Ummm...Amazon? When we report a public Facebook post gaming your reviews, we don't mean we want you to get the post removed. We want the gaming (voting) removed or frozen.

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:


Okay, that was purely snarky.  And, as always, we never know what Amazon really has or hasn't done.  Or when bad publicity, without any Amazon or publisher contact, causes the author or other commercial interest to remove the post.  Or even if calming down caused author to remove the post.  


Or if removed because the review manipulation succeeded and hoping to hide the evidence before Amazon could finish/start investigating.


But, while post in question has been removed, the Amazon review display with the sudden influx of hundreds of votes --  to manipulate reviews to what author wants -- is still exactly displayed as how author got it manipulated via the previously posted campaign.


Post, while now removed, is still in Google cache at clearly showing author wanted fans to ensure another positive review was upvoted to get a negative review buried.


I'm unhappy author has not posted anything about the removal.  Not that I necessarily wanted to hear any justification, backpedalling or even apologizing -- but, it's shady to remove it without saying anything to those who manipulated reviews for you or to those who objected to the manipulating.  Seriously, everyone, not liking a book is not some crime or a personal attack on the author-- it is, however, a crime in the U.S. for a commercial interest to suppress consumer speech.


Maybe I shouldn't have sent their new publisher a link to the post (Amazon in my experience doesn't respond/investigate as quickly as the post was removed.)


Maybe author wouldn't have been so upset with the negative review if it wasn't such a good, well thought out, well written one that tried to explain "why," even included some positives about the book, and had stayed so popular with readers (via helpful votes) that it stayed on the first page of reviews until her campaign destroyed its prominence.  Golly gee whiz, how dare any of us think well of the reviews that do more than attack or praise a book -- surely that justifies gaming the system *gag*...


[Yeah, not mentioning book or author because not wanting to improve their search results; in this case, doesn't really matter due to their popularity and already high position -- but, not adding to it.]



Screenshot in case removed from cache as well as Facebook: author Kim Harrison manipulating Amazon reviews to bury  negative rating