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If you don't follow the recipe, don't rate it! 
Nov. 7, 2010 12:07 pm 
Updated: Jan. 10, 2011 1:23 pm
It's frustrating when I read some reviews that say "I changed this, that and the other thing, and it came out terrible" then leave a bad rating!  I read once on a bread recipe that the person "is not a good bread baker anyway" and "I think I did not let it rise long enough" but gave a bad rating to the recipe because she did not know how to make it right?

Why do people do this?  It's confusing for those of us who are trying a new recipe and want to find one with a good rating!

Red Velvet Cake has to be made exactly as described, or it will be dense and gross, for instance.  Follow directions exactly before making any changes though, and if you do make changes, it's your fault if the recipe comes out gross, not the original cook posting it!

Does anybody else get upset when they see this?  I mean, it won't ruin my day, but it's still annoying.

Food for Thought...
Nov. 7, 2010 2:46 pm
I find it very aggravating as well as grossly unfair. Some of them are so obviously a completely different recipe after all the changes they've made and then rated poorly. I think the kickers are the bad ratings from people who are rating the written recipe and admit they haven't cooked yet!
Mel K 
Nov. 7, 2010 3:20 pm
I agree that I find it to be unfair also,really do not like the unkind remarks that are made sometimes. There are recipes that I might adapt to my family's tastes,but that change does not give me the right to criticize the recipe or make an unkind remark.I love to read the reviews to get tips and ideas, but not for the ones who give recipe a bad rating and then admit they have not prepared the recipe. Many thanks to all of the cooks who submit recipes and share their success and failures in the kitchen.
Nov. 7, 2010 3:51 pm
what gets me even more is the people who give it a 5 star rating, then if you read the review they have changed so much (added, switched, omitted)that it is far from the original. then the next person makes the same changes, and so on each giving a 5 star. so now this recipe has a great rating, but is only 5 star if you follow the reviews. I've almost given up on the star system and just read the recipe, a couple reviews, then decide for myself. I woln't leave a review if I change the recipe to suit me. if you make alot of changes post it as a new recipe.
Old 'N' Still Cookin' 
Nov. 7, 2010 5:53 pm
Ditto, Ditto,Ditto,Ditto and more Ditto. I can't believe that all the ratings have not been thrown out long ago. They are absolutely useless as an aid in judging any recipe.
Nov. 8, 2010 4:47 am
I've found the comments to be quite useful whether they make changes or not in a recipe. The fact that I get to read about these changes is one of AR's attractions for me. I love the fact that at AR we can access other folk's changes and opinions. I feel bad when a good recipe gets a bad review, but it happens. Don't take it personally. Also, people make mistakes when trying new recipes and I beleive that some of the truly tried and tested recipes that are occasionally given a bad review are due to incorrect measurements or ingredients that were mistakenly left out. There's no need to be mean, though, when commenting.
Nov. 8, 2010 7:41 am
Take it all in with a grain of salt. Be confident in your own cooking and know what will and won't work for you and yours (added changes or not). And like Lace said, don't take it so personally :)
Nov. 8, 2010 11:49 am
I never let it bother me when someone gives me 1 star after they have done this that and another thing to the recipe so it doesn't even resemble where the original recipe. Anyone else reading the reviews will also see the errors of their ways. It also gives you and idea of what NOT to do to your own recipe should you decide to change it up a little yourself.
Nov. 8, 2010 7:30 pm
I dont' look at the ratings so much as the recipe contents and then some of the review comments. I can pretty much tell from the ingredients whether my wife and I will like it. I found your comment on red velvet cake interesting. It is my favorite and only my dear departed Grandma could get it just right every time!
Nov. 9, 2010 4:21 am
Doug, I can't imagine one of your recipes getting only one star!?
Dec. 8, 2010 2:06 pm
I am a relatively new member (have visited allrecipes before but just finally became an official member today) but I have been thinking the same thing. "I LOVE this recipe! But I added this and this and this and this instead of this and this and this." If that's the case, then you didn't love THEIR recipe, you loved YOUR recipe! I have only seen a handful of negative responses to a recipe and it was, as you said above, due to not following the recipe exactly. I don't mind helpful suggestions, but I think people should make it exactly to specs first and then change it the second time if they so desire. Good post!
Jan. 7, 2011 11:32 pm
I always like to tailor a recipe to my liking-what cook doesn't? We all like different flavors and levels of spice and what-not. I do agree with others about changes and then rating affecting the original recipe. I like to read comments to get a general opinion or helpful hints. Another factor is palates-what tastes good to me may taste like ick to you. Or the unknowing. I see recipes for microwave risotto with 5 stars and think, "well risotto is a rice method, not a ride dish. the rise itself in making risotto is arborio", but that's besides the point; in those chef's mouths, that recipe tasted like 5 stars. I guess it makes the most sense to give a rating based on the recipe followed exactly, and then give suggestions as to how to make it better in your own recipe book. But then again, I'm not a great recipe follower because I'm trying to cook based on method, not direction. Altitudes, Brands, the chef's cooking level or know-how, each stove or oven, large egg or medium onion all can vary from one to the next, so I try to keep that in mind as I prepare meals using others' recipes.
Jan. 7, 2011 11:50 pm
Renee-both of your blog posts are so well written and just wonderful to read. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 10, 2011 1:23 pm
Awwwww, thanks, Lissa! How sweet :-).
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