Over the past six months, this forum has gone from bad to worse. First it was the spammers who keep filling the forum with advertisements for sporting games. Then the spammers switched to television programs and it seemed like it would never stop. It was so bad that you would sometimes come to the forum and have difficulty finding even one genuine post. Instead of responding to this in an intelligent matter, Amazon KDP freaked out and gave us Moderation Hell. Now, it's almost impossible to post a timely response. You submit and get a message that the post must be approved by a moderator before it can be posted.
A lot of the regulars who offered so much help to newbies over the years have all but disappeared because of the frustration of dealing with this forum. Last year I left this forum because of the constant fighting. I returned when it appeared that Amazon had made an effort to control that. The new problem is almost as bad. Not knowing if your post will show up in a timely manner is almost as frustrating as the problems of the past.
So I'm leaving again and won't return until someone at Amazon KDP learns of the awful situation here and takes steps to correct it. I'm far from the first to leave, and if it never gets fixed, I certainly won't be the last.
Good luck newbies. If you can't get answers here, send your questions to the KDP contact address at the bottom of every page. Your response won't be as timely as it would have been here, but that seems to be the way that Amazon wants it.
Yep, the people that have been here, experienced changes, improvements?, and have offered an abundance of great advice will dwindle and the result ultimately leads to a reduction in quality.
Well, why is a forum of this type so valuable then? Amazon provides free instructions on building an ebook and publishing it so who the heck cares whether you or other experienced authors, formatting guru's and the like take a hike down the road. Go ahead, leave....I could care less - Good Riddance!
OOP's, I just uploaded my ebook after following ALL the instructions in the book(s) that AMAZON provided for free and it really looks terrible on the previewer, etc. I know I didn't do a cotton-pickin thing wrong, checked off each step, rechecked my original and I can't ascertain why it's so screwed up.
Hey, they've provided a forum tho to ask questions. I see the "Community" heading every-time I visit my Bookshelf.
I know what I'll do, I'll just enter that forum and ask an expert if they can assist me with the issue I'm having......Mike, you're so smart, what a great idea - get your answer, fix it and everything will be all OK very shortly.
Lets see, I need the Formatting area since that's my main issue right now.
I enter the Formatting forum and all I see are questions - and ZERO answers. Oh how lovely, now what do I do?
scribblr, don't let an entity like Amazon cause newbies, and others, to lose 5 years of experience, opinions and comment 'cause that's just the thing Amazon, and the forums, need right now more than ever.
Thank you mike.
Maybe this forum could be better, but hey, it's still better than nothing.
Amazon won't care if you leave, but we will.
I don't think anyone should run away emo just because it isn't perfect around here.
Isnt that like throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
Let's try to be positive and make the most of what we've got.
I agree with the other post, hate to see you go since I have been in the receiving end of very helpful information from you in the past. But like you mentioned, lately I have not seen in here some of the people that actually know what they are talking about.
+1. I've given up, also. The forum issues are one thing; the puerile behavior of some posters is the other. I've more than met my obligations to Amazon, in my opinion, so...I'm outta here.
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