Google needs to step up to the plate when it comes to moderating Android Market comments. Overall, the ratings system is pretty typical. If you like a product, you rate it high, if you dislike you rate it low. There’s some trolls when it comes to ratings, but it’s actually not all that bad for the most part. The good stuff still tends to float to the top.
But lately, there’s been a rash of really annoying 5-star comments that I mark as spam all the time and keep seeing everywhere. Subscription services are going around and posting comments everywhere and basically saying how it’s this website has all of the apps for a monthly subscription and it’s cheaper, and all that. Extremely annoying when you’re trying to read about whether or not an app works or not and what problems they might encounter.
Think of the commenting system as a user review board. I mean, overall, the goal is to be like Amazon’s product reviews where people tend to use these days as a secondary source of “real people-real reviews” type of place outside of reading Consumer Reports. Since Android Market doesn’t have a Consumer Reports, you’ll just have to settle for trial and error, and user reviews. Unfortunately, on a mobile interface, spam type comments not only take up space, but it throws the review off. Especially these types of subscription services.