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who edited my review? 
Mar. 1, 2011 6:29 pm 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2011 8:31 am
I just noticed that a review I left recently had been edited and the edits made changed the tone and context of my review.  I was not even notified that edits were made, when they were made, or why they were made.  How is one to leave an honest review if it may be edited to change what was said?  I was not being rude, crass or anything of that nature, I was giving an honest opinion and responding to other reviewers posted ratings and reviews.  I know allrecipes has the right to all contents posted on the site, but notification would be nice.  I shouldn't feel like my opinion only counts if allrecipes likes it.  I am a paying user (supporting member) of this site and feel I should be notified if my posted content is being changed.
Mar. 1, 2011 7:07 pm
This is interesting and concerning. I'd like to know what happened. Keep us informed, and thank you for sharing.
Mar. 2, 2011 4:54 am
I didn't know AR would change one's reviews! Sounds odd but I'd sure like to know more about it.
Mar. 2, 2011 5:46 am
Was it for your 1-Star review of the Wild Rice Pilaf dated 3/1? Or, another one? How did they change the wording? Please keep us posted!
Mar. 2, 2011 6:40 am
What's left of your comment makes it seem like you did not make the recipe?? I'm surprised they left the review at all if this is the case but perhaps their edit just made it seem this way. 3 of the rules for reviewing are: making it, not commenting on other reviewers and focusing on the cooking/eating experience. If you break those or any others they will edit your review. I don't think it deserves a 1 star because you don't like the name or ingredients. Apologies if their edit gives me an incorrect impression.
Mar. 2, 2011 7:29 am
If AR feels your blog is too controversial, they will remove it from front page rotation also. I like the people here, the idea of a cooking community of writers. I hate the corporate overlord fueled by a bible belt conviction. Let's not mention the corporate blogs...
Mar. 2, 2011 8:29 am
I am curious as to which review they changed since i read back to the beginning of the year and the only one I thought might get questioned is your 3/1 "review" that isn't really a review but more of an opinion. There are plenty of recipes on the site that I don't agree with but I don't comment on them unless I actually make them. My worthless 2 cents.
Mar. 2, 2011 8:39 am
Hi Lissa, Thank you for bring this subject up. I've had the same problem myself and got into an email "exchange" with AR over their excessive editing of one of my published recipes, and also some of my reviews. I try not to be negative in my reviews, preferring to take the high road if I can't give at least 4 stars, especially if I have deviated from the original recipe. Much of what goes on here is very subjective and varies according to personal tastes. I have found many other cooking and recipe web sites I enjoy too and am spending a lot more time there.
Mar. 2, 2011 10:45 am
Lissa, my curiosity was piqued so I had to check out the 3/1 review and the original recipe. I felt your pain when I read the recipe. I don't like it when food is called something it isn't. This is misleading and I tend to want to be exact when I name an item. Your definition of what rice pilaf is is correct. I personally have a pet peeve when I open up a recipe and find it contains either "1 package of rice mix or 1 box of cake mix". When I look up a recipe I prefer a guide to creating a homemade dish, not how to assemble convenience foods. That being said, I realize that not everyone has the time or inclination to do this, but please folks, title your recipes appropriately.
Mar. 2, 2011 11:38 am
it was for my review of 'easy red beans and rice', posted 2.25.11. I wrote that it was a shame so many people gave it poor reviews b/c it had tomatoes in it and tomato is 'not authentic to the dish.' my review pointed out that the recipe is titled 'easy red beans and rice', not 'authentic LA red beans and rice' The recipe blurb states "easy and delicious take on a Louisiana classic." TAKE means a spin on a well-known dish. I stated that I thought the recipe didn't deserve the poor reviews it had been receiving b/c as far as 'easy' red beans and rice, that is was. and it tasted good! I was trying to leave an encouraging review in the face of the complainers for people unsure about making the dish. I have read some rude and nasty reviews out there, and I didn't think mine was in need of editing. I can be very honest and straightforward, but I always try to remain fact-based, like my review of the rice pilaf some of you mentioned. I DID make the dish, and I should have added my revisions to that review, which used wild rice (not from a box) and the pilaf method, instead of just saying 'this is not pilaf' (which probably did come across a bit snotty, I apologize if anyone took it that way, I really am not a snot!)
Mar. 2, 2011 12:02 pm
I did change my review for the rice as it reflected my opinion of the written recipe, not the recipe outcome itself. I did make the recipe with drastic changes, and my outcome, along with comments from Linda and Doug, had me reconsider my review. I edited it to include changes I made, which gave it a better rating. @sweetbasil we can open a big can of worms with discussion as to how to appropriately review recipes. We all have different palates; what tastes great to me might taste gross or bland to you. It is safe to assume all reviews are skewed and biases based on the nature of the reviewer. Do I rate it as written, or rate my changes which made it a better tasting dish to me? Personally, unless a dish is horrible, I rate it based on my outcome, and include what I changed ie:five stars with these reviews. But if you look at the recipe and not my review, my star rating just bumps the rating of the recipe as written. @pokerplayingchef well said! Shall we pass around the salt shaker and each take a few grains?!
Mar. 2, 2011 12:43 pm
Hi *~Lissa~* - I certainly understand about mislabeled recipes/dishes. All you have to do is watch CHOPPED for how the judges RIP the cheftestants for misrepresenting a dish. I have a recipe on here for BASIC corn muffins and you should read some of the reviews on there - it wasn't enough of this and it wasn't enough of that - SHOOT ME NOW ! It says BASIC and it is ment to be a building block. Oh well. As for recipes with pre-packaged mixes, as soon as I see that in a recipe (outside of a jello recipe), I hit the back button and move on. Those recipes belong with Sandra Lee on Semi-Homemade or whatever her show is called. And - I read a bunch of your other reviews and they all seemed like good helpful reviews so keep doing what you are doing.
Mar. 3, 2011 4:59 am
Lissa...ANY controversial review, recipe or pic is subject to deletion, or editing by AR Big Brother and he/she relies on the pious and kiss a$$ to e-mail him/her with ANYTHING that is not to THEIR liking...sorta like Ole Timey Russia!
Mar. 4, 2011 9:28 am
Ah, so perhaps someone complained that I posted 'who cares if it has tomatoes' That's fine, but I still feel I should have been notified that it was changed, instead of noticing it and thinking 'well that's not what I typed.' oh well.
Mar. 5, 2011 5:49 pm
Lissa, I totally agree with you that if a review you wrote or a recipe you've submitted is edited in any way, you should be informed. And for the record AR, unless the above mentioned contains bad language, racial slurs or the like, reviews and recipes should NOT be tampered with. If you can't post honest people's opinions, perhaps you should rethink what this site is all about. Recipes BY the people, FOR the people. :o)
Apr. 17, 2011 8:31 am
Go back to the recipe- click REVIEW - your review will come up in the box - reword it to what you want - DONE! :) Then see if it gets edited again.
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