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Mar 29, 2013 07:13 AM

The Hottest, really?

Hottest Philly restaurants according to

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    1. re: barryg

      No, barryg. It is not a paid feature. It's a subjective list - as is just about every other list that's out there. You're free to agree or disagree with what a "hot" restaurant is.

      1. re: Michael Klein

        Michael, love your weekly column and The Insider. Could you please use your influence with the Inky and ask them to stop already with the slideshows! :)

      2. re: barryg

        Even if not, what kind of top 20 list puts each entry on a separate page?

        Yay, I can sit at a computer and reload the advertisements and trackers on on 20 different times. Each time, I'll be rewarded with a tiny blurb.

        1. re: lost squirrel

          Many websites are rated by how many "clicks" they attract. So, if everyone clicks through all 20 of the entries, the website's value does increase.

          1. re: Philly Ray

            No, not really. As Lost Squirrel says, they want the page reloads for ad revenue. Websites publish lists because they're like wrecks on the highway. People have to stop and look. Publishers know this well.
            No one cares if they're presenting worthwhile information because they get to take it easy at work with an easy piece just before the long weekend - and the business people at the paper are made happy at the same time. It's just fluff, and there's fluff in every section. Nothing to see here...

            1. re: caganer

              So you agree with me. A click equals a page reload, so how is that different?

              1. re: Philly Ray

                You claimed websites were rated based on clicks but in reality there is no entity that rates websites based on any criteria - at least not in the way you suggest. I'm not sure what you mean by suggesting a website's value can increase in real time based on traffic except to say that site traffic data is not something you share with the world so people can judge your value on a whim.
                Web ads are a commodity and web ad sales are a simple quid-pro-quo - I pay X dollars for Y impressions (# of times a particular ad is loaded into a web browser) and that's what I get, my rate doesn't go up if the site gets more popular, the site just loads more ads from other places.

          2. re: lost squirrel

            Fortunately, after seeing a 10+ year old restaurant called one of the city's "hottest" on the first page, you know you're not missing anything on the subsequent pages.

            1. re: barryg

              But hey, you clicked it, read it, made PhillyMag $0.00001. Thank you Barry for contributing to improving the Philly economy! (I hate these newfangled slide show thingies too, but I never realized maximizing clicks was their goal.)

              Whether people care what is currently "hot" or not, I would probably have come up with a fairly similar list myself. I've been to 11 of them (but never heard of Nectar before), and none of the ones I've been to is a scene, just great food and service. The Philly food scene just constantly amazes me!

        2. There is always something to quibble about, and sure it's subjective, but it looks like a pretty good list based on what I think of as hot (popular w/a hip crowd, good food, fun atmosphere, people are talking about it, people recommend it, etc.). If somebody asked me to come up with a list of 20, it would have a lot of the same places.

          1. I found this list provocative and enjoyed hearing/seeing their opinions on the Hottest Restaurants: agree or not it is just another set of opinions upon which to make our own decisions regarding Philadelphia's food scene. Number of clicks, pages required for viewing, although perhaps annoying to some did not deter my viewing nor did the age of an establishment invalidate the entire article or effect wether an inclusion could be hot or not.

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