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    Hi Conrad,

    Since i have now found out that you are not that struck on Wetherspoons pubs why are these pubs identified on the pubs main page as being a Wetherspoons pub the same goes for Toby Carvery and Slug and Lettuce.

    This is not done for large independant brewerys eg Robinsons, Arkells or Palmers.

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    I am not happy that we do promote JDW in that way on the pubs page, as far as I know it is the only one we afford that honour to. Toby Carvery, where we know their name we prefer that, and Slug & Lettuce are only known as Slug & Lettuce (I think).

    As you correctly state though it is free branding that no one else is getting. Some of our members are keen that we put their names like that though (I suspect in honesty because BITE does it that way [not a dig at those correcting]), and as ever where the request is made strongly enough we go with it. On the whole it improves the quality of our data, sadly though I am not happy that we are helping their branding specifically (as in whilst not affording their competitors the same honour).

    In the long term I would like to make it so that we gather the information about any pubs we can, right down to these ones where the owner owns a couple of pubs. It is not an easy change though as it involves free text entry, so for the sake of argument what happens if someone puts one pub as "Wetherspoons", another uses "Weatherspoons" and a third uses "JDW" despite them all being the same thing. Dealing with this is a major hurdle to a lot of our changes (including the currently ongoing area changes).

    Hope that answers it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad View Post
    I am not happy that we do promote JDW in that way on the pubs page...
    I thought it acted as a warning just as much as a promotion...

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    Hi Conrad,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    It was bugging me as i am not that struck on Wetherspoons and they are the last pub company that needs advertising wheras small independants like Bathams, Holdens and Donnington get none.

    Regarding ex Bite users this is Pubs Galore not Bite.

    I hope i dont upset anybody saying these things and thats my two penneth worth for today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    I thought it acted as a warning just as much as a promotion...
    Hi Trainman i was going to say that but wanted to keep my message short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al 10000 View Post
    Regarding ex Bite users this is Pubs Galore not Bite.
    With this quirk the prime perpetrators are BITE haters and were here long before the exodus, I do however think in this instance they felt it was something BITE did better than us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    I thought it acted as a warning just as much as a promotion...
    Quote Originally Posted by Al 10000 View Post
    Hi Trainman i was going to say that but wanted to keep my message short.
    Ha, make that three of us!
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    When i review a pub i will tend to say what chain or brewery own it - Banks's, Bathams, Holdens, Spoons, Sizzling etc as a part of the description of the exterior i tend to start with - with me it very much acts as a general part of the description - every Ember Inns is the same near enough!
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    I would happily acknowledge the pub ownership for any 'chain', be that Wetherspoon, Greene King or (say) Arkells.

    All seems like useful information to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strongers View Post
    Ha, make that three of us!
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