2008 OB Limited 2.5i, Portland OR USA
Entirely true. And there is also the issue that skepticism can likewise ensue from negativity or being overly critical - witnessed by the existence of this thread - and suspicion as to the ulterior motivator behind why someone is not being positive.I think it is just a matter of people seeing that hot takes and hyperbole coupled with underlying negativity is what many people are drawn to nowadays. It follows some faux dynamic that it you are not being overly critical, even unjustifiably critical, you are not being honest. In the same sense skepticism follows positivity because (in this mindset) there is some ulterior motivator behind why someone is not being negative.
But with the internet, it's all about the numbers. It's likely that, all else equal, skepticism about reviews being overly positive exceeds skepticism about being overly negative, just as being overly negative in reviews exceeds being overly positive. Why else would the practice be so pervasive in reviews if it didn't work?