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Old 09-19-2014, 10:52 PM
 
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Old 09-20-2014, 12:50 PM
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Negative reviews are such a risky thing for web sites. That's why this site we're posting on doesn't allow them.

Even with legislation preventing them from being banned, there are still many ways that negative reviews can spark legal action from the business being reviewed.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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It amazes me that we need legislation for this. A review site is completely useless if they only allow positive reviews.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:04 PM
 
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Agreed. Any site where I only see positive reviews is quickly passed over as the information is biased, and I always wonder what's wrong with the reviewed item that they won't allow any negative comments.
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Old 09-21-2014, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Negative reviews are such a risky thing for web sites. That's why this site we're posting on doesn't allow them.

Even with legislation preventing them from being banned, there are still many ways that negative reviews can spark legal action from the business being reviewed.
I have posted negative comments about businesses on CD many times. However, I couch the same in language that states "this was my experience" in a factual and even manner, and then any comments as some variation of "my personal feelings are - ." Most often, I just let the facts speak on their own.

The issue is that slander IS an offense that any business or person can take you to court for. A lot of people don't get the difference between expressing personal opinion (protected speech) and impugning with the use of hyperbole and false claims.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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Of course there's a flip side - how to make Yelp work for your small business by encouraging negative reviews.

Richmond Restaurant Hacks Yelp By Encouraging Customers To Leave Bad Reviews « CBS San Francisco
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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Its nothing more than proposed legislation and like most likely going no where.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:57 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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And then you have lots of positive reviews written by professionals, who get freebies for doing that (Amazon)
“There are a lot of reasons why people review on Amazon, ranging from the legitimate desire to share their knowledge (or show it off), the need to feed large egos, and even to just get ‘free’ stuff from Amazon and other vendors”
http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinesharr...n-super-review
Want Free Stuff from Amazon? Become a Top Reviewer - DailyFinance
Yelp:
Free Stuff for Good Reviews | Berkeley | Yelp

They should also prohibit writing positive reviews for personal gain.
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Of course there's a flip side - how to make Yelp work for your small business by encouraging negative reviews.

Richmond Restaurant Hacks Yelp By Encouraging Customers To Leave Bad Reviews « CBS San Francisco
LOL, a mediocre three star restaurant that decided, if they can't be five stars, they might as well just skew the reviews to be a one star restaurant.

It still doesn't do anything to make me want to eat there, but what ever floats your boat.
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:52 PM
 
Location: USA
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They should also prohibit writing positive reviews for personal gain.
I full agree with you about this. Reviews were originally intended to show actual buyer/customer/etc. experiences and got twisted along the way. Paid/compensated reviews should never be allowed!
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