How Do You Rate?
Mar. 30, 2009 10:55 am
Updated: Oct. 19, 2011 8:13 pm
While browsing recipes, I often find rants, instead of reviews, from cooks who find it foul for a reviewer to base their stars on anything other than the originally published recipe. This leads me to wonder.... How do fellow AF fans generally feel about the 2 types of reviews out there?
On one hand, you have cooks who never review a recipe unless they followed it to a T, and thus are submitting an untainted opinion. Others scour through 10, 20, even 30 plus reviews, until they find that one thing, or perhaps multiple problems, that everyone fixed. They then base their review the end result after putting these changes and tips to good use.
I often find myself short on time and extra cash. Finding & using new recipes can be expensive in both areas! I rarely even look at a recipe that holds 3 stars or less, as not to waste these valuable resources. (In fairness, I'll still check out a newer recipe, just in case it got an unjust review on it's maiden voyage) The way I see it, if a cook uses the reviews to create a 5 star result, but then only gives it 1-2 stars based on the flaws of the original recipe....how many yummy creations would we be missing out on by blowing past unjustly rated recipes?
Personally, I find both kinds of reviews extremely helpful. I greatly appreciate all of the time that reviewers take to explain their experiences, both good and bad, to make the lemon bars that made them famous. I love seeing someone who has the guts to throw caution into the wind and go with the original recipe. Maybe to have their "I told you so" politely handed to them, or maybe to find that it suited their tastes better in the end.
This website has made me better cook, wife, and mother. I've found new interest in teaching my daughters the joy of cooking. My oldest is as completely addicted to this website as I am. I'm excited about putting something new and wholesome on the table because I have thousands of cooks backing me up with useful tips to be sure that the recipe won't be a flop. I feel downright handicapped when using just an ordinary cookbook in the kitchen!
I just wanted to answer all of the rants from those who didn't leave a review. Those who just left a complaint on how others didn't use the rating system correctly. I think the system works beautifully, no matter how you rate.