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message 1: by Donna (last edited Nov 16, 2013 07:55AM) (new)

Donna (donnapep) When I filtered by one-star ratings on this page, I saw two different people who had each given three different editions of this same book a one-star rating. I wasn't able to reproduce this myself, as the only option I saw was "Switch to this edition", but this seems to be an abuse of the system. If this doesn't go against Goodreads Policies & Procedures, then I think it should be added, especially given the fact that some of the books that were given one-star ratings are on the never or will-never-ever-read-this-author shelves. If they've never read it, they definitely shouldn't be allowed to rate or review it.

I understand this would be difficult to enforce, but I would think that it should be possible to at least limit rating a book to a single edition in order to prevent abusers such as this from intentionally dragging down (or beefing up) the overall rating of a book. I've suggested as much over in the Feedback group, but I think it might still be wise to do something about the multiple reviews on this particular book.

Thanks for the consideration.


message 2: by Moloch (new)

Moloch | 2799 comments Donna wrote: "it should be possible to at least limit rating a book to a single edition in order to prevent abusers such as this from intentionally dragging down (or beefing up) the overall rating of a book."

This isn't likely to happen though, if only because rating multiple editions is, at the moment, the only way to record that you have re-read a book

Also, it's entirely possible that I have different editions of the same book and want to rate them differently: for example a classic with 2 different translators, and I want to rate each one separately.


message 3: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 2 comments You can update the number of times you've read a book by editing your review of the book, in case anyone is wondering.

Translated editions do seem like a good reason to allow reviews on separate editions of the same book. Abridged versions may also be a good reason.

I wonder if there is any reason someone should be allowed to review a book that's not on their read shelf. Maybe because someone could add to their read shelf, write a review, and then remove from their read shelf. We wouldn't want someone's review to get deleted just because there was a shelf change. Would it make sense to force a book to appear on someone's read shelf as long as they have a review of that book?


message 4: by Scott (new)

Scott | 18401 comments There are a few books I have re-read, and I like seeing the different editions (completely different covers) show on my shelves. There is even one I have rated two different ways, because the first time I read it when I was a kid and I felt very differently about it as an adult.


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