A simple but necessary rule (because of my deleted review)

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I recently came across a film on a movie site, jumped to its imdb page and saw that it was full of fake reviews (by quite a few accounts created in the last couple of days) so I wrote this review :

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First off, I haven't watched this movie. I just saw its review somewhere with a link to its imdb page, which said the movie had "a rating of 7.1." I clicked the page, and saw that in the span of 24 hours, it had already dropped to 6.0.

So I did something I never did: checked about who was giving these "fabulous, excellent! Must see!" reviews.

17 people gave this movie a a score of 9 or 10, and six of those accounts were created 2 days ago. Three of them were created 6 days ago. One of them was created 5 days ago, and one was created just yesterday. So 11 out of 17 are fake reviews.

Now, do we really need to see a movie that needs to pump up its own reviews? Honestly, is there any chance it can be any good at all, if they need to resort to such cheap and sleazy tactics?

I have no idea if it was the director or the producers who did this, but I'll be vary of any movie with their names from now on. You haven't seen one frame of the movie yet, but you know they're already cheating, deceiving you.

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Quite a few accounts voted it down (can you guess who they are?) and today it was deleted. However, the other bad reviews who gave this one star are still there. So I'm guessing someone complained / reported it, why else would the imdb remove it?

(Unless a certain orange person upgraded his beef with the world from "FAKE NEWS!" to "FAKE REVIEWS!")

On the other hand, every day new fake accounts keep popping up, to give a raving "wonderful! amazing!" review for this. As you can guess, they have no other activity or reviews than this film.

Now, my suggestion to prevent these fake reviews is very simple: When you create a new account, you should be able to review films BUT nothing released within the last year (or the last 6 months, maybe). So if someone creates an account today, June 10th 2019, he can only review stuff released before December 10th, 2018. During that period, the movie would have completed its cinematic run and dvd release, therefore there would be no need for fake reviews, nor would they serve any purpose.

(not to mention that the imdb servers would welcome the relief, I can't imagine how many thousands of new accounts they must be getting every month)

I realize some people actually get hyped up about a movie, and make an account simply to review it... for the new Avengers or Avatar movies, perhaps. I don't buy for one second that so many people were so moved by a lousy wannabe horror movie that they were urged to sign up on imdb, to ask people to see it.
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Ardan Tüzünsoy

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The movie is called Shed of the Dead (2019), by the way. See for yourself how many of those reviews are real, versus how many by the same person.
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