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Subject: Book reviews--easy way to see if yours are useful?
Date Posted: 1/20/2009 1:11 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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Is there a way to see how many people have marked your reviews as useful/non-useful?

I had expected to find this on my reviews list page, but it's not there.  All I've come up with is to sign out and go to each page and look.   That's a lot of work, especially since I can't access the list of books I've reviewed at that point!

I'm just curious.  I realized I've done a variety of lengths, details, etc on books, and was just wondering if people found them useful or not and what type was better.  I don't see a simple way to find out, though.

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 2:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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That use to be shown, but some people were marking all the reviews thumbs-down on people they clashed with in the forums so they got rid of it.

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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I found this:

To see your own reviews:

  • Click the Reviews link on your PBS Profile to see your list of reviews
  • You can also see how other members have rated your reviews
    • If members have rated a review, the notation (example) "3 members found this review helpful."  will appear on the right side of the review.  That means that 3 members clicked thumbs-up on that review.
    • If enough members click thumbs-down on a review, it will be hidden from view and only clicking See All Reviews will reveal it.

You cannot rate reviews you have written yourself.

So click on your "my account" page first.  Then underneath the  yellow horizontal bar, click on the "public profile" button.  On the right side of the page, in the box with the yellow outline, click on the number underneath "Book Reviews."


If someone doesn't have a profile, they may not be able to do that.  And I'm not sure what you would see if you don't have your book reviews set as public in your privacy controls.  But it works for me.

Last Edited on: 1/20/09 2:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 1/20/2009 2:45 PM ET
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Great!   I didn't think to go via my profile, instead of from within my account.

Works for me. :)

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/8/2007
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wow, you've written a lot of reviews! :)

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 5:35 PM ET
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When I joined bookcrossing years ago I wrote journal entries for those books.  I discovered this helped me remember the book & the content much better than I ever had before.  (This shouldn't have been surprising, I learn by writing notes, but it had never occurred to me before).

I started keeping my own journal of books I read but were not registered at bookcrossing, and have continued this.

So, as long as I'm typing it up for that, I figure I may as well copy it over here. :)