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Do you really find this offensive? I don’t agree with the bulk of my rejections, but this one has me completely confused. I’d appeal but anyone who has appealed anything lately knows that the appeals are a joke now.
That's not the actual rejection reason you got. Since the new voting system was implemented, there's been a bug where this rejection reason is the only one that gets displayed, even when a nomination wasn't actually rejected for that reason. The team are aware of it and are working on fixing it.
My guess is that it got rejected for Generic Business, as some reviewers just don't like restaurants. I am not one of those reviewers, and it is only a guess because we can't really know for certain, but that used to be what even good restaurants got rejected for a lot, back in the day.
Likely rejected for being a generic business, but since people are still learning the new workflow AND because many reviewers don't think that a thumbs down on the three eligibility criteria categories doesn't lead to a "proper" rejection, they are selecting other reasons.
I thought generic business were things like chain restaurants and Home Depot’s, not family run.
Should I try to resubmit? I’m afraid if I appeal they are going to tell me it’s blocking emergency services or something crazy.
Generic business isn't just limited to chains or franchises. It means any business that doesn't stand out. As the nomination, it is up to you to provide both the reasons and evidence as to why a specific place of business stands out from others.
As for this specific restaurant, you do have at least one good point going, but that depends on how many other Japanese hibachis are in the same area. Are they a well-rated restaurant? Have they been featured in any local travel guides or news articles? Do they host any special events? Do they have any specialties that they are known for? Squeeze as many of these details into your description as possible and leave supporting info to show evidence to back up your claims in the description.
"Good food" and "good place to eat" tell me nothing other than it is a generic restaurant. After all, all restaurants should have good food and be a good place to eat. Otherwise, the restaurant wouldn't exist. It is just nonsense filler that doesn't belong in either your description or supporting information.
For me, chain stores are one type of generic businesses, but lots of locally owned businesses can be “generic”, think laundromat, flooring store, plumbing company, tire company, banks, etc. For a business to be a wayspot, it should be something worth exploring… something you’d want to take visitors from out of town to see because it’s something really cool, fun, interesting. Or for restaurants and pubs, the kind of place you’d really want to go with friends and hang out…or has such amazing food that everyone wants to go there - something special about it that sets it apart from other restaurants.
Bank are acceptable
Banks are not automatically ineligible. But a random bank with nothing special about it meets none of the acceptance criteria.
Maybe, if they are giving away $$$
Are banks a great place to exercise, to explore or to socialize? Nothing is categorically acceptable, still needs to meet one or more eligibility criteria. If the bank is in a historic building that might qualify, but you’d have to make that argument.