4/11/2020

Somebody Evidently Doesn't Like Me and/or My Writing....

Somebody Evidently Doesn't Like Me and/or My Writing....
Not sure just how appropriate this post is, but I'm a bit butt-hurt and I'm at a loss to understand why someone could be...well, mean for a better lack of a word.

I've made a lot of stuff I've put up for free, PWYW, or a low price on DriveThurRPG. I don't make much money on these endeavors, not enough to justify the time spent, but a lot of us don't do this for the money. It's a rare month when I get some feedback.....any feedback on that work. My products get maybe 4 or 5 ratings a year, and maybe half that in actual reviews....on a good year.

You might imagine my shock when I check me email and see that I got FOURTEEN (14!) two and three-star reviews, and one four-star, for a total of 15 reviews. It's obvious, because of the time-stamps, that this was one person going through and giving bad ratings. What really got me is that the 1st rating happened at 3 AM and then the rest were shotgunned through at 10 AM.

DTRPG Drive-By Rating Bombs


I get it if you don't like a product or three, but 15? Seriously? If you don't like the first few freebies (I didn't make a penny on any of the products rated in the last two days) then why would you go ahead and download another dozen or so? 

Rating-bombing does no good to anybody. If this hero had something to actually say they could have left a review. They could have sent an email, or a quick note.....

7 comments :

  1. I appreciate your efforts, and I should say that more often. Thank you for taking the time to point me in the direction of inexpensive and free things to use for my gaming hobby. I know it's easy to say but harder to do, but forget about that jerk.

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  2. Is there some recourse in a case like this with DriveThru? I mean, it's obvious what the person is doing and I don't think it's fair to you or a prospective customer looking for a fair assessment of a product.

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  3. That's rotten! Keep your chin up, and producing great products!! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  4. It might not be one person. The site and it's affiliates have gotten featured on some pretty large platforms recently to help people shut down by COVID-19. In addition, they're probly not rating you but the products you feature. After all, they don't actually know you and may not have paid any attention to anything you wrote.

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  5. That's really strange...

    If the person wanted to be mean, there are a dozen ways to poop on you via RPG reviews. Maybe the person thought they were helping? Who knows, lots of crazies out there.

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  6. You are appreciated. You have grateful fans of what you do.
    Don't let one idiot upset you

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  7. What a wanker! Is there a way of disputing an obvious act of cowardly smearing? Don't worry about it man, you've got plenty of friends out there.

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