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General Guidlines

General Guidelines

Wine Geographic allows users to contribute different kinds of content, including reviews, photos, videos, events, votes, tips, private messages, and more. Please also read the guidelines below for specific types of content that you might contribute to the site.

  • Inappropriate content: Colorful language and imagery is fine, but there’s zero tolerance for threats, harassment, lewdness, hate speech, and other displays of bigotry.
  • Conflicts of interest: Your contributions should be unbiased and objective. For example, you shouldn’t write reviews of your own business or employer, your friends’ or relatives’ business, your peers or competitors in your industry, or businesses in your networking group. Business owners should not ask customers to write reviews.
  • Promotional content: Please use your Business Owners Account to add content to your business’s profile page. Keeping the site useful for consumers and not overrun with commercial noise is our goal.
  • Relevance: Please make sure your contributions are relevant and appropriate to the forum. This is not the place for rants about a business’s employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don’t address the core of the consumer experience.
  • Privacy: Don’t publicize other people’s private information. Please don’t post close-up photos or videos of other people without their permission, and please don’t post other people’s full names unless you’re referring to service providers who are commonly identified by or commonly share their own full names.
  • Intellectual property: Please avoid “using” content from other sites or users. Write your own reviews and take your own photos and videos.

Additional Guidelines

·         Review Guidelines

The best reviews are personal. They offer a personal experience, a wealth of detail, and a tip or two for other consumers. Here are some additional thoughts for conscientious reviewers.

    • Personal experience: We want to hear about your firsthand consumer experience, not what you heard from your co-worker or significant other. Tell your own story without resorting to broad generalizations and conclusory allegations.
    • Accuracy: Make sure your review is factually correct. Your opinions matter, but don’t exaggerate or misrepresent your experience.
    • Review updates: Review updates should reflect a new experience or interaction with the business. If you’d like to add new insight to an old experience, just edit your review instead of creating a new update.


·         Photo and Video Guidelines

Business photos and videos should be relevant to the business and reflect the typical consumer experience (e.g., what the business looks like, what the business offers, etc.).

We may remove photos and videos that are of lower quality. (e.g., too blurry or dark).

·         User Profile Guidelines

Others want to hear from you so don’t be shy — use your account profile to let people know who you are and what makes you tick. Users want to read reviews from people they know and trust (not those with profiles that are empty or laced with inappropriate content).


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