I was fascinated by Annabel Crabbe's piece in the Fairfax media a little while back that said that shared on-line reservation sites such as dimmi.com.au/ which provide central booking services for restaurants also allow restaurants to post comments on diners who use the service! I couldn't actually find this facility on dimmi, but I guess it is in fact there somewhere.
So, we might all end up with ratings as to how we rate as diners! What an interesting thought. The reason we got a lousy table at restaurant "A" last night was because we only left a stingy tip at restaurant "B" the week before!
It presumably only applies if a person uses dimmi to make the reservation, although if the restaurant has signed up for this as a way of providing an on-line reservation service, I guess there's little choice. Just the same, as with accommodation, I prefer to deal directly with the establishment if I can, which in the case of restaurants, generally involves a phone call rather than the use of an on-line booking service. Nevertheless, it may well be that this is the way of the future: if Trip Advisor can provide reviews of just about everything's that travel-related, what's so different about this sort of feed-back?