First, let me say I love this site. I like seeing the photos and reading about fellow AR members and checking out the reviews of recipes I may be interested in making. Which leads me to my topic today...rules of the road for reviews according to wisweetp.
Above all, don't be nasty. You may hate a recipe even if it's gotten 50 5-star reviews. That's fine. Everyone has different taste. You can let everyone know that it just wasn't a hit for you without belittling the person who submitted the recipe or
the other reviewers who loved the dish. But be honest, too. If you don't like it or think that it needs significant changes to be a good recipe, it's fine in my book to say so...just do it in a courteous manner.
Equally important; don't submit a review and say "I'd never make this, it has way too much fat/calories/sodium in it!" C'mon...no one is forcing anybody using this site to make a recipe. If the nutritional content makes it off-limits to you, that's
perfectly fine. Just don't review it! There's room for a little indulgence in almost every diet now and then.
If you don't like one of the main ingredients in a dish, perhaps you should find another. I hate licorice/anise/fennel...if one of these is central to the recipe, then I'll keep looking.
And I'm going to differ on this one from many AR folks...I think it's perfectly acceptable to submit a review when you've made changes. I like reading the reviews to find out how someone made it their own. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter. HOWEVER...I
do not agree with someone giving a very low review when they've made changes that significantly changed the dish. If the recipe calls for chicken, broccoli, and peppers and you used beef, green beans, and onions, then it's not the same dish any longer. And
if you didn't like it, then you didn't like what YOU made, not the recipe as it was submitted.
Don't give a bad review if you, for example, made a quick bread but your baking powder was way out of date and the bread turned out like a brick. That's not the recipe's or the submitter's fault. If you are using yeast that's 2 years past the expiration
date, it's a pretty safe bet that your end result isn't going to be what the submitter intended. Try it again or walk away.
I have 4 recipes published on this site. I welcome reviews even if they aren't 5-star and use those constructive ones as a way to improve my recipe or give me ideas for the next one. Not everyone is going to like something as much as my family does,
and I appreciate the honesty. I like the reviews where someone added their own spin, too. It's fun to see the ideas, many of which are great.
Thanks for the opportunity to add my two cents, and happy cooking to all!