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Dec 11, 2006 05:18 PM

Updated etiquette

I would like to see the etiquette/posting guidelines updated to include recommended information.

Too many times a question is posted, and the first response is "where exactly, when, what type of food, what's your price range, any picky eaters, how many in your party, how formal?" All of these are critical to giving good advice, and too frequently they're left out. I wouldn't expect adding this to the etiquette to eliminate the problem, but it might cut down on it.

Most of these are also helpful when writing reviews, and posters should be encouraged to include these items where appropriate.

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  1. Coincidentally, we're currently working on updating the Etiquette information. Look to see new information on that page in the near future.

    7 Replies
    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      please, a reminder to keep the language and posting names grammie-appropriate. please.

      1. re: toodie jane

        What does "grammie-appropriate" mean?

        AFAIK, chowhound has no rules with regards to appropriateness of language. Which is fine with me. We're all adults here, and people seem to have pretty good sense.

        1. re: spigot

          I was wondering that too - appropriate for one's grandmother to hear? Or is grammie a new way to say grammar, like "sammie" for sandwich?

          1. re: spigot

            except when people dont have good sense and dont act like adults.

            obscenities and scatological references dont fit too well on a food board - I assume thats what toodie Jane is talking about.

          2. re: toodie jane

            I was out of town and offline for a few weeks and was rather surprised, and--honestly--offended to find at least three posts with what I find to be a publically unacceptable word in the title.


            Yes, I'm "grammie" age. But I'm far from a prude. It's more that I care about the English language and prefer a bit of civility in my discourse. I'm sure people using this word have no idea what it means; or, if they do, I don't understand why they feel comfortable using the vulgar slang when they wouldn't use the word itself:


            but ignorance--willful or otherwise--should not be an excuse. Similarly, I find the use of WTF offensive. Who deemed appropriate in abbreviation what is inappropriate spelled out?

            I doubt there's anything The Chowhound Team could do about this decline in verbal and writing skill even if they wanted to, but I needed to vent. I just don't like to see it happening and to see it seemingly accepted as suitable for a public forum.

            1. re: JoanN

              Our policy on vulgarity, obscenity, and general offensiveness in otherwise chow-ful postings is that anything is ok so long as it's not said in anger or is clearly intended to stir up trouble. Our role as moderators is not to shield all users from anything they might find offensive. If we tried to do so, there'd be literally no end to it, because many different people are offended by many different things.

              We ask that everyone show tolerance for different sorts of voices in our huge community. The alternative - a group with homogenous ways of speaking and thinking - would not be good for this resource. We'd like to see all sorts of different people chipping in their chow tips!

              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Thank you. I think your policy is eminently reasonable. And tolerance is a good thing.

        2. If this is the single offending word, does that mean that all discussion regarding mudbugs, crawdads, crawfish, etc. is verboten? God help the NO board. (tongue firmly in cheek)