Frustrating Diner Rejection

Is it the photo??? I personally like the fact that I got more in the nomination more than just the sign... but perhaps that is NOT a good idea...

Thoughts? Because this just frustrates me.


  • Faversham71-INGFaversham71-ING Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The photo is a bit messy - you really want a clear simple image that focuses on what you are nominaing (sign or building it doesn't really matter). I personally wouldn't reject under the photo, and whilst that easily corrected typo sticks out like a sore thumb I wouldn't reject under title or description. To be brutally honest though based on the description I couldn't give it more than 2* and would expect a lot of people to reject under other.

    Restaurants are notoriously hard to get through and you really need to get photo and title spot on to stand a chance, but what really lets you down is showing that this meets the main criteria - you need to up your sales pitch dramatically to convince reviewers it's a great place to explore or socialise and not just a generic diner.

  • 3Dukes-ING3Dukes-ING Posts: 37 ✭✭

    It all feels so exhausting in terms of pushing a specific narrative / sales pitch. Based on the quality of the waypoints that are currently in the system something like the above seems like a no brainer to me - yet I see other random benches or plaques that are wayspots that are far, far less noteworthy or encourage any degree of exploration at all.

    But I hear what you're saying. It just feels like it's really just a major **** **** in terms of who reviews what, and what they think of it personally.

    I know, I have historically tried to get too much of the "whole area" in the main photo for the wayspot's I submit. I need to instead be focusing more on just the primary subject of the wayspot.

  • Faversham71-INGFaversham71-ING Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't compare your nominatiions to some of the rubbish out there - just focus on making your's as good as can be. Don't forget under older criteria just being a plaque was essentially enough to meet criteria.

    Personally I'd try a clean photo of either the sign or building (I prefer the latter but it depends on the angles etc.)

    Title go with the full title: Johnson's Restaurant and Dairy Bar

    Description something along the lines of:

    This hidden gem of a traditional family owned restaurant rewards those who explore. Attracting friends and families to it's traditional American fare since 1946, this restaurant has been a key part of the community for many years as a place to meet and enjoy a meal with it's classic rustic decor. Socializing with friends over their reknowned ice-cream on the outdoor seating has been a rite of passsage for many generations.

    Then in the supporting info use something like as support for it being a hidden gem, maybe with another link to a good write up.

    No guarantees this approach will work - restaurants are hard to get past reviewers, but worth a shot.

  • SeaprincessHNB-PGOSeaprincessHNB-PGO Posts: 1,238 Ambassador

    For the photo, I would use the sign and include the image of the ice cream cone standing next to it. Around me, people rarely reject ice cream shops. So having that visual to lean into will probably help those who refuse to read the great text.

  • DukeOfBellaire-PGODukeOfBellaire-PGO Posts: 108 ✭✭✭

    A close up photo of the ice cream logo on the building would work for me because it will look good in the game. I'm not a fan of wordy commercial signs. The photo you have shown is good for a secondary supporting photo.

    I also dislike exclamation marks in descriptions as it's unnecessary to be shouting like a business owner in desperation.

  • 3Dukes-ING3Dukes-ING Posts: 37 ✭✭

    Thanks all, Love the feedback!

    (see I use exclamation points!)

    you would actually search places up to nominate them and put URLs in there? I never thought of it!

    I just was looking over criteria for a good waypoint and I'm like.. yeah this totally meets it the following items:

    # Unusual or unique local shops

    # Popular restaurants

    # Favorite coffee shops

    So it really boils down to a crappy picture mostly.

    I personally like just the simple Johnson's waypoint name... but that's me... I feel really wordy waypoints are kinda annoying.

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