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People on Yelp: Why do you all suck?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by kwilkinson, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. alexg

    alexg Senior member

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    Looking up the address of Shake Shack on Long Island, found this. One of the dumber reviews I've ever read, and I've read some pretty terrible reviews.
     
  2. gomestar

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    San Francisco seemed to LOVE yelp. Restaurants had their star count on windows, etc.


    NYC doesn't seem to give a shit. Rightfully so.
     
  3. willy cheesesteak

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    This person doesn't know ANYTHING about burgers [​IMG]
     
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  4. otc

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    lol @ I prefer my burgers dry
     
  5. acidboy

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    ^ probably grew up thinking mcdonald's deyhdrated cardboard burgers are perfection.
     
  6. willy cheesesteak

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    Didn't even eat at the restaurant > Leaves one star Yelp review

    Makes sense
     
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  7. Bounder

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    The good reviews are often worse than the bad ones.

    "I gave this place 5 stars because it's right around the corner from my house!"


    I love yelp.
     
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  8. MikeDT

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    What's Yelp? Some internet search thing that doesn't really work properly?

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  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I shake my head at many Yelp reviews like the rest of you. Yet, Yelp seems to be getting better. I find it to be a fairly reliable. Maybe I am just better at completely ignoring the self serving or rant posts and zeroing in on the more informational ones.
     
  12. foodguy

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    i use yelp a lot. if i'm driving around southern california, lost in a new neighborhood and it's lunch time. yelp is the first thing i turn to. the address/mapping/phones are almost always right. they usually have the hours right. and you can get an idea of what the food is like by looking at the pictures. plus, there is a small corps of yelp users who actually know the multitude of ethnic cuisines we have here. learn who those are and you'll do ok.
    the idea of using yelp before going to a big-deal dinner gives me the shivers.
    it's like starbucks -- good enough when you're desperate. and now so ubiquitous that people forget what things were like before it existed.
     
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  13. otc

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    yeah, that ^

    I hate yelp reviewers....but yelp is a pretty damn good site. I can find out when the place is open, if its going to have a wait on friday night, and if it is BYOB.

    I don't know how to get over the reviewers...If you read them, you can eventually figure out who makes sense and who is reviewing the stale 3pm coffee at a cash only deli in a seedy neighborhood with great sandwiches.
     
  14. otc

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    re: Alinea

     
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    Probably the same guy that got upset when the soup du jour was not the same two visits in a row.
     
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  16. RedLantern

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    and things like this . . .

    " . . .Because the food was good when we got our food to go, we decided to have dinner here. We ordered the oysters on half shell, kimchi pork belly, and short ribs. The oysters were oysters, you can't really go wrong with them. The pork belly was really fatty and oddly sweet. We couldn't eat very much of it and the short ribs were fatty too. We didn't pair our food very well and ended up feeling kind of sick because of all the fat. . . ."

    Like WTF, you ordered pork belly and short ribs. You are surprised that your food was fatty? At this point everything you write in your review comes into question because you are insane.
     
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  20. foodguy

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    i don't know. yelp is an easy target because a) we're all SO much more sophisticated than the general public and b) the demo of yelp users tends to be weighted heavily toward people who are going out to eat for the first time. But yelp is really no different than reading the fit critiques on SF. everybody has a voice, and many of them are idiots. it's up to you to sort them out and choose whom you want to believe.
     
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