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Things to Do If You're Being Bullied on GR

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message 1: by Lisah (last edited Aug 27, 2013 07:38AM) (new)

Lisah (PTBibliophile) | 7 comments Mod
The #1 thing to do if you're being bullied or harassed on GR... TAKE SCREENSHOTS! After all if you don't have the proof, you don't have a case.

2. Get familiar with the Terms of Use agreement.

3. There's no such thing as the "Goodreads Reader Users Bill of Rights," I got confirmation directly from GR.

4. Flag or report inappropriate comments, posts, shelves, lists etc. to GR. Despite what some believe, these things are not okay.

5. If you have a screen shot to show GR, you can use the contact feature.

6. Don't retaliate by making inappropriate comments back to them, because they could use it against you. Remain as polite as possible, refrain from cursing and threats.

It's really simple...treat others they way you would want to be treated.

If you have anything else to add, please post them. The more we know, the more powerful we are against bullies.

message 2: by Tom (new)

Tom Lucas (readtomlucas) Thank you for creating this group. I recently blogged about a cheater (I did not name her) in my Goodreads giveaway who used multiple profiles to enter the contest. She also gave the book low ratings from two accounts when she didn't win.

I was mainly upset about the cheating, to be honest. The ratings, eh. Over the past couple weeks that post has been getting a lot of traffic and I am seeing some negative activity on my book's page.

A Goodreads librarian actually shelved it under: “bba, whiny-uploader, godawful-cover, never-buy-author, not-even-if-I-was-tortured, not-even-if-last-book-on-planet”. LOL.

This does not compare to the level of bullying on this site that I have been reading about, but I am expecting it to get worse. I'm happy to see that there is a place where these issues can be discussed.

Thanks for being here.

message 3: by Lisah (last edited Aug 27, 2013 12:24PM) (new)

Lisah (PTBibliophile) | 7 comments Mod
You're welcome. I thought we needed it.

I just don't understand the need for shelves like that. I mean the ones that got a lot of attention where absolutely horrific, wishing sodomy, rape, and death on people. I mean, can't you just label it as "didn't like" or "not interested." To me, in a way, shelves like that are a form of bullying. It's just like name calling or writing something a picture and posting it the hallway for everyone to see. I understand the awful shelves created might be a way for the user to retaliate against bullying authors, but two wrongs won't make it right. I know, I know - cliché. A slightly different cliché, but it still holds true!

message 4: by Tom (new)

Tom Lucas (readtomlucas) The insulting shelf names are definitely bullying. They know that it shows up in the book's newsfeed.

Bullying from either side is distasteful and unacceptable. I recently found a group on GR called "Authors Behaving Badly". I can only wonder what is going on in that group. I'm pretty sure that I am making the rounds with them. It's just sad.

I won't spam this thread but if anyone is interested in reading the article that I posted that is bringing the bullies to my door...just Google "Why Goodreads Sucks" and "Tom Lucas".

I am posting a follow-up in a few days mainly because several victims of GR bullying have contacted me to thank me for speaking out on the subject.

message 5: by Jan (new)

Jan I agree about the nastiness of the shelves that seem to pop up all the time. There seems to be a group of people who say that if the review is about the book not the author than anything is allowed. But, the nastiness of some of these shelves are a childish attack not a commentary on the book.

That being said, I just wanted to say that I skip over these reviews. I never give credence to any review that has shelves with insults built in. I think that a lot of the readers on here have caught on to this, so while it may be upsetting to have these "reviews" listed, I just wanted to say that it probably doesn't affect sales as much as you might think. I don't know if that helps or not.

message 6: by Tom (new)

Tom Lucas (readtomlucas) Hi Reader,



message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

GoodReads SAYS one thing in their “Rules”.
Then they refuse to act to enforce those rules.

message 8: by K (new)

K I feel like I am being bullied by being EXCLUDED in a group. I try to join in a conversation and everyone just glosses right over me. I wouldn't think it was happening if it didn't happen all the time. What can I do about this?

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