ratings and… what the hell are you thinking?!

Dear Impatient Arse Reader

Maybe you missed the post that Mandi of Smexy Books did earlier in the week about the shenaniganing at goodreads?

No?

Well, perhaps you had difficulty understanding the shit load of comments which said unless you (a) were a beta reader, (b) had received an ARC or (c) were psychic there was no reason whatsoever for you to rate a book before it had even been released other than for the fact that you (d) were a complete twat?

Still not getting it??

Okay, I’ll try to be clearer…

When you rate a book before you’ve even read it, it makes you look like a total douche.

Capeesh?

Yeah.

Oh, and rating a book which isn’t even written yet, let alone scheduled for release??

You may think you’re waving around a 10 foot high Las Vegas styles sign shouting ‘LOOK AT ME BEING THE BIGGEST AND BEST SQUEEY FANGURL IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE’, but really it’s an arrow pointing directly to Teh Crazy.

On steroids.

Yours sincerely,

Kris of Kris ‘n’ Good Books.

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23 Responses to ratings and… what the hell are you thinking?!

  1. Chris says:

    So, so, so odd…

  2. Jenre says:

    Yet another example of how the reading world is full of nutters.

  3. Juni says:

    Definitely love your post on the comparison of cookies vs cupcakes, due out next Saturday. Profound.

  4. Mariana says:

    This always makes me giggle…

  5. Tam says:

    You are so wise.

  6. Tam says:

    I needed to post again just so I could say what the word very is:

    rudefine

    Works better with a some caps and punctuation.

    Rude! Fine. (followed by a huff and stalking away)

  7. Ingrid says:

    I just noticed yday?? that someone rated Without Fear, which has yet to be written 5 stars. I was flabbergasted.
    Btw I did not read or even sea that post yet

  8. Ingrid says:

    There is a simple solution to this. When adding a book, make the publishing date a compulsory field. Then block the stars till the publishing date is there.

  9. nichem says:

    Yeah, I don't get that either. Although I have found that when adding books on GR to my “to read” list from the ipad, it's easy to accidentally click the star rating by mistake. I realized after the fact I'd mistakenly done that the other day after someone left me a comment asking what I didn't like about a book I had listed as 1 star. I checked and was kinda horrified I'd done that (I fixed it of course).

    But I do get what you're saying about the folks that give 5 stars to books that aren't even out. Often they'll even have a comment under the stars saying “I can't wait to read this.” *rolls eyes*

  10. Eyre says:

    I understand why a rabid fan would go ahead and rate a book 5 stars when they're anticipating it. I think it's wrong and just plain nuts, but I can see it happening.

    Have you noticed that some of those folks who do that have only rated one or two books and have no friends. Mighty suspicious, I think.

    What I really don't get is the people who give one-star ratings to unpublished books. Why? Is it the genre they're attacking? Do they have some personal grudge against the author? Once again, the folks who do this often seem to have created the account just to rate that one book, and they don't have any friends.

  11. Kris says:

    Chris: Word.

    Jenre: Like we needed another.

    Juni: Thank you. I always knew you were psychic, btw.

    Mariana: It makes me roll me eyes and mutter dumbarses. I think that means I'm a bitch. πŸ˜›

    Tam: That I am. I'm also rude.

    Ingrid: Yeah, I saw it yesterday or the day before (??) and wondered what the hell drugs other people were taking because mine don;t appear to be that good.

    “There is a simple solution to this. When adding a book, make the publishing date a compulsory field. Then block the stars till the publishing date is there.”

    Great idea. Send it to goodreads and tell them to get their shit together.

    Richelle: “But I do get what you're saying about the folks that give 5 stars to books that aren't even out. Often they'll even have a comment under the stars saying “I can't wait to read this.” *rolls eyes*”

    Yeah, I've seen those comments too. Makes me want to respond by saying 'well, fucking read it and then rate it, dickhead'. It's the rude thing I have.

    Eyre: “I think it's wrong and just plain nuts, but I can see it happening.”

    I'm not surprised either, but it doesn't make it less mental.

    I reckon its pretty obvious that those peeps at goodreads who always rate a genre or an author lowly are haters. I think most others realise this too. At least, I'd hope they would.

  12. Lily says:

    I've never understood how someone can rate a book they've never read. Makes no sense to me at all…

  13. It is very weird. I don't get it.

    My w/v is totally appropriate: cheater

  14. K. Z. Snow says:

    A WIP? Srsly? What if it ends up sucking jock socks? Or is this type of person even capable of realizing when a book sucks jock socks?

    But oh, that's right. “Readers” are allowed to play with stars as much as they want.

    Goodreads. Sheesh. I think they and Amazon should start selling clown noses.

  15. Kris says:

    Lily: Nor me, and I make shit up all the time. :DDD

    Patti: “My w/v is totally appropriate: cheater.”

    It is indeed. LOL.

    KZ: “A WIP? Srsly? What if it ends up sucking jock socks?”

    I'm assuming that they're assuming that because it's an author they love they'll adore everything they right. Who knows. *shrugs*

    “”Readers” are allowed to play with stars as much as they want.”

    Yeah, and?? πŸ˜›

  16. orannia says:

    *shakes head* I saw a number of readers had given the latest JR Ward release five stars…and in the review commented they were looking forward to reading the book! Fail. Just…Fail!

    Definitely love your post on the comparison of cookies vs cupcakes, due out next Saturday.

    LOL! Would be a great post though… *grin*

  17. You know, I was wondering about this because I've just read a pre-release copy of a friend's novel (which I helped beta) and pondered rating it now. In the end I thought it would make more sense to do it nearer release time, though. It's not like anyone's going to believe I'm being objective anyway, but I will be upfront about my connection with the story. And I don't think I'll be giving it five stars either… 4.5 probably.

    *crosses fingers and hopes friend will still be speaking to me afterwards*

  18. Jackie says:

    orannia..i saw that that today on gr…the book you are talking about already has 500 ratings and it doesn't even come out til next week. Most comments do say, “I can't wait”

    I couldn't help but laugh. It just seems weird to rate it. Blog about it, speculate on websites if you want, just don't rate it.

  19. Kris says:

    Orannia: It was the response to the new BDB that set me off.

    I'll have a think about that post. πŸ˜‰

    Josephine: I think that was the right call to make. Besides, I'd hate to have to call you a dumbarse so soon into out relationship. πŸ˜›

    Jackie: “Blog about it, speculate on websites if you want, just don't rate it.”

    Yup. Add it to your goodreads self, wish list it, squee about it, but, for the love of all that's holy, do NOT rate it.

  20. Love the cat photos on your blog πŸ˜‰

  21. Kris says:

    Thanks, Jennifer. I seem to have a wee bit of an obsession with them. LOL.

  22. orannia says:

    It was the response to the new BDB that set me off.

    Ahh. Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

  23. Kris says:

    Indeed. πŸ™‚

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