Citysearch Responds + The Funniest Rejected Reviews
A few weeks ago, a reader wrote us a "Dear LAist" letter telling of her bad experience at The Well and how her review was rejected on Cityserach. What followed were many comments, staked on both sides of the issue. Whether the specific review in question was rejected in the right or the wrong, we wanted to hear from the Citysearch directly. So we sat down with Jeremy Reed, VP of Content, at Citysearch's West Hollywood office (okay, so we did it through e-mail).
LAist: One of our readers was not too impressed when her negative review of The Well was rejected by Citysearch. How do you respond?
Citysearch: We do not reject reviews because they are negative. There are 100s of thousands of negative reviews across the site. No user content site can be trusted if they only post positive reviews. We want users to trust our content and use our information to make decisions. To ensure that, our team of editors reviews our content to make sure that all posted reviews meet our quality guidelines. These guidelines are in place to protect against some obvious, general things like hate speech, profanity, attacking an employee by name, illegal activities, etc. You’ll get a better idea of why we have these guidelines in place when you read the examples of rejected user reviews below.
LAist: Citysearch? Ticketmaster? Match.com? Who are you guys?
Citysearch: We are all part of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, along with a number of other well-known web properties - from LendingTree to Ask.com to Home Shopping Network. Mr. Diller's been a big fan and supporter of Citysearch from the beginning, realizing that the web would be a huge part of peoples' lives and that Citysearch would be the way to connect people to what they're looking for locally. Now, we're celebrating our 10th year in business and we're a profitable part of IAC. We started in Raleigh-Durham, then quickly expanded to more than 140 markets. In markets like LA, our editors, along with regular freelancers, have been covering the scene in restaurants, bars, spas and more for many years. Since 2002, we've added comments and ratings from users to make a more well-rounded experience, and our focus now and ongoing will be to develop better products and tools for our users to contribute to the site.
And now for the funny, dirty and random rejected reviews of L.A. As Citysearch told us, "you begin to feel dirty, real fast, reading through these each day as a job."
All names of people and places have been redacted for obvious reasons.
Bar Room: [unnamed bar] room staff are all cat molesters. I heard the bar is built over a ancient Indian burial ground.
Mixed bag for a nightclub
My 2 girl friends and I met NAME the club manager at the back door to the club. He drove us to his bachelor's pad, which was small but cozy and tastefully swank. I begged and begged my 2 friends to feign fatigue and they acquiesed, so I was left with NAME who was mixing up drinks in his kitchen. I proceed to give him a back rub and before you know it, our shirts were unbuttoned and I started to kiss him all over. He is a very tender kisser, and boy I felt like in heaven when his massive pecs pressed against my chest. I had to relish the moment, kissed him all over, and let him have his way with me, front and back. We showered together after and went down on each other for additional pleasure.
Mr. NAME knows how to treat his customers!!!
Unnamed Bail Bonds Company
These girls (NAME), not only provide service to the community but also sleep with men who are married. She is a homewrecker that is unable to value herself as a woman and would, therefore, resort to sleep with someone who is taken. Men, take advantage, this is one that you will really score on. Keep in mind, who know's what she has!!!
Unnamed Daycare Center
NAME NAME You have large very very very very large and nice breasts
Yo! get with the program here Ya need Christ in your life... stop clubing.... and get with the picture... Jesus loves you.. no matter what you've done in your life.... He died for ur sins... stop clubing and go to church!!!!! I've been there done that.... and trust me... nothing compares to the love that christ has to offer me.... Not bud, or boneing can get me feeling the way the holly spirit has me..... You want to go to a real club.... its called [unnamed competitor]... [unnamed competitor's address].... Thats were the party happens.... godbless all ya
PROS: there are no Pros in Sin
CONS: A life w/o jesus is a life in eternal hell
getting upside down at [unnamed bar] is the shoot all of thier redbull drinks are cheaper than my two cent hooch of a wife i got so fricken hyper i could have thrown my nextel a freiken mile i could have stomped my german issued boot through my wwII kevlar vest
Unnamed Hair Salon
Before [unnamed employee], I was a 4'11 mousy peglegged perspiring tuba player......Now I'm 5'9, BLONDE trophy wife...... [unnamed employee] , witchay women....the last magic spell. Truly, once you go [unnamed employee], you'll never have a bad hair day again.