Your mother told you "honesty is the best policy," but she didn't know about authonomy, did she? I chose complete honesty over pandering.
As far as I can see, the goals of authonomy are:
1. Create a virtual slush pile in which the authors themselves will do the work that makes the publishable cream rise to the top.
2. Help writers become better writers
The best way to help another writer is to be honest. But honesty carries a penalty if you're looking for others to bless your book so that it can rise in the rankings. That's why you see so many comments like, "I LOVED YOUR BOOK!!!! Now can you please back mine?"
Which path have you chosen? Why? <nolink></nolink>
(after I got to the desk).