On Amazon: Redux

Posted: April 14, 2009 in Threat Quality

Based on further responses from Amazon, I am inclined to believe them when they assert that their deranking of gay and lesbian books was not a policy decision.  More likely, this was an error in their “adult reporting” system that was either accidentally or purposefully (or both) exploited; the situation was compounded with a poor PR response from Amazon, who apparently follow the sacred corporate tradition of letting PR people respond to a situation before they know what the fuck they’re talking about.

Some people seem to be mad about Amazon’s ranking and recommendation system, insisting that it’s stupid for them to be doing that in the first place; I’m not sure I agree.  I don’t mind Amazon’s recommendation system, I’ve even sometimes found it helpful.  Whatever the case, a situation like this could easily be a simple implementation problem and not an principle problem.  In any case, if it was an implementation failure, they’ll either get it sorted out or remove the feature, in which case everyone should be happy.

If it was a hacker, well…I don’t really understand the point of it.  Congratulations, hacker:  you have successfully exploited a system that relies on people not being dickheads.  I am sure you will now get twice as many dates.

  1. V.I.P. Referee says:

    No dates, twice over. Which is more pitiful.

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