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I recently went to see a viewing of an independent horror movie. I returned home to review it (My first ever review on IMDB) and it's been declined and I'm curious as to why.

This movie has been hammered with fake reviews, all posted on the same day from brand new accounts and that apparently is acceptable but a critical review of the movie isn't?
There are no profanities, no spoilers, no ropey content it's just a review of the film and mention of the above (Which I've seen plenty of times elsewhere).

Can someone please explain this to me? Thanks.

Alice

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Hope that this is not too irrelevant a reply. I am glad Jay I am not the only one who from a few days ago has found that their reviews are taking far longer to be approved. My reviews before were approved straight away or 5-10 minutes after submitting, now they are taking a few hours and more. I do hope that this is not long-term and that it is addressed because it is pretty disconcerting. I am also totally with you with your examples of useless reviews that are far too short to be considered a review, IMDb from personal opinion need to increase the number of minimum lines instead of having given in to the silly complaints of the past minimum lines (10 lines, far more ressonable but actually still too short) being too long. They are often poorly written and say very little about the film in question itself other than a few vague barely elaborated reasons and not much of reviews. Many of them too are merely three or four lines bashing critics and people with a different opinion to them, something that has been blown out of proportion for far too long now and has absolutely no place in a review. It is insulting for those with well thought out and longer reviews that are inexplicably down-voted or ignored. Not sure how many people will agree.

Regarding your review Alice, if you are still having issues having your review being approved, my advice would be that I would definitely say much less about shill reviews, if you are to include anything on it I would only refer to it in a PS of one or two short sentences, and less of a general overview of found footage films. You do talk about the film itself but as has already been said I would say much more about it and get to the point earlier, your review does slightly come over as a rant. That's my personal opinion and I hope I don't come over as insulting, just trying to be helpful. Having said that, I do completely understand what you're saying regarding shills. I have really tried to not delve into this or say anything about the issue, instead adopting a different strokes for different folks attitude, but it has definitely been increasing very fast over the past five years or so and is getting far more obvious. I do think though that people should be talking about it less in reviews and should just file a report and write a complaint to IMDb, they are more likely to take that on board.

I also share the frustration of reviews being declined. I have noticed that reasons for the rejections have tended to be vague, hence the increase in people coming here demanding explanations, and not always fair. I have noticed that IMDb have been more sensitive regarding what words to not put in a review. I think that that is somewhat of a good thing because it decreases the vulgarity that was present in some reviews before, but some sensitive words that have caused rejections and deletions are very debatable and shouldn't be deemed offensive in context of the film, show or episode. I can slightly understand bastard, but sometimes it is hard to not write that word if it is in a title for a film or episode, am referring to two 'Game of Thrones' episodes here, or if it's part of an iconic line (words considered ruder likewise). It is similarly hard to not write the word Nazi, when a film is about the second world war or the holocaust which they played a heavy involvement in. Two Popeye cartoobs have the word Japs in the titles, meaning that my reviews for both taking longer to approve.

I have had this experience recently, a few days ago I wrote a review for 1932's 'Taxi' with James Cagney and I could tell from my regular visits to the data processing times page that it had been declined, and I didn't know why. Submitted it again, same thing. Reading the review, which I saved into a word document, I thought to myself was there a sensitive word in it? It clicked with me, in passing I had nentioned the word Yiddish talking about a standout scene in the film where Cagney speaks in Yiddish. Looked up the word, which is actually a language, up, and it and yid can be considered offensive but there are viewpoints saying that that is very debatable. If I had known that it was a sensitive word, I would have not written it. Took the word out, submitted the review again, it was approved. It does mean that when talking about a couple of surprising scenes, I have not been able to provide an example which was that scene in particular, which is going to annoy readers who like reasons to be elaborated upon.

Sorry about the long, and most likely not particularly relevant, post. If it though has bern helpful, that's good. Hope you manage to get it sorted out.
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Not offended Dreamy, just frustrated that the goal posts seem to have suddenly changed and that they don't affect everyone.

Look at the examples Jay gave and explain how they were all accepted whereas mine which does talk about the movie was declined.

Makes no sense, but again don't worry about it. I don't know if it's one rule for one and another rule for another here or just lazy work by the moderators.

Mine gets declined but this is approved, enough said there is no arguing with that logic.


I just watched the trailer and that alone was enough for me to not venture into watching this crapfest. Its just looks awful. Not to mention Sharknado star Tara Reid....I'll pass



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I miss that show.
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Well, now I have to wonder, because I think I have at least a couple reviews with worse helpful scores than that.
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Yes, and they seem not to like negative opinions on movies they like.  Regardless if the reviewer has a firmer grasp of grammar, spelling and putting a cogent thought together than the "pooh pooh" remark above.

My "not helpful" reviews are for pre-1980 movies.  Nobody reads the ones for more recent releases, tucked away as they are, from taking a couple days to be approved, between hundreds to thousands of one-sentence misstatements, which is only a bit hyperbolic for me to say.
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Yes, and they seem not to like negative opinions on movies they like.  Regardless if the reviewer has a firmer grasp of grammar, spelling and putting a cogent thought together than the "pooh pooh" remark above.

My "not helpful" reviews are for pre-1980 movies.  Nobody reads the ones for more recent releases, tucked away as they are, from taking a couple days to be approved, between hundreds to thousands of one-sentence misstatements, which is only a bit hyperbolic for me to say.
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Hi Alice,

Your review was rejected as it doesn't focus on the content of the title itself. Please feel free to resubmit your review and we'll be happy to reassess.

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Will
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Hi Jay,

a) All items on IMDb are subject to editorial approval and the time for this can happen can vary. For more details please see here

b) Generally because a review breaches one of the policies outlined here. Any user is allowed to submit a delete on a review that breaches these policies, in those cases please feel free to submit a delete against those reviews.

Regards,
Will
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Hi Jay -

To help clarify a few of the points you mentioned, we prioritize contributions based on the type of content submitted and all contributions are subject to editorial approval.  As Will mentioned above, due to various circumstances, such as volume of submissions, staff priorities, holidays, etc., the processing times will vary on different data types.

Concerning the User Reviews you referenced, if you find that there is content violating our guidelines, these should be reported and our editors will review and remove them if applicable.  Likewise, if you have submitted a review that was rejected and you are certain that it isn't violating any of the guidelines, please re-submit the review so our editors can take another look.  We are working toward improving our processing on this data type, if you have a review that has been rejected and you are unable to determine why you are welcome to reach out to us for further clarification.

In the meantime, keep in mind that User Reviews should focus on the title's content and context, and should include opinions about what/why you did or didn't like about the film.  Reviews that are not specific to thetitle or go off topic (i.e. pushing political views) will not be posted on our site.
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What are the 18-digit reference numbers of the pertinent submissions?