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Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I found yelp by accident several months back while googling for something.I really enjoyed the ability to read reviews posted by consumers.
There are sour grapes reviews and they're fairly easy to pass by as are the obvious fake one off stellar reviews with way too much business info.Those read like an ad and not a review.They too are easy enough to pass by.
I enjoyed the every day Joe or Jane writing on what their personal experiences have been at a particular place.
I also enjoyed the local talk forums and the ability to mingle and network with people in your geographic location.
I also enjoyed the idea of local meet-ups both yelp sponsored and submitted by Joe and Jane Q Public.
So I joined.
There was no verification whatsoever except a confirmation sent to my e mail address I had to click on.
Anyone can set up any number of e-mail addresses and have multiple accounts going at once,even though it's a T.O.S. violation.
So you get your profile deleted.No big,just make a new one.
Unfortunately,this affords all the wrong opportunities to all the wrong people.
Also unfortunate is how the site's local "Ambassadors"show more than obvious preferential treatment of certain members and of course their "Elites".
Not Elite and have something to say?Watch out,you'll get ganged up on and trashed repeatedly!
You'll be alienated,character assinated,humiliated,much like the klan of grade school bullies of days of yore.
When you attempt to approach your "Ambassador"with this information and back it up with facts,they do NOTHING.
Even ignoring the request for assistance.
Until,you CC your request and provided documentation to the upper admin.
Then and only then do you get response.
Even so,they continue to allow problem posters free range to stalk,threaten and attempt to intimidate because it generates "clicks" to show would be advertisers how active the site is.
yelp is a sham of a site.If you want the experience first hand,make an account and try to get involved.
You'll see what I mean.

Posted by Purvall on 09/01/2009 at 3:09 PM

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