Review declined again, this is getting silly

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Yet again another review has been randomly declined, I have over 1k reviews on my profile and this is only now suddenly becoming a problem.

I am not breaching any rules, there is no questionable content, there are no swear words, this is getting ridiculous.

Recently I had reviews declined and I assumed that the word "Bastard" caused it on one and "Nazi" on the other. The concept of not being able to use words like this is preposterous, I can't use the word Nazi in a review about a Nazi themed movie? Or Bastard in its true definition?

Thankfully these were fixed but now just a couple of weeks later I'm back again and this time there are no words that could possibly get flagged (Unless titular is considered bad, wouldn't surprise me at this stage).

I really don't want to come back here every few reviews to have this looked at as I contribute several times daily. Can someone kindly address what the problem is and why it's suddenly an issue?

Thanks in advance.

My profile: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur57590728/?ref_=nv_usr_prof_2
Original review: Contribution #181120-230109-328904


Review has been tweeked and re-added but the delay suggests its not going to published either

Edit: It was also declined. Seriously, what's going on here?
Edit again: One of them seems to have been published. If someone pushed it through then much appreciated. Though I would still like an explanation why this keeps happening.



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Hi Jay,

In the first line of your review you say you haven't seen the title, as you haven't seen the title then your review isn't valid on IMDb.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Will
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Right.
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Jay Coster

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Really? No I specifically say I haven't seen the television show the movie is based on. How would I be describing and reviewing the movie if I hadn't seen it?
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What is the confusion?
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"In the first line of your review you say you haven't seen the title, as you haven't seen the title then your review isn't valid on IMDb."

No it doesn't.

"My understanding (Because I haven't seen it yet) is that folks don't like Teen Titans Go (The tv show)"

The TV show, at no point do I say I haven't seen the movie for crying out loud.

Review is already posted, this is pointless.

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Apologies Jay, that was my error when reviewing the decision. Your review doesn't breach any policies that I can see, though the same mistake may have been made by the initial vetter of the content.

I'm glad that your review has since been accepted though and apologies for the confusion. 

Regards,
Will
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Thanks Will

Hopefully I won't be back again in a week or so with the same issue (Like last time).

It's just weird that I do over 1k reviews and run into absolutely no issues now suddenly 3 interviews in the space of a month have been declined.
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The reasons for reviews being rejected are quite vague, and I agree that IMDb seems to have become overly sensitive and inconsistent in rejecting reviews for supposed naughty words.  I've also recently had reviews rejected or altered for variations of "bastard," as well as seemingly innocuous ones such as "genitals" or a phrase along the lines of "pawing at each other."

On the other hand, other rejections are warranted.  I had another review rejected for, I assume, being too political.  I initially thought that was BS, but I ended up rewriting what I think is a better review, so it worked out.

I still have reviews on this site that are over 14 years old, and I don't recall ever having had a review altered or rejected until 2018, but now I've had a few, so something seems to have changed on IMDb's end.  Yet, ironically, there are more "reviews" on the site that say nothing of interest or relevance in postings that often aren't even a complete sentence in length.  Many of them obviously were never read by IMDb staff before being approved.
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I am hardly interested by reviews on the website, but by just monitoring GS, I can confirm there has obviously been a change in the editorial policy in the past months. And this impacts also long published reviews.
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Yes, I've noticed that.  For instance, an old review on the "The Other Side of the Wind," which reviewed clips of the film shown years ago before a "complete" picture was edited for release on Netflix was removed.  I don't think that's right.  I've also reviewed incomplete films, and I would find it displeasing if IMDb removes those comments in the future if someone releases a "more complete" print of the picture.
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Though I appreciate the advice I at no point asked for a critique on my reviews, I do this for fun not professionally (There are only so many hours in the day).

This is going off on a tangent and has no relevance to the question I posed.

I'm pretty sure that my reviews did not got declined because of the layout reasons you have specified. They do not consist of spoilers and the way I create the good/bad/learnt again does not breach any of them websites terms & conditions.

The number of reviews I'm seeing lately which are a single sentence are the ones that should be addressed for content (Or lack thereof)

And then there is the official IMDB staff response above claiming that the first line of the review claims I haven't seen the movie therefore that is why it WAS declined. Here is the first line....

"My understanding (Because I haven't seen it yet) is that folks don't like Teen Titans Go (The tv show)."

(THE TV SHOW) in no way did I say I haven't seen the movie.

I'm not sure what is more frustrating, that I contribute daily to the site and keep getting content declined with absolutely no explanation as to why OR the type of response I get when I raise the issue which has been a combination of irrelevant rhetoric and people who just didn't pay attention to the subject matter (The official IMDB response).

Very frustrating.



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Couldn’t you just rewrite some parts of the review, for example to avoid spoilers (subjective, I know, but even a mild spoilers tend to ruin a good review, sad to say) or to make some issues more clear (like that you haven't seen the television show the movie is based on).


Revising, rewriting, and finetuning are usually a quite natural methods for every ”writer” to improve their material, whether it’s a hobby or the actual job. There’s nothing unusual about it.
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a) It's already been published now thankfully.

b) There are no spoilers, I never post anything even remotely resembling spoilers in my reviews. When I first started there was a message essentially telling people that posting spoilers without declaring them could result in barring so I've always been careful.

c) The fact I'd not seen the television show was pretty blatant I don't understand how I could have been anymore clear.

d) True but again I have over a thousand reviews thus far and this declining business has only just recently kicked in. 3 over the space of about a month, which is a tad odd since I'm not doing anything different.

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Oh and....

e) Revise/rewrite/finetune what exactly if IMDB doesn't specify why it was declined in the first place?
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This thing happened to me twice, the first time I could spot the missing review, the second time, it took me more than an hour to figure it out, I agree it's quite an annoyance to see something that's been approved already suddenly disappearing from your 'tally'. I can't imagine having a review that's been here for years and collected many positive 'useful' ratings "disappearing" just like that, even if I can repost it... it's like starting from scratch again, very very annoying.

Of course, when I re-read the original reviews, I could find something that could be considered offensive... but only out of context. So I could fix them... I don't think there's anything we can do, except to start playing on the safe side and avoid some comments that might be misunderstood.
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What makes matters worse is that you aren't notified as to the reason why it was declined. That would help overwhelmingly, instead you're left to go over your reviews and try to work it out yourself. I don't even get a notification that its been declined, I have to just pay attention to each one individually.

Previous ones I assume were due to bastard and nazi respectively, except there are movies with those words in the title, those aren't offensive words and I can see them in existing reviews!

The current one was addressed by Will from IMDb and can be seen above, it suggests they didn't read the first line correctly and made a rash judgement.

For years reviews have near immediatly gone through with no drama, I can only assume policies have changed for this to suddenly become an issue. If I have to come back here every few reviews with no explanation behind any of it then this will get real old real fast.


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I'm preoccupied as you are with those changes, this is why I always keep the texts of my reviews in case something like that would happen. 
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Always keep a copy of anything you post on the Web, unless it is treasonous, felonious or sinful.