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post Jun 8 2013, 03:48 PM
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I honestly don't think that the kinds of places we frequent are prone to falsely planted reviews. We don't often go to high profile places that would wage ratings wars with each other. Our kind of restaurants are small local places in smaller cities. We're not naive about how to interpret reviews; we always discount the ones written by people who complain about everything or the ones that are too complimentary.

What we look at primarily is the distribution of reviews across ratings categories. At most decent places the number of low ratings will decrease as the rating level decreases. In other words there will be fewer 2-star ratings than 3-star and fewer yet 1-star ones. What we try to avoid are those places that have a cluster of very poor ratings that "clump" near the bottom. That often seems to indicate an inconsistency of performance which results in some "really bad" days.

If a restaurant has more than a handful of reviews it is unlikely that a significant fraction of them will be "plants" anyway. Like any other statistical analysis problem, as the number of samples gets larger the true distribution becomes more evident. I rarely pay that much attention to any particular review but, rather, I look to see where the average rating is. IMHO most restaurants end up with averages in the 3-4 star range. We try to look for those that rate 4+ or higher.


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post Jun 8 2013, 03:55 PM
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It is almost impossible to detect a serious review cheater. I heard of one B and B that had over 500 bogus reviews. Places brag about them and how good they are. Big monitary incentive to cheat.


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post Jun 9 2013, 12:41 AM
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To each his own; as long as I am content with the places I go on the basis of TripAdvisor reviews then I am satisfied. I am not as cynical as you with respect to how many of the reviews are false; I guess when I encounter the first place at which I have a serious disagreement with the opinions of reviewers I'll revisit my position. Until then I will consider it to be a valuable resource.


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post Aug 2 2013, 04:12 PM
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Pet Peeve: Exterior speakers.

There is an amazing invention for personal enjoyment of music in public spaces: headphones.
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post Aug 2 2013, 05:10 PM
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I have personal experience with Trip Adviser and have read many articles and studies about their results. Many places also ask certain people to give good reviews and give rewards for them. It is not being cynical, it is local knowledge. Feel free to believe them all, but realize that most of the time you will be reading bogus reviews. They thrive on people like you who believe the hype. Smaller sites who try to eliminate fraud are much better.


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post Sep 1 2013, 10:10 PM
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cwcsmc,

Your post was removed here because it contained an inappropriate word. You are welcome to post your comments again without that word.
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post Sep 2 2013, 11:21 AM
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QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Sep 1 2013, 11:10 PM) *

cwcsmc,

Your post was removed here because it contained an inappropriate word. You are welcome to post your comments again without that word.


So what was the word? Never mind. Doesn't matter. I didn't save a copy of what I wrote so I guess it doesn't matter because I am not going to re-write it and therefore your little community is safe from outsiders who have a different view about what RV'ing is doing to the world of camping.
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post Sep 2 2013, 04:10 PM
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We don't have a problem with you having a different opinion. We do have a problem with your attitude towards those of us that think differently than you do. No one said a thing about your being wrong with what you look for in a camp spot but you have said lots of things against us just because we like our RV's. Perhaps your day would go better if you would get that load of anger off your shoulders.
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post Sep 3 2013, 07:16 AM
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One of my pet peeves are people that use inappropriate words in a public forum then act like they don't know what word they used.
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post Sep 3 2013, 12:54 PM
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QUOTE(HappiestCamper @ Sep 3 2013, 08:16 AM) *

One of my pet peeves are people that use inappropriate words in a public forum then act like they don't know what word they used.

Sure wish we had a like button I could use for this comment. biggrin.gif
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post Sep 8 2013, 03:34 PM
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Most Likely I am THE pet peeve on here, one of those annoying dudes from the U.K in a large 37ft class A Rental MH, although I have been doing this for 20 years and have covered around 100,000 miles in the U.S in most states and a lot of major cities etc, so am quite experienced and used to large vehicles.

My pet peeve has been mentioned here before, folks who join interstates at a nice leisurely 40mph or so, who expect you to move over, you do so to avoid parking in their Queen size and then get a Peterbuilt up your ass because they then speed up leaving you stranded in the left lane...

Also Gas Stations where when in a long almost 40ft vehicle with the fuel filler at the back, means your front end is now in the shop next to the shelf with the beef jerky on it.

Folks who pay to enter a beautiful national park and then have to get through it in under 25 minutes and expect you to drive over a cliff to get out of their way.

Overal though, driving in the U.S is far more relaxing than in the U.K
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If you've driven 100,000 miles in a rental RV then you probably aren't our concern. No doubt by now you've learned which side of the road we drive on over here! laugh.gif

But we totally agree with you with respect to tourists who think that national parks are "tickets to be punched" as in, "Ok, I saw Yellowstone this morning; we'll do the Tetons after lunch." A few years ago we encountered a lady at the Little Bighorn battlefield who went from viewpoint to viewpoint simply photographing the signs without spending even a moment to read them. Maybe she read them when she got home! biggrin.gif


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post Sep 24 2013, 10:20 AM
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QUOTE(jim crowl @ Aug 22 2012, 08:56 PM) *

My pet peeves are related to people, rather than facilities:

1. Neighbors who do not know the term "bedtime", and are outside laughing and talking at the top of their lungs at 1am, 2am etc. just like it were the middle of the day. When this has happened I usually just shut the windows and turn on the air conditioning to drown them out and get some sleep.

2. Pet owners who make no effort to quiet barking dogs, or clean up after them. The park I am at this week has an interesting policy: they charge campers a $25 fee if they are caught NOT cleaning up after their pet, and give campers a $25 payment if they turn someone in NOT cleaning up after their pet. It must be working, as I have not seen any pet waste.

3. Smokers who feel the earth is their ashtray. I stayed at one park that was fairly new, overall kept clean, but had over 200 cigarette butts in my site alone (no I didn't count them, but that's accurate). I'm not a smoker, but assume it must have been someone who stayed more than one night.


I am naively new to RVing AND I'm of all things a resident camp host..#2. is quite intriguing to me.
I have dogs and often clean up after lazy campers. We offer an enclosed area where the dogs can be off leash to do their business and a large can to put the droppings in, just inside the gate. There are also posted signs asking to clean up after your pet.
I've been known to catch the camper walking past my site and hand them a baggie asking them to clean up and oops you must have forgotten a baggie. lol. No they weren't happy, but it didn't happen again, at least with them.
Offering incentive to clean up is something my manager probably won't do, but I'm gonna bring this up.
I don't wanna be the poop cops, but the mess ultimately ends up being my job, because it matters to me how my park looks and what my own dog is exposed to.
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post Sep 27 2013, 11:33 PM
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I've been reading these posts, sometimes getting a kick out of them, for quite some time. Often I thought "ah, yeah, campfires suck" or "hope that wasn't my dog's pile that the guy stepped in"....never thinking I'd have my own.

Well, it seems lately there are two that are really odd, but happen so frequently now I'm scratching my head over them.

1. "Your dog/kid/whatever is so cute!! I could just take her/him with me! Better lock him/her up!"
Okay friends, I get it. My kid is cute. My dog is cute. I take the compliment. But for goodness sake don't joke about kid/dog napping. Really now. It kind of takes the relaxing element out of the experience. You may look like a sweet old grandpa/ma to some, but to me, well, you just became a total CREEPER.

2. CG hosts or neighbors who are on a crusade. I don't want the flyers. I don't want to hear about JC or the Bible. I just want to get to my site and take off my shoes. Talk to me about coffee, about your homeland, about anything. Except how much you want to save me. Let me take care of that.

and pay showers. Those suck, especially when I can't load them and they turn off every 4 minutes while I scramble for another quarter with soapy fingers.
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post Sep 28 2013, 08:32 AM
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QUOTE(ThreeTravellingBlondes @ Sep 27 2013, 10:33 PM) *

and pay showers. Those suck, especially when I can't load them and they turn off every 4 minutes while I scramble for another quarter with soapy fingers.


I forgot about pay showers! I understand having showers on a timer -- our local state park has that, push the button and you have about a minute of water - just push again for more, you do this for as long as you like. The timer helps control usage and conserve water.

When I pay $30-$60 (or more) for a campsite, why do I have to pay if I want to use the campground showers?


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