So, I first noticed this trend a few years back...a new brewery popped up with some highly rated beers. A "deep dive" into the ratings revealed that a handful of ghost accounts rated every beer a 4.75/5. That's been all their activity on BA, and they literally disappeared, last logging in 5 years ago...all 16 ratings of beer by the same brewery. Eventually, the law of averages may catch up for some beers. However, for other beers it took an otherwise mediocre brew with a average rating around 3.6, and turned it into a 4.02. It could've been higher except they tempered their "fluffed" ratings a bit. Instead of straight 5s, a 4.5 and a 4.2 sprinkled in. I haven't come across this sort of scheme until recently when I noticed a lot of beers from a 1-year old brewery in rated on the TH level. Once again a handful of one-time accounts giving beers straight 5s. Obviously, one can hide ratings to get a more accurate view of the big picture. I'm aware that companies on Amazon hire bots to write fake reviews for their products all the time, so this practice is fairly prevalent. You have to be a critical and scrupulous consumer of any online media these days. I'm just wondering if any of you guys have come across this during your beer advocacy? How prevalent is it on this site?