A More Accurate Way To Assess Bars, Restaurants & Businesses
Star ratings are the stars when it comes to restaurants, bars and businesses.
In many cases, they can make or break a place – and more often break it than make it because some people are vindictive and some just like to post negative reviews. That is their prerogative, of course, and certainly any business that provides bad customer service or an experience needs to be pointed out for the benefit of others.
Personally, I don’t ever rely on the reviews to choose a place because I don’t know anything about the people posting them, so I can’t trust them. I prefer to ask friends or read about places from trusted sources.
With all that in mind, I have a suggestion for the star rating sites, such as Yelp and Google. And that is to implement a scoring system like they use in figure skating and gymnastics: throw out the highest and lowest ratings and use the medium.
That way, it eliminates any prejudices people may have against a business (or a person who works at that business) or a friend posting an overly-enthusiastic review and rating as a favor to a place or a friend.
Naturally, an algorithm would have to be developed on which best and worst review would be eliminated, but those companies have all kinds of smart people who can figure out a fair way to do this, which in my opinion would result in a more accurate picture of the business.
All these ratings have changed where people go out to eat, drink, go to get their car fixed, their teeth cleaned and all manner of everyday life.
Implementing the figure skating and gymnastics scoring system would make for more accurate reviews.
So, how would you review this article?