You may be wondering, why can't I click the link? Because I removed it.
I only left the name here to complain about how bad IMDb has become lately. I used to go there to look up ratings and reviews of films and TV series. Sometimes I wrote my own reviews. I even have a page
explaining how I choose my rating score for a film.
Now however, they have screwed up the reviews page and removed any ability to choose how reviews are sorted. You can only get them in ‘helpfulness’ order, and the lay-out went from paginated to pseudo-infinite scrolling, meaning you cannot even skim through reviews without clicking and scrolling like crazy, and choking your browser which has to load all the content into the same single page. As I explain elsewhere
, infinite scrolling is awful and should never have been introduced anywhere except maybe in very specific circumstances.
The fact that we're now forced to view reviews according to the so-called ‘helpfulness’ pisses me off the worst. This system is not helpful at all. It only calculates the ratio of upvotes versus downvotes for each review. This system is very easily abused by people who are paid to upvote reviews of a certain production house, and downvote the rest. Heck, it is easy to do this through automated scripts. Generally, sorting reviews in this way, will result in the first few positive reviews being forever stuck at the top of the list, unless the film was truly so abysmally bad that no drone or bot could prevent the truth from being upvoted. I used to describe here a way of getting a more balanced idea about films, by sorting the list in various ways, but that has now been sabotaged. I won't be using this site anymore, and within due time I will also remove this rant because I guess there's no such thing as bad publicity, so sending the site to oblivion is the best option after all.
You may want to look at Rotten Tomatoes
as an alternative, my general impression is that its votes are manipulated to a lesser degree.