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Old 02-23-01, 03:43 AM
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Okay here's the deal. I must've written about 15 reviews at amazon.com, around 8-9 being 2-star reviews or less. All of my 4-5 star reviews have been posted, yet only one of my 1-2 star reviews is up. And all of my low-star reviews were written quite a while ago. So, I just have to wonder, do they only put up some reviews based on the score? I know it's just just luck whether or not it gets put up....look at which ones of mine have put up. And I know it's not the quality of the reviews. ALL of my low-star reviews were very well written and whatnot, yet here is one of my 5-star reviews I submitted just to see what would happen, and they used it:
Great story, great animation, great everything. Sell your cat, sell your sister, sell your mom, sell your house...sell your SOUL! Do WHATEVER YOU CAN to buy this masterful piece of art. THE BEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND!!!!!!!!!! BEEFCAKE!!!!
It really pisses me off that amazon.com would do that. You spend all that time writing the reviews, and to top it off you really have to wonder what scores some other items would have if all their reviews had been put up.
Old 02-23-01, 04:57 AM
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Well, if it's really random, I think that might be your answer.

It does sound fishy though.

Moving to the Online Store forum.
Old 02-23-01, 06:53 AM
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Well, I've never had a review not be posted, even when I was writing a review of a PDA case and said that it was the worst case ever created. Maybe it's just bad luck or something?
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yeah it does seem to me that they tend to be more liberal with the positive reviews than the negative ones. I mean look at this review for this self help book.... its five stars but obviously meant as a joke.


Reviewer: Henry Raddick (see more about me) from London, England
This fantastic book tells it how it is. So many times when I was reading this I just thought to myself "That is just so much like my wife." Through reading this, my wife realised that she had been wrong to refuse the implants (if she gets a decent rack then I wouldn't have a problem with pay-per-view hardcore porn) and had been unreasonably hectoring about my drinking. Sometimes when a relationship goes wrong it is the case that only one of the parties is at fault and through this book my wife began to face up to that responsibility.


you can see it for real at....

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...909013-6661307
Old 02-23-01, 11:10 AM
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Here's my Amazon.com sob story. I've only written one review for them (an audio CD, not a DVD - sorry!); it was indeed a 5-star review and got posted on their site within a couple days. HOWEVER, they censored me!

Below is the full text of my review of the death metal CD "Pierced From Within" by the band Suffocation, AS IT APPEARS on Amazon:
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I imagine there are a lot of people out there who are intrigued by all the glowing reviews that Suffocation gets on ..., but are hesitant to buy their CD's. After all, they play a genre of metal that seems to have been labeled "brutal death," so the casual music fan probably fears that something so extreme-sounding will only be accessible to the most hardened metalhead.

Well, I'm here to tell you that ANYONE who's willing to listen to this CD with an open mind will be able to appreciate its brilliance. Until very recently Pantera was the heaviest, most non-mainstream act I listened to, Tool was my favorite band, and I'd barely heard any death metal at all...then I decided to try Suffocation, and was immediately hooked.

So, what makes this album so great? I'll start with Doug Bohn's drumming. While many mainstream rock bands use the same slow, simplistic bass/snare beat throughout an entire song, Suffocation was the first band I heard that really demonstrated that drums could be more than a glorified metronome. Doug plays quite fast and does an awesome job keeping things fresh, never allowing his playing to stagnate or become predictable. His beats are so complex, his fills so fast and clean, and his double-bass drum control so tight that I often can't believe what I'm hearing - it just doesn't sound humanly possible to have that kind of coordination. Probably the best drummer I've ever heard besides, well...the other drummers who've played in Suffocation (Mike Smith, Dave Culross).

Then there's the guitar work of Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs. If you're tired of the so-called "nu-metal" sound and its talentless guitarists who substitute lame sound effects for true solos (....., for example), you'll really like what you hear on this album. As the previous reviewer ..... mentioned, the riffing is incredibly heavy, but always remains fast and well-played. And the solos are right up there with what you'd hear from old Metallica. In fact, I think Suffocation's lead guitar work is even better than Metallica's because both Hobbs and Cerrito can solo, and they occasionally alternate back-and-forth with their leads, Slayer-style. The title track has an especially amazing example of this.

As for the vocals, Frank uses the low "death growl" which is fairly common in this style of music. Fortunately, he's one of the few death metal vocalists who make it sound GOOD. Many death vocalists try way too hard to make their voices go lower than they're capable of; these "singers" end up being COMPLETELY unintelligible, and come across as more silly than "brutal." Frank's vocals are just right: they're growly and menacing, yet intelligible, and they fit the music perfectly. Even the lyrics are more intelligent than you'd expect. Although they mostly cover familiar themes like violence and death, the lyrics manage to be eloquent and rather poetic (!) at times, and are nowhere near as disgusting as those of Cannibal Corpse.

In short, this band does everything right, and this album is perfect. There are still some other CD's that I enjoy listening to ALMOST as much, but in terms of musicianship, and how tight they are as a band, Suffocation blows away anything else I've ever heard.
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I only MEANT to use ellipses (that's what those "..." things are called, right?) TWICE: once in the second, and once in the third paragraph. The set in the first paragraph was put there by amazon.com to censor my original words, which were, believe it or not, "amazon.com"

The first set in the fourth paragraph was put there by Amazon to censor "Korn" and the second set in that paragraph replaces "dmshredder" (the name of a previous reviewer who I'm AGREEING with).

Now, when you decide to write a review they tell you not to include names of websites, which I assumed was to prevent people from saying "Buy this at [insert site name here] because they have it cheaper than amazon." Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that amazon.com would censor ITS OWN NAME! They also tell you not to criticize other reviewers by name, but I was just SUPPORTING what "dmshredder" said. I've actually seen Amazon reviews where people say, "Don't listen to that idiot [insert reviewer's name here]" and it goes through uncensored.

The one that really bothers me, though, is their refusal to let me talk about Korn. The practice of praising a good band by contrasting them with a bad band is very common on Amazon. Why was I not allowed to do it? Maybe this goes back to their preference for positive comments about their merchandise?

Anyway the whole episode has left me really disillusioned with Amazon. I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to writing a second review for them, because I'm scared they'll butcher it like they did my first.

Grr.

Here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...235350-4570141
Old 02-23-01, 11:27 AM
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Nah. Most of my reviews are 2 stars (just picky, I guess), and they all get posted. It usually takes 2-3 days, but they show up.

FYI, I believe that you can e-mail them and ask why your review(s) didn't show up.
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Amazon has posted every one of my reviews, and I usually only review things I think suck. There's an "About you" page you can go to on Amazon and see all of the reviews you've written. You might want to go there and look for the missing ones if you haven't already.
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Originally posted by fourwalker
yeah it does seem to me that they tend to be more liberal with the positive reviews than the negative ones. I mean look at this review for this self help book.... its five stars but obviously meant as a joke.


Reviewer: Henry Raddick (see more about me) from London, England
This fantastic book tells it how it is. So many times when I was reading this I just thought to myself "That is just so much like my wife." Through reading this, my wife realised that she had been wrong to refuse the implants (if she gets a decent rack then I wouldn't have a problem with pay-per-view hardcore porn) and had been unreasonably hectoring about my drinking. Sometimes when a relationship goes wrong it is the case that only one of the parties is at fault and through this book my wife began to face up to that responsibility.


you can see it for real at....

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...909013-6661307
Check out his About you page:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...955109-9306155

All of his reviews are like that. Pretty dang funny!
Old 02-23-01, 05:33 PM
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They better be. There are only so many...

"7H1S M0V13 SUX!!!!! W007. G0 R3N7 ready 2 rumble instead."

...I can take.
Old 02-26-01, 12:10 AM
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Originally posted by MrBEAViS
They better be. There are only so many...

"7H1S M0V13 SUX!!!!! W007. G0 R3N7 ready 2 rumble instead."

...I can take.
But that's not my point....it doesn't matter how good the review is, if I write a bad review they don't post it. But they'll post any of my good reviews.
Old 02-26-01, 01:40 AM
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Id does make sence though... To at least give priority
to the higher rated reviews. They are, after all, trying
to sell these dvd's to people.


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