Review: Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt by Anonymous

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Date read: November 6 to December 4, 2013
Read count: 1

A free copy available for download can be found here. However, you’re more than welcomed to support this book by buying it at Lulu.

I’d like to thank the people who were involved in putting this document together. It was an enlightening read. I learned quite a few new things that went on and still goes on behind the scenes at Goodreads. I can’t say I’m surprised by any of it, since I’ve come to expect these kind of things from GR.

Better reviews can be found on G.R. Reader’s book page… unless the reviews are hidden, of course. Which, considering the subject matter of this book, they probably are. Along with deleting reviews, did you know that GR hides certain reviews as well? Apparently, this has been happening for some time now. It was news to me though. A lot of things that happened to “negative” or “off-topic” reviews were news to me. I thought I had been following this fallout closely, but apparently, there were many incidents that I’d miss in the midst of all the chaos.

Personally I’ve always found critical or “off-topic” reviews to be as useful as, if not more than, positive or raving reviews. Whenever I come across a book that interests me, I always check out the top reviews and especially the raving ones and the highly critical ones. I’m one of those people who need to know almost everything related to the book, which includes author, authorial intent, inspiration, “provenance,” etc., before I decide whether or not to read the book because, to me, context matters as much as, if not more than, subtext.

By hiding the reviews I find most useful, GR is no longer a reliable book database and community. It hasn’t been for some time. This is not news to anyone who is not longer at GR, obviously, since you’re no longer at GR. I just wanted to added this one little thing about hidden reviews for people who didn’t already know about it.

This will be the last time I mention GR here. Hopefully the last time.

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