Angry Yelpers! Japacurry vs. Harvest & Rowe Foodfight Spills Over Into Yelp – Lots of One-Star Reviews Deleted

It’s YelpWar 2011!

Now, the way things were going, three-star-rated Harvest & Rowe was headed for 2.5 star territory last week until Yelp intervened over the weekend by deleting a mess of recent one-star reviews, some from quite experienced Yelpers.

See? There used to be 273, but loads just got cut:

Plenty of serious Yelpers don’t like this state of affairs one bit. See?

Apparently, you Yelpers aren’t allowed to give a one-star review just because you think the owner of some joint is acting unfairly.

But five-star shills, well, they can have a field-day:

Not too busy at H&R these days considering that this shot was a sunny day (think it was Monday) and it was at 12:30 PM, what should be smack in the middle of the lunch rush. Is the boycott taking effect or have people just moved on to highly-rated Mixt Greens and normally-rated Seller’s Markets over the past few years?

Anyway, all this fooferall is breaking the Yelp, which is supposed to be all about you actually going into a place and then giving your opinion.

But the blowback continues. Here’s a recent five-star review that wasn’t written by H&R owner Alison Rowe or one of her sympathizing friends. From Alex K:

“Wow! This place is great!
I’ve never actually eaten here.
I’m just curious if Yelp deletes fake 5-star reviews with the same alacrity that it goes after well-meaning 1-star reviews.”

See?

Oh well. How will Yelp deal with this rebellion? We’ll see.

If I were curious about getting people to like H&R more, I’d take heed of what these people are saying - does none of this criticism ring true? Maybe Japacurry has nothing to do with the success or failure of any given eight-year-old breakfast/lunch spot?

Maybe.

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  2. bennie says:

    Yelp is for retards. The last thing I need is to waste my time on some newbie who 5-stars some joint because the barista is cute and 1-stars another place because someone made them wait for the people ahead of them in line.