Android app comments: Now you see them....

Android app comments: Now you see them....Google came under massive criticism not so long ago over the issue of self-censorship in China. Now it seems other things are disappearing from its servers - though not through choice.

Comments on apps on the Android Market have been vanishing with ratings from 1* all the way through to 5* also seemingly moving to the ether. Unsurprisingly, developers who had lots of good things said about them are not too happy.

Indeed, one says half of his comments have gone whilst another reports that the 70 he had have now been reduced to 28.

As well as being an annoyance, it could also affect them financially because the star ratings are mostly used by consumers judging whether or not they should pay for an app or skip on by.

Google is aware of the problem and says it hopes to have the issue resolved ASAP though, as of yet, there's no indication of whether it's down to hacking, a software glitch or anything else.

Any Android developers reading this, we'd love to know: has this ever happened to you? Leave your comments below and let us know. We'll do our best not to delete them!

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noddjo  Aug. 1, 2011 at 23:20

I've encountered this with my app. I've lost about a third of my ratings (drop from 270 to 170), including all 1* and 2* ratings so it actually improved my average rating.

Only ratings, not comments, had disappeared.

This was temporary (for a day or two) and now it looks like it's getting back to normal.

hukd5  Aug. 1, 2011 at 23:28

That explains why I had to redo the star rating on a load of my apps in the market! I noticed when downloading some updates that apps I'd previously rated no longer were. I assumed it had to do with me changing roms so often - which made no sense to me as it's surely tied to your google account.

A LOT of my previous ratings were missing so this does seem quite bad! My written reviews all seem intact as far as I can tell though.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 2, 2011 at 08:26

Sue Google for compensation and switch to Amazon. :p


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