03
Mar
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No, you're not the only one seeing something odd in the web Play Store – the reviews are all missing the Google+ profile data usually associated with them. Everything says "A Google User" instead. You can still leave reviews, but they won't show up with your name online.

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This appears to be universal on the web interface, but hasn't affected the Android app. Note, that includes all content, not just apps and games. We first noticed this issue a few days ago, but unlike most Play Store bugs, this one hasn't been fixed yet. There was a dustup when Google started requiring Google+ accounts to leave reviews, but that's mostly died down. It's unlikely this is any sort of reversal, so don't get your hopes up.

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I'd bet that Google will get this fixed at some point this week, or possibly even today. You can check out any listing (like 10000000) to see for yourself.

Update: And indeed, Google seems to have fixed this in the early afternoon. Apparently Google+ reviews aren't important enough for anyone to take time out of their weekend.

[Thanks, +Erik Lindqvist]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • NoBullet

    Those two people that click on Play Store Review profiles must be shittin up a freak storm.

    • SSDROiD

      Yeah, I'm fucking furious! XD

      • abobobilly

        Thats what she said.

  • Bob Bobetta

    Interesting. It would be nice to call a bad product bad without being in fear of retribution.

    • markotamcar

      Except that most 1-star reviews are moronic and unfair.

      • Bob Bobetta

        So just because a few people aren't exactly qualified for rating apps, we must completely destroy the entire system and give shady devs and fanatical people leverage?

        Mark, please.

        I suppose because some people make poor forum posts we should completely restructure them too, for whatever strange reason(s) you've thought up.

        • markostamcar

          I didn't say anything should change. Just commented on the state of reviews.

        • numpty

          We did. It's called Stack Exchange, and it's marvellous.

          • Bob Bobetta

            I just checked Stack Exchange, I'm seeing anonymous aliases, numpty.

    • ins0mn1a

      also, i could live without broadcasting to the entire world (e.g. current and future employers, colleagues, potential stalkers...) what i am doing, thinking, consuming etc. amazon has a nice and simple solution: your reviews are tied to your account, so you are not anonymous to them, but you don't have to publish your full name if you don't want to.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    And here I had a bit of hope that Google+ will die...

    • SSDROiD

      If anything, Facebook is what needs to die.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Both of them actually

        • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

          No. No. Just Facebook.

      • abobobilly

        I wonder what the future generation of kids are going to be. Gives me nightmares about having a child, really. Facebook needs to die before you have another baby, or that infant might stab you one day in your sleep, for taking his "gadget" away.
        /just a thought

        • SSDROiD

          Future generation? I'm already scared for the future of the current generation!

    • Android Developer

      why not just remove the part that google forces you to use google plus , just to post a review...
      I mean, does it really help anyone (especially the developers) to see the image of the one that have written the review?

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        It actually does. When anyone can leave a review anonymously, they are usually very rude and profanity-laden and not helpful at all. ("This is G^Y". "Eat S#!t" and what not). But when they have to use their account to leave a review, number of trolls goes down.

        • Android Developer

          You have a point.
          but I don't think i've seen a lot of people doing it on the play store, and on the other hand I still see a lot of weird and not-helpful reviews even now.
          some of them don't even make much sense.

          sometimes there are even funny reviews as shown here:
          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tahakkki.august&hl=en

          and here:
          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sec.spp.push

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Yes, useless reviews will always be there. Some people are beyond help. Not all jerks know that they are being jerk. And some jerks just enjoy being jerks in public. But most people don't want to be like that when their identity is visible.

          • Android Developer

            i don't care about the jokes. sometimes i read them just for fun.
            also, not all useless reviews are because the people are bad, since i've noticed that some just don't know english well enough.

            i wish that the reviews mechanism would be more like forums - there people can reply to each other, especially between the developer and the users. currently it's just one review and a comment to it.

  • SSDROiD

    All hail anonymity!

  • moelsen8

    it'd be nice if the bug were to just stick around indefinitely. i might review things.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Looks fixed as of now.