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Star ratings in restaurant reviews : reductive or required?

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CTrainInbound Mar 10, 2012 03:44 PM

The LA times recently got rid of star ratings for their restaurant reviews. Devra First discusses the limitations that star ratings place on restaurant critics in an interesting post in Dishing http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

What do all you chowhounds think?

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    ferventfoodie RE: CTrainInbound Mar 11, 2012 09:23 AM

    Bravo to the LA Times! When I was reviewing, my fellow critics and I lobbied the brass to
    eliminate the star sytem to no avail. Let's face it, in the end reviewing is subjective and too
    many readers are guided by the stars rather than the substance of the review which
    should substantiate how the rating was determined. Of course, the content can be affected by
    space limitations, editing, etc.. but, in general, the prose should carry more weight than
    the the "points".

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      freia RE: ferventfoodie Mar 11, 2012 01:30 PM

      I wonder how many people choose a restaurant because of the star rating and don't even read the review? I'll bet its significant enough to remove the star system and to let a reader focus on what is said, rather than a pictoral representation of "worth" aka a star system.

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