Just posted back on a feedback thread that with authors on goodreads actively contacting readers and warning that only positive reviews will be left unflagged and with sites like W.H. Smith now banning indie publications from their website (not a move I anticipate goodreads or amazon following)-- that something needs to be done.
That maybe—like the authors now see a popup when commenting on a review about the dreaded no star rating or the 1-2 star rating that it's really, really, really!, really a bad idea—members should get a popup when rating or reviewing a book not from the big five publishers plus some recognized small and academic presses that might say something like:
Ok, you may want to write a bad review or give a bad rating.
Deep breath. It happens to every reader. Keep in mind, however,
that you will be rating/reviewing an independently or self published author.
Their presence on goodreads is valued as they can actually help book sales.
By leaving a review or rating, you may be interacting directly with the author.
The author will likely flag any negative rating, shelving, or reviewing
as a personal insult and is likely to flag it to our attention for removal as
against TOS, as bullying, as threatening, as hate speech,
as harassment or just for being negative.
We really, really (really!) don’t think you should negatively review
For more on how to interact with authors and books, please see our TOS,
If you still feel you must leave a rating/review, click “Accept and Continue”
Accept and Continue.