if it's reviews you're collecting and you'd like a simple
solution i may be able to help you. i'm on the verge of releasing a Customer Review Manager (called MAGPIE). it's not free and it's not SQL-database oriented. however, it has the following advantages:
(1) it's designed specifically to enable reviewers to leave opinions and rate "items" that you, the administrator, have specified (hotels in this case) and uses a 1-5 star system.
(2) it utilizes a flatfile database so you don't need to have access to an SQL server (although i expect to release an SQL version at some future date).
(3) you don't need to know any CGI or perl to run this thing, just access to a cgi-bin area like the one here at FQ, and the perl5 interpreter.
i won't be releasing the program probably until next week(?) because i'm putting the final touches on my web site, but i'd be happy to send a trial version your way now if you'd like to receive it (trial version automatically expires after 30 days). all i need is the domain name
of the site on which you'll be running it, and your e-mail address
, both of which you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
the only potential problem i see is that the program is English-based and won't currently suit anyone hoping to run it with foreign languages. i expect to address that problem one day, but that day is far off at the moment, and the better alternative in that case would be to grab something like one of the Gossamer programs and EDIT it directly to output the foreign character set (big job).
currently i'm tweaking the software and i still have documentation to write, but the administrative control panels have lots of info in them, so you can learn about the program reasonably easily by installing it and studying the panels.