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  1. carlie-o

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    I guess most of you have heard about the recent rating-attacks on the android market.

    Apparently, there are now companies that offers bad ratings for competitors.

    And simple mathematics says that if you are having a 4,5 stars average, and then get 20 one-star rating - you will need A LOT of 5-stars to get up to the 4.5 stars average again.

    It happened to me, and I wonder if any one has any tip on what to do?

    Ratings gives traffic, and traffic pays the bills.

    As I see it, I have some alternatives:
    1. Discontinue the app and ask users to download a new one with a new package name but same content (start all over again)
    2. Call all my friends and collegues and try to get the vast number of 5-star ratings needed to get to the 4,5 average again.
    3. Just admit that i
     

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    And it continues:


    5 stars 17
    4 stars 7
    3 stars 2
    2 stars 0
    1 star 23
     
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    This is incredible. Can't you submit a complaint to Google? Of course, I'm just talking out of my backside, but I can't think that, that is legal and acceptable?
     
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    This is the first I've heard of this kind of meddling, but I guess every complex ecosystem has its wasps. :(

    Especially if this is an up-and-coming "threat" to the market, I'd advise you to inform Google -- it may not be strictly against their rules as they are now, but if enough merchants complain they're bound to do something about it. Maybe you'll be the first to complain -- maybe you'll be the one tipping the scales.

    Good luck. :eek:
     
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    Wow. That's a horrible situation. I would think my first step would be to contact Google:

    Contact Us - Android Market Help

    I really hope this doesn't become a widespread problem.
     
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    Thanks for your replies guys.

    Of course i
     

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    Here comes a direkt link to the application on the android market

    Thanks
     

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    Sorry but its not any kind of attack, I think people just generally dont like your app. From what it seems: too much ads, too much internet use (slow), app isnt very useful (its called google images).
     
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    That would be one explanation,

    but i guess you have not downloaded the app to see for yourself?

    There is not a lot of ads, it is not slow, and is not comparable to google images.

    And comments like these are simply not true:
    by shauna ann (January 31, 2011)
    Hides itself in program list. I would avoid this

    As you can see, the distribution of ratings is really unpropitious, with a lot 4 or 5, and then nothing, some, and then a lot of 1 star.

    And the one star all came in a very short time-frame.

    Maybe you are right, but isn
     

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