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LilyBLily

Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2020, 12:45:54 PM »
A review finally showed up on my new book, so maybe it's just, I don't know...the change of the seasons?

I wrote a review fairly recently and it was up almost within the hour. God only knows what's up with Amazon from day to day or minute to minute.

I wouldn't have gotten so involved about my own reviews on that other thread if a couple of people hadn't emailed me expressing their frustration.
 

notthatamanda

Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #51 on: October 02, 2020, 08:16:10 PM »
And like a switch being flicked, they stop.

No new ratings for 2 days now.

Got up to 102, and then suddenly, nothing.

Granted, the book has settled out a lot now, but it looks like whatever was going on, ended, and reviews/ratings went back to the way they were before.

 :icon_think:  :shrug
102 is great so congratulations!
 

Hopscotch

Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #52 on: October 03, 2020, 05:53:10 AM »
No new ratings for 2 days now.  Got up to 102, and then suddenly, nothing.  :icon_think:  :shrug
102 is great so congratulations!

Greedy, greedy, greedy.  No, I'm not jealous. :icon_redface:
 

LilyBLily

Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #53 on: October 03, 2020, 11:51:19 AM »
Posted another review on Amazon this afternoon and it went up within the hour. 
 

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Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2020, 11:56:01 AM »
Greedy, greedy, greedy.  No, I'm not jealous. :icon_redface:

No, just confused.

Run away ratings, and then like a switch turned off, none.

Very very confusing.
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Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #55 on: October 08, 2020, 02:27:37 AM »
Greedy, greedy, greedy.  No, I'm not jealous. :icon_redface:

No, just confused.

Run away ratings, and then like a switch turned off, none.

Very very confusing.

Not really. Amazon runs its storefront with cron jobs. Some have a higher priority than others. Depending on the volume of items in a cron job, it could take Amazon longer than normal to update new files, reviews, and ratings.

When a lot of stuff is happening on the backend, there seems to be anomalies like a surge of ratings and reviews appearing on the front end. The distribution of when those ratings and reviews were made is likely to be completely normal, but due to other things, their appearance on the storefront looks odd.
 

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Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #56 on: October 08, 2020, 02:38:40 AM »
Not really. Amazon runs its storefront with cron jobs. Some have a higher priority than others. Depending on the volume of items in a cron job, it could take Amazon longer than normal to update new files, reviews, and ratings.

When a lot of stuff is happening on the backend, there seems to be anomalies like a surge of ratings and reviews appearing on the front end. The distribution of when those ratings and reviews were made is likely to be completely normal, but due to other things, their appearance on the storefront looks odd.

The sheer number involved is the major variable. So I don't think that's it.

This 1 book got twice the normal number of reviews/ratings inside 2 weeks, as my books normally get in 2 months. It has significantly more than book 1, which has been out most of the year.

There is nothing normal about this.
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Re: What just changed on Amazon about Reviews and Ratings?
« Reply #57 on: October 08, 2020, 03:37:02 AM »
Not really. Amazon runs its storefront with cron jobs. Some have a higher priority than others. Depending on the volume of items in a cron job, it could take Amazon longer than normal to update new files, reviews, and ratings.

When a lot of stuff is happening on the backend, there seems to be anomalies like a surge of ratings and reviews appearing on the front end. The distribution of when those ratings and reviews were made is likely to be completely normal, but due to other things, their appearance on the storefront looks odd.

The sheer number involved is the major variable. So I don't think that's it.

This 1 book got twice the normal number of reviews/ratings inside 2 weeks, as my books normally get in 2 months. It has significantly more than book 1, which has been out most of the year.

There is nothing normal about this.

Except you're discounting Amazon's change from reviews to ratings and the subsequent reminders at the end of every book to leave a rating.

There are a lot of variables involved and dollars to donuts it's usually a combination of variables converging at the right time.