I thought at first that might be a good idea to catch people making multiple false comments or catch managers trying to bump their own ratings, but what about multiple users using the same IP address. I know my husband and I each have our own account (with our own opinions), I know I use my account at work on my break and have other co-worker that use their own account. We have a networked service so we all share the same IP address. I think it could get too complicated to try to accurately determine if someone was truly abusing the system. You could end up deleting the wrong posts while leaving the fraudant ones. The best way to utilize the site, I've found, it just be open minded and objective and realize that there are going to be fake posts. Just don't rely 100% on the postings and just take it as a general consideration in addition to other factors
I DISAGREE COMPLETELY!!!!! Shame on you for not "respecting" others honest opinions and the fact that it is a great outlet for vocalizing problems. I've worked in the rental industry before, and you wouldn't believe how many regional managers and corporate offices side with a bad manager because they don't believe a tenant. It's also a great way to know what kind of problem are associated with that property, ie crime, little parking, loud neighbors, bad manager/staff or even how great a property can be. I've read some properties that have nothing but good ratings. It's common freaking sense to know that there are going to be a number of bad/false comments, but for the most part, don't let a few bad apples ruin the whole barrow. The false ones are usually easy to spot too. If you don't like them, post a comment to their post and call them out as a liar, but don't assume that because someone post something negative that it's a lie. Apartment Ratings has done a great service, and it's sad to hear people that take that contribution for granted.
I AGREE 110%!!!!!!!!
While it seems like a good way to determine the factors behind a rating, I think that would be too subjected to stereotypes. People could end up assuming that because the posting was from a retired person that they are just old and grumpy or that a posting from a student is just young, dumb and inexperienced, or a family with kids are..... get where I'm going? Non of these are always true, but it could paint a negative image and false connect others with a stereotype of judgment.
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I disagree! And no I'm not a tenant that's been evicted. I just don't want my private information ran just to post a comment on a website that prides itself in anonymity. Hense the "anonymous " post from the originator. People have to take into considerations that comments are open to the public and therefore going to have a certain percentage of bad or false comments. I worked in the rental industry for 7 years when I was going to college and I learned that you just take the bad with the good and do your job the best you can. If you do your job right, who flipping cares about the comments. So many people get sooo upset over it. It's obvious there's going to be false comments, it's when there numerous comments similar in nature over a prolonged period of time, there's a problem. If there's just a couple here and there slandering the manager, it's probably an angry tenant or former tenant trying to stir the crap pot, ignore it than. Smart people know when stupid people post a false comment. I think it would a violation of someone's privacy to verify eviction. Also what if someone was evicted in the past due to financial reasons of loosing a job? Or what about the high cost involved to Apartment Ratings to run just checks. How will that affect their operations? I think people need to think fully before making such suggestions. While it may make sense for one person, doesn't mean it makes sense for the greater population. You have to be open minded and objective to truly utilize this site.