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  •  Unfortunately, yes, YELP is a member. (1+ / 0-)
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    I used Yelp all the time here in Houston.  But the waiters of one of my favorite restaurants, where I have eaten breakfast every Saturday for the past 3 years, recently began sporting "Go Yelp Yourself" t-shirts.  When I asked about it, the manager said that their restaurant ratings on Yelp had taken a hit from unknown complainers - a huge uptick that they had no idea where it was coming from.  Then a Yelp salesman contacted them and asked for a $200 a month ad placement that would allow Yelp to "clean up" the bad reviews.  They can't afford it and rely mostly on regulars who don't pay attention to the reviews anyway.

    That didn't seem like an honest business transaction to me - it seemed like protection money.  

    Yelp joined ALEC to pass legislation that supposedly protects their reviewers from liability should a restaurant sue an individual reviewer.  My opinion on this is that we already have free speech in this country.  If a reviewer is so stupid as to write something slanderous or libelous, that's their own problem.  Yelp should step in and clean up comments when they border on slander and libel instead of seeking legislation through ALEC.  And their business model depends on bad reviews in order to get restaurants to join Yelp, which is where Yelp earns it's revenue - protection from all those bad reviews that Yelp encourages.  Ycch!  

    We are all in this together.

    by htowngenie on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 07:23:58 AM PDT

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