Before we get to our first carpet bomber, we wanted to share this with you. Our blog readers have been contacting Amazon about what is currently happening on GR and Amazon is responding:
For all those who are worried about the carpet bombs on your books, you will be happy to know that Amazon is investigating as Anony-mad says here:
Another fact we want to share with you is that the GR bullies are well aware that what they’re doing is called vandalism. They’re deliberately corrupting the GR database, as Karma Bites (aka ETA:soon) says here:
This is why we started our Carpet Bombers Series. As we said in that post:
Why are we starting the Carpet Bombers Series? Because we want to show our readers the evidence we’ve found that proves that there is a substantial amount of invalid data (i.e. fake reviews/ratings) within the GR database, a database that Otis Chandler built in order to sell and make money. The GR team is currently advertising this database as a legitimate “critical mass of book reviews” through their API without putting a disclaimer on the API that states exactly what Otis says here.
Otis Chandler knows very well that there is invalid data in the GR database and yet allows this data to pass through the API to MILLIONS OF USERS ACROSS THE WORLD, thus deceiving the public who will believe that these ratings/reviews were done in good faith. This is DECEPTION and is a violation of the FTC’s rules and regulations. Otis states that he doesn’t know how to prevent fake data in the database, but we all know there is one very easy solution. DELETE THESE USERS! Goodreads needs to start deleting the users who are leaving these obviously false ratings/reviews.
Now, our first carpet bomber is one of the nastier bullies who is also a member of Jane Litte’s Dear Author crowd. In archived posts (that we haven’t yet reposted from our old site), we showed our readers how Linda HIlton paraded around Amazon under the sock-puppet named Tansy Gold, and with the DA trolls, terrorized authors she accused of writing 5-star reviews on their books. At the same time, she was also writing 5-star reviews on her own books (under Tansy Gold), which we screen-grabbed and sent to Amazon in a report. Afterward, those reviews were immediately removed. Linda doesn’t just attack authors, either. You can read about her harassing another GR reviewer in Linda Hilton Harasses Reviewer.
If you take a look on Linda’s GR profile, you will see that she associates with the some of the worst of the worst of the GR trolls:
And if you take a look at Linda’s bookshelves, you will see OVER 500 CARPET BOMBS she made in FOUR DAYS! We took screenshots of all of them when we screen-grabbed her shelves from the 24th to the 27th of September. Of the screenshots we took, there were simply too many to post, so we will only include the following (the rest are in our archives):