TripAdvisor “Reviews”

Well, so much for being a Top Contributor, or now “level 6,” whatever that means. This was a first person review and I sang at the structure now being torn down fifty years ago this summer. I know where I stood and sang Panis Angelicus. If memories don’t count, why do you have a travel blog? Why just not have an “I’m planning to go to Bora Bora sometime” site? Think about it.

Yes, my father worked there 40 years ago and moved on. I worked there for three summers to put myself through college and I moved on so  that is first-hand information. I beg to differ with your decision not to air my views as there was a Board of Trustees decision to demolish earlier this month.

When I’m seventy years old, will your “guidelines” prevent a review of something I recently visited that someone I knew experienced 90 years ago? What is the moratorium? I suggest you review your guidelines. If your new monetized site that is using my nearly 80K reviews (for free) shrinks from controversy, say it. You’ve been disingenuous in having me write free reviews for you for years. Now it’s a travel site and you don’t want any sticky bits getting in the way, like the hamburger tasted like a hockey puck and the decor was awful 70’s and filthy. But I would never eat at a place like that. Change the guidelines, a former Top Contributor.

Dee, “Level 6”

On Sep 29, 2015, at 9:14 AM, TripAdvisor wrote:

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——original review——-

Subject: Chautauqua Institution

Location: Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, United States, North America

Title: The Amphitheater, Gone

ID#: 314145900

I must share my experience, as the Board and President have just commandeered the distruction of its’ Amphitheater, the heart of the Institution with hard wooden benches and a few bad sight lines but provides orchestra, dance, religion, speakers, music, it is the original Chautauqua and now they’ve voted to eviscerate its heart.

Next summer, try it for a week or few days or for the summer and format your opinion of these grounds and its offerings.

I am very sad at this decision as I pulled weeds at the clay tennis courts, worked at a cafeteria then in program where I was on duty for 80 hours per week, about $1 an hour. I was in college and worked as hard as I could summers to make money for my college tuition. I met some wonderful folks there, but I know exactly where I sat and stood to sing at Chautauqua’s Amp and have remembered being so scared then we kids came home with 2nd place. Never had I been to a “cathedral” so beautiful and I think it made our voices ring out because of the great echoing sound in this old and beautiful place.

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 Proof of the pudding?

I can get the Board decision as well. This is one nasty organization that will not even respond to a Top Contributor with nearly 80,000 viewers.

Chew on that, TripAdvisor. Dee


One response to “TripAdvisor “Reviews”

  1. There is no way TripAdvisor could have known that Dad worked there decades ago unless they contacted Chautauqua and then nixed my piece. Think about the demolition, Chautauqua. Do you want to be Chautauqua as the founders meant it to be? Or do you only want the nouveau riche to summer there and never take part in art, education, religion, only recreation? Note to TripAdvisor, I’ve never spoken to my father about the Amphitheater nor do I know his views on the matter. This is from me as a first-hand story. Shame on TripAdvisor and Chautauqua for conspiring against negative reviews. TripAdvisor is breaking its own guidelines and Chautauqua, an organization deep in my heart, sadly its mission and history.

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