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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. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    I agree with what you're saying but Yelp has that star rating mechanism and people are using that in decision making. A couple of local operators I know take their Yelp very seriously due to this and you're stuck with the one star the guy that was pissed off the soup du jour was not the same gave you. I can see where it would be very frustrating if it could impact your revenue.
     
  2. gomestar

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    i had to look at yelp a few weeks ago, may have been my first time actually using it (I was looking to see when a new restaurant near me closed). Yeah, that was a mistake.
     
  3. RedLantern

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    True, but sometimes yelp reviews are clearly in "there are SNAILS on her plate!" territory.
     
  4. foodguy

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    undoubtedly. i know LOTS of chefs and they all hate yelp for the same reason. but i've noticed the reactions aren't nearly as strong as they were 5 years ago. it is in a way a revolutionary innovation and it's taken people time to get used to it. hard as it seems to believe, there are people -- fewer than before -- that didn't recognize the difference between 3 stars from yelp and 3 stars from the NYT. (we dropped our star system a couple of years ago).


    as opposed to "he's tying his shoes right over left instead of left over right"?
     
  5. GreatHighway

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    'look at that S car go'
     
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  6. gomestar

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    stupidity is one thing (like the morons above and their fatty meal), but even worse are those who think they're good writers and they like to "fancy it up" with their food critiques. This applies to far more than just yelp.
     
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    one more good thing about yelp: it proves over and over again how hard it is to write well about food! :satisfied:
     
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    WHY . . . would you assume that?:smarmy:
     
  12. Bounder

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    I don't think we are all so much more sophisticated but some of us are a little more, I don't know, thoughtful? Non-stupid? I don't mind genuine opinions so much even when I think they are obviously wrong. What gets to me are the reviews that assign stars based on totally random criteria that no one except the author could possibly care about. "I gave this restaurant one star because they put peanuts in their kung pao chicken and I am allergic to peanuts."

    It's true that you can sort these out easily enough but to do that you actually have to read all the reviews and that's usually just too painful. And since, because of these kinds of reviews, the star ratings are assigned semi-randomly, they aren't even a very useful guide of where to start. Their motto ought to be

    Yelp: There's a pony in here somewhere!

    I have found urbanspoon to be marginally more useful but only marginally. For one thing, there are usually fewer reviews so there is less to wade through.



    Hold on, there. Granny knots are objectively wrong. They just are.
     
  13. otc

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    Well, the granny knot is wrong. But you could start in either direction as long as you finish correctly.

    The easiest check is: do the loops emerge out of the knot to the sides or to the top and bottom...if they aren't coming out the sides, you've got a granny on your hands (or feet as it may be).
     
  14. jet

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    I do believe youtube commenters and yelpers are of the same ilk.
     
  15. Cary Grant

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    ^ and forum denizens
     
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    37 years old, and I had no idea I may be tying my shoes wrong.
     
  17. erictheobscure

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    Scoping around for different places to eat near my girlfriend's place, stumbled upon this review written by someone who clearly goes out to eat once a year or so. Less funny than just sad.

    Okay, that last bit is kind of funny.
     
  18. alexg

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    Join this obnoxious 20-something Asian girl as she learns that Indian food shockingly doesn't smell and taste like shit. Riveting stuff. I especially enjoyed her need to point out she tipped "above 15%." If only everyone was as generous as Alexa N. Oh, and in case you were wondering what some of her other favorite restaurants are, she gave Cracker Barrel 4 stars as well...

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    Give her a break. She's from Texas =p
     

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