Sham reviewsThread Started October 9 at 8:00PM
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I rarely promote anything with enough coinage to reach the front page these days, mostly I just slap a treasure chest on, so people who take the trouble to read and comment on my work get some reward (I think it's 37 cents, or something like that) for their efforts. This generally lands me somewhere on page 3 or 4 of the review page.
I made an exception recently, and put a few member cent pumps on , enough to reach the bottom half of page 1.
Today I received a review, which in spite of being somewhat lengthy, clearly indicated the "reviewer" had not read a single word of my submission. There was not one word which referred to anything it contained. Instead, the whole rant was pretty much an excuse for why they hadn't bothered to read it.
They even had the audacity to say their comment wasn't the usual thorough review they normally gave my work! This in spite of the fact that so far as I can recall, they have never before reviewed anything I've written.
Unsurprisingly, I happened to be reviewing the work of someone on my fan list, and decided to check out a couple of reviews they had received. And there, to my complete non-surprise, was exactly the same copy & pasted "review" - word for word.
When I think of the obvious time and effort some reviewers take to give helpful feedback, for often only mediocre reward, this sort of selfish scamming makes me angry. People who ONLY open works listed on the front page to get maximum payment for their review, and haven't even got the decency to read the piece.
I suppose there is not much that can be done to stop this sort of selfish behaviour, but I for one am going to start a list of "reviewers" like this, and make damn sure I never review anything they write. Or, perhaps if their stuff appears on the front page, I'll take the 70 cents to a dollar and leave a cut & paste response. I'm pretty sure if that happens, they won't be getting a five or six star review from me, because I don't think someone who has so little appreciation for what the site is about is going to be producing outstanding work.
Reply on October 9, 2017 10:41 PM
Since 'cut and paste' reviews are against the rules of the site, you would be within your rights to report the reviewer to Tom. Supposedly, they will lose the points and member dollars for the reviews they've completed in this matter.
Reply on October 9, 2017 11:09 PM
Thanks for pointing that out. I wasn't aware there was a rule against it, I just thought it was extremely poor form. I think out of respect for the hard work and effort some people here exert in trying to help others become better writers, I'll follow your advice and refer it to Tom.
Reply on October 10, 2017 04:52 AM
I hope you did that. Tom comes down pretty hard on that sort of behaviour.
Reply on October 10, 2017 02:28 PM
Ha, you found one of the copy and paste reviewers. In my first months on site I found such a reviewer when they'd complimented me on my artwork choice, and there was no artwork attached, and story when in fact it was a poem. A quick review of their comments, (there's 10 per page), showed they'd written 300 reviews in a single day. That's 4.5 minutes per comment over 24 hours of solid reviewing, with no bathrooms breaks, dinner, etc.
I also think it a highly disrespectful practice when it seems their only possible motivation could be to promote their own work on the front page with the least effort possible. I always speak out about it, and that has brought me unwarranted grief when other members can't "see" what these unscrupulous folks are up to. Apparently, the copy and paste reviewers are also skilled, behind-the-scenes schmoozers.
Yep, report it to Tom. There's no way he can track all the member shenanigans.
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Reply on October 10, 2017 02:28 PM << Modifed October 11 at 7:23AM >>
I'd have no problem reporting this to Tom, its been a rule that cut and paste reviews shouldn't be done...and the only way to stop it, is to report it...those that make that choice know exactly what and why they are doing...its not fair!
Reply on October 10, 2017 05:37 PM << Modifed October 10 at 5:38PM >>
I reported it, and Tom said it's been attended to... whatever that means! (I hope it doesn't involve the loss of any limbs, it would be enough for me that the person is advised their conduct is not in the spirit of the game).
Reply on October 10, 2017 09:10 PM
It's happened to all of us, and not just once. Tom will take action, and I always report these people. I go to their portfolio, click on their comments, and look at their reviews. Usually, they have cruise down the front page and copy pasted the same review to everyone there. I include this information in my message to Tom. As he sees fit, he will suspend, or simply kick the person off the site.
Reply on October 11, 2017 01:29 AM
Of course, you'll not know what action has been taken, if any, as that is between the site and the author.
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Reply on October 11, 2017 07:35 AM
Actually in my experience, Tom doesn't make a habit of exposing his actions to the membership, where specific people are concerned...and I don't believe he should...this problem has been with us for a long time, and I know Tom has been notified...people are going to do these kind of things no matter what...whenever we, on an individual basis, see this happening the best thing to do is, not to read their work or reply to such reviews...then perhaps those writers will become aware that the reviews are unacceptable...
Just Some Thoughts!
Reply on October 11, 2017 07:29 PM
Unless Tom stops them, people who do this will continue to do it. Muting does not work.
They learn how to cruise the homepage, where they pick out the entries paying top dollar. I've watched them do it. They've got their hands in the pockets of the writers, and are not offering an honest critique.
Don't let them get away with it. Report them.
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