Why "Does not meet contribution guidelines"?

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My first review was declined because "Does not meet contribution guidelines"
But what exactly doesn't meet them? The guidelines don't help at all. I have no clue and there are no hints. How should I find out?
(Also that there is no link on the site to check the status of a review is BS too. I've been looking for an hour and tried reposting it, but to no avail. Only today when I checked my mails I saw that there was a link sent to me. Seriousely, who designed this site?)
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Hi Stallnig -

I was able to see that you have recently submitted a review for "The Legend of Korra" that has been approved and is live on the site, we were unable to locate any rejected reviews associated with the account.

If submitted a review from a separate account and it was declined with the reason "Does not meet contribution guidelines" this means that there is text within the review that breaches our guidelines.  I would encourage you to review these guidelines to determine  the specific issue, if you are certain that your review is in-line with our guidelines please re-submit.
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I tried 2 times, both declined. I did read the guidlines (which I also had to search for only to find that it doesn't provide any useful hints. Luckily I was smart enough to find out that the word BS written out seemed to be the cause. With the abreviation it then worked. (I didn't assume it would be a problem first, because there are some other rather salty comments on this forum, that didn't get filtered out.) Why can't they display the comments awaiting approval on the users account, and why can't they simply point out the words that cause problems, if there are, so they can be fixed. (or a worse alternative, censor them right away). This is quite a bad user experience.
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I watched last Sunday Boy Erased during San Diego Int Film Fest. A day after I submitted my review and (16 Oct 2018 #181016-030622-685304) it was declined, because "Does not meet contribution guidelines." Could you please explain what part of guidelines violated? I have decided to resubmit it again (#181016-175225-747604). 

"Spiritual Abuse Kills

Some people and churches still claim homosexuality as a sin, forgetting that the primary Christian idea is God is love (John 4:8). These people still use the Bible as a political handbook for dividing and stigmatizing people, calling them gay, sinners and other categorizations. This kind of thinking is brilliantly dramatized in the film "Boy Erased." Sometimes accepting the truth is hard, because one's feelings and beliefs don't allow for those evidence to be internalized or confirmed. Nancy Eamons (incredibly performed by Nicole Kidman) portrays a strong maternal instinct that allows to her accept her son's (Jared) otherness and doesn't diminish her love for her son. However, Marshall Eamons (brilliantly played by Russell Crowe), a Christian preacher, and Jared's father, cannot accept his son's sexual orientation. In preacher Eamon's own personal journey, having gone through a revision of thinking, he comes to terms with his son's sexual nature. In contrast to his father, the son Jared (amazingly played by Lucas Hedges) demonstrates a different kind of leadership. Jared initiates changes through exposing his own motivation, but Marshall Eamons prefers to hold total responsibility and control in his household. For Lucas Hedges, Jared is not a first gay character (remember Lady Bird) in his career, but this performance is more complicated and exposes his amazing skills in acting. In this movie Lucas Hedges shows personal way of searching truth and being of a witness of psychological pressure in the Christian community. Lucas Hedges plays a character who is a victim and a victor simultaneously. He was a victim when he was raped by his roommate, he was a victim of broken relationships with his father. Fortunately, he becomes a victor when he escaped the "hell", and starts to testify about the controversial therapy experience. Unfortunately, Jared's classmate Cameron (perfectly played by Britton Sear) was not strong enough to resist all methods of that cruel therapy, but he stills be a hero for Jared, because Cameron helped him to escape that collective verbal lynch. Also, "fake it till it make it " - is a strong quote which represents some conformism and a week resilience to lies among spiritual abusers and their victims. Obviously, people who accept lie are more dangerous than people, who believe in love and accept all forms of love. That's why the bottom line of the movie is spiritual abuse kills."


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I have polished a bit text with grammar and stylistic updates. Resubmitted #181017-024508-110504.
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The Christian Ideal, God is love (John 4:8), is brilliantly dramatized in the film "Boy Erased." The character Nancy Eamons is incredibly performed by Nicole Kidman. She portrays a strong maternal instinct that allows to her accept her son's (Jared) "otherness", while not diminishing her love for her son. However, Marshall Eamons (brilliantly played by Russell Crowe), a Christian preacher, and Jared's father, cannot accept his son's sexual orientation, but he does eventually comes to terms with his son's sexual nature later. Jared (amazingly played by Lucas Hedges) demonstrates a different kind of leadership.

Hedges character portrayal, with both his father and his roommate, and his interaction with them as a Victim/Victor simultaneously was outstanding.




Daniel you can use this as a base. Your thoughts are not focused when writing. That is one of the problems when you have so much to say. The beginning of your original review was your views on the real world again. Remember I told you to resist temptation to draw parallels to the real vs. movie world. It's OK to make small references. But you over expanded it. You can see that in the way I wrote it. I used most of your words. Also Writing requires that you read and re read. Just when you think you have it right, Read it aloud. That is where you will catch your mistakes.
Cheers.......
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Daniel, Next time start a new post.

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The select Post
OK Daniel
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thanks for remarks. I am not so flexible and I am a couch potato ) it is easy to use old thread to get explanation. when I read the professional reviewers I see they make more deep analysis and connections with reality. it contradicts with IMDb policy. fortunately, they are doing that for living, me - for learning ) and IMDb's censorship doesn't bother them. 

http://awardswatch.com/2018/09/18/toronto-review-boy-erased-%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%C2%BD/
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My 2 cents: it is the quality of argumentation, and the writer's attitude, which make a review worth reading, and probably receivable by IMDb. Implying that one's vision, on the film and moreover on the world, is the one and only Truth is likely to raise eye brows, at the very least.
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V.F. Yes I do sleep. NOW! Tired....Night to ya.
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I fell still be censored. IMDb reminds the Ministry of Truth from Orwell's 1984. 
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Facebook! Opine there.
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See my facebook page fore more, or sign your reviews with your facebook page account. You know where it says
                                              "by"
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Wait, are you guys implying that IMDb rejects reviews based on the quality of the writing and not just supposedly naughty words?  Because I've read many reviews on IMDb, and I don't believe it.
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It seems they are on the eenie, meenie, meignie, moe, reject method doesn't it?
Three Little Beers 1935
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@IMDbmember,
I do not imply anything, I just shared my view on reviews in general, since I hardly look at IMDb reviews.
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John Houseman for IMDb Editor at Large.
Smith Barney commercial 1979 - YouTube
We approve reviews the old fashioned way. You Eeaaaarnnn It!
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I do not imply anything, I just shared my view on reviews in general, since I hardly look at IMDb reviews.

Vincent Fournois, I think your view on reviews in general shouldn't affect your view on reviews on IMDb... most reviews, if not the vast majority, are well-constructed and well-argued, they might not be all written by Oxford scholars since many of IMDb members, including myself, aren't 100% literate in English but we could at least post our texts freed from grammar or spelling mistakes and believe me, it was nothing like "this is the best movie ever and if you don't agree with me, you suck".

This "guidelines" thing can be problematic because it affects some members who've been posting reviews for years and years and take this activity very seriously... and I must say it's not very encouraging to read something like "I hardly look at reviews", it's like a cartoonist who realizes no one knows about his comics lol.

Anyway, I can only encourage you to pick one movie you adore and check the reviews, especially those made before 2018, it's never too late to start, unless you're really NOT interested :)
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Hi ElM,

Thanks for your return. I absolutely do not pretend to represent any one but me. I would say that my main reason for not consulting reviews is just the numbers of them. Good movies usually propose more than 200 or 400 reviews. Finding my way around, spotii g the author I can find interesting would be too much time consuming. I prefer to work on my own reviews (and I do not care not being read, and what is the point in feeding the 401th one!) and rely on professional reviews I have learned to read.
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Hi,

I agree that it can be discouraging to face a movie section with hundreds and hundreds of reviews but you can trust my experience, most movies that are not on IMDb Top 250 or that weren't international phenomena don't have more than 100 or 150 reviews in general.

What's more sometimes it can be fun to select some specific reviews, I remember when I was younger, I used to love "The Usual Suspects", it was one of my all-time favorite but watching it again many years later, especially with other persons, I didn't enjoy it as much as I used to and I realized that the plot was a drag sometimes, going into many details that revealed to be pointless since the narrator ends up being unreliable... anyway, I wanted to feel IMDb users' pulses especially those who hated it and ordered the reviews from "worst" to "best".

Many of the 1/10 ratings were surprisingly well-argued and made good points, I enjoyed reading them because they echoed something I felt deeply in my mind but hey, I still have my review with a "10" rating.

The way I look at it, I try to compact all my personal feelings about a movie in a review, so whatever someone can say, I don't have to look further, my review is here but that was when the message boards existed, when they stopped, I couldn't stop reviewing because of that... anyway, I explain my passion for reviewing in my profile's page ;)
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Unfortunately, we will have to cut this short... But I do agree that usually negative reviews are more informative and interesting that the positive ones!
If you happen to come to Paris, let me know so we can continue !! ;)
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Lol I happen to come to Paris, soon :)
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If you wish so, I can be contacted at (my first name) at (my last name) dot net!
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they posted my text on Boy Erased after n-th attempt. 
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Well they should. That was an excellent review. It was much more coherent.
Did you use the read aloud method?
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And this is really good too....

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