Below is the second post we published on July 4, 2012. With this one we wanted to show our readers how the bullies game the system with their reviews, voting up reviews or deleting and re-adding them to assure they are on the top page. The example of Lucy’s review of Beautiful Disaster illustrated this rather nicely.
GR Name: Lucy
Real Name: Lucy N. Davis
Category: Instigator, Minion
Toxicity Level: DEFCON 3, Medium Alert, Moderately Toxic
Lucy is what what we here at Stgrb call a DEFCON 3 bully, an instigator and a minion. At times, she attacks in order to provoke a potential victim into a fight (much like Shannon, The Holy Terror.) This, in fact, was the reason she was blocked by Goodreads author, Lauren DeStefano – for harassment. However, most of the time, Lucy misses the initial contact:
But she jumps into the fight once she hears about it, in order to help her fellow bullies participate in tearing apart their victim. In other words, she follows the pack. This is minion behaviour.
Above is a screencap of her profile pictures, which include her cartoon ego and several photos of her dog. Yes, yes, nice puppy, very cute. On an interesting note, it is usually the DEFCON 3 bullies who, out of cowardice, will not reveal actual pictures of themselves.
Alright, well, you’re probably wondering why we have chosen a DEFCON 3 GR bully for our second post, and that would certainly be a legitimate concern. We’ve chosen Lucy to illustrate further how the GR bullies operate on a regular basis. They do in fact operate under the impression, or I should say the delusion that their reviews are more important than other readers’ reviews and thus should always be on top. Our sources have provided us with a perfect example of this: Lucy’s review of Jamie Mcguire’s Beautiful Disaster, which by the way is a book that made the NYT list.
But I am getting off topic. Here is a screen cap of the beginning of the review, just in case it disappears or is changed.
Notice the bold, all-caps writing that says:
“DELETED AND READDED BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD IT BURIED.”
When her review was buried, she became very unhappy, as most of them do whenever their reviews are flagged for content, and tried to re-add it, getting all of her friends to comment and like it, so that it would reach the top again (read comments on the review for more details.) Of course, when she did this, it didn’t help. The review was still buried, so she contacted the Goodreads moderators to have to it placed back to the top:
So, are you starting to see this unhealthy obsession with being above everyone else? One commenter on our blog said that the bullies’ behaviour stems from the need to feel important and gain power over others. This review is a perfect example of that.
Below is a clipping from her review commenters who just could not understand why the review was buried in the first place.
They assume that it was the author acting out against the reviewer for a bad review and getting her fans to help. Gosh, I don’t know, it couldn’t have anything to do with language like this, could it?
In the comment thread below the review, Lucy is flabbergasted that her review was targeted and wonders why anyone would single her out. Gee, could it be her insulting behaviour toward others?
Her insults to Jamie Mcguire:
Her insult to Rebecca Hamilton:
This is why we chose Lucy, a DEFCON 3 bully, to profile on our blog today. To show all of our readers the lengths these bullies will go to to place themselves above everyone else. This is just another example of their bullying behaviour.