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I wonder if ole' Glenn as read Thomas Paine's "The Age of Reason". I doubt it.
Curiously, there is some evidence of "ballot box stuffing": the reviewer's rank is not very good. If he really had over 8000 positive votes, he would be a top ranked reviewer instantly. So Amazon's system must somehow be detecting the box stuffing, which is why this person has a crap rank (I'm top 1000 rank and I don't have nearly that many positive votes -- but the ones I do have are real!)
From Amazon's rank FAQ:
"We've changed the way we measure review quality to ensure that every customer's vote counts. Stuffing the ballot box won't affect rank. In fact, such votes won't even be counted."
But they are being counted in the review.
I emailed Amazon about this and I suggest other people do the same. I have no doubt that people are gaming Amazon's review system across the board but blatant abuse of the system like this needs to be curtailed.
Amazon's review system is an important part of their appeal and they have to take measures to at least keep the fraudulent abuse to a dull roar.
Though a little scandal might alienate advertisers, it’s pure ratings gold. Last night Glenn Beck had over 3 million viewers at 5pm, second only to O’Reilly for the night. But, Beck had more 25-54 viewers than O’Reilly (888K to 876K). I don’t watch or really even care about the cable news wars, but still…wow. Even though Beck airs before primetime, when there are fewer people watching TV, he had the most 25-54 viewers in the cable news world for the night.