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LA Times on Yelp shakedowns and pay-for-play reviews

Chuckles the Clone Feb 12, 2009 09:51 AM


I think the problem is not so much whether or not it happens, simply that there
is the perception that it happens. It doesn't take much more than this single
article to turn a review site into the equivalent, in readers' minds, of Citysearch.

With at least two layers of faceless corporate overlords focused on the bottom
line, how is chowhound holding up against what must be similar pressures?

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: Chuckles the Clone Feb 12, 2009 02:16 PM

    Unlike yelp and citysearch, chowhound isn't a directory with listings, so there's nothing to "sponsor" -- it's a very different business model. Although, it never occurred to me until this minute, but the "places" feature could eventually be turned into some kind of directory service.

    1. Xiao Yang RE: Chuckles the Clone Feb 19, 2009 08:32 AM

      More on this theme from East Bay Express, though it strains credulity a bit, with assertion like "These days, John chooses to not answer his phone when it's from a number with a 415 area code." (He won't take my reservation?)


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      1. re: Xiao Yang
        adrienne156 RE: Xiao Yang Feb 25, 2009 09:00 AM

        Omg. I've spoken with "Mike from Yelp." Several times. They hounded the company I work for FOR MONTHS.

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        pisang goreng RE: Chuckles the Clone Feb 19, 2009 08:42 AM

        Someone at a Christmas party I went to here in the Bay Area told me this about Yelp in relation to veterinary clinics. I didn't really believe her but now here's this article.

        1. pavlov RE: Chuckles the Clone Apr 13, 2009 12:55 PM

          I am both a biz owner and user. I had 1200 reviews, and as soon as I gave one bad review to a holiday party in December.... I started having reviews pulled without warning. I was down to 1099, then wrote 26 since May 1st and am only at 1111.

          It is pathetic. There is something very wrong here.

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