Fear of making an honest 'negative' review

How would we know? This is really important, and I hope that we find out the answer!

In the end we agreed- through THS -not to review each other at all. Better no review than a bad unfair one that ruins your reputation.

(Emphasis mine)

So wait… I almost hope that I am misunderstanding this, but it doesn’t make sense:

TH -the company- not only agreed but encouraged that this whole review exchange be scrapped because negative reviews would happen? If so, then they have acknowledged that the system is broken!

That the exact reason why “bad” reviews should happen, so that more people aren’t subject to the same experience by going in blindly.

If that party hasn’t been removed from the system, that’s exactly what will be happening.

I’m looking forward to the explanation, thanks.


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@MissChef & @Düsenzofe thank you and i will tag @Therese-Moderator who will respond when she is back online … thank you.


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How is this even ok? This makes me thinking of “Well we all know how so and so can be”. You’re not fixing a problem, but saying that it’s ok to do, and it’s not. Again by not leaving a honest review, people are left in the dark as to what problems they too could have faced.

I understand that the review system is across multiple departments, however there are things that are new features that keep being added, that makes me believe this isn’t on the front burner when it should be.

This honestly makes me laugh, as being an online gamer for WAY to long, games where 100k players may play. They’re able to give updates on works in process or current issues. I understand THS doesn’t have the man power like them, but to even see a note occasionally would show to me and I’m sure others, that this is being taken as serious as should be.

No review system is perfect, as even the suggested review system from airb&b. If HO & HS are both upset at the end of the sit, there is still the chance of a false negative. As one may write a bad review believing the other is going to do the same either way. Sadly its just no getting around that. From what I can tell, there are far more good experiences verses the bad. The Blind reviews and a set time limit to leave one, will at least remove the major retaliation reviews (You left me a bad one, so I’m going to do the same).

Even if there wasn’t a major revamp on the review system in sight, even small changes in the right direction would be huge. Maybe add the star rating for HO, that you have the HS. Maybe set a time limit on when reviews can be submitted after a sit. Anything would be better than nothing in my opinion.

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Hi @BlueDiamondRose, nice to see you back again, it’s been a while. When there is anything relevant or significant regarding any functionality development the applicable team will advise members, as in Ben’s latest update …

@MissChef We had to get THS involved because communication completely broke down between us and the hosts who were treating us very badly and unfairly and they stopped responding to us. Its a long story. THS liased with us both but were -in the end -only the messenger. It was not the decision or advice of THS to not review. They said we could always respond to a review. But they also understood the damage a negative revenge review from the hosts would have caused us. Just having that poison on our profile!
And I agree completely with you the current review system does not work. We would dearly have liked to write a truthful and devastating review of the hosts to make sure any future sitters were completely pre warned but we could not risk their revenge review. Its very frustrating. We now have our next 12 sits already booked- which would certainly not have happened if they had spoilt our reputation.


this is infuriating… again, sorry you had to deal with that, but now nobody can benefit from your experience because of your (justified) fear of retaliation.


But that’s the thing, isn’t it @MissChef? Every sitter or homeowner who needs to leave a negative review is risking retaliation. I would probably leave one now (25 five star reviews) but wouldn’t have early on, and I would word it very carefully in anticipation of retaliation.


@ MissChef Good points you have made…During a conversation I had with homeowners (married couple) for a potential pet sit, I asked the HO why the previous pet sitters (married couple) had not left a review for them. The pet sit did not go well as far as taking care of the home and the pets. They revealed that the pet sitters had asked them not to leave a bad review or no review at all. They chose the latter and neither party left a review for each other.

I informed them that giving an honest review will give other potential homeowners a heads up of the couple’s behavior. It could be simply saying, “they did not meet their expectations of pet care and taking care of their home.”

Overall, it sounded like fear of retaliation and that should never be the case with THS’ review/feedback system.


@Catin88 I will DM you …

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Follow up to my Feb '22 and March '22 posts: So my recent sitter left a retaliation review unfortunately. The sitter wrote blatant false claims in her review. Because I can’t respond back to that review, I have filed a dispute with the TH admin. I did this last night.

But this goes to show why a proper rating system is needed. The current one needs to be revamped right away. Sitters and home owners should be able to leave a honest reviews without the fear of retaliation. Transparency is very important. If home owners and sitters fear revenge reviews, they won’t leave accurate ones or won’t rate at all. This means that ratings will be/are skewed.


You can reply to a review, but it’s hard to find. Look for the “Feedback about you” menu item.
As for your sitter’s claims - I wouldn’t expect a HO to provide food or toiletries for me, so her complaint about those reflects badly on her, not you.

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FWIW, that review wouldn’t really throw up any red flags for me. I expect to provide my own food and toiletries (as should everyone) and I don’t see the point in heating an entire house when you’re only using one room. To me it sounds more like a sitter who wasn’t really prepared for the kinds of behaviors animals can have. Especially older ones.

ETA and if I’d looked at their profile to see other reviews, their most recent would have made me discount anything they’ve said. Seems someone else had a bad experience.


Yes, I do this as well if I see one bad review amongst a lot of good ones. I read the review given to them, as well as the reviews they’ve given other home owners. It often tells loads.

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@Lassie , you are a Godsend!!

Thank you so much for showing me! The picture that you included was awesome! That’s exactly what I needed. You were right that it was hidden. I just replied to their feedback. It’s lengthy, but I wanted to defend myself and address things. In this TH market where there are FAR more sits than sitters, I want to try not to turn anyone one off or leave someone with a raised eyebrow about me.


Exactly!! That recent review tells you everything you need to know…

Also, I make sure to be clear of things with sitters so there are no assumptions and surprises. I highly believe in communication. It just makes things easier for everyone involved. I do this in video chats before confirming the sit and also in the welcome guide.

I feel much better about this now. Thank you for your assuring words. Call me naive, but I was just really hurt and disappointed about the retaliation. I like to think I’m a person of honor. I have no problems owning up to things and being accountable. It just really threw me off. I’m a born and raised NYer (NYC), but I guess I just need to get thicker skin :joy_cat: :joy_cat:


Years ago on THS, a sitter’s profile showed history (date and location) of past sits. So if someone did many sits but only received 2 reviews, to me that indicated an issue, or at least was worth asking the sitter about.

I wish they would bring back that profile feature.

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For what it’s worth, I’d recommend asking THS to remove your response to the sitter’s feedback. Whether justified or not, it might cause future sitters to stay far away.

To me, what the sitter wrote didn’t sound bad. Most will think the comments about toiletries and heat weren’t a real problem. I’d even go so far as to say that the feedback was good for your house profile, in that it will turn away sitters who won’t put in the necessary effort for your particular pets.

I don’t mean to downplay the situation, as I’m sure you were rightfully angry and stressed during that sit, but just my two cents as an objective outsider.

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