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robethpublishin...

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Spoilers – Possible solution?
Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:25 AM
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A discussion on another thread made me think about spoilers contained in reviews, and how best to handle them.

The bottom line, Amazon is a business. If we approach them with ideas, there is only one thing they will care about – their bottom line.

Spoilers in reviews – when not announced up front – can piss off readers (potential customers). Yet, removing those spoilers is not cost effective for Amazon. They probably figure it would cost them more to monitor reviews for hidden spoilers, as opposed to simply living with them – much to the annoyance of the authors and some readers.

One possible suggestion is for Amazon’s tech department to come up something similar to their “Was this review helpful to you?” feature.

With this proposed option, if you read a review, and it clearly contains a spoiler, you can click a “contains spoiler” link. When clicked, a notice is displayed at the beginning of the review stating it contains a spoiler.

Just a thought.

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Re: Spoilers – Possible solution?
Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:32 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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sounds good!
tracihilton

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Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:35 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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I love that idea! And you know amazon's offices are swarming with genius-geeks who would love to do some coding. : )

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Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:37 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Interestingly my next angle of attack was asking Amazon if they could add a note to highlight the review as containing spoilers. Amazon's suggestion at present is add a comment - duh - they've read the review by then!!

I like this idea, although it is open to abuse, if you don't want someone to read the bad review hit the contains spoilers! But Im sure there's something there to work with.
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Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:43 AM   in response to: muzski in response to: muzski
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if you don't want someone to read the bad review hit the contains spoilers!

There are ways to deal with that. For example, a vote feature that displays with the warning label -

For example: SPOILER INCLUDED: 5 Readers Agree

All this will really help is the reader looking for a good book, yet doesn't want the twist and turns revealed up front. He can avoid the possible spoilers, and have a better reading experience.

Bobbi
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Re: Spoilers – Possible solution?
Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:49 PM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Oh don't get me started on this topic...I HATE spoilers. I almost didn't read Hocking's third book because someone basically gave away who the main character ends up with.

I think a spoiler review should be completely blank until someone clicks that link. I scan and usually am spoiled before I read the "Contains Spoiler" subject line.

Please, if there is a review god, please don't let anyone spoil Death Knell...
lins777

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Re: Spoilers – Possible solution?
Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:54 PM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Great idea, Bobbie. A 'spoiler' is a real killer of sales, far worse, I think than a stinky 1*.
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