If this isn’t your first visit to the Lafayette Online Dining Guide, you’re probably wondering what the heck is going on here. What’s going on is that the Dining Guide, a part of Lafayette Online for more than 12 years, has gotten a facelift.
Was something wrong with the old Dining Guide?
The old ratings system we were using was neat; however, it wasn’t designed to handle the quantity of reviews we had and it wasn’t terribly resistant to people trying to inject spammy fake reviews into the system (which also contributed to gumming up the works). When the “works” got particulary mucked up, the system would sort of eat itself. So between the time required to manually reject all of the spam, and the system eating itself periodically, it was getting to be a hassle to manage it.
How does the new and improved Dining Guide compare to the old?
Our new Dining Guide is built on WordPress and has all sorts of new gadgets and gizmos like…
- spam filtering for the comments
- a shiny new AJAX-y graphic rating system
- new RSS feeds for official reviews and for user contributed comments
- a new Flickr photo sharing group for contributing your pictures of and from local restaurants
We’ll probably keep adding cool stuff, and when we do, we’ll post it here in the Food News category.