Fake reviews?


(Lars E Jonasson) #1

For many years I used to use the addon iMacros. Sadly it became crippleware, but an old version of the addon together with the nine year old Firefox 3.5.2 solves the problem.

When i look trough the the rewiews for this addon I see a strange pattern, many five star reviews have nonsense comments like “dfghsdfdsf” or just “good”:
https://addons.mozilla.org/sv-SE/firefox/addon/imacros-for-firefox/reviews/

Compare that with the rewiews for Adblock Plus where most people write why they think it is good or bad: https://addons.mozilla.org/sv-SE/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/reviews/

Hence I believe that the five star “dfghsdfdsf”, “cxfxf” or “fghf” rewiews may not be authenthic. I did not report them as spam as I want you to see if there is a bigger pattern.

Anyways I think it is strange that one can create a great free addon and let it get high ratings, suddenly replace it with crippleware that is only useful if you pay $99 and the crippleware inherits the good ratings just as if it were a real upgrade.


(Andreas Wagner) #2

I went through the recent reviews and deleted some of them. Please do flag the ones you see and a moderator will have another look. Thank you.


#3

I have noticed the same as you.
For example at this very problematic FF-Addon WOT (which was forbidden some times because they have sold data from user to advertiser etc.). Und nobody controls them now, if they dont do they same again.
https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/reviews/
Here you find a lot of negative reviews with arguments and some 5-Stars, which all have a very strange user-name (and which only do one review at all, google search):
cb2ef8 06eccd bingoweb 836f10 32371b 1d8dc1 bd7edc b9e39f Rebel86
“Perfect”, “Awesome” - mostly very short reviews
Btw: why cant we look at the Profile of the reviewers anymore ? That was possible still some time ago.