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Add place ratings#262

This feature must have been suggested previously but is there interest in a rating system for places?
Let’s face it, some places are a better experience visiting than others and it would be useful to sort places by how well they are rated by other users.
But does this go against the spirit of Atlas Obscura?

a year ago
1

Another addition or separate suggestion could be free text reviews.

a year ago

The want to go vs been there ratio is already a type of ratibg. I don’t think that more rarings are needed, especially because these places are so diverse and obscure.

a year ago
2

Want to go vs been there is not a type of rating. I have been to places that I would rate 5 stars and others that I would rate 1 star. I also cannot (or would not) rate places that I have not been to.

I have been to some Atlas Obscura sites that have been quite profound but others that have been complete duds. To pick a couple from Edinburgh, I really liked the Colinton Tunnel (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/colinton-tunnel) and would not have found that if it were not for Atlas Obscura, but I thought the wooden animal sculptures (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wooden-animal-sculptures) were less interesting than similar sculptures that I have seen elsewhere and would tell people to not bother trying to find them.

In addition to the above, I don’t think the Edinburgh wooden animal sculptures should have an entry on Atlas Obscura just because they are both boring and too similar to other wooden sculptures in the UK. If we had a rating system, we could see if they get downrated by other people as well, which might be an indication to editors that the article should be removed.

a year ago
2

I personally don’t see the point in user ratings, a lot of places are very subjective and by design this site is meant to showcase stuff that the average person doesn’t know/think about. For ratings and user interactions I’d go to Google maps or trip advisor

a year ago
4

@CoolCrab I disagree that “want to go” divided by “been there” is the same as a review since entries can be presented in an unfair and even deceptive light. Some entries seem really nice but are actually pretty boring to visit or are inacessible.

I agree that Google Maps is a great source for actual reviews, even if they’re usually be a bit skewed and might not match the interests of AO users.

In some ways I think AO competes with Trip Advisor/Google Maps in these categories, i.e. having a webpage instead of just the book. But if there is no interest in it then of course it shouldn’t happen.

There is also the constant balance between having a popular site with many features vs. pointing to places that are actually obscure enough.

10 months ago

An experience visiting AO sites last summer has made me more receptive to visitors’ ratings on places. These two places:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hickory-run-boulder-field
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/eckley-miners-village
were definitely worth the visit. This one:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beaver-meadows-roadside-scuptures
not so much, largely due to poor access.
So I’ve upvoted the suggestion.

4 months ago

I feel like it would really depend on the person, I am the type of person that traveled for 8hours to see a marker that shows the center of a country. I doubt many would do that :p

I fear that with an upvote system the popular places that aren’t obscure will just rise to the top while the rest gets pushed even further down.

4 months ago
1

Maybe require that people leave a reason for their rating. Not just the 1-5 stars, or whatever.

4 months ago
1

Yeah that makes sense @Slgwv i think the feedback about someone’s actual trip to the place is more useful than a rating for determining if I want to make the trek as well.

4 months ago
1