“If there’s anything the Internet has shown, it’s that a lot of people have too much time on their hands. Todd Mintz, a Portland, Ore.-based Internet consultant, suspects iRazoo’s checks and balances won’t be enough to prevent efforts to move sites into the top spots mostly likely to be seen by users.

“There are very smart people out there who will figure out how to game it,” he said.

Depending on recommendations can be risky because the site can’t account for how smart users are, said Scott Hendison, another Portland Internet consultant specializing in search engine marketing and optimization — the practice of getting one group’s site to come up higher in search results than another.”

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