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2011-12-10 06:42:34 PM  
I read all mine when they are posted in TFD.

/don't ban me bro
 
2011-12-10 06:47:44 PM  
I sell fake products online and this link offends me.
 
2011-12-10 06:49:48 PM  
FARK.com is the perfect news aggregator! I love the community and participate in Politics tab discussions on a near daily basis. Drew's an awesome dude to have a beer with, and a standup guy to boot. TotalFark is worth every penny! We have frank discussions about everything under the sun, and the people make me laugh multiple times on a daily basis! Paypal is also the perfect solution for payment. I would highly recommend this site, thanks for reading!
 
2011-12-10 06:51:12 PM  
1. I have stayed at many hotels traveling for both business and pleasure and I can honestly stay that The James is tops. The service at the hotel is first class. The rooms are modern and very comfortable. The location is perfect within walking distance to all of the great sights and restaurants. Highly recommend to both business travelers and couples.

2. My husband and I stayed at the James Chicago Hotel for our anniversary. This place is fantastic! We knew as soon as we arrived we made the right choice! The rooms are BEAUTIFUL and the staff very attentive and wonderful!! The area of the hotel is great, since I love to shop I couldn't ask for more!! We will definatly be back to Chicago and we will for sure be back to the James Chicago.

Are you ready? The first one is real. The second is fake. Clearly, a good shill writer can fake you out.



... Yeah, wow, that was completely impossible to discern.
 
2011-12-10 07:01:14 PM  

Relatively Obscure: 1. I have stayed at many hotels traveling for both business and pleasure and I can honestly stay that The James is tops. The service at the hotel is first class. The rooms are modern and very comfortable. The location is perfect within walking distance to all of the great sights and restaurants. Highly recommend to both business travelers and couples.

2. My husband and I stayed at the James Chicago Hotel for our anniversary. This place is fantastic! We knew as soon as we arrived we made the right choice! The rooms are BEAUTIFUL and the staff very attentive and wonderful!! The area of the hotel is great, since I love to shop I couldn't ask for more!! We will definatly be back to Chicago and we will for sure be back to the James Chicago.

Are you ready? The first one is real. The second is fake. Clearly, a good shill writer can fake you out.


... Yeah, wow, that was completely impossible to discern.


I figured it was trying to fake you out, and the first one was the fake. (did they get paid extra by! the! exclamation! point!!?)
 
2011-12-10 07:04:12 PM  

Relatively Obscure: ... Yeah, wow, that was completely impossible to discern.


What -- don't YOU refer to a hotel by its full name every time you mention it?

You must be new to Drew Curtis' FARK.com
 
2011-12-10 07:06:32 PM  

KyngNothing: I figured it was trying to fake you out, and the first one was the fake. (did they get paid extra by! the! exclamation! point!!?)


www.ifimages.com

If you or your toddler likes exclamation marks you are going to LOVE THIS!!!! It goes PERFECTLY with any set of letter blocks, and ALL SIX SIDES are exclamation marks!!! You can place it or look at it absolutely ANY WAY and it conveys pure EXCITEMENT AND JOY!!!! My kids absolutely ADORE these blocks so much they fight over them, I had to order MORE for christmas!
 
2011-12-10 07:09:11 PM  

Chariset: You must be new to Drew Curtis' FARK.com


I LOVE Drew Curtis' FARK.com!! It is the absolute BEST community website that allows members to comment on a daily batch of news articles and other items from various websites you can find ANYWHERE!! I bought three Drew Curtis' FARK.com last year and will DEFINITELY be getting more!!
 
2011-12-10 07:11:31 PM  
If you're relying on Internet user reviews to weigh in on what to purchase, you're doing it wrong. Same with user-generated restaurant reviews.

People are MUCH more prone to post negative reviews than positive ones. If a person has a bad experience with a product or service, they feel helpless, their blood is boiling, and they just HAVE to get back at the company who wronged them.

If they have a good experience or experience no problems, they think to themselves "nice, glad that worked" and probably won't mention it unless explicitly asked about it by a friend or whatever.
 
2011-12-10 07:14:57 PM  
Tuscan Whole milk? Really, subby?
 
2011-12-10 07:19:12 PM  

Organic Chemistry: Tuscan Whole milk? Really, subby?


1 gallon. 128 fl. oz.
 
2011-12-10 07:19:37 PM  

Organic Chemistry: Tuscan Whole milk? Really, subby?


From contented Tuscans
 
2011-12-10 07:22:25 PM  

Friskya: Organic Chemistry: Tuscan Whole milk? Really, subby?

From contented Tuscans


Heh.
 
2011-12-10 07:24:23 PM  
and subby succeeds at confusing parody reviews with fake reviews.

/not the same thing
//why reference it in the headline if it's not applicable?


///oh, I get it, to show off your ignorance. check.
 
2011-12-10 07:26:18 PM  

Organic Chemistry: Tuscan Whole milk? Really, subby?


Amazon's Tuscan Whole milk reviews are legendary on fark. In fact there are several threads, some as far back as 2006 (new window).
 
2011-12-10 07:56:02 PM  
"Amazon verified purchase"®
 
2011-12-10 07:58:44 PM  

calbert: and subby succeeds at confusing parody reviews with fake reviews.

/not the same thing
//why reference it in the headline if it's not applicable?


///oh, I get it, to show off your ignorance. check.


I bet you're a hit at parties.

/god forbid I had accidentally typed "your" instead of "you're".
 
2011-12-10 09:24:00 PM  
"For instance, if you're looking for a modem and you see 'explosive speed.' No one talks like that, even if they love the product."

What decade was this written, exactly?
 
2011-12-10 09:24:50 PM  
This is the internet, they're ALL fake.
 
2011-12-10 09:27:19 PM  
I feel it is our moral duty to reply "Sounds Fake" or something like that for every positive product review we see.
 
2011-12-10 09:29:10 PM  
They didn't all used to be fake until the "Reputation defender" companies came along.
 
2011-12-10 09:36:41 PM  
I was leaving an apartment review for a shiathole complex I had just moved out of and I saw this:

The indoor pool and fitness center is awesome and our kids have a blast here! There is so much to do.

We have baby ducks that come up to our patio every night for dinner, the kids can play at the playground and the grounds are huge with a lake for fishing.

The office has been super nice and maintenance has been very professional and thorough.

In fact we just got our entire apartment remodeled with no raise in our rent! The best thing is we can ride to the beach on our bikes in 5 minutes.

We would strongly recommend Linkhorn Bay!



Link (review in a new window)


It couldn't have been any more obvious.
 
2011-12-10 09:39:30 PM  
It's odd, isn't it? The Tuscan Whole Milk thing is hilarious, IMO, but I've never seen it in mainstream (no, not lamestream, you tossers) media. I mean, the thread is absolutely gut-busting. Then we're supposed to be able to "recognize" planted reviews. Screw you. I have been to places and then posted about being being absolutely OVER THE MOON with joy. The only way to know a reviewer is full of it is...hmm...wait, wait...don't tell me...
 
2011-12-10 09:39:40 PM  
"Hancock says you can reduce the chance of reading phony reviews by going to sites (such as Amazon.com) that only accept reviews from people who have actually purchased the products."

Baahahahaha! Link (new window)

3 wolf moon t-shirt conspicuously absent.
 
2011-12-10 09:42:43 PM  
No one is picking on How to for the warning signs yet??? Geeez, you're slipping.

/!
// TWO DOLLAR!!!
///and 13 cents
 
2011-12-10 09:43:58 PM  
Sooner or later, it will be revealed that the most interesting man in the world doesn't prefer Dos Equis (he actually calls it panther piss); when he drinks beer, he drinks PBR.
 
2011-12-10 09:57:02 PM  
"I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt. "
 
2011-12-10 09:59:26 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com

The quality of this Uranium is on par with the stuff I was bying from the Libyans over at the mall parking lot, but at half the price! I just hope the seller does not run out, because I have many projects on my list including a night vision sasquatch radar, an electromagnetic chupakabra cage, a high velocity, aerial, weighted Mothman net and super heated, instant grill cheese sandwhich maker.
 
2011-12-10 10:00:56 PM  
1. It makes direct comparisons to a competitor. A paid shill could get his bosses sued for defamation if they diss the other guys.

2. It's balanced. It mentions the cons (in detail) as well as the pros.

That said, I have given some glowing reviews in the past, but I was one of a hundred (slight exaggeration) doing the same.
 
2011-12-10 10:05:43 PM  
 
2011-12-10 10:11:15 PM  
If the person writing the review sounds like a crazed fan with a fetish for the product: shill. If they sound sane and reasonable: real person.
 
2011-12-10 10:13:12 PM  
hey whadaa minute,

I thought it was Jose Cuervo's Cue of the momenttm

/Dark times Drew dark times
 
2011-12-10 10:22:18 PM  
Please ignore all these reviews calling this company a scammer and vial swamp goo. I love this company and have bought many products and always received them in perfect condition. the one product that got damaged in shipping was happily replaced by the company for free. Again ignore all these bad reviews, as some must be from the competition who would love to see this company out of business. Again I say what a nice company this is. Don't let a few bad reviews make this company look bad.


/Yea a 'fake' as generally read on some sites.
//I love the ones where a Moderator publicly posts the IP address for everyone to see, that the IP of the 'glorious reviews' comes from the shiatty company itself.
 
2011-12-10 10:31:33 PM  
For me is the glaringly over the top praise lacking in details...or way too many details.

Oh and !!!'s
 
2011-12-10 10:35:31 PM  
I'll admit I got them reversed. I figured the first one was fake because it seemed like an attempt to appeal to everybody (who says "this place would be great for both businessmen and couples" when talking about a hotel???), while the second was actually about what the woman wanted and how she personally felt about the place.

I guess I either outsmarted or under-smarted myself.
 
2011-12-10 10:36:41 PM  
I heartily endorse this product or event!
 
2011-12-10 10:37:20 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: calbert: and subby succeeds at confusing parody reviews with fake reviews.

/not the same thing
//why reference it in the headline if it's not applicable?


///oh, I get it, to show off your ignorance. check.

I bet you're a hit at parties.

/god forbid I had accidentally typed "your" instead of "you're".


Oh come on, don't you know it's really cool to be an asshole?
 
2011-12-10 10:38:58 PM  
My husband and I recently purchased a babby from Babbys R Us. Babby was placed on backorder and we were tolde we had a 9 month wait. When we finally received our babby we were puzzled because we ordered an African-American boy babby and this was obviously not African-American boy but we decided we would try to deal with it. As it turned out we could not deal with lack of sleep, constant crying, dirty diapers (even though this model is self-cleaning), continual puking, and just general piss-poor attitude. We had to pay a restocking fee of 25% of the purchase price.

Don't by any babbys at Babbys R Us because it ain't nothing but a big old fat rip off.
 
2011-12-10 10:54:36 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: I'll admit I got them reversed. I figured the first one was fake because it seemed like an attempt to appeal to everybody (who says "this place would be great for both businessmen and couples" when talking about a hotel???), while the second was actually about what the woman wanted and how she personally felt about the place.

I guess I either outsmarted or under-smarted myself.


The key is to point out SOMETHING wrong which is either trivial or would seem as a plus to normal people (and you're just a whiner).

"The only problem was that room service took a full 15 minutes when they said it would be only 10, but they did give us complimentary champagne without even asking due to the delay"
"The only problem was that the bed was too soft. My wife loved it, but I sleep on a bare board at home and am accustomed to such"
"The linens were lovely, the curtain fabric was a tone which lent a subtle elegance to the room. However, the bedskirt ended 2" above the floor, the rule is no more than 3/4". The manager and I had a wonderful conversation about that."

Personally seeing "fantastic!", "amazing!", "simple WONDERFUL!", "perfect!!" spackled onto anything right there makes me dismiss the discourse and not credible... there's only a few things I'd describe as "wonderful!!", and it ain't a household product or hotel room. I'm just saying, I can tell I ain't gonna see things through the same eyes as you.
 
2011-12-10 10:56:05 PM  
The reviews for How to Avoid Huge Ships had me laughing-OLing pretty serious
 
2011-12-10 11:00:00 PM  
Always read the negative reviews first. If there aren't any, be afraid. BE VERY AFRAID!
 
2011-12-10 11:01:30 PM  
downstairs:
People are MUCH more prone to post negative reviews than positive ones. If a person has a bad experience with a product or service, they feel helpless, their blood is boiling, and they just HAVE to get back at the company who wronged them.

I kind of enjoy those ones... THIS USB SALAD SPINNER IS THE WORST CRAP IVE EVER BOT! IT WAS A RIP OFF AND SERVCIE WAS TERIBLE. NEVER EVER BUY A SONY THEY ARE RUBBISH. LOL, you bought the cheapest model, dude. What did you expect?

If they have a good experience or experience no problems, they think to themselves "nice, glad that worked" and probably won't mention it unless explicitly asked about it by a friend or whatever.

IMO best bets are on specialty product sites. Eg. Mountain Equipment Co-op customers LOVE to leave very frank reviews touting the pros and cons of things they bought there. If most of those are all shills they are of extraordinary subtlety since they usually have good and bad things to say about almost everything.
 
2011-12-10 11:20:04 PM  
Check out the "reviews" for a car dealership near me, particularly the ones left on Sep. 20th.

Link (new window)

Needless to say, I don't go there.
 
2011-12-10 11:22:02 PM  
i'm surprised no one has posted that xkcd cartoon where the guy in the hat deliberately leaves bad reviews for places he likes and good reviews for places he hates.
 
2011-12-10 11:33:17 PM  

downstairs: If you're relying on Internet user reviews to weigh in on what to purchase, you're doing it wrong. Same with user-generated restaurant reviews.

People are MUCH more prone to post negative reviews than positive ones. If a person has a bad experience with a product or service, they feel helpless, their blood is boiling, and they just HAVE to get back at the company who wronged them.

If they have a good experience or experience no problems, they think to themselves "nice, glad that worked" and probably won't mention it unless explicitly asked about it by a friend or whatever.


You're half right. People who hated a product or service are likely to post reviews. But people who LOVED one will as well. It's in-betweeners that don't bother. That's why you read the 5 star reviews and the 1 star reviews.
 
2011-12-10 11:56:29 PM  
Someone has been listening to The Bugle. All hail John Oliver and his Badonkadonk! Also Hogie.
 
2011-12-11 12:01:12 AM  

mycathatesyou: Check out the "reviews" for a car dealership near me, particularly the ones left on Sep. 20th.

Link (new window)

Needless to say, I don't go there.


That's hilarious. Looks like each salesweasel had a quota of positive reviews to add.
 
2011-12-11 12:20:54 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: I'll admit I got them reversed. I figured the first one was fake because it seemed like an attempt to appeal to everybody (who says "this place would be great for both businessmen and couples" when talking about a hotel???), while the second was actually about what the woman wanted and how she personally felt about the place.
I guess I either outsmarted or under-smarted myself.


Yeah, that's what I thought too. First one sounded fakey, but I guess he was trying to be business-like.

I went to hear a guy speak at a local motel and I didn't know exactly where it was, so I looked it up. It has ONE STAR--11 reviews, all of them gave it one star, and a few said they wished they had the option of 0 stars.

Worst Hotel Ever The room honestly made us sick (mold I suspect). Additionally, the breakfast was miserable with moldy bread and rotten fruit. I strongly recommend staying away from this hotel, especially considering the rate. I have made compaints to the hotel, with no avail. Find another place to stay in Butte and you will have a much happier/peaceful evening. Oh, on the upside they have a park next to the hotel, so you can get away from your room!

Old, run down, dirty, terrible If you don't care about exercising, eating good food, or having things clean, then this is the place for you! The place should really be demolished to make way for something better. All four rusty machines in the exercise room are broken, the floor of the pool is covered with dirt, the "full continental breakfast" was a joke, and the hallways reeked of cigarette smoke. The silver lining on the dark cloud was the fact that they had four locks on each door to make sure no one got you while you were sleeping.


/It was fine for the two hours I was there.
 
2011-12-11 12:22:10 AM  
Okay the article had me until the end.

Modems?

Really?

Who in the heck still uses a modem? Unless someone's out there selling some kind of modem that will powerboost your DSL signal or whatever...even then it's probably snake oil.

Was this article rehashed from 12 years ago or something?
 
2011-12-11 12:27:38 AM  

Relatively Obscure: 1. I have stayed at many hotels traveling for both business and pleasure and I can honestly stay that The James is tops. The service at the hotel is first class. The rooms are modern and very comfortable. The location is perfect within walking distance to all of the great sights and restaurants. Highly recommend to both business travelers and couples.

2. My husband and I stayed at the James Chicago Hotel for our anniversary. This place is fantastic! We knew as soon as we arrived we made the right choice! The rooms are BEAUTIFUL and the staff very attentive and wonderful!! The area of the hotel is great, since I love to shop I couldn't ask for more!! We will definatly be back to Chicago and we will for sure be back to the James Chicago.

Are you ready? The first one is real. The second is fake. Clearly, a good shill writer can fake you out.


... Yeah, wow, that was completely impossible to discern.


Half way through the second one I knew it was the fake one of the two. I typically treat "bubbly" reviews as fake. The CAPS is a dead give-away, too.

Fake product review websites are even easier to spot. Too many overenthusiastic posts and the only negative post is, "the product was damaged in transit, but a call to them quickly resolved the issue and a new widget was promptly received, which was everything I had hoped it would be." Even the negative review is actually a positive review.
 
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