In an idle moment last night, I added a basic stats page to the main site, showing which sites get the most and fewest comments. It’s probably no surprise that Bolton West has had more comments so far than any other site, as it’s not only located on a very busy motorway but also has the largest number of negative comments – people seem more likely to comment when they’re complaining rather than praising!
However, at the other end of the scale, there are five sites which, at the time I write this, have had no comments at all either negative or positive. These are:
Of these, I’m less surprised about the first three. They’re all relatively recent additions to the database, and the Derby South services aren’t even real MSAs – they’re MSA-like services on the A50. But the lack of comments on the other two does surprise me. They’ve been listed on the site since I created it, and they’re both on major motorways (the M1 and M6 respectively). London Gateway is possibly a special case since it’s actually fairly small, and doesn’t get as much traffic as its seemingly prime location would suggest – it’s so close to the end of the M1 that a lot of potential customers prefer to use off-motorway facilities either before joining the motorway or after they leave it.
But what about Burton-in-Kendal? It’s on a busy motorway, there aren’t many off-motorway options nearby and it’s the northbound twin of the popular Killington Lake. It’s also in between Lancaster and Tebay Northbound, both of which also have a fair number of comments. I’d expect Burton-in-Kendal to have at least some comments here as well, therefore. But no – it has remained resolutely uncommented on since the site was created.
Is that because no-one uses it? Do you all stop at Lancaster, or continue to Tebay instead? Or is it simply so bland and uninteresting that no-one who does use it thinks it’s worth commenting on?
Whatever the reason, it would be nice to fill in the gaps and get at least one comment (and, ideally, at least one photo) for each MSA listed here. So if you happen to be passing Derby South Westbound, Tiverton, Caerphilly, London Gateway or Burton-in-Kendal, why not drop in and let us know what you find. But especially Burton-in-Kendal. I want to know why it’s so unpopular with readers of this site.