Reviewer: I read your abstract and, frankly, it really didn't tell me anything about your manuscript. It has some real problems. When I removed the fluff but kept your original words, it distilled down to three simple sentences: A study was done. Results were found. Conclusions were drawn. It gave me nothing specific about the content of your manuscript.
Author: So? Do you have a problem with that?
R: (speechless with quizzical look)
A: That's the way abstracts read. Isn't that correct? Isn't that the way to write—mimic what's worked for others; use published works as...