It looks as if author C.J. Anderson fell into the same snake pit as Carroll Bryant when he requested a review from a reader. When the deal went south, Xox, the reviewer wrote up a nasty review (without having read the book of course) bashing the author (the review below is not the original review but instead was edited after the feedback thread started):
Now, does this review violate GR’s TOS? Remember what Patrick said about reviewing the book, not the author? (screenshot from Ridley Gets Schooled, post to come)
Why, yes, it does violate GR TOS. Imagine that!
C.J. flagged the review and tried to contact the GR moderators. When there was no response, he started this feedback thread called Harassment:
These are just a few shots we took. You’ll notice some names (i.e. BBG) as you read through the comments:
But guess what! Less than five hours later, the thread was shut down:
And GR claims that they don’t censor. Right. Notice how quickly the GR moderators (Kara in this instance) shut down C.J.’s thread because she doesn’t want people to target a misbehaving reviewer? Do you think they have ever done or would ever do that for an author who was being targeted and attacked? Uh… no. Now do you see what we mean by GR protecting the bullies?
They do this all the time.
In the end, what C.J. did was actually smart and if a reviewer is truly misbehaving, starting an harassment thread to get GR’s attention is probably a good idea. But authors, just keep in mind that if you do this, you will attract the unwanted attention of the bullies and as we all know, if they come at you, GR won’t help you. For some bizarre reason unknown to the world, they’ll jump in immediately and protect a misbehaving reviewer, but under no circumstance will they interfere with a bully attack on a targeted author.
Answer: No. Nothing.
It boggles the mind.