Upheaval or Hoax on Amazon Forums?


What a morning I’ve had! First, I upgraded to IE 9 at my son’s suggestion. He says it offers better security, obviously a good thing. But it looks completely different. Now I’m struggling to find my way to familiar sites I use all the time. Bummer! I know I’ll get used to the changes, but it’s a time waster right now.

On top of that, I received word about a new forum on Amazon. It’s called the “Meet Our Authors Forum.” Supposedly it was set up by the Amazon team, but there is a debate going on as to whether it’s for real or if it’s a hoax. However, it appears to be real because there’s an “Official” Amazon badge attached. Here is what they said:

“First we would like to say “Welcome” to our new forum. The `Meet Our Authors’ community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works. This will also provide a great chance for customers to talk to the authors.
With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self-promotional posts in other communities. Starting on Saturday, May 14th, all “shameless self promotion” activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors’ community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.”

Strangely, the old self promotion threads are still up and running, at least the ones I’ve used in the past, and the May 14th deadline has passed. So who knows? Could this announcement be a hoax? Is it just taking Amazon time to remove the old threads? Or are they having second thoughts? Stay tuned for further developments.

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