This is an interesting question – thanks for the A2A!
For me, it is entirely situational as to what I trust. For example, some people say they never in a million years will trust a Yelp review, and yet today as I was looking up the phone number for a restaurant for dinner, I saw that someone posted it had been tented last week for fumigation (that’s not the problem, good on them for taking care of it).
I checked, two other people corroborated, and while another person said it was open and pest-free this week, I had to reluctantly choose another place for dinner because my stupid asthma will be ultra-sensitive to it. If they’d done it like three weeks ago I’d have been fine. If it weren’t for Yelp I would have gone tonight and been a miserable dinner companion, so thank you Yelp!
For Amazon reviews, I generally read the 1 stars and the 5 stars, and don’t bother with the in-betweeners. My rationale there is, if you can’t fully commit, why bother writing anything about it? 😉
I do read TripAdvisor as well. I like that the locations can respond, and am more likely to visit a place that has a bad review but an active owner/support team on Tripadvisor than one that has tons of great reviews but doesn’t respond to bad ones.
And I have been sucked into GlassDoor whenever someone says “Hey, did you see what got posted on GlassDoor about x company?” I have not found a false review on GlassDoor yet.
Oh, and I totally swear by the Michelin guide. I’m a food snob though.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Reviews-What-review-sites-do-you-use-respect-and-trust-and-why
Originally Posted On: 2015-05-01