Recently, a petition was created (link) that asked for the revocation of Amazon’s current anonymity policy for reviewers. Major Authors like Anne Rice have added their support for this petition.
Their argument is that certain anonymous reviewers have participated in cruelty, vitriol, and bullying. They seem to believe that everything will be puppies and rainbows if reviewers only used their real names.
To be clear, I use my real name with Amazon (all) reviews. Authors, PR, and Publishers know me by my real name and that of my website. In fact, I get a little upset if someone emails me as Mr. Gnostalgia. I have been verbally attacked by fans of an Author and I have had an Author contact me and ask me to take a critical review down. I have been down-voted by anonymous commentators. Having said that, I stand by my reviews and I slap my name on them and let the chips fall where they may.
Saying reviewers will act responsibly if they were forced to use their real name would be like saying that Authors will right quality work if they didn’t use a “nom de plume”. Would an Author lose the right/ability to reply to a comment if he used a pen name?
The only thing that should be in a teapot is tea and not a tempest. Sorry folks, I don’t support this petition.