I’ve been using hReview, the microformat, to write book reviews for several months now. I like the idea of a standard format that is recognizable to everyone looking for reviews. And I see good results with my reviews in search engines.
But I have issues. For one thing, I don’t like the star character entity that is used in the rating system. In most browsers, you can easily see how many stars a product gets. But in Safari, the stars are rendered in a very confusing way. I contacted micoroformats.org about this but didn’t receive a reply and nothing changed.
I also don’t like the fact that the entire content of the review is set into a blockquote. I’m not quoting anyone, I’m writing a review. It gives me the semantic heebie jeebies to put my review in a blockquote. I’m sure the good people at microformats.org had a reason for doing it this way, but it doesn’t work for me.
There’s a new review posted today, done the old fashioned way as a regular post. I’ll reevaluate the results for a while and see if I want to abandon hReview forever.