Am I the only pessimist to feel this way towards the new Booklikes feature? Who will be the first to attach a ‘big smile’ to a 1-star review? Including even a slightly negative emoji when adding a book to your shelves or a currently reading update will, at some point, earn a reader the ire of the book’s author and their fans.
According to their latest newsletter, Leafmarks has implemented useful features desired by Goodreads members at almost the same time Goodreads has added an unwanted and derided feature that
spams recommends books to you in the Updates feed on the home page, while many sought after ones – as well as a long list of bug fixes and defunct features – have seemingly been ignored in Amazon’s pursuit of profit.
Two power users, JennyJen (Twitter, Booklikes) and Marco Manganiello (Facebook), who had hundreds of followers and reviews, initially had their reviews deleted based on the images in their reviews, which were flagged by other users for supposedly contravening GR’s arbitrary policy against nudity and anything remotely risqué or controversial, like semi-naked men kissing. The horror! The horror!
Disclaimer: I witnessed the production of this book from the sidelines.
This is a small collection of essays and reviews, some of which were deleted by Goodreads, on GR’s censorship policy imposed on September 20th, 2013.
Yesterday Goodreads threw the first punch, simultaneously insulting their users’ intelligence. They announced BookLikes was responsible for reviews deleted that were not targeted as part of their new policy. And yet, in Kara’s following comments, she admits there is also a bug deleting reviews.
I spent months lurking on Goodreads before I eventually joined in 2009, but once I did, I was hooked. Money drained from my account and into Amazon’s as my reading appetites increased exponentially. Connecting with other “weird” people who loved books as much as I did helped me enormously, having never heard of the term ‘introvert’ before. I’d finally found my tribe, my people. People who rarely failed to bring a smile to my face and never looked down on me for being a geek. ‘Reading’ and ‘Goodreads’ quickly became synonymous with ‘freedom’, ‘escape’, and ‘relax’.
Paradise, thy name was Goodreads.
*****LAST UPDATED OCTOBER 4, 2013*****
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Created by Cassi aka Snow White
See the announcement with multiple updates.
Thousands of comments and questions have mostly gone unanswered, leaving users confused, angry and frustrated, partly because this policy appears to have been inconsistently applied. Ironically, this change in policy was implemented just a couple of days before Banned Books Week.