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Your review of Tom Strong, Book 1From: Goodreads To: mizzahh@*****.com Sent: Monday, July 8, 2013 7:58 PM Subject: Re: [#85956] Flagged Review
Your review of Tom Strong, Book 1 was recently flagged by several Goodreads members. It appears that this section of your review could be read as racially offensive:
He's got a pretty black wife and a pretty half-breed daughter
We strive to maintain a safe and comfortable environment at Goodreads, and we try to stay away from using potentially hurtful terms. Given this, would you mind rephrasing this part of your review or removing it entirely? If this hasn't been replaced in three business days, we will unfortunately have to remove the review.
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Re: [#85956] Flagged Review From: mizzahh@*****.com To: Goodreads
has a Goodreads employee examined my review, or is this an automated message ? Do what you want, it's your site, but it'd be to everyone's advantage to have a human review complaints before deleting user reviews
From: Goodreads To: mizzahh@*****.*** Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:36 PM Subject: Re: [#85956] Flagged Review
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Re: [#85956] Flagged Review From: Booboo To: Goodreads
I don't have questions. You have been clear, and as I acknowledged before, it's your site, not mine, you do as you please. But since I am talking to a human, you might as well know that what you're asking me to do is change th way I write because someone else didn't like it. What kind of person would submit to such pressure from a web site and "several" sensitive flaggers? That's right, a coward. Think on it: what if th same standards were applied to books on Amazon or books in th library -- as a company that celebrates writing in all of its manifestations -- bad writing, good writing, great writing, uplifting writing, miserable writing, evil writing, confusing writing, divine writing -- you can see th irony in deleting writing that doesn't mimic a political orthodoxy or whose humor might be impenetrable.
It's not that I don't like your site. But if it's true that you prefer to cultivate users of a certain political stripe and exclude th ideological riff-raff, it'd probably be more efficient to delete ALL my reviews. "He's got a pretty black wife and a pretty half-breed daughter" is in th bottom-third percentile of most offensive things I've ever written.
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Re: [#85956] Flagged Review From: Booboo To: Goodreads
hello Goodreads, well I'm not deleting it and don't plan on altering my style or word choice in any future communications, so this heroic deletion of thoughtcrime's on you
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