We get a fair amount of comments, and some of them are less than friendly. Before posting your comment, keep these following factors in mind:
DON’T DAMN YOUR CAUSE | TURN-ABOUTS FAIR PLAY
DON’T THREATEN | THIS IS PERMANENT
DON’T BE EVIL
We’ve seen instances where a restaurant gets a review, and the restaurant down the street feels jealous, so they slam them in the comments. It makes the whole city look bad, makes nobody want to come to your city, and in the end hurts everybody. In one case the rival restaurant was already scheduled for review, but instead we scrapped the story and skipped the rest of the town altogether. That doesn’t help anyone. Instead of saying “So-and-so sucks!”, try saying, “They’re pretty good, but you know who is just as good, maybe even better, OUR RESTAURANT, and here are the factual reasons why…”
KEEP IT PG-RATED
Keep the language clean, keep the tone civil and we’ll post it. You don’t have to agree with us, you can say that we’re crazy and way off base, but if you use foul language, your comment won’t be published.
BEWARE YOUR ANONYMITY
We had a guy post a handful of nasty comments in 2009 who was shocked that his comments were posted with his name on them. You are not 100% anonymous. We do our best to protect you, but beware that if you post angry, threatening or otherwise embarrassing comments, your identity may become known.
DON’T DAMN YOUR CAUSE
If your business is reviewed, and you disagree with it, posting comments that say we’re a bunch of jerks for saying so may not help you. In fact, it may severely hurt your business. We know you’re upset, but people read these, and if there’s an overly, inappropriately strong reaction to a negative review, it may come back to bite you, as readers will see the reaction and think ill of you for posting it.
TURN-ABOUTS FAIR PLAY
If you attack us, don’t be surprised if we note your comment with qualifying information about you. We track IP addresses, and if you try to post under false or anonymous names, we reserve the right to expose you for doing so. Further, any comments posted become our property, so removing them once you click SUBMIT can be difficult, so be sure that what you’re saying is something you’re not ashamed to have the whole world know you said, even your friends and neighbors.
DON’T THREATEN US
All threats received are passed along immediately, without hesitation, to law enforcement agencies. If you threaten us, no matter how sneaky you think you’re being, you will be on the radar of local law enforcement. We take threats very seriously, and so do law enforcement agencies.
THIS IS PERMANENT
Whatever you post here, stays here. Make it smart, make it succinct, but most of all, keep it civil to a degree you’re willing to cling to at your next Chamber of Commerce meeting, as well as the next year, and the year after that. If you say something brilliant, it will be kept for years to come and serve as a tribute to you and your town. If you say something crazy, dangerous or mean, it will likewise be something that will endure for years to come, so make sure you’re only saying those things you’re willing to be remembered for.