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Sep 16, 2009 5:59 PM
During the last month I've noticed a very disturbing trend with regards to reviews written by myself and others here on MAL. It seems that there's an individual, or a group of people, who are targetting those who regularly write reviews for some reason, chiefly by clicking the "not helpful" button on the reviews. In just the last 2 hours my latest review has garnered 17 not helpful votes, which by itself isn't anything to get upset about. No, the issue appears when you check over the reviews I've written during the last month, each of which have also garnered at least 14 not helpful votes during the same amount of time.

Coincidence? I think not. It seems to me that there are those out there who lack the courage to take a person on directly, so they resort to underhand measures in an effort to "bury" a person's review. Unfortunately for these mentally challenged people, I have a tendency to review things that have only a few reviews, if any, so it's a method that is ultimately doomed to failure. Also, I have no problem reposting my reviews, and I can keep reposting them just as quickly as you vote not helpful, so it's a waste of time on your part you worthless maggots.

At some point the lowlife God-errors who perpetrate this sort of behaviour will hopefully wise up to the fact that reviews aren't some kind of popularity contest, and some of us do it because we feel like it, not because we want to be "the best".

If not then I dearly hope that something medieval happens to you, preferably involving mice, barbed wire, anthills, and a very "large" man named Zed.
Posted by Archaeon | Sep 16, 2009 5:59 PM | 17 comments
Piegoose | Oct 1, 2014 8:04 PM
Some people did that to me after writing a review for FMA:B, giving it a 7/10. No comment of disapproval, just raiding all my reviews with non-helpfuls.
Count-Montivan | Sep 23, 2013 4:56 PM
Having a differing opinion is a capital offense on the internet, didn't you know that?

Animewolfguy | Apr 20, 2012 11:17 AM
Those people just can't take that your reviews are well written and they are not.
Archaeon | Jul 24, 2011 6:38 AM
@ arielifeoma

This blog's almost two years old. It served it's purpose as I wasn't the only one being hit by this issue, and someone had to speak out.

arielifeoma | Jun 26, 2011 6:05 PM
Ditto Illusean and Sleephead90. Different people mark not helpful for various reasons: they don't like the reviewer in general so they feel that nothing they write is helpful to them, they don't like the reviewer's writing style or pejorative tone, they felt unjustly labeled as a fan of the reviewer (one review I just read by someone else implied that those who liked the series, that featured heterosexual relationships, were in fact fans of boys love), they prefer a different format, etc. Someone could be targeting you, not because you regularly write reviews but because you regularly write reviews that they find unhelpful for whatever reason. Maybe they dislike the others for the same reason. I don't know if disliking all of your reviews makes them a "low-life God-error." I don't think I've ever clicked unhelpful on any of your reviews but this blog makes me sad.
Archaeon | May 25, 2010 4:01 PM
@ naninaninani

Interesting yet incoherent comments about a topic which is no longer relevant.

What's even more interesting is the fact you don't have the balls to use your real account to post your comment, and are instead using one for whatever your purposes are.

And if you really must know, what annoyed me wasn't the fact that they were rated unhelpful as that's part and parcel of writing reviews. If you think about it a bit before making random idiotic comments then you'd understand what really upset me, but I guess it's easier for people like you to stand behind the wall known as anonymity and hurl abuse at others than it is for you to look at things from another's perspective. That would require effort.

Good for you. I'm sure you'll grow up to be very successful and have lots of friends.
Cecille017 | May 25, 2010 11:16 AM
Dont start drumming up trouble where none exist.... cause that makes u pretty dumb... not all people in the world will agree with you.... ur making ur own enemy when there is none...And it looks like u really value even one vote for unhelpful... why? its not a popularity contest right?..... Ur trying to insult someone dat ur mind made.... i pity you.. u just used nice words to make it look beautiful but in fact the moment that u post this blog already makes u a hypocrite....
think what you want... o well i guess dats pretty long rant there.... delete this comment if u want... but dat will probably make you a LOSER.... ok den i hope i helped.... try to see a doctor okay??... u might be overthinking something....
Moonlight_lover | May 17, 2010 12:34 PM
exactly wut illusean said....
if u really dont care and if u really dont want to be popular why react?... its just a kid doing it or probably....
illusean | Apr 14, 2010 3:02 AM
"At some point the lowlife God-errors who perpetrate this sort of behaviour will hopefully wise up to the fact that reviews aren't some kind of popularity contest, and some of us do it because we feel like it, not because we want to be "the best". "

If you aren't aiming to be popular, then why care if people mark "not helpful" on your reviews? It can't possibly hurt you at all. I don't mean to sound rude, you just come off a little arrogant by even bringing this up. Especially since you posted a blog dedicated to the subject.

On top of this, you mentioned how they'd waste their time marking "not helpful" since you could just re-post your review. Well isn't that wasting your OWN time? It seems a bit contradictory, and it also makes it seem like you care too much. It's just a silly site with a huge amount of immature children/teens, not everybody is going to like what you have to say.

Meh, whatever. Nonetheless, I have always marked "helpful" on any review of yours that I have read.

AnnoKano | Feb 18, 2010 2:28 PM
Well, the main problem -aside from petty jealous morons who think it's easier to make other people worse than get better themselves- is that you don't have to give a reason why a review is not helpful, and you cannot comment on reviews.

As far as I know, there are no specific guidelines on what makes a review unhelpful. Generally I would makr a review as unhelpful if it said something was bad without stating the reason why, if it didn't make sense, had spoilers and so on.

But I wouldn't be surprised if people out there give poor rankings because they don't agree with your ranking (eg. if you say their favourite anime is bad) or vice versa.

You could add comments to reviews, but I don't know if that would make things better or worse. Perhaps you could have a list of options for choosing why it is unhelpful, at least then you might get an idea why your review was marked unhelpfully.

Sukran | Feb 17, 2010 12:01 PM
Archaon and Technominator, you are the only reason I made an account on MAL. Just because I couldn't read the second part (the button 'read more') of your reviews. I think that says enough about how good they are :) I'm new to anime and from time to time it's difficult to find something good to watch, but thanks to you two that's not a problem anymore.
Just ignore those jealous and pathetic rats and keep on writing.
tehnominator | Nov 15, 2009 3:09 PM
That's normal. I get 8 unhelpful votes regularly, and I mean it, like clockwork, and lately, since I've been pissing off lots of people here, I managed to clock in about 16 unhelpfuls off of single reviews for anime that hardly anybody even saw.

I don't know how to counter it, but I don't care about numbers so much as I care about ratios. If I even got 5/6 votes, I'd be happier than if I got 15/27.

Haters make it very hard to tell whether or not that people really do not find your review worthwhile or if it's just some people's pettiness. When I get feedback on a review, sometimes I wonder if I really am writing rubbish (I think my reviews are fine, which is why I post them. I wouldn't post if I thought I was speaking crap) or if it's just haters, and because of this, I really don't know if I try harder with my writing.

But I checked your reviews, and it seems that whoever they are has stopped. Let's hope I have the patience to wait out my own haters (unless my reviews really do suck, but it's hard to tell if that's the case :P).
Rokubungi | Nov 15, 2009 2:25 AM
They're just jealous of your awesome sentences and paragraphs.
Splendiferous | Nov 8, 2009 1:33 AM
Anything that goes beyond mere subjective reviewing without backup is worth a helpful t-up, that and anything that reveals something new and insightful that one can relate to once having seen the show.
Your reviews generally fit one or both of these criteria - thus helpful / if I have watched a show you have reviewed I will in all likelihood mark it helpful. Jolly good then.
Nammy | Oct 19, 2009 12:16 AM
I think there's a lot of people who click 'Not Helpful' for no reason in general =_= The same people who gives only 10s to things they like, and only 1s to things they don't, probably.
Kuromii | Sep 30, 2009 1:50 PM
That's really quite upsetting, because everyone's views count here and I personally think all well-written reviews are helpful, as they put across something that a simple synopsis can't achieve. It's such a shame that others have to beat down the reviewers :(
Dr_Jan_Itor_List | Sep 25, 2009 11:05 PM
Sickening, I hate cowardice.