Well, I didn't have any idea two months ago when I first wrote about www.angieslist.com that it would have quite such a strong reaction. There have been about 50 comments on the post and it has been growing daily. Yikes.
The real deal behind AngiesList.com
So, what is the story with Angies List. Is it good or bad? I said "sucks" but that's an obvious overstatement that is a common online phrase. Sorry for the folks that pissed off. AngiesList.com provides a good service to people and people like it. So how can I also say that it' bad? My points were mostly that they were being dishonest with customers and that their model was flawed and would eventually be "gamed" once the service got big enough. Spammers and shills would grow and ruin it, much like they've wreaked havoc on other big sites that started off great when they were small.
My alternative to www.AngiesList.com
So, what's my alternative to Angies List? Well, in fact I have two alternatives:
You should see a little block on the right side of this page (and several others) that lists all the people whose services I've written about on my site. Obviously I like them. So, if that's valuable to you then great.
Trust my lijit profile which has given ratings to all the sites I like (and I've got a few upstream folks trusted as well, so you'll get their rankings). If you like that system sign up on Lijit and trust me. I'll probably trust you back. Then we'll get a big network of trusters going and we can rate everything. Awesome. That's the real way to do a rating system. And guess what - no cost (at least none from your wallet to theirs).
Comments are for Authenticated users only - thanks anonymous Angies List Lovers!
Yeah, and PS: I really dislike arguing with people who are anonymous. I've got pretty much my whole life out in public. If you want to argue with me the least you can do is share a little information about yourself. To enforce that I'm limiting comments to authenticated users. If that's frustrating, oh well. Consider it my set of costs to keep quality higher.