Which is why I look at third party apps to get reviews. This is no different in buying applications on a Macintosh or Pc platform most use different web sites to get prices and see what reviews offer and it is no different on the mobile platforms
I don't like the online review process on itunes as its really not accurate. As the apple store grows the problem grows so one would hope that it will get better.
I think all of us should just be patient nothing happens over night. I know for sure Apple is aware of the issues and you can bet they are working on it, but in saying that it will take time. No one wants a band aid fix.
So relax grab a Fosters throw a scrimp or crab on the BBQ enjoy the New year festivals and see what comes down in next few months