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(Marketwatch)   20% of all Yelp reviews are found to be fake. Investigation triggered after Red Lobster got 20% positive reviews   (marketwatch.com) divider line 45
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2013-09-26 08:01:49 AM
Your an idiot if you thought this wasn't going on.

I never read a good review, only the bad ones. I only go to the places where the bad reviews are in the realm of common happenstance experiences.
 
2013-09-26 08:13:31 AM
This just in: ALL Yelp reviews are bullshiat. Peace out!

www.signalsondisplay.com
 
2013-09-26 08:15:42 AM
Friends don't let friends eat at Red Lobster.
 
2013-09-26 08:17:20 AM
I find that fark threads deliver timely information that is relevant to my interests. The modmins are kind and always fair. One special thing I should comment on: unlike many ooen internet forums, the more senior members, known as Totalfarkers for the breadth and depth of their internet knowledge, are always friendly and accepting of diverse perspectives, and they are always willing to share their wisdom, especially when new farkers need help in the politics threads.
 
2013-09-26 08:18:45 AM
I'm surprised it was only 20%.
I guess they could only prove 20%, my spidy-sense goes off at lest twice that.
 
2013-09-26 08:20:05 AM
This also explains the politics tab.
 
2013-09-26 08:20:08 AM
least

/yea flood control... should have game show music play while you wait!
 
2013-09-26 08:24:03 AM

Pick: Friends don't let friends eat at Red Lobster.


Alot of younger people don't remember this, but there was actually a time when red lobster was pretty good.  They used to have a fresh fish insert in the back that had 10+ types of fish, including orange roughy, red snapper, better cooked lobster, etc.

Alas, now you can get a plate of rice, topped with a growth hormone stuffed tilapia fed by cow sh*t thrown into a lake in china, covered with cream sauce and 2 shrimp, named after a swamp in louisiana.
 
2013-09-26 08:59:27 AM

plcow: Pick: Friends don't let friends eat at Red Lobster.

Alot of younger people don't remember this, but there was actually a time when red lobster was pretty good.  They used to have a fresh fish insert in the back that had 10+ types of fish, including orange roughy, red snapper, better cooked lobster, etc.

Alas, now you can get a plate of rice, topped with a growth hormone stuffed tilapia fed by cow sh*t thrown into a lake in china, covered with cream sauce and 2 shrimp, named after a swamp in louisiana.


You know what is farking amazing.  The Red Lobsters in South Louisiana are constantly farking packed.  Hell, I get better seafood at the bar and grill down the street.

I just don't understand
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-09-26 09:13:53 AM
Only 20%?
 
2013-09-26 09:16:32 AM

Pep Streebeck: This just in: ALL Yelp reviews are bullshiat. Peace out!

[www.signalsondisplay.com image 420x357]


Now I'm not saying your gay or anything, but your mouth has like 30 reviews on Yelp. Are you saying that 6 of them are fake?
 
2013-09-26 09:43:53 AM
Oh man now I want shrimp fest. Is that still going on?
 
2013-09-26 09:45:50 AM
I'll eat at Red Lobster if I have a gift card (the in-laws give them to us for anniversaries, birthdays, etc.) and if they have their shrimpfest going on. Everything else is overly priced and shiatty quality, but I can go in once or twice a year and gorge myself on their garlic scampi and the coconut shrimp with the pina colada sauce.
 
2013-09-26 09:59:28 AM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-09-26 10:09:52 AM
It happens on other sites too.  One woman left a biatchy review full of on Tripadvisor about my hotel after the head housekeeper told her she needed to make her noisy kids behave so they didn't disturb other guests
 
2013-09-26 10:59:58 AM
I read Yelp for entertainment.  Most bad Yelp reviews can be traced back to unrealistic expectations.

Sorry, Kaitlynn, but it takes more than 5 minutes to make those eight Cosmos for you and your girlfriends.  Sorry, Chad, but most places will have a wait on Saturday night at 8pm.  Sorry, Darryl, but you probably should not have expected free salad and breadsticks just like they do at Olive Garden when you go to The Steak Hut.
 
2013-09-26 11:01:39 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: It happens on other sites too.  One woman left a biatchy review full of on Tripadvisor about my hotel after the head housekeeper told her she needed to make her noisy kids behave so they didn't disturb other guests


They're talking about faked reviews, paid by the owner or operator, to increase traffic to their business.

Still nobody cares about bullshiat complaints.
 
2013-09-26 11:14:53 AM
You can pay $200 a month to have your fake reviews come up on top and eliminate the negative ones. A computer algorithm that sprang fully formed from angels on high made this the case.
 
2013-09-26 11:34:01 AM

Pick: Friends don't let friends eat at Red Lobster.


Not true.  The Red Lobster in Woodbridge VA is banging........  that's the only one................  sad.
 
2013-09-26 12:08:43 PM

mrlewish: Pick: Friends don't let friends eat at Red Lobster.

Not true.  The Red Lobster in Woodbridge VA is banging........  that's the only one................  sad.


Unfortunately it is in Woodbridge, which sucks.
 
2013-09-26 12:28:41 PM
It's referred to as "Black" Lobster in my neck of the woods, if you catch my drift.
 
2013-09-26 12:42:26 PM
The only thing about Red Lobster that is any good is their cheddar biscuits.  Everything else is either fried, drowning in "butter" sauce and/or just nasty.  I tried to give Joe's Crab Shack a chance, but I'm done with them too.  Their food tastes like it's been fully cooked, stored in the walk-in and then put in the steamer to heat up before service.  Lobster shouldn't be chewy.
 
2013-09-26 12:49:04 PM

sno man: I'm surprised it was only 20%.
I guess they could only prove 20%, my spidy-sense goes off at lest twice that.


The only thing in the article close to the headline is a claim that Yelp's filters hide 16% of reviews, so those must be fake, assumes everyone.   Yelp won't disclose how their filter works.

I badger my real estate clients to write Yelp reviews and about half of their legit reviews get filtered, I suspect because for most of my clients it's their only review and it's a top rating so must therefore be fake sez Yelp.
 
2013-09-26 12:50:57 PM

Dreyelle: The only thing about Red Lobster that is any good is their cheddar biscuits.


Bullshait; they're salty and greasy. Might as well suck a hobo's nuts.
 
2013-09-26 01:03:09 PM

Fear the Clam: Dreyelle: The only thing about Red Lobster that is any good is their cheddar biscuits.

Bullshait; they're salty and greasy. Might as well suck a hobo's nuts.


Personal experience?
 
2013-09-26 01:06:04 PM

Fear the Clam: Dreyelle: The only thing about Red Lobster that is any good is their cheddar biscuits.

Bullshait; they're salty and greasy. Might as well suck a hobo's nuts.


I'll take your word on it and call it done.
 
2013-09-26 01:08:13 PM
Yelp in its entirety is a massive scam. If you use it, stop.
 
2013-09-26 01:08:46 PM
Imitation food from an imitation restaurant.
 
2013-09-26 01:11:57 PM

Precision Boobery: [imgs.xkcd.com image 306x413]


I thought I was the only one! Lobsters are creepy. They have too many legs.

I do have to say I occasionally like a good lobster bisque, though. With a little bit of fresh cream on top? Yummers.
 
2013-09-26 01:44:43 PM
Yelp is a racket. The various pay-for-good-reviews schemes have exposed it as broken. Yet people still think its a good site for reviews.
 
2013-09-26 01:47:11 PM
I got banned there because I wrote a negative review once and the restaurant complained about it.
 
2013-09-26 01:51:10 PM

Needlessly Complicated: Precision Boobery: [imgs.xkcd.com image 306x413]

I thought I was the only one! Lobsters are creepy. They have too many legs.

I do have to say I occasionally like a good lobster bisque, though. With a little bit of fresh cream on top? Yummers.


Lobster mac and cheese is tasty too but better to make it yourself. There is no excuse to go to Red Lobster (or take any recommendations from Yelp)
 
2013-09-26 01:56:31 PM

RoyHobbs22: It's referred to as "Black" Lobster in my neck of the woods, if you catch my drift.


So, are you saying the skrimps are awesome?
 
2013-09-26 01:58:32 PM

monoski: Needlessly Complicated: Precision Boobery: [imgs.xkcd.com image 306x413]

I thought I was the only one! Lobsters are creepy. They have too many legs.

I do have to say I occasionally like a good lobster bisque, though. With a little bit of fresh cream on top? Yummers.

Lobster mac and cheese is tasty too but better to make it yourself. There is no excuse to go to Red Lobster (or take any recommendations from Yelp)


If you ever go to Chicago, check out Bob Chinn's. They have an amazing lobster mac and cheese. Everything there is amazing. They have these dinner rolls that are swimming in olive oil and garlic. Sooo good. And I haven't been to a Red Lobster in a decade and a half. I do look at Yelp though, mostly as a "what do they have around here that sells X?" measure. I suppose I could use foursquare or even google, though. The Yelp phone app is pretty convenient.
 
2013-09-26 02:40:29 PM

hardinparamedic: Pep Streebeck: This just in: ALL Yelp reviews are bullshiat. Peace out!

[www.signalsondisplay.com image 420x357]

Now I'm not saying your gay or anything, but your mouth has like 30 reviews on Yelp. Are you saying that 6 of them are fake?


Look! It's the genius EMT who doesn't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're!
 
2013-09-26 03:02:22 PM

Dreyelle: The only thing about Red Lobster that is any good is their cheddar biscuits.


This. Now convinced that the cheddar biscuits are basically their meal ticket Because the fish they serve aren't floating (right-side up anyhow)
 
2013-09-26 05:34:12 PM
The biggest problem with Yelp is that there isn't something better by now.
 
2013-09-26 05:40:08 PM

Needlessly Complicated: Precision Boobery: [imgs.xkcd.com image 306x413]

I thought I was the only one! Lobsters are creepy. They have too many legs.

I do have to say I occasionally like a good lobster bisque, though. With a little bit of fresh cream on top? Yummers.


5 pairs of legs is just creepy.
 
2013-09-26 06:31:30 PM
Red Lobster wouldn't be so bad if they didn't suck so much.

/at least it keeps the tourists away from the good spots
 
2013-09-26 07:19:06 PM
This is why I don't read reviews of anything anymore. I also guarantee way more than 20% are bullshiat. I look at it this way, you can't two people here on Fark to agree on who makes the best pizza, beer, BBQ or whatever. One person will say somethings the best they ever had, and five more will come along and say it's pure shiat.

This brings up two distinct problems. One, if everyone opinions are so vastly different, how can you trust anything anyone says to begin with? And two, people on the internet tend to only know two ratings, something either has to be the best there is or it has to be complete shiat, there's never a middle ground.
 
2013-09-26 08:23:11 PM

Dreyelle: The only thing about Red Lobster that is any good is their cheddar biscuits.  Everything else is either fried, drowning in "butter" sauce and/or just nasty.  I tried to give Joe's Crab Shack a chance, but I'm done with them too.  Their food tastes like it's been fully cooked, stored in the walk-in and then put in the steamer to heat up before service.  Lobster shouldn't be chewy.


You say fried like its a bad thing.

You dismiss poor quality while loving the biscuits: a taste profile of salted, buttered flour :)

Not saying RL is great, but the hate goes a little overboard.

I like fried shrimp. Fish I catch and cook myself. Lobster I don't overpay for - I've never found it worth the money anywhere.
 
2013-09-26 09:17:36 PM

Ready-set: hardinparamedic: Pep Streebeck: This just in: ALL Yelp reviews are bullshiat. Peace out!

[www.signalsondisplay.com image 420x357]

Now I'm not saying your gay or anything, but your mouth has like 30 reviews on Yelp. Are you saying that 6 of them are fake?

Look! It's the genius EMT who doesn't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're!


media.urbandictionary.com
 
2013-09-27 04:42:19 AM
Red Lobster is possibly the best restaurant ever. The staff is friendly, competent, and attentive. The service was quick, the food was hot, and the restaurant was clean. I don't know why every restaurant isn't a Red Lobster. I would eat here every day if I could.
 
2013-09-27 08:56:24 AM
The other 80% are "filtered" depending on how much you pay Yelp for photo space etc. Yelp is pure greed.
 
2013-09-27 04:20:33 PM
Poor knowledge of statistics for headline.

If 20% of Yelp reviews are fakes, that doesn't have any bearing on the % of positive (fake or real) for Red Lobster. For example, suppose that Red Lobster got 100% positive. ALL of these could be part of that 20% fake rating group from overall Yelp.

So better would have been to say something about how RL got ANY positive ratings.

Though, personally, I like RL. Overpriced and some stuff clearly heated from frozen but tasty.
 
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