Compensated and Reciprocal Reviews


BPN does not accept reviews that have been posted in exchange for a favor, discount, or any other type of compensation.

  • A compensated review is a review of a school or business that was posted in exchange for a discount, service, gift, favor, or to fulfill an obligation such as parent volunteer hours at a school.

  • A reciprocal review is a review of a business that was posted by someone who received or expects to receive a favorable review of their own business in return. This includes members of business booster groups that post a review of a fellow member. 
Examples of past transgressions:
  • A daycare that offered tuition discounts to parents who posted reviews on BPN
  • A group of parent subscribers that posted reciprocal reviews of each other's businesses 

Why we don't accept these: BPN's mission is to be a helpful resource for parents. Parent subscribers submit reviews not for any personal gain, but to help fellow parents make better decisions about local services, businesses and schools. Reviews on BPN are often less biased and more reliable than the ones found on other sites because of this.  Reviews that were posted to BPN in exchange for a favor, gift, or any other type of compensation, or on behalf of a reciprocal review group,  diminish the value of BPN's reviews, have less value for parents, and are counter to the not-for-profit mission of BPN.

If we find that a review was posted in exchange for any type of compensation or favor, we unsubscribe the person who posted. We remove all reviews for the business or school that was reviewed, and we don't accept further posts about that business or school. See Deceptive Reviews for more information.