Site Update: Beer Reviews (one per user, per beer)

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Reviewing the same beer more than once has been discussed numerous times over the years. We allowed it, disallowed it and then brought it back; allowing users to review the same beer more than once using different serving types; bottle, kegs, etc.

    We've opted go back to allowing users one review, per beer.

    Q: Why?
    The reason why we disallowed it the first time is because too many users were using it to sneak in reviews for cellared/vintage beers using bogus serving types. This time, it's mostly to prepare for upcoming features that will require this to be in place. The option may or may not return in a completely different form down the road.

    Q: How many multiple reviews are there?

    Currently, there's less than 16,000 duplicate reviews out of 1.74+ million, which shows that allowing it wasn't being overly used anyway.

    Q: What will happen to these reviews?
    Multiple reviews will be backed up and eventually emailed to reviewers. Please ensure that your emails are up to date; you can check under Your Account > Contact Details; click on your username nav in the upper right corner of the site.

    Q: When?
    I'll be performing the changes to the code and database late tonight EST with minimal downtime.

    We realize that those of you who do multiple reviews will not like this update, but it has to happen at this time.

    I'll update this thread before and after the changes are made.

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  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Update: I'm having too many connectivity issues right now. Going to hold off until tomorrow AM. Again, downtime will be minimal.
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Update: Working on this now. The ability to review will be back soon.
  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Update: And we're back. Sorry about the extended down time on the non-forum side. There was a bit more data massaging that needed to be done.

    Confirmed: Multiple reviews were backed up before they were purged. Reviewing is operational again. We'll work on emailing everyone their multiple reviews in the near future.

    Thanks for your patience.
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