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May 8, 2014 08:37 PM

Y no reviews? [moved from Washington DC/Baltimore board]

We got lots of posters eager to answer questions authoritatively but don't post reviews. Y not?

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  1. I would guess that while many people enjoy a great meal, not many of them think of themselves as good reviewers.

    1. When I posted this, it was in reference to he Washingtoon DC forum,not Chowhound in general. In DC, the general trend is a visitor asks a question, lots of people jump to make recommendations. The visitor then posts reviews; however, relatively few locals posts reviews.

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      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        That's really too bad cause the places the locals go are easily off the radar for visitors. I get SO much good advice from CHs that I feel dutybound to report on places, either local or not.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          That's probably true on most of the boards. It is easier to write a quick reply to a specific question than it is to compose a more formal review. Also given the format of this forum, a post is soon buried by newer ones. That's a disincentive to putting time and effort into writing a longer review. A personal blog is a better way to display your writing.

          1. re: paulj

            Plus, any review will often bring on a series of hypercritical replies explaining why you're wrong.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              I don't think that has happened to me a single time. And a post may get buried but anyone searching specifically enough will find it. Not once have I ever clicked on someone's blog btw.

        2. we have posted reviews after reviews after reviews. it gets old.

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          1. re: alkapal

            If you're always eating at the same restaurants and ordering the same things, then I see your point. DC has new restaurants cropping up all the time, so there is material out there for people to write about.

          2. I have posted some reviews. But I'm not sure how to find past reviews

            1. I never know when to post or not, where to post it (start a new thread, post on an existing old one) but it is the former that holds me back on some. If I found a great unknown restaurants, definitely share. But the majority of ones I venture into on my own are meh at best, but sometimes terrible. I don't want to post on a fair or poor restaurant based on one experience because I'd hate to do that to a place especially new. It's one thing to answer a question if asked. Should people post on every place they've tried even if the experience was fair at best? It seems like that would be a lot of posts that wouldn't help find the great places.

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              1. re: chowser

                I think knowing which places aren't that great, or perhaps more importantly, which ones are really bad, is good information to have.

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  I have mixed feelings about reporting on a place based on one mediocre experience. If it were terrible, that's one thing. But, I go to plenty of middle of the road places, places I wouldn't return. "I went to Chopstix and had a fair egg roll" doesn't add that much.

                  I liked the database we had years ago when we linked to restaurants and you'd have all reviews in one place. The search function is pretty clunky here and that is one thing that hasn't improved over the years.

                2. re: chowser

                  I also won't post on an only okay place. I don't think it's fair. It's terribly hard to have a successful restaurant and I'd hate to think that I hurt a business.

                  Unless I can't find a previous thread on a place, I'll generally just add to the existing one. I know there are differing opinions on that but I find it somewhat annoying to find a whole bunch of separate ones.