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Friends of the HUMTAB forum! This is your list – a list of the most resounding ideas you’ve shared in the forum. Please keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive yet. We tried to be as thorough as possible, but please add more ideas if yours is not on here.
If you’d like to add a new idea, please identify it using the following format:
Assigning this easy identifier to your idea will help us track and refer to it. It will also give us a point person for the idea in case we have any follow-up questions. If you need to add more than one idea per day, please number them the way we’ve done below.
We’ve placed each idea into one of three categories based on how we think you, the community, would categorize them. That said, you know yourselves better than we do, so feel free to move ideas around according to how you think the community feels (which may not necessarily be the same as your personal preferences). The categories are:
VIP (you know what that means)
Nice to have
And then there's the Suggestions We've Implemented category. We'll move stuff there as appropriate.
In return for your time and energy in the HUMTAB forum, we’ll read this list often, keep track of new ideas and updates, and do our best to make comments where we can – in fact, we’ve already made comments on the starter list below. We have and will continue to put a lot of thought into our comments, so please don’t delete them.
And as a courtesy to everyone here, please:
P.S. A secondary version of this list is available at:
The TripAdvisor Community Team
Idea: Eliminate "unhelpful" vote functionality. As of December 14, 2009, this is done! Now, members only have the option to mark a vote as helpful, and previous unhelpful votes are no longer shown.
Idea: Create a mobile version of TA. Both the beta version of the mobile site and the new version of Local Picks (the iPhone app) are live as of December 2009. This version of the mobile site works on iPhones, Androids, some Blackberry models (Curve, Pearl, Storm), and the Palm Pre.
Idea: Allow members to edit their own posts. This functionality was implemented in November 2009.
Idea: Allow members to preview postings (WYSIWYG) before submitting them. This was done in September of 2009.
Idea: While a member is crafting their post on the Post a Reply page, show the last (or last few) posts, rather than just the Original Post. This was done in September of 2009.
Idea: Add the Watch Topic button to co.uk (and .ie too!) We added the Watch Topic button to all TA sites worldwide.
Idea: Make avatars larger in the forums. We made avatars larger when we launched the new forums design in the summer of 2009.
Idea: On review and forum pages, clearly display the number of reviews and posts a member has made (near their avatar/screen name). In the spring of 2009, we started displaying this information in a "fly-out" from the member's screen name. It is on all review pages now, and will be on the forums soon.
Idea: Surface Traveler Articles so that forums users see them before asking questions. We are sending more traffic to Traveler Articles now due to the FAQ feature in the forums. We would still like to improve traffic coming from other parts of the site.
Idea: Rename Feedback Forum to "Help us make TripAdvisor better". Done.
Idea: Close inactive threads to prevent people from replying to them. Note: We're closing inactive threads after 6 months. So as not to crash our forums' servers, we have a program running to close all the inactive threads gradually. It may take us a while to close all of the really old ones, but they will all be closed eventually.Idea: Integrate weather or a weather button. Extended forecasts are up on some pages already. We'll be adding a weather widget to many other places soon, including our new Business Center.
Idea: Cut down on fake reviews.We have added a Report Inappropriate Content link to every single review on TA. Please use it to report suspicious reviews!
Idea: Create more special interest (non-destination) forums, such as Beach Vacations, Train Travel, Business Travel, Traveling with Disabilities, Travel Gadgets and Gear, etc...
Idea: Add the TA Support forum to the forum home page instead of just linking from Help Center pages. Link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...
Idea: Rollback the change on forums pages that defaulted the cursor to the search bar.
Idea: Add report inappropriate content links to restaurant reviews.
Idea: Move entire threads when they belong in another forum.
Idea: Do something to prevent Private Message spam. (We implemented a captcha system that requires you to verify that you're a real person.)
Idea: Work toward better attribution of Local Picks reviews to reduce the number of reviews associated with “A TripAdvisor Contributor.”
TA Comment: We are actively working to get more Facebook contributors to claim their reviews on TA. Another project, coming soon, will improve this even more.
Idea: Search for hotels by amenities and recommended for options. This type of searching is available to you. Go to a hotel search page, such as:
From there, click the Advanced Search link. This brings up Amenities and Recommended For filters along the left side of the page. If you’d like us to add new amenities and recommended for options, email us from the Suggestion Box page of the Help Center and we’ll consider them individually.
Idea: Forums staff should not include members in their Traveler Networks: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...Idea: Combat trolls more effectively: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-... We made a huge upgrade to set of automatic filters to prevent and detect troll accounts. You should notice a difference within a week.
Ensure that the TA listing reflects its proper geographical address.
When I submit changes to addresses such as in http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaur... the listing on TA shows under the island of 'Luzon'but does not show under the more accurate geographical classifications of 'Metro Manila' and the city such as 'Pasay' even though I have included these in the address that I amended through the 'change address' option available near teh listing's on screen address. Listing these addressesb accurately and including suburbs and towns, provinces and states helps users to more easily locate the branch of an hotel or restaurant for which they may be looking.
Create an "Entertainment" category, besides the hotels, restaurant and attractions, to be able to review.
I would love to be able to review and read reviews of different clubs, disco's, pubs etc. As a young tourist I often find myself googling for hours in hope to find the best/cheapest/famous club in town. There are so many differnt things you want to know about a venue, that is usually never listed on their website. It doesnt have to be particularly about nightlife, you could also include concerts, musicals,opera, theatre etc.
Create a "Gastro holidays" or similar forum. This is a similar idea to ID keonifoxen_01/31/2012, and both wine and food could be grouped together.
Also, nice to have would be a "Best destination for . . . " forum.
Provide option to search the reviews for a particular hotel/destination by a specific date. Sometimes you want to know what experiences people have had at a particular time of year - if there's thousands of reviews you don't want to have to click through hundreds of pages just to get to the reviews that apply to a particular month.
It would also be helpful to be able to sort reviews based on the member's rating - this is just a nice to have though.
ID: konadan 03/29/2012
What I would really like to see is a hotel class rating question. So for instance I could say this is a three star hotel and it was good for a 3-star hotel and I will give it great ratings. Or it is a 5-star hotel but gave three star service so I will give it bad ratings. When you are asked how satisfied you are with a hotel, it depends on the class of the hotel. While I might be dissatisfied with something at a 5-star hotel, it would be wonderful at a 2-star hotel. Satisfaction is all in the expections. Several times I have reserved a room at a hotel or inn because of the trip advisor ratings and been disappointed when I got there. I often cannot write a review for a hotel because I had the wrong expectations to begin with and I don’t think any review I would write would be fair to the hotel.
ID: jonnierock 3/5/2012
It would be helpful to be able to "mark" or save items that interest you for comparison. When searching for vacation rentals, I will go through a bunch and try to pick my favorites. But, when I have to come back to the sight later, I have a hard time remembering which ones I liked or didn't like. I can look at Recently Viewed, but that doesn't allow to indicate which ones I was truly interested in.
ID: jglaw 02/01/12
Encourage people to give helpful votes after reading a review, many just forget
ID: gbrux 02/01/12
Please can we have a category 'good' between 'average' and 'very good' for reviews. Or, if you are limited in numbers, change 'very good' to 'good' and keep 'excellent' . I interpret 'average' to mean ordinary or mediocre.ID: ro11withit 1/31/12 (comment deleted by user to place in forum)
ID: gbrux 01/01/12
Happy new year! Idea: I would love to see a separate restaurant category for "Indian". For correctness you would probably have to add Pakistani/Kashmiri but to group these all under "Asian" as is now done means those of us looking for the best curry have to scroll through all the Thai/Indonesian etc. that seem to be the current favourites.
ID: tkrbl 9/30/11
Idea: I'd like to see a check box at the time I write a review where I can indicate that I am a "Local" or a "Frequent Visitor". I often comment on places near my home that are local favorites and I hope other reviewers do the same. When I travel I like to find the hidden gem of a place only locals know about to get things like great food or hear good local music etc... Having an indication of what kind of relationship the reviewer has to the locale would help me find those.
ID: stevesul _06/17/2009
Idea: To the home page for each country, Add 'Top-rated speciality accommodation' and list the number in that category in the same way as TA already does for Hotels and for B & Bs, and then of course list the three top-rated speciality accommodation establishments under the 'Top-rated speciality accommodation' heading. Not everyone wants to stay in a hotel or a B & B. TA has three accommodation categories so they should all be displayed on the country home pages. To make this change, it may be necessary to reduce the font employed for the other headings such as 'Top-rated hotels' somewhat.
Idea: Top Questions and traveller articles should have a read and helpful count. I and other DE's have written a number of what we think are useful and informative articles. These are generally on frequently asked about topics such as how do I get from/to the airport etc. It would be really nice to know how many people actually read these and also how many find them useful. If their ratings are low then we would know which ones to review and perhaps change them. Thanks.
When you submit a post create an anchor point in the thread so if you wish in a future post you can link direct to a post rather that the whole thread. Particularly useful if you are referring back to a point made in a long thread.
Make the 'top 10' lists on the TA home page alternate between United States-domiciled TA members' choices and non-US-domiciled TA users: the lists are often US-centric, yet that nationality undertakes only a minority of worldwide leisure and business trips.
Add a "Family-Adults" option to the "Who did you go with?" list for Attractions. Traveling with adult members of a family is very different than traveling with children or teenagers, of course, but it can also be very different than traveling with peers - especially if the family members present are from several different generations.
Ask hotels and other vacation venues to give TA promotional discount coupons, vouchers, or similar. Or maybe the discounts could flow through an online travel service such as Expedia, Travelocity, etc. Members could earn points for each review and for helpful votes. When enough points are accrued, they would get their choice from the discounts that are currently available. Naturally, the discount and the review should not be tied to the same venue, since you want to keep everyone honest. Just an idea that might help the hotels as well as Trip Advisor.
Idea: Provide an option in the user profile to set an optional “disabled traveler”, or “disabled traveler partner” widget. If the widget is set, reviews submitted by the member would show a generic disability icon underneath the star (number of reviews) and the ribbon (helpful votes). This would allow people scanning reviews to tell at a glance that the review may include information of interest to other disabled travelers.
Idea: a forum dedicated to wine and regions, where we could discuss and share experiences. many foods that pair and times of years some wines are better. price over taste and vice versa, big names, small family vinyards, exotic location vineyards. what time of year to visit for wine events and harvesting? tasting specials and tours. cheeses could posibly fall under this category.