The World-Wide Sushi Restaurant Reference
The Sushi Restaurant Reference FAQ
This page contains a frequently asked questions (FAQ) list with answers for the World-Wide Sushi Restaurant Reference. Note that this page is not about sushi: just about every other page on this site is about sushi, but this page answers questions about this site. I appreciate your taking the time to read this page before sending email with questions; it really does save me quite a bit of time.
|What exactly is this site about?|
Here's a handy chart about what is and is not on the site:
What we have information about
(and it's all on the site)
What we don't have information about
(and don't know where you could find it)
Information about sushi, and in particularsushi restaurants. The ``main attraction'' here is the pages of listings of sushi restaurants, grouped by country, state and city, with commentary from various net citizens.
A new email notification system for letting you know when new information appears on the site.
There's a fairly large glossary of Japanese sushi terms, and many Japanese words in the site are linked to their definitions in the glossary. The glossary also has recepies for some of the cooked entries.
A page of sushi bar etiquette and beginners' tips.
A page of sushi ASCII art that appeared on Usenet a very long time ago.
And finally some organizational information: an index of titles and key words appearing on the site, a list of contributors to the site, pages about the updates to the listings and changes to the site which appear in each issue, a list of other web sites which point here.
Sushi restaurant supplies: sashimi-quality seafood, restaurant supplies, plastic sushi, those sushi infomation cards you see at sushi bars, sushi calendars, etc.). I don't run a restaurant, and I don't seek out, keep, or disseminate that sort of information.
Information about the health risks of eating raw fish: I'm not a medical doctor, and I'm not qualified to give medical advice. Anything I could tell you about food allergies, the risks of eating of eating raw fish in general, while pregnant or under whatever circumstances, etc. would be based on rumor or guesswork. Talk to your GP.
A search engine. But there is an alphabetical index of the site. To find something within a large page, try using the ``find'' function on your browser.
Graphics/photos. It would be great to prepare pictures for the glossary, but there aren't any now. Note that the few photos on the site are used by permission, and should not be reproduced without prior content of the owners.
In short: if it's not already online here, I don't have information about it.
|Where do you get your information?|
Most of the information on the site is from the the various submissions forms; in the past other sources have included personal email, a couple of sushi mailing lists about particular cities that I receive (namely Boston, New York City and Toronto), relevant articles on the alt.food.sushi newsgroup, and from other newsgroups courtesy of the Stanford netnews filtering service.
|Can I submit information? If so, how?|
Yes. There are forms for adding new restaurant listings on the various city and other locations pages, for updating existing listings on the pages for current listings, for adding forms for adding new cities to the site, and for submitting your opinions about listed resturants. To let me know that a restaurant is closed, just send email to closed-restaurant at sushiref dot com .
I can't really take submissions except on the forms - the site's grown to the point where I can't do updates by hand, which is what would be required for emailed information. The days where lots of browsers fail to handle forms are gone, so if yours can't, then download a newer version of Mozilla.
|Do you edit the information you receive?|
Excessive punctuation. Standard English uses three periods in an ellipses and one exclamation point. Literal star and underscore characters (like *this* and _like this too_) used for emphasis get replaced with italic tags. It makes my life more difficut when people use ALL CAPS to indicate emphasis, since I'd have to retype all of it in mixed-case.
Obscenity that I consider over the top. This isn't censorship; it's good taste.
Anything that I consider a bit too close to libelous, especially in the form of email or forms from accounts that seem less verifiable.
``Tell XXX that YYY said ZZZ!'' Send a postcard.
Anything really, preciously cute. Cuteness will not insinuate itself into any website I manage.
Finally, I move all address information to the top of each listing.
But I don't edit comments for content; the opinion and degree of the commentaries you see are as originally written.
|I'm going to visit a city you have no listings for. Could you fill out that page before I go?|
But please do pick up a few take-out menus while you are there, andlet us know about the restaurants we don't have listed!
|What are you planing to do with the site?|
Right now I'm porting the database that stores all of this site's information from a homegrown system onto mySQL. I'll be able to more frequently update the site when it's done, and to more easily add new features.
One of the things I'd like to restore, and which that point above should realistic, is all of the comments from the old version of the site from before it run with a database.
After talking about the problem with an expert on handheld computers like the Palm Pilot, I think it should be pretty straightforward to adapt this site for wireless handhelds. I need to spruce up the search functions (since each click is much more expensive for wireless users as for online users), but I don't think wireless access to this site should be too far away.
But I'm not sure about having the site downloaded onto PDA's like the Palm Pilot. I don't like the idea of distributing snapshots of the site to offline computers, which would then diverge from the up-to-date online version (and worse, could be beamed from person to person, distributed the out-of-date version even further). We'll see.
When there are enough raw numbers to make statistically significant conclusions, I'd hope to come up with summary rankings based on the readers' submitted rankings...so please do rate all the restaurants you know of here!
|Do you guarantee your listings?|
|Is this a commercial site?|
|Do you accept paid advertising?|
|What's with the huge copyright notice, then?|
Incidentally, the copyright notice is modeled on the GNU Public License, which is an interesting document in its own right.
|I offer a great service to web site managers; it's really affordable; you probably can't live without it; don't you want to get email about it?|
|How did this site start?|
Around August of '94, before I'd ever learned HTML, I found out that I'd be going to San Francisco that winter for a conference. I'd never been there before, and I knew that S.F. had excellent sushi potential, so I started reading the alt.food.sushi newsgroup, and saving posts about Bay Area restaurants. Then one day, I started saving posts about New York City restaurants, figuring ``I'll get there eventually.'' Then posts about D.C. restaurants, then Boston, and so on, and so by November I'd built up quite a stack of messages.
That fall I'd learned HTML, so when it came time for me to get ready to leave, I arranged the San Francisco information into a web page. By February I'd put almost all of the info I'd saved into web pages, and announced the page to a couple of newsgroups.
From there, it's built up slowly over the years. In the summer and fall or 1995 I wrote the scripts that generate the forms, and over time I've written lots of little programs for managing the site. They slowly grew out of date, and moving to a new machine always introduces weird incompatibilities, so in late 1999 I started rewriting the whole thing. A completely new version of the site appeared online in early 2000. In mid-2000 updates to the site and further developments to it were interrupted again when the moderator moved to Chicago and started a new job. Since late November 2000 active maintenance of the site has resumed, and for the first time ever it had its own domain sushiref.com .
|When was it first available?|
|When was it first announced?|
Disclaimer. Make sure you have read the full disclaimer located in the overview to this restaurant guide. Basically: I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any information on this page; remember that the comments are no more than the opinions of strangers; before you venture out to explore the places listed here, it would be a good idea to make sure they are still open, and to verify their exact locations.
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