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  1. Jo
    Jo September 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm | | Reply

    Wow! That comment thread is just appalling! I have joined various groups on GR, but time being what it is I’ve never actually participated in any of them. From the looks of that, it’s probably safer hanging around with Jerry Springer. Scary stuff.

  2. DED
    DED September 9, 2013 at 8:40 am | | Reply

    Wow, had no idea it was so ugly at GoodReads but as I live under a rock and only have four friends, that isn’t surprising. ;)

    Maybe now that Amazon owns GoodReads, there will be positive changes down the road. Amazon had a rampant sockpuppet problem of their own, but since they cracked down it doesn’t appear to be as bad as it was.

  3. DED
    DED September 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm | | Reply

    If Goodreads doesn’t take action, they’re violating their own rules. Here’s an excerpt from the FAQ for Goodreads Author Program:

    Someone is attacking me personally in a review or a comment. What should I do?
    It is Goodreads’ belief that honest reviews (positive or negative) are crucial for the site. We have never removed a review simply for its dislike of a book or low rating. That said, personal attacks on the author or unverifiable statements about the author will not be tolerated. Low star ratings or reviews such as “I didn’t like the stories, characters, etc.” are fine, but reviews that say, “I hate the author,” “Don’t read this book because the author is a jerk,” or “The author owes me money” are not. Flag the item or send us a link to it, and we will take appropriate action. To flag the item, click on the small gray “flag” link in the lower right-hand corner of the review or comment field (next to where it says “Like this review?”). This will bring up a pop-up box that will give you several options to describe why you are flagging the content. If you cannot flag an item for whatever reason, please send us a link to it with a description of why you feel it is inappropriate.

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