Unless a place is downright terrible, I would never post a negative review on it. Some reviews are based just on personal tastes and not the quality of the food. I, personally, think that is wrong.
My own reviews tend to be a little mixture of both; my personal tastes, as well as the quality of the food...
...and I am quick to note that it is "JMO", etc, when applicable..
Certain features are fact, like if no food server comes over to greet me for 15 minutes, for instance.
(not even an acknowledgement) . I feel that DOES deserve a negative plug, and is unacceptable.
No matter how busy one is, a simple "I'll be with you as soon as I can" works wonders!
If I find the meat to be tough, I will say so. Someone else might think it's tender, that's what makes the world go round. If I am struggling like crazy to cut the steak, I will note that in my review.
I almost always try to find some redeeming features about a place, though... (like "the bathrooms smelled real nice!")
Can you imagine a world without any negative reviews ?!?
(indiscriminately BASHING places is another category; I hear you about BASHING, Greymo..
but if there is constructive critisicm, that is real cool, though)
P.S. Hey, BAAH BEN, I LOVED the relish at Blackie's when I went there last summer!
I even tried a few bites of that porky Hummell's hot dog... not my type, cause I like a more beefy flavor,
but it was very good quality. Great roadside stand!