You may have noticed that we now list Tampere and Porvoo in addition to Helsinki in our “choose city” list, and may be wondering, “Why Porvoo? Why not some other big city?” There is a method to our madness. Since we introduced our wiki-like editing tools, any registered user is able to add/edit restaurant information.
This means that if you live in an area that doesn’t have much information on Eat.fi yet, but wish it would get more visibility, you can do something about it. If we notice a lot of activity in a certain city, with most of the information (opening times, categories, and contact information for restaurants) filled in, we’ll display that city on the front page. Since Porvoo now has a lot of information on it, we gave Porvoo some of that front-page love.
What wiki-like editing tools?
On every restaurant page, at the top right, there is now a link that says “Update information.”
If you’re logged in as a registered user, you’ll find all the tools you need to change opening times, contact info, etc. in this menu. In order to prevent vandalism, we log all user changes in a public “history” log, which can also be found at the bottom of this menu.
If a restaurant owner has “claimed” their restaurant, ie has logged in and indicated that he or she is in charge of this restaurant’s information from now on, you won’t see these tools, but rather a message field which will allow you to report wrong information directly to the restaurant owner.
We believe that by giving users and owners direct and free access to restaurant information, the site will stay far more accurate than if we tried to centralize upkeep. No one knows better(or sooner) than the restaurant owners or local customers themselves when a restaurant is undergoing renovations, or has changed its opening times. Try it out and let us know what you think!