Today, I awoke at 8:34 AM.
Like any prepubescent 20’s shota living the hikki lifestyle, the first ritual on my morning agenda is to stroll toward my PC and check my messages—with however half-awake, half-assed stupor I must compel my body to move forward. In an especially hungover state this morning (as a consequence of partying hardy the last night), I was just barely successful in limping myself over to that blinding white screen. Then I see the following in IRC.
Wait. Wait. 23 downvotes…on the same night? I open that fire and brimstone link more publicly known as MyAnimeList, click on “My Reviews“, and shit, there they are. Every one of my reviews is massacred to death by at least 23 downvotes each. My not simple doubled in total votes within a single night, from a lovely 23/26 (88.5%) to a pitiful 23/48 (47.9%). All my reviews are dethroned from their top status, now obscured to death among the ranks of the inanely hidden “More Reviews” link.
Honestly, I don’t know how to feel. Endless amounts of frustration come to mind, but I also can’t stop laughing at my despair. To see so much of my hard work effortlessly come to its demise is…scary, yet at the same time, absurdly hilarious.
I don’t know what or who caused this, but it doesn’t make too much of a difference. I’ve noticed clear vote bombing on all my reviews ever since I posted a negative Aku no Hana one; 4-5 downvotes on all my reviews each night was not uncommon. However, never have I experienced or seen anyone else experience being raped by 23 flaccid internetmen in one night. Bravo anon. You’ve stolen my internet gym clothes. Now you just need a webmaster to catch you, blackmail you to do dirty dirty things, have me fall in love with you, and then you’ll be your esteemed Kasuga.
There is certainly one lesson I’ve learned from being so violated. I will never post a review on MAL again. The likelihood of its design flaws ever getting fixed is, well, nil. I can’t fathom why a single-minded user should have the ability to register 22 more accounts and mine my profile like that. Oppositely, there’s no preventing users from registering dozens of accounts to inflate their ratios (and hence their egos) to always be the top review. What’s the point in trying to contribute to an old cog machine that doesn’t want help?
Yes MAL, fuck you.