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Subject: Review with Your Book Condition
Date Posted: 10/8/2013 2:45 PM ET
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I am pretty sure that I read somewhere on PBS that you are not suppose to write the condition of the book you have on your reviews and I have come across a few of those from one person lately, does anyone know how you handle this? 

Do I PM her and cut and paste the info for her or do I "report" her and let PBS handle it? I don't want her to get into trouble or feel bad but think she should be told that you don't do this. Thanks for your input.

Date Posted: 10/8/2013 5:45 PM ET
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If you want, you can just hit the thumbs down button as it being an unhelpful review.

Date Posted: 10/8/2013 5:53 PM ET
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Yes, I would give the reviews a thumbs down.

If you are seeing a lot of them, then I might send a note to PBS to let them know that someone does not understand how to use the site. Don't think of it as "getting them in trouble", think of it as saving some innocent members the aggravation of reporting RWAPS and then being told "you should have known about "xxx", I made a note on the book page about it".

I generally wouldn't send a note out of the blue to someone unless I knew them from a book transaction or the forums or a game or maybe a private answer to a forum question or something. But if you get a sense from whatever they are putting in the reviews that they are just confused, then it could be a nice thing to send them a note. Some people are appreciative of things like that, and some people respond badly, and if you don;t have a sense of which it might be, I would probably just let PBS handle it.

Date Posted: 10/8/2013 6:18 PM ET
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This is also an issue with the Tag function which is meant to be public, not for individual use. And a bunch of people have to report the misuse before PBS will do something about it.

Date Posted: 10/8/2013 8:01 PM ET
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Tags can be useful to the group (public) or useful to a member (personal) but shouldn't be inappropriate, as described here:

Book tags

For example, those of us who work on adding images to books often use a personal tag.  That way we can go back later to see if our images "took."  The tag wouldn't make sense to anyone else.  But adding a tag that says "5 pages missing" or "this is really a paperback" would be inappropriate.

 

Date Posted: 10/8/2013 9:47 PM ET
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Please give book condition reviews a thumbs down. You can PM them if you'd like, but the thumbs down should move it down the page below any good reviews. Sometimes I will go into a person's profile and look to see if they've written a lot of reviews this way and thumbs down all of their condition reviews.

 

This is also an issue with the Tag function which is meant to be public, not for individual use. And a bunch of people have to report the misuse before PBS will do something about it.

Please don't mark personal use Tags an inappropriate, only inappropriate Tags should be marked as such (as defined by the Help Center). Many people who use Tags use them for personal things like lists and tracking and that is perfectly acceptable. Inappropriate Tags are things like book condition.
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Date Posted: 10/9/2013 7:58 AM ET
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It is appropriate to give the review with book condition listed a "Thumbs down" review.  This is not a pan of the person, or getting anyone in trouble, just a way to flag the review as being unhelpful since only the reviewer can remove the inapplicable/inappropriate/rules-violating commentary.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/9/2013 10:57 AM ET
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I just give them the thumbs down.  I think it's also helpful to give some appropriate reviews on the page below the "bad" review thumbs up to put them higher. Although the other day the only review on a book I looked at said something like "excellent condition, brand new" or something like that. I gave it a thumbs down and it disappeared completely.  So maybe they changed how it works?

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Date Posted: 10/9/2013 1:33 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/9/2013 5:32 PM ET
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I think there was a thread somewhere on PBS where people listed books that had those types of reviews so more folks would go and give the review a thumbs down.