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post Nov 28 2008, 12:42 AM
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post Nov 28 2008, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE(gilda @ Nov 28 2008, 12:42 AM) *

What the.......?? A 4/10 ???? unsure.gif


What the "What the"??? It looks live a perfectly valid review to me. If someone stays at a place where there is also a RV park, I appreciate whatever comments they may wish to make as it may help me in the future. If I'm really interested, I'd even ask which specific park they were referring to.
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post Nov 28 2008, 12:54 PM
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Hi abby,

The problem here is the discrepancy between the positive review and the low rating of only 4/10.
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post Nov 28 2008, 02:10 PM
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Just my opinion, but I feel it's a little rude to copy someone's review and post it publicly in the forum. Even though the reviews are "anonymous," it's still rude.

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post Nov 28 2008, 03:10 PM
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QUOTE(DXSMac @ Nov 28 2008, 03:10 PM) *

Just my opinion, but I feel it's a little rude to copy someone's review and post it publicly in the forum. Even though the reviews are "anonymous," it's still rude.

JJ

Why is it rude, when it is posted one click away anyway? How else can someone make a comment regarding a post. I happen to agree that the score looks very strange. It is a couple of scores like this that might make me skip over that park and look at another in the area. When I look for a park I first scan the scores and then read the reviews of the highest scoring parks in the area. A four to me is a low score and in some ways worse than a 1 or a 2 (I always read the ones and twos because they are many times a personal conflict other than actual park deficency) A four is usually just a bad park. It is a shame that this park is saddled with a 4 when it sounds like the park was fine and the staff very attentive to any problem. This is a perfect example of why an option to allow the park to rsubmit a response to a post would be beneficial.
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post Nov 28 2008, 10:54 PM
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I agree the scoring was strange. But I don't feel we need to copy the review and post it publicly here. It's the equivalent of "talking behind someone's back" but it's possibly in front of them, if the person who posted the review happens to post here, too! We can discuss "Scoring" but copying a review and posting it here... well, what if it was YOUR review that was copied? Now, since you are a park owner, you can't do reviews. But taking a review and copying it here to discuss it, well, I feel it's a little rude.

But I agree on the scoring issue. Weird.

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post Nov 28 2008, 11:36 PM
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Hi Western,

It is rude because the person who made the post is unaware that it has been posted to the forum--and they can't reply to comments.

The reviews are anonymous to protect every one--so there is no way to let the reviewer know their comments are up for public discussion.

I'm sure Glida means well--but I still see this (and always will) as rude. It is the same as "talking behind someone's back". It is not about the content of the particular review, and it doesn't matter if one agrees with Glida's comment (I do agree it is an odd score to go with a glowing review). I don't think quoting reviews is appropriate unless you are directly involved in either the capacity of camper, or owner.

For example, I'd never give a KOA campground a 10--yet some folks love them. I'd also not give a campground with 1500 sites a 10--and I'd avoid one that size as if there were plague. Others love those sort of places and happily give them a 10 (or if they could an 11!). I do not pick campgrounds "numerically" though some folks may do so. I pick them because they are on my route and have the amenities I wish to use. (WiFi)

QUOTE(westernrvparkowner @ Nov 28 2008, 03:10 PM) *

Why is it rude, when it is posted one click away anyway? How else can someone make a comment regarding a post. I happen to agree that the score looks very strange. It is a couple of scores like this that might make me skip over that park and look at another in the area. When I look for a park I first scan the scores and then read the reviews of the highest scoring parks in the area. A four to me is a low score and in some ways worse than a 1 or a 2 (I always read the ones and twos because they are many times a personal conflict other than actual park deficency) A four is usually just a bad park. It is a shame that this park is saddled with a 4 when it sounds like the park was fine and the staff very attentive to any problem. This is a perfect example of why an option to allow the park to rsubmit a response to a post would be beneficial.


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post Nov 29 2008, 12:15 AM
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QUOTE(pianotuna @ Nov 29 2008, 12:36 AM) *

Hi Western,

It is rude because the person who made the post is unaware that it has been posted to the forum--and they can't reply to comments.

The reviews are anonymous to protect every one--so there is no way to let the reviewer know their comments are up for public discussion.

I'm sure Glida means well--but I still see this (and always will) as rude. It is the same as "talking behind someone's back". It is not about the content of the particular review, and it doesn't matter if one agrees with Glida's comment (I do agree it is an odd score to go with a glowing review). I don't think quoting reviews is appropriate unless you are directly involved in either the capacity of camper, or owner.

For example, I'd never give a KOA campground a 10--yet some folks love them. I'd also not give a campground with 1500 sites a 10--and I'd avoid one that size as if there were plague. Others love those sort of places and happily give them a 10 (or if they could an 11!). I do not pick campgrounds "numerically" though some folks may do so. I pick them because they are on my route and have the amenities I wish to use. (WiFi)


Maybe my moral compass is spinning a little off kilter, but I still don't consider it rude. I guess my former backround has me a little jaded in that I was in High Tech and realize that once something is posted on the internet is is available to everyone and anyone and you have lost all control over it.
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post Nov 29 2008, 12:30 AM
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Personally I pay little attention to the score, and more to what the reviewer has to say.

One persons 4 could easily be another persons 10 depending upon their own personal standard that they use for giving a rating.



What you say in words describes better than any number score ever could.

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post Nov 29 2008, 02:44 AM
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I can see JJ's and pianotuna's point. A reviewer may not read the forum, and therefore would not know that their review has been copied without their permission and is being discussed, and that makes it sort of behind their back.

Also, even if they do read the forum they cannot reply if they wish to keep their identity anonymous. So they may want to reply and explain their review, but don't wish to reveal their member name.

But I can see western's point, too. The person did post his review in a very public place leaving it wide open to criticism or praise. And that raises another thought. This whole situation seems rude because the review (actually the rating) is being criticized. Would it also be rude if the review was copied but praised? It's still behind their back and without their permission.

I suppose anyone has the right to discuss and/or question someone else's review. But maybe it would have been better if the OP had just cited the review and then made comments? If readers were interested or curious they could have looked up the original review and then no copying would have been done. Just a thought.
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post Nov 29 2008, 11:40 AM
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I, just this week, sought permission from westernrvparkowner to use his multi-pointed list about campers on another forum that is FAR more frequented than this one. I thought it prudent to ask his permission as the thoughts, although I wish they had been mine originally, were his. While I don't necessarily think it rude to quote someone else, I think it wisest to at least attribute the quote to whomever made it originally.

Regarding not rating KOA as 10...It has been years since I've stayed in a KOA that I personally would rate above a 7. KOA used to be the campground one would go to if one wanted the best. It used to be the same way with Holiday Inn regarding motels. Now, both are somewhere in the middle of the pack. That is a generalization and may not be true for all but it certainly is true for those I've used in the past 10-15 years. I've gotten to the point that I choose not to use a KOA if I have a choice.

When I'm getting ready to go on a trip, I use this web site in combination with the web site of the RV park in which I plan to stay to make a decision. I've never been disappointed yet (I'm knocking on my head right now!)
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post Nov 29 2008, 01:14 PM
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Hi Gilda,

Well, my style of camping is not well suited to commercial campgrounds. I've not done a huge number of reviews but I rarely go higher than a 7 on any campground. Give me 15 amp power, a nice treed location and wifi and I'm satisfied. That being said I did rate one KOA at 9--the highest number I've given to any campground. I've rated one campground at 1--because it is permanently closed and I wished to make that information public. If you wish to see my reviews in detail go here:

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Saska...s.html#CGID9508

and click on the user link.

Some of my camping is parking outside a Church and using 15 amp power with permission in return for a donation from me. I'm fairly expert at load balancing and rarely "blow a breaker" at the supply source. I'm a bit of a rolling stone, rarely staying on one location more than two nights.

I'm quite happy to stay in City and Regional Parks or locations that provide few or even no amenities. I must admit to enjoying a nice long shower or having flush toilets available--but those are bonus--not a requirement.

I will downgrade a park that is noisy or dirty or overpriced and upgrade one that is spacious or ultra clean. I doubt that I will ever give any campground a ten--and unless it is permanently closed probably the lowest score I'd give is a 2.

I've boondocked at -27 C in the City of Calgary for 5 days with no hookups in blizzard conditions so my (tiny) solar panels were of little use (they tend to not work under a blanket of snow). My RV happens to be a Class C diesel so it must be plugged in at those temperatures for it to start. But that's why I have a nice Kipor 2800 watt electric start generator, which gives me freedom to stop anywhere that I feel is a safe location.

My brother has a KOA Kard and will drive farther in a day to get to one. He broke even on the card the first year--but last year did not stay at a KOA once.

I have a Good Sam membership because of the ability to buy health travel insurance when traveling south of the border. I think I have broken even on it camping wise--but only just barely.

QUOTE(gilda @ Nov 29 2008, 11:40 AM) *

Just curious.....Why would you never give a KOA a 10? unsure.gif



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QUOTE(westernrvparkowner @ Nov 28 2008, 10:15 PM) *

Maybe my moral compass is spinning a little off kilter, but I still don't consider it rude. I guess my former backround has me a little jaded in that I was in High Tech and realize that once something is posted on the internet is is available to everyone and anyone and you have lost all control over it.


Doesn't mean we have to participate in that "game." We don't have to "talk behind their back" on here.

JJ

QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Nov 29 2008, 12:44 AM) *

But I can see western's point, too. The person did post his review in a very public place leaving it wide open to criticism or praise. And that raises another thought. This whole situation seems rude because the review (actually the rating) is being criticized. Would it also be rude if the review was copied but praised? It's still behind their back and without their permission.


In my opinion, yes. We may still have commented about the rudeness, but not as vehemently.


QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Nov 29 2008, 12:44 AM) *

I suppose anyone has the right to discuss and/or question someone else's review. But maybe it would have been better if the OP had just cited the review and then made comments? If readers were interested or curious they could have looked up the original review and then no copying would have been done. Just a thought.


That would be better. Maybe just refer to "a review I read of such and such a park in whatever state, from June 2004......" and let people go see it for themselves.

Ok, I know it's kind of the same thing.... but at least it's not BLATANTLY posting it on here.

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post Nov 29 2008, 10:50 PM
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Hi Tx,

It would be the same if the review was positive. It's still the equivalent of quoting "out of context" (no other reviews to balance the equation a bit) and still does not give the person making the review a change for rebuttal.

QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Nov 29 2008, 02:44 AM) *

I can see JJ's and pianotuna's point. A reviewer may not read the forum, and therefore would not know that their review has been copied without their permission and is being discussed, and that makes it sort of behind their back.

Also, even if they do read the forum they cannot reply if they wish to keep their identity anonymous. So they may want to reply and explain their review, but don't wish to reveal their member name.

But I can see western's point, too. The person did post his review in a very public place leaving it wide open to criticism or praise. And that raises another thought. This whole situation seems rude because the review (actually the rating) is being criticized. Would it also be rude if the review was copied but praised? It's still behind their back and without their permission.

I suppose anyone has the right to discuss and/or question someone else's review. But maybe it would have been better if the OP had just cited the review and then made comments? If readers were interested or curious they could have looked up the original review and then no copying would have been done. Just a thought.



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