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Well done

This is hugely useful information, thanks for putting it together. It's late so I haven't gone through listings in any detail, but did notice that the Motel 6 URL for the Walnut Creek location is longer than it needs to be. The "&state=CA&full=California&city=Walnut%20Creek" portion is superflous. Not a big deal, but it looks like you may already be trimming URLs somewhat, so that's one more bit that can be trimmed. -- Wrh2 03:59, 21 Aug 2005 (EDT)

Heh. It means that Motel 6 actually links to that excessively long name from within their website. I really don't understand why they do stuff like that. -- Colin 04:10, 21 Aug 2005 (EDT)

Is that you, or a spammer?

I notice that the Albuquerque article, on which I work from time to time, has recently sprouted some hotel listings for the Amerisuites chain that strike me as odd (they copy language straight from the chain's web sites, for example). I tend to conclude that this is the work of a spammer or busybody low-level marketing executive (there's a difference??), and am leaning toward a revert, but I could also imagine this as a consequence of your hotelmaker project under some conditions. Could you confirm that you have/have not been messing around with Amerisuites? You might check out that page to see what concerns me.

Whatever your answer, it strikes me that the hotelmaker idea will have to be approached very carefully, lest stuff like this become widespread. Uncritically copying in hotel information, regardless of where it comes from, runs the risk of some real fleabags getting "recommended." (I've stayed in one of the Amerisuites mentioned there, and no way would I ever recommend it to any but the most desperate traveler.) Or do you have some prophylaxis in mind? -- Bill-on-the-Hill 21:11, 8 Nov 2005 (EST)