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Thu, Aug 9, 2018 1:16 AM

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fake ratings: technical suggestion

On Imdb, there's a hiuge problem with fake ratings and fake reviews. Many of the 'outstanding!' and 'WOW!' reviews seem to be part of the merchandise strategies, rendering the ratings of honest users useless.

My suggestion focusses reviews only:
8/10 or 9/10 or 10/10 reviews can not be done when the user didn't publish at least 2 ohter reviews. 
A 'report' button in the 'was this review helpful?' row would round things up: when a user presses this button, a script checks the reviewer to decide if the review will be deleted:
- did he make all the 3 reviews in a short period of time (i.e. 1-3 days)?
- is the 'helpful' rating for this review above 50:50?
- are there more users who pressed the 'report' button on that very posting?
- other methods possible

Just first raw ideas, you get the point. I'm very annoyed by fake reports, the latest series i watched ('cloak & dagger') was outstandingly awful, reflected by many, many reviews. if you look at the 9/10 and 10/10 reviews it's kinda obvious they're fake. There MUST be a way to stop this as the whole imdb system relies on that.

Thanks,
Gekko

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6.7K Messages

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161.6K Points

2 years ago

Use of the adjective "fake" could use some clarification or context.

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161.6K Points

2 years ago

In general, it would seem that a fake review has one or more of the following qualities:
  • Written before the movie has even premiered.
  • Posted via a sockpuppet account.
  • Fraudulently presents itself as originating from particular source.
  • Presents like assembly line fluff.

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4.1K Messages

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140.6K Points

2 years ago

Thank you for sharing your concern, all we can say about voting is covered in the FAQ at https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/track-movies-tv/faq-for-imdb-ratings/G67Y87TFYYP6TWAV

In addition for reviews, we provide several sorting and filtering options so customers can find the reviews which are most relevant to their own needs. In this case it sounds like you would be best using the "Prolific Reviewer" sort, as in https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4912910/reviews?sort=reviewVolume&dir=desc&ratingFilter=0

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202 Points

Thank you for these links. Unfortunately there's nothing in there that solves my concerns. Please take a look at my example above. Thank you!

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76K Points

2 years ago

Also an outstandly bad suggestion because in reality and in practice, if the reviewer has many sock puppet accounts, he would use them to remove your honest opposing review. Believe me because I had trouble with a known troll who had many sock puppet accounts on the message boards (his posts were identical and his reviews often used the words “Rocked the House”).

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I know this is no perfect solution or anything elaborated. It was just important to me to hand out some approach on how to adress this issue without imdb.com having to manually administer reports by deploying human resources. I know it should be deepened to get an effective and convertible solution.