Tuesday, May 6, 2014
OneBookShelf Purging Some "Self" Reviews (Publishers, Don't Rate Your Own Works)
A publisher friend of mine got an email from OneBookShelf informing them that OBS was removing one or more reviews that they had made at OBS / DTRPG / RPGNow.
Criteria for removal? They had either highly reviewed one of their own products, or gave someone else a poor review.
The letter itself was a a form letter, written in general with no specifics as to his / her actual offense.
Apparently, nearly 100 publishers were "caught" in this audit, but at this time, all they are doing is removing reviews that violated a previously unwritten policy. I mean, in retrospect, this is a no-brainer - I surprised it hasn't come up previously.
Now, I know of a product that released yesterday, got a 5 star review, and the first name and first initial of the last name of the reviewer match that of the publisher. I suspect that went up after the audit.
OBS reviews have been controversial at times, as it is an open secret that "featured reviewers" aren't supposed to make negative reviews on the OBS sites.
Kinda makes those OBS reviews a bit less valuable if you ask me.