Just got an email from the City Paper saying that they are readying their user-submitted restaurant ratings guide. If you are signed up you can start rating restaurants; the results will be posted starting mid-May.
The ratings are mostly on some 1-5 scale (ambiance, various food categories, service, value, etc.). There's a final category for Overall Rating (1-5 stars). The instructions are:
"Finally, please rate this restaurant overall on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, making sure to compare it with all other local restaurants in its genre or according to its particular ambition."
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. I'm anticipating mostly dubious PR-speak and avoid-this-place-at-all-costs-because-they-committed-some-minor-gaffe comments. I'm NOT anticipating that most who frequent this board will agree with the results ;)