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(Foodbeast)   Some Yelp reviews are crap, so this restaurant plays audio recordings of the worst ones to its customers in the bathroom   (foodbeast.com) divider line 27
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2012-12-04 09:24:41 PM
Yelp.com
Because not all foodies can get their work published in The Consumerist.
 
2012-12-04 10:08:59 PM
Craft and Commerce is a GREAT restaurant, BTW.
 
2012-12-04 10:14:06 PM
www.masterlink.com
 
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2012-12-04 10:47:12 PM

Fo Shiz: Craft and Commerce is a GREAT restaurant, BTW.


With no ketchup, apparently.
 
2012-12-04 10:52:22 PM

Shostie: [www.masterlink.com image 269x300]


That is farking gold.
 
2012-12-05 12:06:51 AM

Mangoose: Shostie: [www.masterlink.com image 269x300]

That is farking gold.


I wonder if people are finally realizing that these feedback sites are just magnets for people who want to biatch, who are probably playing up whatever problem they did have thinking that the management is going to rush to them to shower them with gifts to win them over.

It's good to see restaurants and businesses like this saying, "No, fark you, we think most people see the little game you're playing, so we're gonna post your dumbass comment right here in front of our place."

I mean, I work in customer service. The notion that you can be an asshole and get stuff given to you is endemic in how people approach us. And, too often, it works, and encourages more people to be assholes too.
 
2012-12-05 02:14:31 AM
I believe the real story here is how incredibly hot the author is.
 
2012-12-05 02:25:19 AM
I felt compelled to write a terrible review for The Hamptons restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA last month when I had a terrible experience there.

The food was terrible, service was slow, prices way too expensive, decor terribly bland, and everything just terrible in all ways.

But I didn't write that review. Because just about all the reviews on Yelp were already saying exactly that. The ones that weren't saying terrible things were praising the restaurant as the greatest thing since ever. Obviously those were friends of the owner or paid reviews.

Serves me right for not checking Yelp before I went. Should have gone to Rock and Fish instead of just going into the first open place I saw.
 
2012-12-05 06:21:50 AM
So people are trying to turn yelp reviews into amazon reviews by trying and failing to be funny and sarcastic?
Just because you're a petty biatch doesn't mean a product or service is bad. The problem is you.
 
2012-12-05 06:26:08 AM

abhorrent1: So people are trying to turn yelp reviews into amazon reviews by trying and failing to be funny and sarcastic?
Just because you're a petty biatch doesn't mean a product or service is bad. The problem is you.


yep.

yelp sometimes has good reviews, but this kind? the "let's think we're funny"? are shiat. completely shiat. Yelp encourages it strongly too, where if you even try to be funny they applaud you outright.
 
2012-12-05 06:31:31 AM
And what is so bad about giving Bad reviews ; i;ve given them to hotels i've stayed in for their crappiness and to restuarants for their bad food or service or pricing; i don't want recompense i just want to let others know how things are without them experiencing the same faults.
 
2012-12-05 06:31:40 AM

MayoSlather: I believe the real story here is how incredibly hot the author is.


I clicked the article based on your review of the author, and I must agree, she is incredibly hot.
/Would click again
 
2012-12-05 06:38:14 AM

DubyaHater: MayoSlather: I believe the real story here is how incredibly hot the author is.

I clicked the article based on your review of the author, and I must agree, she is incredibly hot.
/Would click again


Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

Nobody's perfect.
 
2012-12-05 06:44:41 AM

cajunns: And what is so bad about giving Bad reviews ; i;ve given them to hotels i've stayed in for their crappiness and to restuarants for their bad food or service or pricing; i don't want recompense i just want to let others know how things are without them experiencing the same faults.


Nothing if it's a valid bad review. But basing your entire bad review on the fact that you don't like the texture of the fries is petty and stupid. Base it on the overall experience and add the fries as a footnote. It's like going somewhere and having an awesome meal, great service and an overall fantastic experience, then going on yelp and giving it one star cause you thought the music was too loud.

I've seen people give one star or bad reviews on sites like newegg or amazon cause they thought the blister-pack was too hard to open. That not a product review. It's a review of the reviewers intelligence.

/review!
 
2012-12-05 07:04:22 AM
If you look at Yelp elite party pics, it's literally guys who know a lot about football but never played because they had violin lessons and forever-sorority women who overload their Facebook profiles with the same pics of THE GURLZ holding drinks.
 
2012-12-05 07:14:47 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: DubyaHater: MayoSlather: I believe the real story here is how incredibly hot the author is.

I clicked the article based on your review of the author, and I must agree, she is incredibly hot.
/Would click again

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

Nobody's perfect.


Doesn't that just mean she's accustomed to disappointment?

Sorta like being a Jets fan?
 
2012-12-05 07:43:46 AM

abhorrent1: I've seen people give one star or bad reviews on sites like newegg or amazon cause they thought the blister-pack was too hard to open. That not a product review. It's a review of the reviewers intelligence.

/review!


What blows my mind are the people who give 1 star reviews on android market because they don't find a particular app useful to them. People give 1 stars for a puzzle game made for 3-6 year olds because it is too 'kiddy'. 1 star to an RPG game because they don't like RPGs. 1 star to an app that calculates water flow rates for a given area because they didn't find a use for it, 1 star to an app that doesn't work on their Donyang Firefly when a developer specifically says the app doesn't work on crappy phones made in Uruguay. (I have know idea if Uruguay makes a Donyang phone....). And one guy gave an app whose sole purpose was to make fart noises 1 star because all it did was make fart noises. Well, what did you expect, asshole? It says it makes fart noises, and it does exactly what it says. Did you want it to make breakfast for you as well?
 
2012-12-05 07:53:10 AM
s3.amazonaws.com 

This place would have Yelp-inspired bathroom material for months.
 
2012-12-05 08:42:53 AM
This is exactly why I don't use yelp (also no smartphone), whatever happened to walking into a restaurant, asking to see the menu and walking out if the service is shiatty or the atmosphere sucks?

I've found great food that way in many cities, even overseas. I get that yelp can be helpful but when you have one review damning the food and the chef to hell next to a review where someone claims "BEST FOOD EVAR", it isn't helpful. It's just noise at that point.
 
2012-12-05 09:04:39 AM

jake_lex: I wonder if people are finally realizing that these feedback sites are just magnets for people who want to biatch, who are probably playing up whatever problem they did have thinking that the management is going to rush to them to shower them with gifts to win them over.


I was Yelp Elite for several years. Finally stopped when I noticed I wasn't having much fun anymore when going out. Most of my evening was spent thinking about what I'd write in my review and to be "fair" I'd always try to find something good and something bad to write in the review which often required being nit picky. Many friends who I'd led to Yelp and also became Eliters had this spill over into how they dealt with each other. People who use to be fun to be around became judgmental pricks, sniping at each other and endlessly looking for faults. I had to leave them behind when I stopped reviewing. One even started stalking me for having the nerve to leave their little hive of judgement.

Yelp has some nice parties for their Elite members but in the end it just isn't worth having your brain rewired to become an arsehole just so they can get some free labor and you can get some free booze.

I find Yelp to be useful for looking up addresses, operating hours, and some details like if there is parking nearby but more and more I ignore the reviews.
 
2012-12-05 10:17:02 AM

MayoSlather: I believe the real story here is how incredibly hot the author is.


I only stepped into this thread to say

I wish you guys would stop submitting links to her articles on Foodbeast. Each time I see her, I feel sad and lonely for the rest of the day.
 
2012-12-05 11:13:10 AM
MythDragon

"What blows my mind are the people who give 1 star reviews on android market because they don't find a particular app useful to them."

Or 1-star reviews on Amazon because the person who bought the product either ordered the wrong thing or didn't know how to use it.

jake_lex

"I work in customer service. The notion that you can be an asshole and get stuff given to you is endemic in how people approach us. And, too often, it works, and encourages more people to be assholes too."

So much THIS. My wife worked customer service, and there was a never-ending supply of the rudest pricks you can imagine, wanting not only what they were rightfully due, but also wanting ridiculous amounts of remuneration for their "time and trouble". Like one uppity biatch with a broken XBox who expected the company to pay her because her precious little snowflake wouldn't be able to play his video game for a couple of weeks while it was out for repair/replacement.

And that's only one drop in an ocean of stupid.

But you work in customer service... you know what it's like.
 
2012-12-05 02:49:47 PM
Some of you guys are hilariously stressed out about reviews. How about: Don't like reviews, don't use them, you can go your whole live never seeing a single restaurant review and still eat good food. Like them, use them, ignore the bad ones, you might find something interesting to order you otherwise wouldn't.

But I forget, Fark is about biatching about dumb biatching as much as consumerist is about dumb biatching. Shiat, even I'm doing it.
 
2012-12-05 03:12:40 PM

EngineerAU: jake_lex: I wonder if people are finally realizing that these feedback sites are just magnets for people who want to biatch, who are probably playing up whatever problem they did have thinking that the management is going to rush to them to shower them with gifts to win them over.

I was Yelp Elite for several years. Finally stopped when I noticed I wasn't having much fun anymore when going out. Most of my evening was spent thinking about what I'd write in my review and to be "fair" I'd always try to find something good and something bad to write in the review which often required being nit picky. Many friends who I'd led to Yelp and also became Eliters had this spill over into how they dealt with each other. People who use to be fun to be around became judgmental pricks, sniping at each other and endlessly looking for faults. I had to leave them behind when I stopped reviewing. One even started stalking me for having the nerve to leave their little hive of judgement.

Yelp has some nice parties for their Elite members but in the end it just isn't worth having your brain rewired to become an arsehole just so they can get some free labor and you can get some free booze.

I find Yelp to be useful for looking up addresses, operating hours, and some details like if there is parking nearby but more and more I ignore the reviews.


I like doing a good job, but having seen the quality of real restaurant reviewers, not the guys who have a high opinion of themselves on Yelp, I know that I'm still basically going with my gut and don't both being overly nitpicky. I also give places that suck an extra chance in case they don't always suck, so there's that.

The internet is a microcosm of real life: You can't please every asshat all the time, and some restaurants are owned or managed by total asshats. Lame and joke reviews are a part of that.
 
2012-12-05 04:03:48 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/real-actors-read-yelp-review- olive-garden_n_1848261.html

I use yelp and love it. However, I like the real actors reading yelp reviews more.
 
2012-12-05 05:23:39 PM
Last time I was in that place I went to take a piss and was like "what the fark is this?"

The reading sounds like one of those things they play before you get on a Disney ride to give you background for the ride. The way the voice sounds I thought it might be reading some cold war lit, or something super cryptic at least.
 
2012-12-05 05:39:06 PM
Yelp and other "review" sites are based on the theory that a million peope are smarter than one person.

/40 years as a professional foodie, totally unqualified to review restaurants for YOU.
 
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