Is It Taboo to Be Truthful on SiteComments?
Maybe it's just me and I got a bad rap from a trial membership of a popular company online. I'm sure this happens to others who have experienced sudden banishment from their accounts, which is what happened to me on the grounds that their algorithm detected suspcious activity from me from having played an audio book more than twice.
This concerned Audible.com. It happened several years ago, which came up in the argument for having had my comment disapproved. There is no way to contact the author. I guess the only chance one gets is to do so before submitting anything. Once it's disapproved, that shuts off. The website has no contact that I have found - maybe not looked hard enough. I put it here.
I made two phone calls to Audible for this and had my free audio book revoked. There were other things involved here and these folks were not going to move or consider restoring my account.
I wrote the comment the end of August. I did a massive amount of comments during that time. There were a couple that remained pending. Some 94 comments that I had written were all approved. For several days, these two remained in pending status. I had a feeling something wasn't going to turn out here. I warded off those feelings based on what I had gotten so far from this venue.
I just happened to discover today that one of the two remaining was a disapproval.
Okay, we are bound to get these once in a while, but the one thing that bothers me about this - and there was no attempt at any kind of discussion about the comment...
"Disapproval Reason: This is not really what I am looking for. It is too negative. This talks about a few years ago and a lot can change in that time. I have found a lot of positive reviews."
I am truthful about how I feel about a product, service, or whatever the content was about for which I wrote a comment. I felt I had something to say here, but nope...
Not what this person was looking for? So, SiteComments is all about positive experiences only, at least in the minds of some? I appreciate that, for a few I left unfavourable discourse, they have been approved and published with a reply on what I have said, even if this was a rebuttal. Some of these turned into a thread, which after the first round, is outside SiteComments, and have turned into learning experiences for both sides, not to mention the amount of content it provides. It disturbs me, not so much the black mark, but the reason, that is, disapproval of mine because the experience I had with the audiobook giant was censored in the way of disapproval..
What I said was controvertial but truthful. I was treated badly and was an unfortuntate affair. I got punished for suspicious activity and then tried to contest it. I had not downloaded the free audiobook because that's not how it worked. I also realized that any audiobooks purchased can only be accessed through an online library and not downloadable. Not sure if it's still this way but it was.
Again, I appreciate the open-mindedness of having a gripe about something published, even if it is not positive.
Maybe there really wasn't much of a need for a rant like this, but I found it a poor reason to diapprove the comment based on it being negative. Not everybody goes with the flow and I guess I must admit that this comes with a price.
I guess this means I need to be more careful about my opinions and interjecting my personal experiences on SiteComments in fear I will get too many disapprovals that if I understand it correctly, too many of these gets one banned from the SiteComments system, and there will be those who want no such challenges in their comments.
SiteComments is outstanding. Who would ever come up with such a system than none-other than Kyle & Carson?
The person was abashed that I would write something negative about something they are promoting. My resolve?
PM a copy of the pending comment to the author before subitting it. If the comment is not wanted, it doesn't get submitted. I pledge to be on topic with what the article is about and have real interest in it - and this means selection, even amongst my topical interests. This way, I am submitting comments that are not shallow and provide real value - even is some of them pose arguments rather than praise. Because I often see things quite differently than most people do, I feel I have to take extra efforts that most people would find unnecessary.
That's my lot and it always has been this way. I don't think I did anything amiss here, but maybe I did by way of disagreeing with something that nobody else does. I think this is a poor reason to have a comment disapproved and therefore my resolve going forward..