Two things I noticed recently, and it’s possible they could be related:
- A while back, I noticed strange comments on the Android Market regarding some of our applications, and some of other people’s applications too. For example, let’s take BusinessBingo: it’s a fairly simple application, it’s just for fun, and most people wouldn’t find a use for it. So, it’s perfectly expected to receive some bad reviews. However, some of them sound strange. Someone complains that it’s difficult to control, but there is nothing to control, really, you just tap on words. Someone else complains that “audio doesn’t work”, but nothing in the application can make you believe that there should be sound. Those comments seem quite random and generic.
In a lot of applications, you can read uninformative comments like “Lame. Uninstall.” Even in very good applications. The user doesn’t explain what he doesn’t like, and the comment is always the same.
- More recently, I received an offer to buy bulk positive comments and rankings for our applications. Which made me think: if some people are willing to sell positive reviews by the thousand, why wouldn’t they also spam negative reviews on applications that don’t use their services ? It may sound paranoid, but if other developers have experienced the same, I’d like to have their opinion.