1 star reviews are from malware websites Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Tried this add-on since it suddenly got so many 1 star reviews. Actually it is a very good add-on. Most negative reviews are from the owners of scam or malware websites.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Снижаю оценку, и в первую очередь из за неадекватных оценок ряда сайтов, такое чувство что в этом расширении работает целая группировка недоумков спецом засирающих сайты которые на самом деле никакой опасности не несут, ориентироваться стало трудно и оценке расширения я теперь доверяю на 45% не больше. Странно так же то что на некоторых сайтах комменты положительные но каким то невероятным образом репутация сайта стоит минимальная. В конце концов оценку сайтов ведут не профессионалы, значит и оценка в WOT непрофисиональна и под час не соответствует действительности. Думаю разработчиком не мешало бы заняться теперь уже репутацией собственного приложения и прекратить накрутки и борьбу конкурентов в приложении. И не мешало бы иметь помимо пользовательских оценок, рядом профессиональную оценку сайта по ряду параметров.

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Толку нет ни какого! Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Можешь сам себе на сайте написать положительные отзывы. после снова кинуть людей и писать дальше положительные отзывы от своего имени!

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And by the way..... Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The WOT "safe" rating does not directly refer to malware or anything else.
And thus the term "SAFE" is totally misleading to the average user.
And subject to huge manipulation - something that has been stated and restated in this forum and elsewhere by many, many people.
It simply refers to reviews by "unknown humanoids". And WOT takes GREAT pains to NOT explain how their "Algorithms" allow certain people to have up to 100 times more votes than other people. Although I look forward to reading their reply to this comment along the lines of "you don't understand .... we use really, really complex systems that cannot be maniulated".
Strange. That's not what I have experienced first-hand nor what I have read in this forum and elsewhere.
Looking forward to reading your standard boiler-plate damage-control "we are so good and nice" reply.

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I do NOT trust this site.They are not a web of TRUST- They are not experts on scams / cons- they are ordinary people Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I once gave this site 5 stars - I actually thought the people who were rating sites had "some" sort of expertise - or were customers - or had been scammed / conned and were warning others - I thought they were helping stop me getting conned or scammed --- But no ---- IMHO, the most voting is done by Platinum moderators who have a vote that far exceeds any normal members vote. These are not experts but actually are people who seem to spend a lot of time on Twitter. - They have given reds and beware possibly illegal - dangerous to children - to a site that has no child photos - no "adult" photos and no adult content at all- NOTHING ADULT about the site - Yet it warns people to keep their kids away from the site - and NOTHING AT ALL DIRECTED AT CHILDREN - nothing for sale for children – Zero adult content and Zero to do with children --- And yet this was done by about 3 people – these few people, who were not customers and had not "used" the site- they were " Platinum Moderators " - WHY is this allowed that some members have a platinum status? How can it then be a community based opinions when some members have one vote and others have 10 votes or 50 votes or 200 votes ? How could it not be abused and these moderators not feel as if they can retaliate and “flex their muscle” when they feel like it – especially when they only have to respond “It’s my opinion “

This is not a web of trust - IMHO - it is a social group of bullies –
When contacted the support team said " NOTHING "
They didn't reply at all - they REFUSED to respond to numerous emails- nothing. So don't bother trying to contact them as they wont reply !

They are no different than twitter or facebook opinion based .

WOT should be called - WEBSITE OPINIONS –

It isn't described this way in their title, IMO the title gives you and did me, the impression I was getting some sort of experts advice from people who had been scammed by these types –

But no- These are opinions - only - and as stated by WOT admin - a member ( a platinum member ) can feel they don't trust a site and they can give a red and not have to change it- because it is their opinion !

Yet, I understood it to mean these people were warning us about sites that they 100% KNEW were scams and cons - but no- they don't have to be customers- in fact - they only have to "visit" the site and their platinum vote can easily out vote REAL CUSTOMERS.

Unless you have enough customers - who are willing to download this add-on -
then willing to join the site and
then willing to vote on your web site –
even if you have good customers willing to do this –

Unless you have enough customers like this to out weigh the few single platinum votes-
Your sites deemed to stay red.

And this has been done by a few people who have platinum status and they aren't experts - they are not even customers of the site !


Just google abuse WOT / Moderators./ abuse / web of trust / moderators or web of trust / moderators forum / abuse or web of trust / abuse
It is these platinum moderators who are abusing the power IMO - They hide behind " it's my opinion " and don’t have to give any real basis for giving a site a red.

Check google - see for yourself. This is my opinion on this product. Do NOT download it.
Read all negative feedback here first – then the negative feedback on Internet Explorer and then Chrome and then google it - read - I'm not talking about one or two things, that happened ten years ago – because, I was very suspicious about anyone giving a 1 star - as I thought WOT was 5 stars - I gave them 5 stars and I also told people to download the add-on – I’m talking about a lot - but I now understand how it works and how they have these platinum members / moderators - and how these people have excessively large amount of voting power - too much - IMHO –
Their vote should either equal or at the maximum - double any normal vote - at the very most.

I've read where it's thousands of votes but I have also read where it's 200 votes –
The fact is it isn't equal – and if they claim the WOT community are the ones making these decisions then the community should be equal.

How can it be equal when one person has one vote and another has 10 votes or 50 votes or 200 votes ?

I went and looked at some of the platinum moderators voting – who and how they voted and how many times. - and was shocked -- Look at their feedback ( votes ) on websites - I was shocked.

I was once a person who gave them 5 stars - Not anymore. They can excuse anything because it is an opinion of the member- who just happens to be a platinum moderator and therefore their opinion outweighs a normal members vote by ? 200 to one ??? - who knows exactly. But it is a massive difference and one that doesn't equal a fair opinion - IMHO. This actually allows a few to control and this is wrong - again- in my humble opinion.
The reply said to contact support- They didn't respond when contacted !
enter into GOOGLE these words
abuse / web of trust / moderators
web of trust / moderators forum / abuse
web of trust / abuse

REPLY TO WOT Services comments:
I cannot see where I can reply to your comments- so have edited my review :
You stated:
We have a very intricate algorithm that balances ratings, and protects against such biases and manipulations you are referring to
Your intricate algorithm that balances ratings – it seems far fetched to describe this as not manipulating the ratings.
Why "balance" the ratings at all ? Why not allow ALL votes to be equal ?
Why give some people ( Platinum members ) a more power vote ? When they are average - non professional- not employed WOT staff members and therefore, paid no wages to rate sites - just ordinary everyday Facebook and Twitter type of people -
so why don’t they not have the exact same voting power as any other ordinary person using the WOT rating system? Why give them this extra voting powers ?
WOT gives the impression it is an equal system- but you have just stated you "balance" these votes. (intricate algorithm that balances ratings)
The ratings shouldn’t need balancing. They should be all equal votes. Members, Platinum – Gold- whatever- should not have a more powerful vote than ordinary members. IMHO this leads to those who are unemployable, sitting on a computer for hours on end doing nothing but “rate” sites.
Rating sites that someone has never used, never actually had any real contact with and just brandishing a site unsafe – without any real valid reason.
A site can be called “ I don’t trust” ( a red rating ) because they don’t have an SSL (HTTPS ) – Even though they don’t accept credit cards – so therefore don’t need an SSL. – they have Paypal instead and Paypal has the security ( SSL )
A site can be called untrustworthy because it has ads ! Google doesn’t give their adsense to just anyone but having Google ads gives them the excuse to bully and call a site “unsafe” because the Google ads have tracking – Google is doing the tracking – not the actual site the ads are on – but this is enough to claim “unsafe” .
Also- having a registration form (which anyone can write – name : John Citizen – address “ Earth” Phone : 1234567890 ) where someone need not put their real information – ( it’s a legal reason for some businesses, there must be a registration form of some kind ) - according to these people, this means the site is untrustworthy .
Three things – and when questioned about it instead of fixing it they them deemed the site unsafe for children.
These are not valid reasons to claim a site is not safe for children - ESPECIALLY when the site has:
NO ADULT CONTENT – AT ALL- NO FOUL LANGUAGE- NO CHILDRENS PHOTOS- NO CHILDRENS ANYTHING – Yet having nothing whatsoever to do with children – the WOT moderators deemed the site unsafe for children. With absolutely 100% NOTHING on the site to do with children and NOTHING of any type of adult content and nothing like gambling or anything even similar to suggest this is not safe for kids is slanderous – what’s worse, WOT support did nothing about this- didn’t even reply to the many emails.
You also stated :
WOT highlights the fact that reputation ratings are based on the community and the user's experience and their opinions.
How can it be based on users experience - when they don't have to be customers ?
In fact, actual customers vote have a lower ranking / lower rating power - if they are just a normal WOT member, than a Platinum member - who has never even used the site- let alone been a customer of the site?
USER'S EXPERIENCE should mean just that- they have USED the site !
I was silly enough to believe this meant the person had actually USED the site or USED the product or was a CUSTOMER – But no. Their vote outweighs actual real customers.
They should be either actual customers or have been on the site for more than a few minutes. Especially when they are claiming a site is unsafe for children. – Instead of clicking on the home page and then doing a rating based on what ? !
How can the support refuse to reply to at least 5 emails asking for help ( it was more like 8 – but to be on the safe side I will claim 5 emails )
How can they claim a site that has ZERO to do with children- be unsafe for children ?
How can WOT admin allow this and ignore constant requests for help?
You also stated:
From our experience a positive approach is more effective
How can going to the forums asking for help- begging and crying to them to please help me fix this and ignore all my pleas - then add more Reds- with some Moderators stating " same as others " and leaving a “ I don't trust " with a reply (similar to ) this will teach you to respect our forums ( How dare I question their ratings in the forums and ask nicely to help me fix it- ? )
How can that not be called a “positive” approach ( on my behalf ) begging the community for help- pleading with them- CRYING even to them with please help me ! I offered proof the site was a good honest decent site – but was ignored.
I got the same response in the community forums as I got from the support team- NOTHING.
It seems the only time you have bothered to reply to me is via this feedback.

Community reputation ratings

Hi Trusha.
It is very natural that site owners as yourself will be upset with reputations ratings their domains receive. It is the main reason WOT receives slanderous reviews and negative posts such as the ones you referred to.

It's important to note that WOT highlights the fact that reputation ratings are based on the community and the user's experience and their opinions. Millions of users rate and review on a daily basis. The high volume of users tend to balance the overall reputation ratings.

Your claim that ratings are only based on a specific group of users is misleading and inaccurate. We have a very intricate algorithm that balances ratings, and protects against such biases and manipulations you are referring to.

You can always approach the community if you believe that your site was wrongly rated with your reasons. From our experience a positive approach is more effective.

This link will get you started: https://www.mywot.com/en/faq/site-owners-support/review-request

this addon is not what it claims to be Rated 1 out of 5 stars

La réalité de cet Addon est une collecte, un agrégats d'avis sur des sites pris partout dans le monde des utilisateurs.
voilà la description qui en est faite.
le problème est que ça laisse une grande partie à des évaluations éronnées et orientées selon des opinions, des interets, des lobbying qui traversent notre monde.
la Réalité de l'évaluation par l'utilisateur, est l'ignorance, le manque de compréhension, de préférence sur la religion, la discrimination ethnique et raciale, la calomnie sur des entreprises pouvant arranger des lobby, ou simplement du push par intérêt.
avec toutes ces failles, l'utilisateur lambda n'a aucune chance de s'y retrouver.

le plus grave étant cette prétention à protéger des logiciels malveillants et "autres menaces techniques", ce qui fait dire sur certains sites conseillant l'accelération de firefox, de remplacer la protection firefox (about:config) par wot !
pure folie ...
préférez https-everywhere + noscript + ghostery, 'cause WOT is definitely not what it claims to be.

Not trustworthy! Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I did a series of informal tests recently on several controversial subject areas (I'm a research professor) and quickly concluded that WOT is heavily biased toward certain powerful special interest groups. ANY information that contradicts them is downgraded despite the almost complete lack of negative reviews and a plethora of positive reviews, including numerous sites that I I know to be reliable. Evidence clearly proves that WOT is heavily biased and not to be trusted.

Response to WOT Services poster: The number of mechanisms in place to defend manipulations is irrelevant when the biases and manipulations are performed with the full knowledge and blessing of WOT, as it necessarily must be. WOT's documented sell-out and perversion of trust is not restricted to isolated exceptions as you are attempting to suggest, but is a chronic characteristic of WOT. I do not own any of the sites in question - I am 100% unbiased with no interest other than truth and exposure of corruption. The fact that WOT may be trusted by millions is an absurd statement that does nothing to make your case. Millions also trust pharmaceutical companies, doctors, fast-food restaurants and politicians to their great detriment.

Numerous examples abound regarding various alternative health therapy websites. (My tests were performed 2-3 years ago). For example, various sites pertaining to Jim Humble and MMS. Now, MMS is a thoroughly proven safe and wonderfully effective cure for many serious diseases and the websites in question are completely free of malware, disinformation or potential harm of any sort. The reviews were almost universally positive yet WOT gave them a dangerous rating. Why? The only possible reason can be manipulation by extremely powerful and well-funded special interest groups who stand to lose much as MMS becomes ever more popular. It is extremely well documented that the pharmaceutical industry employs a considerable number of expert shills whose sole purpose is to discredit alternative cures all over the Internet. Pharmaceutical companies also spend far more money on lobbying than on research as well. WOT is certainly not immune to payoffs, just like the recent snopes.com scandal. Other than MMS, there are countless additional examples, but the onus is on WOT to prove their honesty.

Trusted by millions

Hi Marcus.
WOT has many mechanisms in place to defend against such manipulation and biases. If you have an example to back your "informal tests" it would help us look into it and isolate any exception.
If you own such a site you can contact our support as a site owner.

WOT is trusted by a community of millions who rate, review and share their thoughts about sites.

WOT rates content many good safe sites receive UNSATIFACTORY rating Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Beware WOT ratings are biased and based on opinions of content not if they contain malware or are a malicious site.

If you use WOT very long and you frequent many Christian or Conservative Sites you will find many of them rated Unsatisfactory. After a discussion on WOT's Forum I've learned not all user's votes are equal and if certain people find a site offensive based on their opinion their vote overrides all the other users votes. At one time Franklin Graham Ministry website received a unsatisfactory vote.

This user has 3 previous reviews of this add-on.

4th review is a charm?

For the reader's attention, this is the 4th review by this user.

Thank you for constantly "reviewing" WOT. A lot of our technology and algorithms are in place to prevent users manipulating reputation scores. By definition, if we identify a manipulative, or bot behaviour pattern our platform disregards such reviews.

If you have an issue with a specific reputation rating, please contact the WOT community or support.

Ґуд! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Усе працює чудово!

Works great Rated 5 out of 5 stars

it worked immediately and effectively-thank you!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I wonder how they decide who's safe and who's not

Many of the attacks on it are bogus Rated 5 out of 5 stars

WOT is performing beautifully. It is true that any ratings done by actual humans are not going to be infallible. Users should read them and keep their brain engaged.

However, it appears that there is an organized campaign here to discredit WOT and it's community. Yes, many sites have been hurt by WOT. Sometimes that is the very goal of having a community who can fight back.

What isn't included in some of the complaints here is how many of the sites are/were dangerous, virus infected, scammers, snake oil sellers, hate sites...

If a legitimate site has been hurt they can go onto the site or even contact the community and ask for reviews. There is a process and most of the regulars in the community are reasonable people who will weigh the evidence.

The bottom line is even the ratings here need to be taken with a big grain of salt.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

A great add-on; it is very helpful and it had prevented me from getting into malicious webpages.

However, it has been failing recently and it makes new links to be opened on already opened tabs.

If it wasn't for this, I would still be using it, as I think it rating system is effective.

Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for the bug report, could you please provide further information so that we can reproduce the issue? It would be best if you did so in our technical support forums where we follow such issues and fix them as soon as we can (if you haven't done so already).

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Nicht zu empfehlen

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Un outil de sécurité aussi utile pour les internautes débutants que pour les experts. Merci.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Many of ratings is from trolls now days i remove this add on

You may change your search engine. Rated 3 out of 5 stars

"Ratings aren't showing up in search results"
In Japan the search site for Yahoo is "Yahoo! JAPAN".
Surely the above answer in WOT site's FAQ is correct, but almost Japanese think that "Yahoo!" engine includes "Yahoo! Japan".
Then when you want to this add-on, you may change your search engine.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This addon is not really that effective as it will not provide ratings for brand new websites that might be full of malware and other nasties. Consequently, it gives users a false sense of security. You'd be better of using an addon like NoScript to protect you.

Dont even bother Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Unzuverlässig, da viele subjektive und Fake-Berichte. Abgesehen davon trau ich dem Unternehmen nicht zu mit meinem Surfverhalten vertrauenswürdig umzugehen.

Ich hatte bisher im Internet mit gesunden Menschenverstand immer schlechte Seiten erkennen können und das wird fortan auch weiterhin so laufen.

Good idea but bad algorithm. Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Some sites that were safe back in the day but now distributes malwares still appear as safe due to the overwhelming previous "I trust" votes. If you want relatively accurate results, you have to manually view the details of every page you visit and sort comments by dates.