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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Apology accepted.

Jul 10, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

My post is still there. But you chiming into a conversation that was over and done with two days ago, just to state the obvious - yes, agreed, makes no sense.

Jul 10, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Is it possible you think I don't know this? I know this.

Jul 10, 2014
small h in Site Talk

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Come back, Dosanko!

Jul 10, 2014
small h in Manhattan

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

For the love they get from us! Why else?

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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Writing a post on Chowhound...and then deleting it before posting.

Not 'til today. That I remember, anyhow. But today, I bought two big fresh sardines at my local Whole Foods. When I got them home, I realized that a) they weren't scaled, let alone gutted and b) one of them had a very mushy texture (probably a freezing/thawing issue), so mushy that I got grossed out and pitched it. So there I am, all steamed that I have to scale and gut and pitch, composing my irate post to the Manhattan board about the nerve! the nerve! of Whole Foods. Then I took a look at my receipt. The two fish cost me $3. And...suddenly it all seemed like not that big a deal.

PS The fish I ended up keeping and broiling was pretty good. A little dry (I over-broiled it), but pretty good.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Gosh, let's hope so.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

<Does that bring us full circle?

No, no it most certainly does not. My point is that posting about DOH grades on Chowhound does not harm restaurants, and to use that as an excuse to ban those posts is stupid. My point has never been that posting DOH grades "doesn't matter." Of course it matters, just like posting about whether the food is good, or the music is pleasant, or the hostess is polite, matters.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I just don't see how a Chowhound post that mentions a DOH grade would have an effect greater than the DOH grade itself. Perhaps there's some portion of the population that a) reads nothing but Chowhound and b) cares desperately about DOH grades. But I can't see those - what, 12? 13? - people being powerful enough to make or break a restaurant.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I understand your concern; I just don't share it. Here's why: I just plugged my address into Yelp and searched for "food poisoning." 35 restaurants came up in a one-mile radius (and a tailor - weird), all of them save two still in business.* Now, Chowhound's influence is miniscule compared to Yelp's. So how have these 33 restaurants survived?

*And I am willing to bet cash money that their demises can't be blamed on Yelp.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

<Why not?>

Because it comes off as rude and dismissive, implying that rather than try to improve something I generally like, I should abandon it.

<Have you come across a lot of places where you wanted to post about their inspections? >

No, but I want to be free to discuss restaurant news here. That was the topic of the thread I linked to earlier.

<I've never seen any subject that has people gobbling up wrong info more than food safety. Over the years I've begged the mods to not even allow those conversations.>

I'm with you on this. But it's a different issue.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Worth a try.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Is this an "if you don't like it, leave" post? If so (and apologies if not), that's rarely a helpful contribution to any thread.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

<Now, get me started on...>

I have so many peeves that I couldn't afford to keep them as pets anymore. They are now feral peeves, running in packs all over the neighborhood.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

<So, can I ask you to further elaborate without completely frustrating you? >

You sure can. And as luck would have it, I started a thread a few months ago that presents my position on this topic in (way too much) detail.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967897

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

<In the Land of Litigation, could you imagine a restaurant with non-US locations suing Google and CHOW to erase a thread...>

Nope. I could easily imagine that restaurant asking, though. And Chowhound complying.

<I don't have a problem with CHOW staying away from Health Dept issues. >

So you've said. I do. Hooray! Two people have freely expressed their opinions.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I will thank you to refrain from suggesting that I have presumed anything. I have merely opined. Harrumph.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

Both those things are true. Neither of them explain why it is Chowhound's policy to protect businesses from the "genuine impact" of publicly-available information.

Jul 08, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

You're welcome.

Jul 07, 2014
small h in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

It's an idiotic policy, and one that I hope will change sooner than later. The letter grade might well be "temporary," but so are any number of things diners could report about a restaurant, including (but not limited to):

"I had to wait a half hour past my reservation time."
"No one told me how much the specials cost"
"My burger was not cooked to my specifications"
"The music was too loud"

I could easily provide dozens of extant examples of any of the above, all of which are ephemeral complaints, and none of which (as far as I can tell) gets deleted.

Jul 07, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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Should a chain comp an item (or offer some other compensation) if an entree is prepared wrong?

<Am I expecting too much in a situation like this? Should I just be satisfied with them redoing the item (which of course gets me nothing but a longer meal)?>

Yes and yes. Unless the restaurants you go to advertise their policy that "if we don't do it right the first time, you win a prize."

Jul 07, 2014
small h in Chains
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Regrets -- I've had a few.

I understand completely what you're saying, having been to New Orleans both pre- and post-Katrina, about three times each. It is different. I don't enjoy it any less now, and I certainly intend to keep going, for all the reasons JMF lists. But it is different, just as Manhattan is different post-9/11.

Jul 02, 2014
small h in General Topics

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

<Always preferred the College Inn grease to Tom's.>

Same here. One very late night (or very early morning), three friends and I went to College Inn to have breakfast specials. We ordered, got the food, and ate it. Our waitress cleared everything and reset the table without dropping the check. Then another waitress came by to ask what we wanted to order, thinking we'd just arrived. So we ate again.

Jul 02, 2014
small h in Manhattan

Women who don't eat much when among peers

Well, you've got me there. I've never heard any living person express that sentiment either.

Jul 02, 2014
small h in Not About Food

Women who don't eat much when among peers

Yes, that was my point. I was responding to chowser's post, upthread: "That said, I can't remember anyone ever calling hearty eating a low class thing."

Jul 02, 2014
small h in Not About Food

Women who don't eat much when among peers

Mammy was allowed to be full-figured because she wasn't the face (and body) of the O'Hara family. Plus, she had enough to deal with, being a slave and all.

Jul 02, 2014
small h in Not About Food

Women who don't eat much when among peers

I'd like to bring back the corset. I'm too lazy for ab work. And Scarlett O'Hara's waist was 17" (the smallest in three counties). But people were smaller overall back then.

Jul 01, 2014
small h in Not About Food

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

I didn't intend to call you to task, and I'm sorry if I came off that way. I was just trying to be helpful in case others were interested in learning more. What happened to Adrienne is pretty much my definition of "senseless tragedy."

Jul 01, 2014
small h in Food Media & News
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Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

It's easier to find information about her if you use her professional name, Adrienne Shelly. I worked with her on a project when we were both very young. The world is a worse place without her.

Jul 01, 2014
small h in Food Media & News

Does the meal have to be amazing?

I think the OP is only interested in the quality of the food, despite his/her use of the word "meal," which as you say encompasses stuff like how clean the bathroom was and whether the music was too loud. I breathlessly await either confirmation or correction!

Jul 01, 2014
small h in Site Talk