Hateful Comments

@hcromer (2711)
United States
January 22, 2007 7:37pm CST
I like writing at Associated Content a lot because I don't get nearly as much negative feedback and rude comments as I got on Epinions.com, but today I got my first really hateful comment. This person left me a comment on my review that I did for free on Cliff Notes, they said that I was not qualified to write a review about Cliff Notes... So, what qualifies you to review Cliff Notes in your opinion? Do you need to have just used the Cliff Notes to be able to review them (which I have)? Do you need to be successful in the class that you are using Cliff Notes in to be qualified to review them?
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7 responses
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
23 Jan 07
If anyone thinks that they are going to get professional reviews, etc off of Associated Content, they are nuts. You are qualified to write a review as a user, which I assume you did, and which I think are the most useful to another young user. I never read my comments. No one with anything nice to say ever leaves a comment (well almost ever, at least). Happy writing!
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@hcromer (2711)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Thank you! Sometimes I leave semi-important questions so maybe you should check out your comments ;)
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• United States
23 Jan 07
I've never used Associated Content, but I would say that if I was reading a review on Cliff Notes, I would much rather read one written by someone who had read both the Cliff Notes and the actual book. I would also prefer to hear from someone who did well in the class. Here's my reasoning: If I'm thinking of using Cliff Notes, what I want to know before I do that is how does it compare to the real thing. If the reviewer hasn't read both, then they don't know. Also, if the person didn't do well in the class, then I have no way of knowing whether that was because the Cliff Notes were poor or whether the subject is difficult for that student or whether they partied too much or what. If the reviewer has read both, and did well it class, they probably know exactly how good the Cliff Notes are.
@hcromer (2711)
• United States
23 Jan 07
It was a review on a Calculus version of Cliff Notes so there was no original book for me to read other than the textbook (and I did read that).
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Ohhh! I didn't even know they did Cliff Notes for Calculus!
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@misskatonic (3726)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Wow, that's pretty crappy of them. I don't think you need that much qualification to review Cliff Notes. You seem articulate and intelligent, and that seems pretty qualified to me. I can't believe someone left you a negative review on AC! I'm sorry about that. :/
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@hcromer (2711)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Thank you :) I couldn't believe it either. I deleted their comment, but they could have picked a better day to leave me a mean comment.
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
7 Feb 07
There are hateful people out there on every site. It's hard to put youself out there, your opinions and experiences, and have people trash you for it. The best thing that you can do is ignore them. If you reply, it's going to feed their need to cut you down. If you've had experiences with them, and wrote about it, that's your business. What it takes to be "qualified" to write about your thoughts and experiences I don't know. You can't make everyone happy, and someone out there is going to think they know more than you do. Ignore them and carry on. :) If your review helps even one person, it was more than worth it.
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@Randync (544)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I got cussed in the comments on an article about facial piercings at work. What really bothers me, is when a AC writer comments without using their AC name. I wrote one and got ripped by somebody who was clearly an AC writer, they logged out and used a fake user name to leave the message. Say what you want to about my writing, just use the name I know a person by and I will be happy. Even if they didn't like the article, I will know they read it at least.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
As a long-time reviewer at Amazon, Epinions, and Associated Content, I'd have to say that if you have used Cliffs Notes, or Windex, or read a book or watched a movie, you are qualified to review it. As for negative feedback, AC is better than Eps about that, but if you look at my ratings, you'd see that people will give other members low rates to bolster their own at AC.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I don't think it's necessary to leave rude comments on any site, but unfortunately there will be people on all of the sites that will do it anyway. As long as YOU know you are qualified, just ignore them. You know that you are helping people with what you write, and that is what is important. Just keep doing what you are doing. If they have to put others down to feel good about themselves then they are the ones with the problem, not you.