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Jul 14, 2006 05:06 PM

Complaint/Question about Teaser Posts

More and more, I'm seeing posts where someone puts a teaser or a summary, and then links to their own blog for the full review/post. I can't quite articulate why, but I find this tactic really annoying. Is there a Chowhound policy on this type of thing?

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  1. Yes, and I agree with you about the teaser ones that don't provide any useful content. Here's a current discussion -

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      1. We have a policy on this:

        We've been getting a number of postings along the lines of "I just wrote about that restaurant on my it at link below."

        We understand that there's a fine line between 1. sincerely wanting to point your fellow hounds to good info which happens to be elsewhere and 2. plotting to steer our large audience elsewhere for promotion/self-promotion. The problem is that we have far too many users and far too little time to draw this distinction. We need to stave off the considerable desire to use our loud microphone for promotion, and so we ask even veteran participants (whose motivations are beyond question) to help by not setting examples that could be seized upon by people with selfish agendas.

        Chowhound's mission is to be a trove of opinions and information, rather than a nexus of outbound links to opinions and information. So please opine here rather than direct our audience elsewhere for your thoughts. Please either cut/paste your blog opinions or encapsulate them in your postings.

        Users may include a low profile, non-hypish "sig" below their postings, linking to the main page of their blog. Of course, posters whose motivation seems to be to hype their sig (or to hype anything else) will have the privilege revoked.

        As always, if we've failed to notice anything problematic (we can't keep up with the flow, and count on the community to help us support the community), please email URLs to us at

        Thank you!

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