Sometime during my most recent interactions with 1P Support Forums, up popped a popup (yeah, redundant...sorry) asking me if I wanted to provide a review for 1P on the review site TrustPilot. I was surprised, because I remember not all that long ago seeing text such as "1Password will never ask for a review because...." but I figured that perhaps Agile had changed its mind about reviews.
Since my interactions with 1P support have ALWAYS been good, I thought I'd give it go. I wrote a short and positive review, particularly commending 1P's support.
A few minutes later I got an email from TrustPilot that said, in part,
Your review of 1password.com has been flagged by our software or our Compliance Team because we’ve been unable to verify the authenticity of it. That means we’ve removed your review from our platform. Note that it’s not deleted, but it’s no longer visible online and won’t count towards the rating of 1password.com.
If you believe that there has been a misunderstanding, you’re welcome to contact our Compliance Team by replying to this email. We’re always happy to help.
I figured that perhaps my enthusiasm had been flagged as a bot or paid positive review, so I wrote in. I didn't hear back for a week or so, and this morning got this:
Your review has been removed from our platform because we were unable to verify the authenticity of it. However, we’ll be happy to revisit our earlier decision if you can provide us with documentation verifying your experience.
To verify your review:
Find your order confirmation, invoice, delivery report or proof of service with 1password.com.The documents should show: the name of the business, the name of the buyer (your name), the date, and a reference number. See more here.
Send your documents by replying to this email. We accept forwarded emails from 1password.com, screenshots of user registration/profile or similar, and pdf attachments.
What?? They don't need my first born as well? I had an easier time getting my first adult US passport!! (Almost true...not much of an exaggeration*.)
I decided to see what I could find about reviews of TrustPilot, and from what I've found, Agile may wish to reconsider using that platform. Most of what's out there is not flattering. The repeated references to the fact that TrustPilot allows companies to pay to have negative reviews deleted is the most egregious criticism I found, but not the only one.
*In 1974 I went to the US Passport office in Washington DC with the requisite documents (birth certificate & driver's license, if I remember correctly), but the passport official said the raised seal on the birth certificate had worn down so it couldn't be accepted. As my face fell, he asked me if I had ever been out of the country, and I said that I had, when I was 6 months old. He asked if I could get my hands on my mother's passport from that trip, that could help. Back in 1953 babies didn't have their own passport but had an entry in a parent's passport with a name, DOB, and a baby picture. I brought that in, and I got my passport on the spot. Somehow I don't think the passport official could readily discern a resemblance between the baby picture and the long-haired, bearded 21 year old in front of him! Somehow I suspect this wouldn't work in 2018!
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