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i'm bored with yelp bashing

  • thew Jan 30, 2009 10:16 AM

i am really not sure why people get so bent out of shape, as if they have to choose CH or Yelp over the other.

both are useful. both are different. both excel in some ways and fall short in others.

i find they work together very nicely, each shoring up the other's weakness

ok micro rant off

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  1. Agreed, but doesn't this simply start a new thread inviting a rehashing of the whole issue? I've seen the same with Krispy Kreme, convenience foods, and whether certain cooking hosts and shows really are worth their salt and following.

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    1. re: Caralien

      As I posted in the previous Yelp tread and you so quickly picked up on, The same topics gets rehashed over and over and the same people offer the same opinions each time, Much like I am doing right now. That I why I like Yelp, You may not agree or condone the opinions or the language but at the very least your not bored.
      I do notice that it has come to the point where some of the old timers who no longer post as much will weigh in on the redundant topics by just leaving the old treads on those topics.

      1. re: Caralien

        My reading of the OP is not that she(?) wants to compare & contrast Yelp & CH (yet again)--which has already started in this thread--but actually the exact opposite: that it's time to stop comparing & contrasting & just deal with it.

      2. Yelp attracts a much younger crowd than CH. Average Yelper is a 20 something. Some them feel compelled to review their dry cleaners, favorite shoe stores, and nail salons. It is a good resource for reviews of casual restaurants, delis, and hipster spots.

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        1. re: steelydad

          Don't forget some wineries, breweries, libraries, farmer's markets, ferry's, and obscure road side stands outside of major cities.

          1. re: steelydad

            i dunno. hear in NYC i've found great gourmet cuisine, top notch cocktail places, and off the beaten path foods of the type CH aspires to,on yelp, often.

            1. re: thew

              did i really type "hear" instead of "here"? i'm ashamed of myself

          2. I use Yelp as a reference for local spots -=- kind of like a starting point in my search. It's pretty easy to tell the substantial reviews from the insubstantial ones. I find myself using it less and less, however -- the kid-speak tone gets a little wearing.

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            1. re: PattiCakes

              I do the opposite. CH gives me ideas, and I refine those ideas by going to yelp where it is a lot easier to see hundreds of reviews at once for a particular place than CH's craptastical search mechanisms (actually, I usually go to google and do a site:chowhound.com, which is a bit better)

              1. re: jgg13

                Do your search with site:chow.com you'll get better results.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  Good to know, thanks. Though it's still not going to be as good as just going to an establishment's page where all reviews are collated for me, which was my real point :)

            2. I don't really bash Yelp here, but Yelp Birmingham has a long way to go (chowhound is improving but still small compared to other similar-sized cities). Since there are so few yelpers, I know which ones to read and which ones to avoid.

              For example, one yelper recently posted one review in she two-starred a place (granted a chain and one I've never frequented) because a) they wouldn't sell her a weekly soup and salad lunch combo at the same price on a Sunday and b) her potato soup was too cheesy and rich. Both of those comments are simply hilarious to me. In another review she complained that she was seated beside a loud party (at lunch) and then complained that a Mediterranean salad was $8 and didn't even include chicken! And how can they be Mediterranean and not sell hummus or falafel! The nerve of those people! Gahhhhhh.

              A lot Yelp reviews remind me why I hated working FOH and preferred cooking, although that had drawbacks too. It seems like people's sense of entitlement from the service industry is growing (not just in restaurants and not based on yelp reviews alone).

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              1. re: Dax

                but as i've said - those sorts of reviews are obvious and can be judged exactly as they deserve

              2. I think what you say is largely true; each has its place. I don't think all of the respondents on other threads automatically mean to bash (though some do, just as some Yelpers bash CH). But stating preferences and what you like/don't like about either site can be useful too—you *don't* have to choose one over the other, but if you do, why is that? That's a fair question.

                Sometimes there are legitimate complaints and concerns raised, such as the rumors covered elsewhere. At some point, they deserve examination. The same could be said of complaints that get leveled against hounds—that we're snobs etc.

                I use both, and I've come to appreciate Yelp more since moving to Denver, where Yelp is a lot more popular than Chowhound. But I don't consider myself a Yelper—I consider myself a hound. I belong here more. That's all.