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Locked discussion?

Your best bet here is really to send us an email or Flag the discussion and ask us directly rather than asking people to speculate based on no real information. We usually do try to leave an explanation when we lock things, so it could simply be that a mod chose the wrong option from the menu when they tried to do something else to that thread, or it could be that they forgot to leave a message.

about 21 hours ago
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Food delivery downtown..JustEat

I hadn't heard of Tasteaway before. For my area, it seems to have pretty much all the restaurants that are on Just-Eat and quite a few more besides, so that's pretty cool!

Jul 18, 2014
Jacquilynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Canning/Pickling/Preserving/Smoking

That's something we've discussed a lot over the years. We were literally within days of doing it at one point before we decided not to. The general consensus among CotM participants and coordinators has been that it thrives from being part of the Home Cooking board. It needs a constant refresh of participants to remain healthy and active.

As Pat notes below, we think the better approach is to find solutions that would allow things like CotM to be both part of the overall Home Cooking board AND easier to find on their own rather than one or the other.

Jul 17, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Help me find this chocolate shop please !

Ah, I didn't realize you were referring specifically to the gift box, rather than to the bars themselves.

I don't know if the gift boxes have been around long. I mostly shop at Soma for myself or for stocking stuffers. I like a variety of different things, and they're too expensive to give one person a bunch of different bars as a stocking stuffer, so I just buy individual items, never the gift sets.

Jul 17, 2014
Jacquilynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me find this chocolate shop please !

They've had exactly the same bars (which I like) as long as I've been going to the Distillery District store, so I don't think it's a recent situation where they're getting lazy. It's one of their core products and as far as I can tell, always has been.

Jul 17, 2014
Jacquilynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I supervise the moderators, but all moderators can see all decisions made by all other moderators and we can and do discuss and rethink them. It's not really a question of bias, but the reality that every situation requires a judgement call and sometimes different moderators take different views of what the best plan is for a given situation. It's most common for the mods to decide among themselves that something needs to be put back, but we also do re-examine things if someone responds to an emailed explanation with an objection, and we sometimes put things back then, as well.

Jul 17, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Banned

Permanent bans of regular posters are pretty rare -- in the range of 1-2 per year -- but they do happen.

Our usual path is to send email warnings about inappropriate posts, and then work through a series of escalating suspensions. The first one is generally just a quick suspension -- all we require is an email from the user committing to post appropriately in the future, and we'll reactivate them right away. If they go back to the same types of posts, we'll typically move up through suspensions lasting a couple of days, a couple of weeks and a month or two, each time asking them to recommit to posting appropriately in order to be reactivated. If even being away from the site for a month doesn't alleviate the issues, then a permanent ban comes into play, but it's something we really try to avoid, so we'll often take steps like asking people not to reply to particular posters or not to participate on particular boards in order to keep them away from the situations that cause problems for them.

Our goal is never to permanently ban contributing members of the site (spammers and people who sign up specifically to troll are a different story) but sometimes we run across people who simply can't accept the requirements of posting on the site and we're unable to avoid it.

More common than us instituting a permanent ban is a poster receiving a suspension and choosing not to return to the site. That's obviously not our goal, either, but it is a better outcome than a permanent ban. Chowhound can't be to everyone's liking -- some people want the site to be less moderated and open to a more aggressive style of discussion, others wish we were harder on things like profanity and snark -- and when people recognize that on their own and choose to leave the site, they're more at peace with that decision than when we make it.

Jul 16, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

Mine is a loaf of Schlesierbrot. Because it amuses me that there is a bread with my last name. Sadly, I don't actually like the bread.

Jul 16, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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Canning/Pickling/Preserving/Smoking

Between HC and V/V or Special Diets or BBQ, I mean. We move posts that are clearly off-topic, but asking a question about grilling is not clearly off-topic for Home Cooking, so we just let the user know there's another board and that they have a choice.

Jul 14, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Canning/Pickling/Preserving/Smoking

Just to clarify -- we don't automatically move threads just because they're flagged, but we will email posters and ask if they'd like something moved.

Jul 14, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Canning/Pickling/Preserving/Smoking

There's absolutely overlap between those boards, and posting in either place would have been totally fine. People who are really into making BBQ were keen to have a place where they could get into the intricacies of equipment (Cookware) and technique (Home Cooking) in a single spot, and that board is meant to be that spot.

Jul 14, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

What's Montmarte like - Sheppard -Wilson Heights?

That was a wine bar called something like Pourquoi Pas.

Monmartre is closer to the other end of the subway line, in a yellow building.

And you can always Flag your own post to ask for it to be deleted -- the mods will generally do that for you provided it won't leave weird holes in the conversation. Which it would do in this case because of my reply, but if you do want it deleted, just Flag it, and I'll remove it and fix my own reply.

I only went to Montmartre once and it was quite a number of years ago, but even then, it felt like a place that was at least 2 decades behind the times and not in a comfortable/classic sort of way. It's the kind of old school fancy restaurant where every dish comes with exactly the same vegetables on the side.

Jul 13, 2014
Jacquilynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Canning/Pickling/Preserving/Smoking

It's an interesting suggestion, thanks!

Smoking is actually covered here: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/93

Jul 13, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Side spam starting spontaneously

That sounds like you have some kind of malware on your computer that's affecting what you see. We don't do any kind of advertising linking on words within posts themselves.

Jul 12, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

The Power of The Press

We do attempt to combat this on Chowhound by removing posts that seem to be motivated by revenge rather than the friendly sharing of information. It's not something we can absolutely eliminate, but we're aware of it as an issue and take the steps that we can.

Jul 12, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

The antipasto usually comes back around Thanksgiving, I think.

Jul 11, 2014
Jacquilynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

We look at posts in context, and consider a variety of factors in deciding whether or not to delete things, but in general, mentioning health code violations or health department ratings is very likely to result in us removing a post.

Jul 11, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

search broken again

Are you still having that problem today? I'm not able to replicate it on either my desktop or my phone.

Jul 11, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

not sure where to post

If a recipe is something that's specifically common among people who keep Kosher or is something you want a specifically Kosher version of, then Kosher is a fine place to post. It's also fine to post those types of questions on Home Cooking, with the knowledge that some people will not really understand the Kosher requirement, so you may get things that don't quite meet your needs. This is just one of those areas where two boards overlap, so you can choose one or both.

If you want to keep all the discussion in one spot, it's fine to post a question on one board and on the other board, start a new thread to Link to your question and ask people to respond there.

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

COTM = Cheese Board?

Given that they're on different boards, is there much likelihood for confusion between the two projects? There are several boards successfully doing different of-the-month projects, it's just a coincidence that Cheese and Cookbook both happen to start with C. It doesn't seem to have created any problems up to this point.

Abbreviating Cheese of the Month to CotM is something people are doing pretty organically on their own, not something that's been mandated by the moderators or by any of the people who have taken responsibility for helping to post those threads, so it's not really something we can force a change to.

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

We really ask that people avoid including any health rating information in their posts, and that people instead turn to their local health department to find accurate, complete, up-to-date information about the health situation at restaurants they're concerned about.

It's important that any source that's going to include that kind of information be accurate, complete and up-to-date, and it's difficult for Chowhound reports to be any of those things. They quickly fall out of date and we have no mechanism to update them, reports of issues only exist for a few restaurants instead of comprehensively, and in many instances the information here is of unverifiable accuracy. Even when the report is initially about verifiable public information, a lot of speculation often follows.

We know health code violations are an area where we draw really hard lines around the conversation, and we understand how that can seem weird and confusing, but we really think it's for the best that nobody think of Chowhound as a place to get that kind of information and instead turn to more reliable sources for that data.

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

I am completely okay with foreclosing any rebuttal that might lead to people describing their fellow hounds as pompous blowhards with a drinking problem. Completely.

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

This pretty much echoes our concerns with this kind of discussion. It's something we've long tended to disallow, but we are trying to be more open in how people discuss things here on Chowhound, so we thought we would let this one run and see how it goes. But we do share your worries about how people will feel if they read a thread like this and don't see themselves among the experts listed.

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

The primary reason for asking that people keep things positive is that it's more important for a community like Chowhound to remain friendly and helpful than it is for us to be able to discuss every possible topic from every possible angle. We generally ask that people avoid making negative comments about their fellow posters in all sorts of contexts, because actively making people feel bad isn't conducive to having them continue to participate here.

I also disagree that in order for a discussion of particularly helpful hounds to be useful, you need to have a corresponding discussion of the least helpful ones. One hounds tips don't become a better, more relevant match for your tastes because another person's tips aren't a good fit for you.

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I mean area in the sense of scope rather than geographic region. So, "our actual practices around posts like these."

Jul 10, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

It's best not to make neighborhood safety the focus of your post at all, even via an offsite link. If you've got some great food tips for an area and make a brief aside about safety, that'll usually pass by without a problem, but having safety be the sole topic of a post almost inevitably creates problems.

Jul 09, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Sorry, I've gotten out of the habit of signing my posts since we got the red diamond for staff members. As carolinadawg noted, I'm the Community Manager for Chowhound, so in this case, I'm explaining our actual practices in this area.

Jul 09, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk

Pressure Cooker Cola-Braised Beef Short Ribs

I wouldn't -- the artificial sweeteners generally don't caramelize the way real sugars do and they often get nasty when cooked.

Jul 09, 2014
Jacquilynne in Recipes

IBM's Watson is now a cooking app apparently

I've been playing with the beta for awhile and the results are hysterical.

It's trying to invent new recipes rather than just helping you search out existing recipes, and it's not very good at it yet. One of my first recipe recommendations involved roasting peaches then blending them with raw chicken and serving it as soup.

It'll be interesting to watch it learn and improve, but right now, it is definitely not ready for prime time.

Jul 09, 2014
Jacquilynne in Food Media & News

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I'm cribbing from my own past posts here, but here's how I've explained this issue before:

This sounds like one of those topics that should be okay. And in theory, it should be fine. But in practice, it's just not.

A side comment or two suggesting a neighborhood is less than a scrubbed clean, sunlit paradise amid a general discussion of the chow usually doesn't stir up a storm, which is why we let them slide.

But when a discussion is point blank about the safety of a given neighborhood, it becomes one of those hot-button subjects where the conversation just does not go well. People who live or work in the neighborhoods being discussed feel personally insulted by the accusation that their neighborhood is too dangerous for hounds to even visit. And race definitely plays a role in these conversations, whether it should or not. The people suggesting a neighborhood is unsafe usually end up getting accused of being classist or racist, so they end up upset, too.

And the end result of all that sturm and drang is ... not much. No consensus is ever reached on whether a given neighborhood is totally safe, mostly safe, safe during daylight, or not really safe at all.

We hope every hound, whether at home or when travelling, will be smart about personal safety issues, but those seem to be judgments best made on the ground, since discussions here bring more heat than light.

Jul 09, 2014
Jacquilynne in Site Talk
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