern.
I find it more interesting when one reviewer votes down other reviews on the same product. The only time I have experienced this was when I wrote a review, which was the only review on a certain item (5 stars), until six weeks later someone wrote a 1 star review, hating the product - and low and behold, my review suddenly became 0/1 within the same hour of the new review being posted. I never said anything, or negged her back, because I believed that future customers would see what had happened, and judge it accordingly.

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 19:30:52 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 19:46:26 BDT
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A customer says:
Probably if the other reviewer had resisted the urge to "punish the offender" and had just left it, and posted a comment instead it would have had more impact. They have in a way destroyed the evidence.

EDIT - now someone has deleted all their comments, it doesn't make much sense. But that's the rollercoaster ride that is Amazon.
I suppose!

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Posted on 7 Apr 2014 18:40:23 BDT
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Posted on 15 Apr 2014 22:54:06 BDT
On balance I feel that Negative Votes should be done away with but to appease those who disagree and The Management of Amazon who perhaps do not want to alienate the swathe of Negative Voters for the fear of customer desertion, I would go along with allowing Negative Voting which cites the reasons for that Negative Vote, with an option for the reviewer to respond, and a further option for the Negative Voter to withdraw that vote. This seems to be an all-round far fairer way of handling what is now a highly contentious, open to 'spiteful' abuse, and dispiriting for reviewers.

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In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2014 07:27:13 BDT
Recently, as soon as I post a review, within hours it gets one negative vote. With time other votes usually come in, mainly positive, so it seems I have made an enemy somehow. This is my first experience of this, which is different from reviewers who have had thousand of negative posts from deranged individuals. Is it common?
'No negative votes without an explanation' is a no-brainer as far as I am concerned.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2014 07:42:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2014 13:39:20 BDT
NeuroSplicer says:
Even with an added requirement for an explanation, the negative vote will still be more abused than used.
Because the same deranged individuals (as you so eloquently put it) will leave some cheap excuse of a reason - and then Amazon will have to employ an army of moderators to respond to the thousands of complaints. For some reason, I am not sure Amazon would be inclined to pay for this.

No, the best solution for everyone to be happy is the abolition of the negative vote.
And not to worry about the Trolls: Amazon is a huge site, they will find something else to amuse themselves with. They always do.

Posted on 5 May 2014 08:49:02 BDT
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