In case you missed it during WBAYDN #2119: A review is crucial! In the early days of this site, the only way to add a beer to your repertoire was to write a review. I am going to (mis)quote @cavedave: "This Valentine's Day, give your wife a card that reads: 'I love you 4.18 stars!' & that's it. No explanation. See how that flies!" Brewers used to dislike layperson's reviews because often, people reviewed to taste & not to style. They would mock the reviewer that would give a Porter a low rating because it was "not hoppy enough", demonstrating an ignorance of the style, but at least they could see how the rating was derived. How confounded do you think that they are with the current rating-only system? This site should return to its original stance of Review + Rating = Beer Check-In. Leave Rating (Only) or Rating + Tweet = Beer Check-In to Untappd! Doubt my thoughts? Let's hear from FerMentor Lew (@therealbeerfly ): http://allaboutbeer.com/article/beer-criticism-are-you-doing-it-wrong/ He makes some valid points, but his last paragraph strikes me as entirely dismissive, especially since he was the one who encouraged me to begin writing Reviews (& giving attendant Ratings) on this site in the first place! Consumers have the attention of the brewers, but without justification for seemingly random numbers, then we validate Lew's point. Who cares about simple numbers? Not me! I hide those suckers whenever possible. I feel the same way about Untappd. Who cares about numbers with a Tweet for a review? Not I!, exclaimed the blind man. Hey, if you are a Reviewer-only & were one of the ones carping about your Beer Karma, here is how to improve. @cjgiant thinks that it may drive users away, but I suppose that it depends on your priorities. You can either gain precious Beer Karma points or you can go back to being a silent lurker. The site chugged along for a long time on Review-driven Ratings & perhaps the time has come to return to its roots. Thoughts?