When we are in a new town we look for restaurants with 5-star reviews. We are almost always disappointed.
A 5-star review of a steak house is likely not going to mean much of anything to us vegetarians.
The good news and bad news of reviews is clear. It’s great to get reviews from users without skin in the game. It’s bad news because we don’t know what each of those reviewers likes or dislikes. Which is why in high-end audio many of us have our favorite reviewers. “If he likes it, then I probably will too.”
Reviews are necessary. In today’s world of disappearing retail stores, how’s a person to know what to buy and what works? Most people I know simply look at the number of reviews for a particular product. My book, 99% True, has 87 reviews and a rating of 4.9 out of a possible 5. It doesn’t get a lot better than that, yet if you weren’t interested in reading my memoirs it’d likely be a dumpster tosser.
What would be cool is if someone started an app or website that paired people types. For food, I could join other vegetarian foodies that matched my tastes. If they said a place deserved 5-stars, I am going tomorrow.
We might be able to figure out something for stereo lovers as well.
Just a random thought that maybe might spark someone into action.