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Mon, Oct 18, 2021 4:53 PM

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Since the time when IMDb revised the menu dropdown order on the user review page, no one is reading my reviews, which now number 196 and focus on classic films from WW2 through the end of the Viet Nam War era in the 1970's.  The feedback (helpful/not helpful) numbers of my reviews, both positive AND negative, continue to decline rather than increase. I understand from IMDb staff that the decline in numbers is from the elimination of duplicate votes and abuse by voters, which I heartily support, if effective. Since the menu format changed, I have received no INCREASED feedback, either positive or negative, of my reviews, probably because I am not rated as a "prolific reviewer". My years as an IMDb subscriber indicate that the best, most carefully written and researched user reviewers are not necessarily from "prolific reviewers". Some "prolific reviewers" are more interested in cranking out volumes of reviews without paying adequate attention to the content. JMO.  It's very difficult for newcomers to get noticed with the current menu format, and some of them deserve to be read. 

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My issue is reviews that are only a few sentences that are not not really reviews but just a brief summary crowding practically every major release ever made. That is an indication to me of a fake review. I am a profilic reviewer (just passed 9200) and I take my writing of reviews seriously. Unless a film genuinely disinterested me, I can't write anything under two medium sized paragraphs, abf and I am passionate about the quality. I don't care so much about the thumbs up or down (lots of idiotic jerks out there), but it's my TV and movie journal. A definite thumbs down for those two sentence wastes of space and to those who bash other reviewers for a differing opinion regardless if I agreed with their liking it or not. An amusing intro line always gets me to read further when I am scanning through something I'm watching. I've given thumbs up (or helpful... A stupid term) for reviews where that got my attention regardless of whether I agreed or not. A lot of the system is trite and juvenile, but that's the same on every social media site. 

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Thanks for your post and for sharing these concerns with us.

 

I can confirm that I have forwarded this feedback to our team.

 

Regards,

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As a follow up to my original comment, of 197 of my reviews, only one person responded in the past week (actually as "unhelpful"). This is highly unusual as I have received close to 700 feedbacks, either positive or negative. The average would be much greater than 1 per week, even when I had much fewer than 197 reviews. Also, on two reviews during the same week, total, cumulative feedback was actually reduced. How is this even possible? I notice total feedback of my reviews, mostly negative, have been reduced. I wonder why. 

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Mark, I agree with all that you said, and I very much appreciate your comment. As I mentioned to the other commenter above, I do read user reviews when I am interested in a film. I have only written 200 reviews of films that have inspired a written response from me, mostly good but also bad. I take time writing my reviews and perform at least some necessary research before I post them. This is a massive website, and I need to dismiss the garbage that exists within it. The worst reviews are by film students who are assigned to write a review on the website by their instructors when they have no emotional connection to the subject. I will look for your reviews in the future. I would like my reviews to be read and, unfortunately, with the new IMDb dropdown menu format, they are not being read as I am not a "prolific reviewer". Thank you for taking the time to respond. Frank Wiener