After 3 years as an “Elite” Yelper, I get this email out of the blue:
Of course, their “conflict of interest” concern is ridiculous in my case. An unethical business owner wouldn’t need to be “Elite” to sabotage his or her competitors’ reputations. And if being “Elite” makes them better able to do so, I’ve laid out the rhyme and reason to that program. Unethical business owners could easily do it, and Yelp’s either unable or unwilling to stop them.
Which one of my deep crawls into Yelp’s rotting guts got their attention?
(Yes, there are even more.)
I’ll keep reviewing businesses from time to time. I’ll also continue to use Yelp as my little laboratory, and share with you everything I discover about how the sausage is made.
In the meantime, let us join in a glorious death-scream.