Below is a quote from the blog, The Frugal Traaveler which is linked to, below.
We all use Trip Advisor - BUT are we using it wisely?
Click the link- its 4 min of reading that really helps get the most out of one of the largest Travel sites there is.
I travel about 180 days a year, so I think about TripAdvisor a lot. When I’m not using it, the guy next to me on the bus is. And here’s my conclusion: I love TripAdvisor. I hate TripAdvisor. It amazes me. It terrifies me. It has made travel infinitely better. It has ruined travel forever.
But love it or hate it, you’d better use it right. Here are the questions and answers most essential to the TripAdvisor experience.
From the Frugal Traveler Jan 1 2013 Using Trip Advisor