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1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
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"This restaurant is great! I was feeling really sick, but then I ate there and felt better!"


Up and down voting is out of fashion.
Always ignore the top and bottom ratings.
The charming and strange comments on a thing are always the most interesting.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
So are mediocre reviews from people in stasis?

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
by Flumble
No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
by Heimhenge
When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Wondering where in this set of reviews the Time Traveller's WIfe would be. Or more precisely her husband and her child.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
by Znirk
Sounds like a closed circuit: One-star reviewers are picking up empties from landfill, drinking the product, and selling the resulting full bottles to the shop, to be bought by the forwardly living.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
by Pfhorrest
So what is the phenomenon that can give rise to a positive and negative reviewer pair, or equivalently make a backward-in-time (bad) reviewer turn around temporally and become a forward-in-time (good) reviewer?

I guess we could empirically discover that phenomenon by seeing what happens when good and bad reviewers mutually annihilate, since the bad reviewer was all along actually just the good reviewer they would annihilate with time-reversed, and whatever the aftermath of their annihilation is, that's the phenomenon in question.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
by rhomboidal
If you travel far enough backward in time, there aren't any stars at all.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
by pogrmman
Heimhenge wrote:When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM.


I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of bad reviews that just say "shipping was terrible" and nothing else. I'm not there to see a review of the shipping -- I want a review of the product!

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
by Copper Bezel
Flumble wrote:No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

I'd generally agree, but the car is quite good.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
by pkcommando
Flumble wrote:No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

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Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
Znirk wrote:Sounds like a closed circuit: One-star reviewers are picking up empties from landfill, drinking the product, and selling the resulting full bottles to the shop, to be bought by the forwardly living.

There's only ever been the one bottle! Even in a warehouse full of loaded trailers containing crates of multipacks....

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
by dash
Ok that one was pretty clever.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:32 pm UTC
by cryptoengineer
This made a lot more sense after I read the names of the reviewers.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
by GlassHouses
Znirk wrote:Sounds like a closed circuit: One-star reviewers are picking up empties from landfill, drinking the product puking the product into the bottles, and selling the resulting full bottles to the shop, to be bought by the forwardly living.

This reminds me of a scene in a book, I think it was Slaughterhouse Five, where there is a wonderful description of devastated, burning cities, where the fire gets collected in metal cylinders, which are then picked up by airplanes, and the cylinders are delivered to factories, where their dangerous contents are carefully separated, and finally buried deep underground in remote places.

I'm not sure about the title of the book, but I'm positive it was by Vonnegut.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
by heuristically_alone
Nerds always suffer from dehydration.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
by da Doctah
pkcommando wrote:
Flumble wrote:No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

????
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Considering that's the cover of the follow-on series that starred Andy Dick, the original comment stands.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
by PinkShinyRose
pogrmman wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM.


I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of bad reviews that just say "shipping was terrible" and nothing else. I'm not there to see a review of the shipping -- I want a review of the product!

So you're fine with the product not arriving as long as it's good? It would be a pleasure to do business with you.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:21 am UTC
by Copper Bezel
Amazon's reviews are meant to be of the product, though, so that is frustrating. It could ship from all sorts of different suppliers and be on the same page, the review corresponds to the whole thing.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
by pogrmman
PinkShinyRose wrote:
pogrmman wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM.


I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of bad reviews that just say "shipping was terrible" and nothing else. I'm not there to see a review of the shipping -- I want a review of the product!

So you're fine with the product not arriving as long as it's good? It would be a pleasure to do business with you.


As above, this is when I'm reading reviews on Amazon that I'm annoyed by this. I order a lot of stuff from them, and know how the shipping will be. I try to pick products with prime shipping. I'm only happy with shipping reviews if it's not a prime item.

From other websites, I'm perfectly fine with shipping reviews (in fact, I want them).

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:20 am UTC
by gcgcgcgc
The red- or blue-shift of the stars in the review will tell you how fast the poster was moving towards or away from the site.

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:30 pm UTC
by Cygnwulf
Probably one of my favorite bad negative reviews ever.

To summarize: "I didn't know what this was, so I imagined something, and when it wasn't that I was upset and gave it 1 star."

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:26 pm UTC
by emok
We can easily solve the review-reversal ambiguity by specifying both when the service was delivered and when the review was written.
Please ensure you do/did so in any review you write/wrote!

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Posted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:09 am UTC
by xtifr
I had to post this one:

"Don't fret about your Amazon reviews. I just got a three-star review because my novel isn't a 36-count package of Jimmy Dean sausages."

(On the bright side, three stars isn't bad for something that isn't sausages. I guess. If sausages is what you wanted.)