Undoing Blue Flags?

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Undoing Blue Flags?

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1aulsmith
sep 22, 2011, 11:36 am

You used to be able to get rid of a blue flag by rewriting the review. This no longer seems to work. While I suspect my review was flagged only because it was short and negative, when I reread it, I could see it didn't actually mention the work being reviewed, so I rewrote it. The blue flag remained after a week or so. Then I deleted it, saved it with no review and then rewrote it again. It's still blue flagged.

Do I just have to wait for someone to come along and clink the "injustice" flag or is there a better way to give my review a new lease on life?

2lilithcat
sep 22, 2011, 11:46 am

Which review is it?

3rsterling
sep 22, 2011, 12:02 pm

Unfortunately, they don't go away automatically. I think you have to post in this group to say that you've rewritten it, and ask people to counter-flag it.

4aulsmith
sep 23, 2011, 11:02 am

3: Unless you folks went looking for it, it did fix automatically. I just didn't wait long enough. So maybe deleting and then entering a revised version works.

2: It was one of the ones on Flowers for Algernon but I don't know how to make an individual review come up.

Thanks for the help.

5rsterling
sep 23, 2011, 11:21 am

I did go looking for it yesterday, and I counter-flagged it.

6aulsmith
sep 23, 2011, 7:16 pm

5: Thanks very much. I appreciate it.

Is there a way to post a link to the particular review if this happens again?

7theapparatus
sep 23, 2011, 9:09 pm

Look for the side wise silver figure eight. You can either click on that to get your review to load in it's own page (and copy and paste the url from your browser) or just do a right click -> copy link location if you;re comfortable with doing that.

Hope this helps,
-drmike

8aulsmith
sep 24, 2011, 5:50 am

7: Got it. Thanks!

(Now I'll have to figure out what all those other doodads at the bottom do ...)

9theapparatus
sep 24, 2011, 11:23 am

Not a problem. Glad to help.

The fist with a thumb up is if you like a review. Sort of a thanks button if you're familiar with those.

The flag link is for either a red flag if it's spam like promoting a diet fad drug or something not related to the book in question. A blue flag is for a review that's not a review. Like in case someone puts in dewey numbers.

Having said that though, pretty much anything is allowed in the review field. You can link to your website although it's in good taste to link directly to a review on your website instead of just the front page. We have a video store currently linking to their inventory. A couple of libraries also point to their online card catalog. etc. It's a very big gray area.

Hope this helps,
-drmike

10lorax
sep 26, 2011, 10:39 am

The fist with a thumb up is if you like a review. Sort of a thanks button if you're familiar with those.

I've never heard of a thanks button, but I think the thumbs-up is a bit stronger than what that implies to me; more like a "This was a really good/useful/entertaining/informative/helpful/well-written/etc (pick whichever apply) review" statement than the basic social courtesy that a "Thanks" would suggest.

And just to illustrate that people have different views of what the thumbs-up is for -- none of which is right or wrong, just different -- I only use it for truly outstanding reviews, not just ones that are okay. Others use it for anything that's vaguely coherent. This divergence in views is actually probably a good thing, since it helps to sort the completely incoherent from the readable-but-unexceptional as well as the exceptional from the unexceptional.

11theapparatus
sep 26, 2011, 2:01 pm

Lorax, the thanks button is common with some forum software to help keep down the number of "Thanks!" posts. Some forum admins see posts like that as just a waste and a quick way to run up post counts.