Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Goodreads have been ever so naughty!

I was going to write a post called 'Whisperers are Liars'. This would refer to a hate blog by my stalker troll. Remember her? She is an indie author who hates indie authors, and uses her blog to mock and lie and generally be as nasty as she can. She thinks she is hip, and funny, and uses gifs like a twelve year old. In actual fact, she is around the same age as me, and she is a mother. Since she got kicked off Goodreads, her mental state has gotten worse, and her blog has become so... scattered and incomprehensible. She must have noticed the drop in 'hits' on her blog. That is because, my little stalker troll, the authors you target have stopped going to your blog to see if you have mentioned them in a nasty way this week. Haha. That woman is only a danger to herself and her children these days. Therefore, I changed my mind with regards to writing about inconsequential people out to hurt others.

I decided to write my blog post about the biggest news to hit the internet over the weekend. The massive fraud by Goodreads, the website that encourages readers and authors to meet. The bullies would have you believe that Goodreads is for readers only, but guess what? It isn't. Take a look at this direct quote, given by Otis Chandler, the owner of Goodreads (before Amazon bought Goodreads) in this video:

 “We’re in the media business today. We’re in the business of helping authors and publishers market their books to readers. And that’s where we make our money. We sell book launch packages to authors and publishers and really help accelerate, build that early buzz that a book needs to succeed when it launches and accelerate that growth through ads on the site.”
- Otis Chandler, founder of Goodreads

So, there you have it. The bullies are wrong. No surprise there of course. But let's get to the nitty gritty of what this post is about.

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about Goodreads. Specifically, their troll problem. These trolls go around Goodreads in packs and attack authors by giving their books nasty shelf names, extremely scathing reviews that don't mention the book that the trolls gleefully admit to not having read anyway, and giving books one star.

I guess for the trolls, this is fun and exciting in their otherwise boring lives. But for the author, it can be so devastating and nasty, that they stop writing. These bullies don't just stop on Goodreads. They have blogs where they mock, lie outrageously and trash the authors, for no other reason than the author came into their sights for some perceived slight. This slight can be something simple, as in my case, where I was targeted due to being a friend of an author on their shit-list. Other authors are targeted for mentioning the bully problem on their blog, like this author, Nathan Bransford. They didn't just attack him on his blog. They all went to Goodreads and trashed his books, then followed him to twitter and harrassed him there as well. In effect, what they did was deny the bully problem existed whilst totally proving his point. 

Here are a couple of examples of what just three of them did to my books, for no other reason than I knew an author they hated:

It doesn't much matter why they do this. The fact that they do it is bad enough. The questions I wanted answers to were: 

Why do goodreads allow it? 
Why do Goodreads refuse to do anything about it?
Why do Goodreads lock authors out of their Goodreads accounts if they complain?
Why are those author accounts left live, to be battered all over again, and the author not being able to defend themselves against the onslaught?
Why are there so many 'unclaimed' author accounts?

That led me to thinking about all the author accounts that don't have authors to manage the accounts in their names. All those author accounts that go 'unclaimed'. Why would Goodreads have all these accounts and refuse to delete them once they have kicked off the author?

None of this made sense, so I began looking into it more closely and mentioning it in one of the groups I am in on Facebook. Then all of a sudden, I was catapulted into a small secret group on Facebook, and I found out the answer. 

M.T Dismuke, a fellow author, had figured it out. Along with a couple of other members (not sure if these two women wish to be named at this time) we began to fact check and investigate his claims in earnest. What we found was mind-blowing in its simplicity, and massive in its implications. M.T's claims totally explained all my questions in full.

The website named STGRB (Stop The Goodreads Bullies) reported our findings here:

and it makes for damned good reading.

I urge you to read about this massive fraud, and help us to report it to the FTC, so that Goodreads can be officially investigated and criminal charges brought. Hopefully, the disgusting troll problem they have can then finally be brought to an end, and authors will be able to have opinions and a voice once more, without the fear of a pack attack on their books.

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