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Perhaps scoring the restaurants on a 1 - 10 scale is not a good idea?

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Perhaps scoring the restaurants on a 1 - 10 scale is not a good idea?

bauskern | Jun 6, 2014 02:13 PM

With apologies to JT, whose website I have perused many times in planning my trips to Paris . . . and who is certainly free to do whatever he pleases with his restaurant rankings!

But I have a concern that many people come to this site to seek out the "best" - - - and putting aside the issues surrounding that quest, a numerical rating system plays right into that mind-set. Then you add the new mathematically derived ratings for the food excellence/price equation, and it gets more convoluted. It begins to feel like Robert Parker's wine ratings . . . "Oh, that wine must not be as good as this one, since it only scored an 88 . . ." And given that many of JT's ratings appear based on one visit to the restaurant in question, it skews everything out of proportion. One dish that is a bit too salty; perhaps the noise at the next table was a little too high . . . and the rating then suffers unduly as a result. But mostly I feel that this could quickly devolve into a chase for the best numbers, which throws everything else out the window. It just feels a little too reductionist for me. I love the photos; I love the descriptions; I didn't even mind the ratings on JT's site . . . . but the more I started to think about institutionalizing the "scoring" aspect of all this, the less I liked it. My 2 cents.

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