Comments: 10
7 years ago
I don't think it's you, because I have noticed that too.
...Bookfanatic 7 years ago
I think the review is attached to whether or not you give the book a rating. I was just poking around on my GR bookshelves to try and figure it out and noticed that when I went to the page for a book that I had read but only rated under the heading 'My Review' down the side it says 'review' then straight across from that in bold letters it says 'add a review' but if I've shelved the book with no star rating that is not there and it simply says 'add a comment'. I'm pretty sure that once you shelve a book whether it's on a shelf for books you've read or ones your never reading, or thinking about reading, etc. the 'My Review' heading gets added and that's not an editable option for us. I know I honestly don't remember a time that it hasn't been there but I've been over on GR for about 4 years Hopefully this makes sense.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 7 years ago
@Bookfanatic - it actually does make sense!

I have the feeling that something did change, probably more subtly though, and it may only be in placement or wording, not in page creation. Like this not being listed under the big title of Yourname's Reviews - because that title does set an expectation that something's there. Which no, because there are a lot of people using GR only as a database system.

It actually makes a SMALL (caps for reason) bit log logic as to why some authors are all "argh, there's no review there but the line of the shelf title" - I've seen some cite the shelf title as the review and wondered WTH.
...Bookfanatic 7 years ago
It doesn't actually use a name when you go to the book page it's a generic heading of 'My Review' although upon thinking about that it might be better if they just put something like 'Reader's Comment's' and then if you gave the book a rating they could attach a review option to it or something. I'm sure there must be a way given all the stuff that they can program into video games and software programs like Quickbooks, Excel, MSWord, etc. sometimes it feels like they're trying to force the issue of doing a review rather than letting it be an individual choice.
I just noticed this the other day too. One of my GR friends liked my review of a book I haven't read. I was so confused, I actually went to GR just to see if my account had been hacked or something. It was just on my TBR, not even a real shelf. My friend just liked that we both wanted to read the same thing I guess, but it showed up the same was as your book "review" does. Just another reason why I only use GR for their cataloging now.
...Bookfanatic 7 years ago
I've had that happen for a while now I 2 or 3 shelves that I created for books that I see and I want to check them out before deciding for sure to get them or it's a book that I want but it's not due to be released for a while yet and the next thing I know I'll get a message that so&so liked my review and I'm sitting there going 'What review?' Wait until you go to say your shelf for books that you've read and the first thing you see is a book you've never heard of or one that you know you don't own or even want. I had 5 books on my 'read' shelf today that I know without a doubt I did not put there. I think GR has what is known as a glitch in their system.
Groan. So the one thing that has kept me at GR is falling apart. LOL. Just makes me hope that BL gets their catalog fully up and running so I can abandon GR for good.
...Bookfanatic 7 years ago
Maybe they'll fix it? ;-/
bookaneer 7 years ago
From having done a datamining project on GR, I can say that it has been this way at least since the summer of 2013. IIRC, you are assigned a unique review id (and therefore technically a review page) when you first shelve a book.