Most Reviews are Fake
Most reviews are fake. It should not come as a big surprise to anyone that many 5 star and 1 star reviews are fake. What surprises me is too many people take reviews at face value. Here is my system for weeding out fake reviews from the real ones.
Use the Olympic method
I adopted the Olympic method to evaluate product reviews. First I discount all 5 star reviews. As what happens in Olympic scoring the highest score and the lowest score is thrown out. This is to prevent bias. For reviews it does the same thing. Many fake 5 star follow the same pattern. They are too long for a review. For the very long 5 star reviews they read as though a professional writer wrote the review. Fake reviews follow the rules for writing you learned in high school or college. There is a central thesis statement in the first one or two sentences followed by the arguments. Each argument is presented separately in each paragraph. Otherwise known as one idea per paragraph each supporting the thesis. The review flows easily from each argument to the next. This is NOT how people write casually when creating a review.
Short is not always better
5 star reviews can also be fake when too short. If you read reviews that are nothing more than “this is the best” or “great” or “This is perfect” they may be fake. I still discount those reviews as well because they tell me nothing about why the product is the best or great. I want to know how the product performed by someone who has taken the time to use the product before writing a review.
1 star reviews are problematic at best
Giving a product a one star review for a defective item is understandable. Especially if it does not work straight out of the box. I find that many one stars reviews are more about a person is not happy with some imagined grievance. A one star review can also be malicious from a competitor to try to damage the reputation of business. No matter why someone writes a one star review I discount it.
What should you believe in reviews?
I like to focus on the three star reviews. I find three star reviews read like how a person including myself writes. That is stream of consciousness. The review may be a few sentences or even a paragraph. The review is more to the point stating relevant facts without the superfluousness that you read in fake reviews. I also read the four star reviews for the same reasons. The four star reviews are more believable from a credibility standpoint. I rarely give a five star review myself because there is nothing perfect. A product will deserve a five star review when it performs as expected over an extended period of time.
Can any star review be faked?
Yes of course it any review can be fake. I find many professional reviewers overstate the benefits while downplaying or not telling you problems. I see this all the time when I read reviews on electronics. It should not come as no surprise that many reviewers feel an obligation to give even a mildly positive review because their organization depends on advertising from those same companies.
If it is too good to be true….
It is up to each person to educate themselves on the products they are buying. This does not mean you must become and expert. What is means is to use what you know about how a products should work and trust your gut instincts.
The Truth about Politics. Humorist and comedians have used humor for 5,000 years to inform the public of the goings on of the political class.
If you do not remember who Groucho and the Marx brothers you should ask your grandparents. Their movies are still funny while being topical 90 years after the initial release.
Covid-19 causes heart problems
Covid-19 causes heart problems. There has been some reporting in the last several months that Covid-19 attacks different parts of the body leading to long-term inflammation. The newest studies from Germany tell us that even when people survive even a mild case of Covid-19 there is the potential for heart problems in the future.
Here is the link to the article of heart problems and Covid-19. https://www.statnews.com/2020/07/27/covid19-concerns-about-lasting-heart-damage/
Virus attacking organs is not unusual
There are viruses that attack every organ in the human body. The virus most of us have heard about is Hepatitis A,B and C. Hepatitis C is what you hear about because it causes scarring of the liver. The scarring causes eventual liver failure and death. Until Covid-19 the virus that worries doctors is Group Strep A throat infections which can lead to rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever causes permanent damage to the heart valves. Here is a link explaining how Group A strep can damage the heart. https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease
A mask and avoiding people can stop Covid and possible heart problems
Everything you have heard about not wearing a mask is false. A mask will help you not spread Covid-19 to others while other people wearing masks stops them from giving you Covid-19. There have been too many stories about people believing Covid-19 is a hoax or a mask will hurt them. This virus is real and will kill anyone that is susceptible to it. The virus kills the elderly, the young and those who have no apparent health concerns. Do not be the person who brings home the virus to your family causing the hospitalization or death of a loved one.
Covid-19 is here to stay
Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon. A virus does one thing and one thing extremely well. It infects the host to make copies of itself to infect others. There is nothing that will stop a virus unless there is a vaccine that provides long-term immunity. Think of the Covid-19 vaccine the same way as the Small Pox, Tuberculous and Polio vaccines. Those vaccines ended years of suffering and death for millions around the world. The Covid-19 vaccine may do the same thing for this generation.
William Jennings Bryan Quote
When I first read this quote I could not stop laughing. Bryan was an influential political figure in the 1890’s and 1900’s. The effects of his time in congress are still felt to this day.
If you are interested in Bryan here is a link to the Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Jennings_Bryan
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