Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Which number is coldest on a bar fridge? Google is less than useless sometimes.

I’m in a motel at Gundagai, there is a bar fridge that doesn’t seem very cold. There’s a control but no idea which number is the coldest so I googled for an answer and the top link in Google is:

Fridge Temperature Setting 1-7 - Which is Cold and Better - Freeze Edge

It is full of useless nonsense. I wonder if this is AI generated or low paid human content farms?

"You can use the fridge temperature setting 1-7 on any type of your commercial fridge. I have also shared the temperature which is cold and better for the fridge.

The best way to keep food cold is to keep it in the refrigerator”

They have clearly targeted my question but fail to answer:

"There are a few basic rules if you’re trying to set the coldest setting on your refrigerator. They are as follows:

  • By looking at its temperature dial, you can tell how much refrigerant power the fridge has.
  • Your fridge temperature setting 1-7 can make your fridge colder, which will make it as cold as possible.”

My complaint isn’t that there are pages full of rubbish like this but that Google is ranking them up the top.

The internet is getting worse and all this AI article writing and content farms aren't helping. Google is losing its usefulness in my mind. I fear that future AI will be trained on this nonsense too.

The answer, for this fridge, is that the highest number makes the fridge coldest.

Update: ChatGPT does a better job.

I asked the same question of ChatGPT and here's what it replied:

"The coldest number setting on a bar fridge can vary depending on the specific model and brand of the fridge. However, in most cases, the coldest setting is usually the highest number setting available on the temperature control dial or knob. This is because the higher the number, the more the compressor will run, which results in a colder interior temperature.

To determine the coldest number setting on your bar fridge, you should consult the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer for specific instructions. Generally, it is recommended to set the bar fridge temperature between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (0 and 4 degrees Celsius) to keep the contents at a safe temperature."

I think that's more useful than what Google web search returned.


Robbie said...

This has always bugged me about fridges. How much effort would it really take to add some more text, or something visual like high/low thermometer symbols to each end of the scale?

Good user interfaces should be intuitive.

Tony Stevenson said...

ChatGPT writes better web copy than these Fridge Cowboys.

At first ChatGPT was reluctant and told me all sorts of way to improve SEO on my fictional FridgeCity website but with some prompting it delivered some OK copy. (see below).

Can we now expect batteries of AI Web Optimisers chasing each others content into some sort of electronic babble that doesn't work for anyone?

ChatGPT Prompt:Could you please help me write some relevant content as start?

Sure, here's some sample content that you could use to get started:

Maintaining the right temperature in your fridge is essential for keeping your food fresh and safe to eat. A fridge that is too warm can lead to spoilage and bacteria growth, while a fridge that is too cold can damage sensitive items like fruits and vegetables.

That's why the temperature setting dial on your fridge is an important tool to keep your food fresh. The dial is typically marked 1-7, with 1 being the warmest setting and 7 being the coldest. However, it's important to note that the temperature settings may vary between different brands and models of fridges.

To ensure that your food stays fresh, it's generally recommended to keep the temperature at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degree Celsius) . The ideal temperature for a fridge is around 37°F (2.8°C) . To achieve this, you'll likely want to set the dial around the middle of the range, around 4 or 5.

It's also important to keep in mind that different types of food require different temperature settings. For example, fruits and vegetables should be stored in the crisper drawer, which is typically the warmest part of the fridge, while meat and dairy products should be stored on the bottom shelves, which are typically the coldest.

To keep your fridge running efficiently, it's also a good idea to keep it well-organized. This will make it easier to find what you need and will help ensure that air can circulate freely, which can help keep the temperature more consistent.

In summary, Properly setting your fridge temperature is important to make sure that your food stays fresh and safe to eat. It's a good idea to aim for a temperature around 37°F (2.8°C) by setting the dial around the middle of the range, around 4 or 5. Make sure you properly store different types of food, and consider organizing your fridge for more consistent temperature.