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App extension to warn you when entering poorly rated establishments

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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Jul 10, 2022
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Have an app to alert you when you are about to enter a poorly rated establishment via Google Maps or a similar platform with grading systems.
  • Ensure that you don't end up sitting in poorly rated restaurants, overpaying for stuff and getting a bad experience.
  • Automatize and accelerate checking the ratings of service-based establishments such as cafes and restaurants.
  • Be more open to spontaneity as you do have the last warning fail-safe without spending half an hour on researching spots.
How does it work:
You choose the rating level under which you're not willing to go - like 3 stars.
Have the extension notify you when you're about to enter a poorly rated place. Working on a proximity sensor.
The warning can come in a dimmed red notification light on your phone whenever you are close to a restaurant, cafe, bakery or similar with a below 3 rating. When you unlock the phone it shows the name of the poorly rated place, just in case there are multiple service businesses adjecent.
You can select that there are no push notifications and that the app only lights the red when you unlock the phone. For the faster check instead of going to the map yourself and finding the place. The notifications go away on their own if you don't check your phone and just move away from the place.
The sound/vibration alarm goes off when you enter the premises and stay there for longer than 30 seconds. Can also be turned off.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
I can imagine this would be used by shady players to sabotage the competition. Soon enough everyone would be just average-rated
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković2 years ago
Darko Savic How so? The app uses the info collected by the big players, either Google, Apple, Facebook, or something else. These companies have the countermeasures to battle false ratings. The basis for the idea is to automatize and simplify viewing the ratings. Not having to navigate the map, have less screen time, more set it and forget it.
Furthermore, in case of massive bad gradings from several accounts in a short time frame due to an online protest or maliciousness, Google erases those ratings.
The sound alarm could be avoided, in case you were thinking of someone just playing that same sound on the entry to the establishment in order to deter real customers from coming in.
I also think there could be another fail-safe, or two, for the platforms being used. Described in my creative contribution for the app that allows you to ask questions to users within a certain radius. Especially solution 2.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
Miloš Stanković for example seeing a bakery rated with 5 stars could prompt rival bakery owners to come up with realistic-looking bogus reviews that put competition down and their own business up. They could at the very least ask family and friends to put in a few reviews to shift the odds in their favor.
I imagine people doing this even now. If An app like you describe became popular businesses would be even more motivated to do it even more. It looks like a relatively low-effort way of gaining customers
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