Trip Advisor's New Policy

Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Trip Advisor's New Policy

I just received e-mail from TripAdvisor announcing a new policy for posting reviews.

Clicking links I soon came to a complete list of all my reviews and tallies of readers who did and didn't find each of them helpful.

I like the new policy. How about you.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:36 AM
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I'm a big TA user and Local Expert for two home areas. I just discovered the new feature yesterday and think it's a great idea! I loved seeing how my reviews were received (only a couple of my 25+ reviews had only one reader who didn't find them helpful!) One drawback is that reviews themselves will still be anonymous, so you can't directly check the reviewer's stats to see if they're a troll. You can check on Forum posters, though, and see their reviews and posts which is helpful.

One feature I would like is a way to post brief comments on reviews, maybe linked to a separate page to avoid clutter. Some reviews are absolutely outrageous and although I can rate it "Not Helpful," sometimes I'd like to say more!
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:40 AM
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I don't use TA too often, notices it holds my log-in name like this board, and reviews got posted few days after submitting with notification through e-mail.

I don't know if I like their policy or not. Just accept it. Don't hate it, that's for sure.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:47 AM
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I noticed the new features last night.
I especially like the fact that one poster who lives in California but had been made an Oregon Local Expert, had that status removed when she got caught plaigarizing Frommers Travel Guides.

According to some things the TA editors told me, a lot of the new look is to deal with posters who would change a punctuation mark in order to get their names on the reviews/Insider pages etc.
BTW- when you can vote for yourself, it kinda takes away that special feeling when you see if someone thought you were helpful or not.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:08 AM
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Thanks for the insights into plagiarism and self approval--beyond pathetic.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:20 AM
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Pretty funny story Scarlett- I had no idea people would go to such extremes to get published -
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:18 PM
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"One drawback is that reviews themselves will still be anonymous, so you can't directly check the reviewer's stats to see if they're a troll"

My e-mail from TA said that unless a poster requests otherwise, their screen name will appear with the reviews. That way we can track their posts.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:22 PM
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LoL, Scarlett! Will wonders never cease?!

Thanks, HTTY, I going to check it out.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:26 PM
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I had a post on this thread about the same poster but it got deleted. Guess that's how it's gonna be.

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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:33 PM
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What Siouxzee? I'm confused.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:02 PM
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Well, I was just saying that after spending so many years with little kids my DH and I have started eating out again so I began submitting restuarant reviews to TA. I think the new feature is pretty neat. Then I said I had run across a Portland based restaurant review site and was surprised to see a familiar name. This site also has an outside the areas restaurnat section. The thing is that the reviews for the restaurants in my town from the familiar name were not personal reviews but rather of the "I have heard" variety. Well the post from this morning has been pulled and I don't even know what I said to offend. But like I say , it looks like that's how it's gonna be.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:03 PM
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I really enjoyed seeing all my TripAdvisor reviews in a list of links to them.

I had a wonderful time reliving parts of my trips by rereading them this afternoon.

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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:07 PM
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"Well the post from this morning has been pulled and I don't even know what I said to offend"

Siouxzee, isn't that ever so frustrating?
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:07 PM
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I just read a TripAdvisor review for a place the other day that was so pathetically obviously written by mgmt/owership that I will now even more seriously think twice about anything I read there. I enjoyed being able to click that said review was *not* helpful.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:10 PM
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Socialworker, I think you do have to be really careful when the reviews there are glowing in a way that sounds like PR. I think after reading a bunch of reviews by regular people the PR jobs are easier to find. I do feel bad though for newbies who don't know. I think it's a good idea to click the "not helpful" button for those.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:16 PM
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There's two (actually more than two) sections of Trip Advisor. There's the review that most people this of on that website. But here is also a forum, just like this one in format.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:16 PM
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I agree with everything that has been said here about TripAdvisor.

However, I believe those who manage TA are aware of the problems and that they are trying to mitigate them.

Also, I don't think TA should be used as the only source in selecting hotels any more than this forum should be used as the sole source for answers to travel questions.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:17 PM
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sheez sorry!

There are the reviews of hotels and restaurants, that most people think of...
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:29 PM
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I find that "helpful" rating, less than helpful (as an author of reviews) because there is no way to know WHY the person did not find it helpful.

For me, I find the forum set up... here at Fodor's, at TA, and at Thorn Tree much more useful. Where people can ask questions back and forth. Not just make a statement that stands no matter what.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:34 PM
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I'm still confused, Siouxzee (love the name, btw)... Which thread on which board was your post yanked from. Nice to see you on the Portland food board. Somebody's gotta keep that ***winegirl*** honest.

And HTTY, it's gone beyond plagiarism and self-approval. She's also been known to create usernames who ask questions about places, which she then answers under her regular user name.

As to the TA changes, I think they have a chance to add credibility to reviews. I'll be very leery of those where the reviewer refused to allow a username link.
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