In October 2011 I posted ‘Slaughter in the Suburbs’ where I protested at a tendency towards allowing ritual slaughter to take place in suburban areas. In years that followed I noticed that this was on my ‘most read’ list particularly in the months of April and May. It had 37 Rating Votes giving an average of 2,5 out of 5 stars, 17 ‘Likes’, and 32 comments of which one supported the custom.
On April 16, 2014, I added a post entitled ‘Ritual Slaughter as a Spectacle’. This had 17 Rating Votes, again averaging at 2,5 out of 5. There were 21 ‘Likes’, and 31 comments of which two supported the custom without any reasons, and one failed to follow up on my rejection of their rationale for support.
Both posts have had many thousands of views — close on 30,000 to date — by people who then fold their tents like the Arabs, and as silently steal away, as Longfellow had it.
During these periods I have noticed a tendency for unrelated, scattered and random posts of mine, during but not covering the April/May period, to develop one-star (Very Poor) ratings, or ratings where it is obvious that five star/s have been watered down with a one-star. A number of them have been Wordles, so I take it there may be someone who violently dislikes my abbreviated, rhyming, and sometimes hard-to-understand efforts. A nice anonymous way to make this known.
On the other hand, some of them, where a number of ‘Likes’ were in evidence and where I would say the content was, if not brilliant, at least entertaining, may be in disgruntled response to my condemnation of ritual slaughter?
At any rate, the rating/vote system would only work if people gave an honest assessment based on the criteria. One invariably sees fives (where a Like would have done the job) or a one, which can mean anything from disliking the post to disliking the blog or blogger or to suffering from a stomach-ache at that particular moment.