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Jun 24, 2006 03:20 PM

Could the administrators please encourage posters to be more direct?

I humbly request all or any posters to add either an exclamation mark (!) at the end of their "Title Line" (...when it is a 'Statement' they are interested in posting! Or, respectively, a question mark (?), when the post is a 'Question'.
Not everyone's body of post/message is always wanted to be read, if so identified.
Title Line: Restaurant in Waltham (note: no ! or ?)

How do I know if the poster is looking for a place, or wants to comment about a place.

If they were 'looking', I might have an answer.

If they were 'commenting' I might not be interested to "open" the post.
I have been a poster at the old board since at least 2000, and requested this more then once.
Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

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  1. Newbies come in every day, and trying to enforce such a request would be like sweeping a broom against the tide. There's always going to be new posters posting without having seen the specific post on the SIte Talk board where we ask them to post a certain way. There's simply never going to be a way to enforce it.

    And really, we don't want to be micromanaging the way people post on Chowhound. Lots of people with lots of different styles add to the diversity of our community. This setup works best when we stand back and let the chowtips flow, only intervening when necessary.

    1. Understood
      Just a sample here:
      The Best... Best butcher in NYC
      Looking for what people deem as the best butcher in NYC for overall quality, including price. Is there actually a place in the city that is reasonable?

      posted by LVI on Jun 23, 2006 5:30 AM

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      1. Does it really matter much whether a topic starts with a statement that someplace is best or a question regarding what is best?

        Topic: Where's the best butcher in NYC?
        Reply: Joe's Meat Shop
        Reply: Ahmed's Halal


        Topic: Joe's Meat Shop is the best butcher in NYC!
        Reply: No way, Ahmed's Halal rules

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          " Where " is a/the question
          " is " is a/the statement

          But what is: " Best Butcher in New York City " (without ? or !)