Is It Taboo to Be Truthful on SiteComments?

Last Update: November 06, 2018

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..

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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Daniel.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I wrote a review a couple of weeks ago and while researching I saw that someone from WA also had a review of the same program (no surprise because it's a MLM thing).

The difference between my review and the other guy's review was mines was a critical review and the other guy was promoting the program.

So I'm telling people not to join and the other guy is telling people he's involved and you should join.

I noticed that he was using SiteComments and most of the comments were positive. Nothing like I would say if I was commenting.

I asked for comments on the post I did for the same program and all the comments were the opposite view of those that were posted on the other review.

So what I noticed with most people asking for comments is that they want you to agree with them. I would have never commented on the other review because I know it would probably been disapproved.

I don't mind comments that share the opposite view from what I have. It gives me the opportunity to address issues that others might have.

But, you can't be mad at anyone for a disapproved comment because after all they're paying (with credits) for those comments. The only time I disapprove comments is where I find the comment to be really generic and I have doubt that the person even read the post. And it's hard for me to tell them I'm disapproving their comment.

Personally, I wouldn't make a big issue out of getting a disapproved comment. Just accept it and move on. You'll get your turn to disapprove a comment too and someone probably wouldn't like it.
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YanFellow Premium
Well put and well reasoned, Jay.

Regardless of your opinion on the rights and wrongs of the situation, just accept it and move on.
Ian
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Well, I tried to respond twice already but the first time, forgot to send it and lost it and the second time, did the same thing when it was time to go to the airport.

So, here we go again.

From what I see here, a lot of people are having similar issues with this, so I don't feel so exclusive.

Once again, what you say makes good sense and I do value your feedback. Like I said, some people are trigger-happy and getting all but the one approved was a feat. I am glad that most people on here do see the value of difference in views and see that as healthy for their websites, as long as the argument (and in my case, experience) is valid and on topic.

I guess this would have been a matter of time. I only started using the service in late August. I realize, now having had it happen, that it is going to happen.

You and others are so absolutely right. Opposing viewpoints do a lot - they provide content, resolution and discussion. It was the author's loss, not so much mine that she disapproved it.

I will be back. One of my sister's cats used my opened suitcase as a litterbox!! First casualty of this trip...

Okay - this is how I felt about it. It was, "Oh! it makes the product I'm promoting look bad and I will lose sales! Stop the presses!! Stop the presses!!"

Not angry about it, but it did disappoint me - and I see that this is a common issue. I'm moving on...

Thanks for the comment Jay.
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Happy2Learn Premium
All members who have been here a while feel your pain.
Some of my comments have been rejected for things like "i used their keywords" huh? & I didnt want anyone to talk about ingredient #2 that was used in my chemical product, only chemical #1...ok, so why dedicate half your post to chemical #2?
Uuuuggggghhhhh!!!!!#
See it happens to all of us.
The old system allowed for around 70% approval rating before you had issues. I am not sure about the new system.
If you want some advice Do Not bother pm'ing people prior to submitting comments. The new system will not tolerate the time lag required.
Just write it, post it and if you get rejected go and write x10 more to keep your approval ratings in the 90's. Cheers
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I didn't know this was based on a rating. I thought it was about a specific number allowed before being banned.
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PreshusLove Premium
I feel you on this. Although I love SiteComments and haven't found it to hard to maintain a high percentage, it's frustrating to get disapprovals at all when you work so hard to put substance into your comment.

Mine have never been disapproved for disagreeing with someone, but I have had rejections I didn't understand or that had no explanation at all. I personally think your honesty is just fine if that was your experience - but could it also have been the way it was written?

Some people are particular about how they want their website to read and to be team players here I guess we have to accept that, sigh. I think that's why they don't require 100% approval rating, to give us some room for particularities like that.

I like the idea of PMing someone when you get one that you want to edit or something, and I've promoted that idea before and do it myself at times.
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Thanks for commenting. You have a point. Sometimes I write quite straight way - in this case, about Audible. I wrote nothing in the comment that defamed the author. I do not believe in the ad hominem approach.

Wordpress provides the means to edit any comment that has been submitted and if the author didn't like the way I worded something, I have no qualms if it must be edited.

I see it as a power-play. Yes, the author obviously didn't like what I said and was trigger-happy. I thought of the PM idea right after I got over the initial shock of reading the reason. It's as if some people forget they are dealing with other human beings and not game pieces. Might be the wrong way to look at it but it's how I see it.

Can we please everyone? Nope.

Can we avoid something like this 100% of the time? Nope.

Can we minimise it? Yep.
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RENTON Premium
I feel you man! There's nothing like the slap n the face you get after taking the time to read someone's entire post, and then give a meaningful answer only to have it disapproved.

I was under the impression that a comment should be declined if it is off topic or spam. That's it! In fact, negative comments can give you the opportunity to start a conversation just as much if not more than positive comments!

That is like throwing away an engagement opportunity. Sorry for your trouble!
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That's what I had hoped, but given enough time doing this, it's bound to happen. Consciously, I feel it is my duty to provide value that is taller than the standard. I learnt that here. I had a gut feeling that this was going to happen because of the delay though I thought I'd have two disapprovals.

This is the same reason why I don't sell on eBay. Not so much a reflection on WA nor the community, which I think are outstanding, but that it's too easy for people to drop the axe without considering the unprecedented damage it can cause.

Anyway, tomorrow is another day and not a reason to throw towels, etc. It's one thing to be voicing opinions (and in my case here, an experience) without permission, but I had permission to do so by answering the person's call on SiteComments. Okay, I learnt a lesson from it.
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RENTON Premium
Yep! Don't let the bad apples ruin your day! Most of the people here are very grateful and friendly.
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Without any doubt. But I had to say something about it. and you are right. In spite of doing one's best doesn't always result approval - and I know this.

In 12 hours, I'm going to be on an aeroplane heading to cold climate from Florida and be there for a four-week visit with my sister. I will be up all night getting ready for this trip. This is just an episode. I'm not the first, nor the last to make a complaint like this. I never gave it a thought that it would be my turn one day...
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