Does Goodreads Have a Troll Problem?

Personally, I was warned years ago not to use it. I do have two accounts (different pen names) though never really use it. Nothing has changed on the site other than Trolls getting nastier. So far we’ve not had anything like this. Goodreads really needs to up its game before I use them as a marketing tool.

Nicholas C. Rossis

I’ve heard from several authors who have stopped using Goodreads over the years. As Camestros Felapton reports, they may have a point, as Goodreads seems to suffer from a chronic troll problem. Matters reached crisis proportions way back in 2012. But recently, it looks like things have got worse.

Author Patrick S Tomlinson is currently being targetted by a sustained cyberstalking attack on Goodreads. Multiple fake accounts are leaving insulting reviews of a book of his that has not yet been published (not even as an ARC).

The fake accounts have been quite blatantly using fake names and identities, including a fake account pretending to be Otis Chandler, one of the founders of Goodreads:

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