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Jul 17, 2005 10:34 AM

About This Not About Food board

We realize that the title of this board is awfully tempting, and so we periodically take a moment to remind folks that this one board can't handle all the non-food interests of our hundreds of thousands of users (when Chowhound started, it was a lot less!).

So we ask for it to be used with restraint, mostly to address almost-but-not-quite food related matters, or to continue threads from other boards that have digressed from topic. If "Not About Food" served as a true catch-all, this board's not up to the we can't afford the bandwidth.

By all means, continue all current discussions. We just ask that hounds please refrain from freely launching all sorts of topics. Our server bills are high enough with the chow discussions; we can't foot the bill for all that and a ton of non-chow talk too. Please just hold back a bit!


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  1. Would anyone be devastated if, in the interest of economy, this board went away and the kitchen-gadget/cookbook talk went to Home Cooking? I think youÂ’re trying to address the spate of messages about service, tipping and etiquette, which often digress into whining. Information about how to tip and what to bring to a host/hostess can be found on other websites.

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    1. re: Christine

      Well, the kitchen gadget/cookbook talk already belongs on Home Cooking. We do our best to point people in that direction when they post here, and we appreciate help from any hounds who do the same (or email to give us a heads up on an incorrectly placed post.)

      We're not looking to shut this board down, just keep the scope of it connected to food in some way.

      Long interminable "don't you just hate..." threads are discouraged- we're not the place to give your inner Andy Rooney free rein- but as long as the threads stay polite and somewhat food focused, we can tolerate them.

      If anyone has further comments, please move over to the Site Talk board, where site issues are discussed. Thanks!

      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        Didn't see this message when I posted. Sorry, Linda

    2. Okay - did you mean etiquette/manners? Think that's about food but???? I think I see what you mean but I could be wrong. I find tipping, etiquette, why men wear baseball hats in nice restaurants (haven't even put that topic up - I have restraint) to be a chowhoundish topics/s cause we really get into food and the atmosphere (ball park, diner, haute cuisinee place, etc.) is also important. Please clarify. BTW, thank you for your work and this site. Linda