Why is it so hard to get a review added to Roadfood?

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2013/06/21 18:19:44 (permalink)

Why is it so hard to get a review added to Roadfood?

I understand that the Roadfood site has quality standards and wants this site to be a cut above the other restaurant review web sites. While this is worthy goal, the current Roadfood setup appears to discourage user participation in the published reviews.
 
As an example, look on Roadfood at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, GA. There is one small review and one old photo. If you look on Yelp, there are 285 reviews and 57 photos. At one point in time Roadfood was superior to the other sites because of all the photos. This is no longer the case because people are adding lots and lots of restaurant photos to Yelp and other sites nowadays.
 
As another example, look at Toscanini's in Cambridge, MA. There is one small review and three photos on Roadfood. On Yelp, there are 637 reviews and 84 photos.
 
And the Daily Catch in the North End of Boston is not on the Roadfood site. Why hasn't anyone added it? On Yelp, it has 422 reviews and 245 photos.
 
I could go on and on with the comparisons. Pick your own Roadfood favorite restaurant and compare the Roadfood user input and photos to Yelp. It is true that the Yelp user input would benefit from some editorial review and cleanup, but is easy to ignore the lesser quality input.
 
Yes, you can post anything that you want on the Roadfood forums. But it is not so easy to get a Roadfood review published. While the intent may be to ensure the quality of the reviews, in reality this publishing process seems to have put a major damper on user input.
 
And you say?
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