As I'm sure everyone is aware by now Goodreads rolled out some new policy on Friday that limits what a reader can put in a review or on a shelf. For anyone that's missed the post you can find it here.
And then Goodreads promptly started deleting reviews and shelves that violated this policy without giving users a chance to change their reviews or shelves
I have no issue with deleting things that really inappropriate. But I should be able to make a shelf for MYSELF that says something like 'Won't read due to Author'. Author behavior IS something I take into consideration when buying a book, and if an author's been an asshat I want to know. Seems like Goodread's sweeping everything under the rug because author's are an income source and we're not.
I've been on Goodreads for about a year and a half now. Most of that time has been spent lurking. I will straight up admit that I have a hard time writing reviews. I try condensing the thoughts and feelings I have for a book into a neat little review that's informative and entertaining, but mostly my brain explodes and I end up just jumping into another book. >.>
I may have sat inside my little lurker cave most of the time but it didn't matter much. I found amazing reviewers through the site. People who liked the same kinds of books I liked, who wrote amazing and funny and informative reviews. I love watching my status updates because I knew something entertaining would pop up soon. I came to Goodreads to find new books to read, and because of these reviewers I did. Heck, the book I'm reading right now, Bloodfever, is one I only found through Goodreads reviewers.
Many of the people I follow had reviews or shelves deleted without warning. Hours of work just gone, poof. And it makes me seriously mad that Goodreads had so little consideration for its users.
I'm still going to hang around Goodreads. But I don't think I'll bother posting reviews anymore. Why bother posting even my piddly little reviews on a site that doesn't seem to value them?
Here are two great posts on the subject- http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4917309-an-open-letter-to-goodreads and http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1499741-important-note-regarding-reviews?page=44#comment_83507648