I'll be the first to say I want to slit the throat of anyone who gives me a 1-star review. At the same time, giving someone else a one-star review sometimes feels really, really good. Because if a book sucks (ie it's so slow and dull that you want to pitch your Kindle out a window) it feels good to vent about it.
No, it's not nice to say bad things about a book, which is why usually I restrict such reviews to authors who can take it. I mean come on, Dean Koontz is probably never going to see my one-star review of Longest Evening of the Year. And other times someone just really, really deserves it because their book SUCKS. Not any of my books, of course. They all rule and you should give them five-stars on every website on the Internet...what are you waiting for? Go do it!
Anyway, as much as I hate getting bad reviews, simply eliminating every bad review ever makes book reviews in general worthless. To take it away from books for a moment, imagine if you buy a toaster on Amazon but it's defective and nearly shocks you to death. If Amazon had a "only nice reviews" policy, how would anyone know this toaster is a defective piece of shit? As much as we might not want to admit it, sometimes bad reviews serve a purpose.
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By all means get rid of the flame wars and the morons, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. That's as dumb as when Kobo banned all self-published erotica because a few titles had illicit material. Stuff like that is just damned lazy, not to mention overly reactionary.
(Despite what I just said, I still reserve the right to deck the next person who gives me a 1-star review. And I will do it with the boxing gloves I got from Amazon, which I rated at 3 stars because they're tight on my fat hands.)