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Thanks for the excellent link. The data collection sure goes further than even many knowledgable people would suspect.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Ever had your reviews spiked by a moderator?
« Last post by benali72 on March 28, 2018, 09:12:39 pm »
I have had reviews removed from Amazon, Ebay and Glassdoor.

I bet this would really surprise millions of people who innocently believe the reviews on these sites are objective or fair.  Obviously they aren't, if the companies spike very many of them.

Just like millions of people are only now waking up to the unfairness or potential abuses of FB. Good morning, people!
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There have been other things on Amazon. I no longer leave reviews for anyone. I dont care and its a waste of time.

The open question being begged is, why create unpaid content that benefits very rich companies?

Some people love the attention and at a less pathological level it can feel empowering to make your voice heard. I know a guy, a former software consulting who is an absolute douchebag, who has some huge following on Yelp. Yelp has a created path for Yelpers to achieve fame as "food critics" through recognition at events.

When the site starts spiking your reviews it's really time to check out and stop helping the assholes.

I agree - why provide free content for their web site. What do I get in return? Especially for rich mega companies. This has been my view about Facebook for a long time - YOU are the content. Why should I BE YOUR PRODUCT. F*CK YOU.

Its just like self checkout in the store - I said this to the manager one day after I had a problem:

I am doing you a favor by self checking myself out should I get a discount because I am doing the work of the cashier. Since I am ringing myself up and bagging the item I should get 5% off the total price? What do you think?

The manager stood there dumb founded like a deer in the headlights.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Ever had your reviews spiked by a moderator?
« Last post by The Gorn on March 28, 2018, 11:58:49 am »
There have been other things on Amazon. I no longer leave reviews for anyone. I dont care and its a waste of time.

The open question being begged is, why create unpaid content that benefits very rich companies?

Some people love the attention and at a less pathological level it can feel empowering to make your voice heard. I know a guy, a former software consulting who is an absolute douchebag, who has some huge following on Yelp. Yelp has a created path for Yelpers to achieve fame as "food critics" through recognition at events.

When the site starts spiking your reviews it's really time to check out and stop helping the assholes.
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I have had reviews removed from Amazon, Ebay and Glassdoor.

Amazon about a year ago removed any books questioning the narrative of the Holocaust. I didnt post anything positive about the book I read. All I said was that the narrative they tell us does not make sense when faced with facts. Some things were obviously IMPOSSIBLE.

They also removed a review about the rationale for the Iraq war. Ie. Where are weapons of mass destruction? We destroyed a whole country for exactly what reason?

There have been other things on Amazon. I no longer leave reviews for anyone. I dont care and its a waste of time.

And, yes Glassdoor edits reviews of employers BECAUSE they receive $$ from them in the form of advertising and job ad placement. There is nothing impartial about them. I posted some negative reviews of some places I worked and everything I posted was true. They deleted my post and told me that I needed to take the high road with my experiences, "to more positive". I guess being abused and treated like shit is supposed to be ok in corporate America. You arent supposed to complain, suck it up snowflake.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Ever had your reviews spiked by a moderator?
« Last post by The Gorn on March 28, 2018, 06:40:56 am »
A few times when I've posted extremely emotionally reactionary reviews I've had them moderated away. Generally, no.

Yelp is one site that (so far) where I have had all of my reviews see the light of day, but Yelp has an extemely poor reputation for spiking reviews because of their computer algorithm, which they also don't explain. Moderated reviews go into the category "[blank] other reviews that are not currently recommended" and a visitor has to click through (it used to be you had to answer a captcha to see them!!!)

It's Kafkaesque because they don't tell you why your review was hidden and it's a shadow ban (the slimiest of all types) because they don't even tell you that you've been banned. Of course, social sites like Yelp have big spam problems so they don't tell you why, because that arms the spammers with info they don't want them to have.

If I ever have more than 1 review not be publicly visible at Yelp, I'll nuke every one of my reviews there as payback.

(note: I used my moderator discretion to move this to a public section where it should go. There is absolutely nothing personally identifiable in this posting.)
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All Technology & Tech Help / Ever had your reviews spiked by a moderator?
« Last post by benali72 on March 27, 2018, 08:41:35 pm »
Ever had your reviews spiked by a moderator?

My sister had a negative comment about a product removed by an Amazon moderator. She said it was accurate information presented in a polite way, but they spiked it anyway. This kind of surprised me because you certainly see some con's presented in the reviews. But I guess sometimes sales must take priority.

Once I entered a good technical comment at Quora based on my own experience they spiked. I would guess it's because I haven't filled in personal information about myself into my profile. I thought the quality of the comment spoke for itself. I haven't commented at Quora since.

I had a friend whose negative product comment Walmart deleted. She said it didn't bother her because perhaps she should have phrased it better.

Your experiences?



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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Basic online security measures
« Last post by benali72 on March 27, 2018, 07:22:18 pm »
Thanks for the clever idea.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« Last post by benali72 on March 27, 2018, 07:21:31 pm »
I've replaced linux Chromium with Slimjet. It's basically the same thing with privacy enhancements.  It retains the fast speedy Chrome/Chromium architecture.

Download from Slimjet.com or Sourceforge.net.
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