Review of the wrong book


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Review of the wrong book

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jan 24, 2013, 12:06 pm

I came across a case of this today ( ), and despite a search I couldn't find any previous discussion of it in this group.

Is a review that is clearly a review, and clearly not a review of the work it's actually on, flaggable? (It shouldn't be necessary to point this out, but yes, I checked for combination issues.) To me it seems obviously flaggable, but I know that some people here have very different standards than I do for blue flags, and in fact the review in question currently has both a blue flag and a thumbs-up, suggesting that someone vehemently disagrees (and either doesn't know about green flags or disagrees so strongly that they'll thumb up an irrelevant review just to get a dig in at the blue flagger.) Am I so off base in thinking "Not a review" should reasonably imply "Not a review of this book"?

jan 24, 2013, 12:22 pm

I wonder if this was an error of some sort on the part of the reviewer, and if a polite comment would help.

As to your initial question, I would like to see a "not a review of this book" flag, or a clear statement from Tim that "not a review" includes "not a review of this book.

jan 24, 2013, 12:43 pm

Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to flag reviews anyway. There may be other discussion elsewhere, but I do know the bug report thread is The apparent loss of this feature (or at very least, the lack of response), of course, makes reviews even more useless, in my opinion. When trying to sort reviews on a work by votes, since flagging is gone, the spam and "not a review" reviews can't be sorted to the bottom of the heap.

jan 24, 2013, 1:05 pm

3> Well, yes, I know it doesn't work now (and geez, apparently I need to point out EVERYTHING that I know in every thread now!) but I think that's a bug, not a permanent state of affairs, such that sorting out what should and should not be flagged is still important. I also know that blue flags are for non-reviews, red flags for TOS violations or plagiarism, and that "No" is a review. Anything else blindingly obvious I need to make sure to mention I know lest everyone rush to tell me about it?

2> I've never once had a good response from any sort of profile comment along those lines, so I've stopped bothering.

jan 24, 2013, 2:33 pm

I flagged a review like that a short while ago. For someone who wants to read a review of the book, the fact that it is a review of something does not make it more useful.

jan 24, 2013, 3:07 pm


It seems obvious to me too, but the literal-minded sorts who have defended "9.95" as a review on the grounds that it could be a rating rather than a price will probably claim that this is a review and therefore I'm a horrible person for flagging it - I just want to get a feeling for how widespread that viewpoint is before I flag it.

jan 24, 2013, 4:42 pm

It's a very weird entry, as it says it is a manual entry, but tags and review are for a very different work.

Redigerat: jul 26, 2015, 10:49 am

(Why isn't this group listed in Community projects?)

I flagged this review as "not a review" but what's really the case is that it seems to be referring to some other book by Philip Wylie (who did write dystopian novels):

Generation of vipers, however, isn't a dystopian novel or fiction at all. Is it wrong to blue-flag in such cases? Is there somewhere an "not applicable to this book" flagging option I missed?

Thanks for help.

jul 26, 2015, 11:05 am

> 8

Is it wrong to blue-flag in such cases?

Technically, it is a review, though!

Is there somewhere an "not applicable to this book" flagging option I missed?

No, there's not.