TOS Says Msg Deletions May or May Not Be Explained...
On the Austin, TX board, I'm trying to discuss whether or not a popular critic's guide of our city (Fearless Critic's Guide to Austin) has it right.
The point of this is to foster insightful discussion about the FC guide's hits and misses; we all want to find delicious chow! Sometimes the guide is wrong, either scoring things too high or too low.
Twice, I've had my discussions of the Fearless Critic deleted; yet other discussions that include mention of the guide have not been deleted. From this I can draw that my deletions are not based on copyright or trademark violation issues.
I know the TOS says many deletions will go unexplained, so I know this may be a hopeless question, but...
Why are my attempts to help start discussion finding about delicious chow being deleted, while other similar posts are not? What is the nature of my violation?
Tom in Austin
In the same vein, to someone wanting gardening information regarding a home organic VG garden a few days ago, I posted info which would have been helpful vis a vis organic seeds and garden prep etc.... and the entire thread was removed. Most disconcerting, considering I thought I was rendering a service to those who wanted to know. I'm a MassHort Master Gardener and have been growing my VGs from organic seeds for years.
I guess I don't understand "The Rules. "
Hi Tom in Austin,
I think your messages are being deleted because they're on the wrong board. Try posting a new topic to Food Media and News instead. That's where to debate the merits of guidebooks, restaurant critics, TV shows, movies, and other press coverage of chow-related things.
I believe the local boards (like Austin and Texas) are intended to focus on where to find the best chow in that particular area. Sometimes mention of something like "The Fearless Critic" (which is neither a critic nor fearless) slips in. But further discussion of its usefulness will likely be deleted.
I'm not the final arbiter of this, of course, but these are just a few things I’ve picked up from experience.
Edited to say: I apologize for having been redundant. The Chowhound Team was quick to reply.
Thanks for your input, MPH. I appreciate it.
I don't mind having my posts get deleted, most of the time. But when I spend thirty minutes constructing something intended to be quality content only to find it deleted, it can rankle.
But it probably shouldn't. At the end of the day, I need to remember that I am simply a guest here, and I must observe my host's rules.
Discussions of critics, magazines, and other food media are off topic for the regional boards. Your most recent thread has been moved to Food Media and News where those sorts of things are discussed. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/374868
If you'd like to attract the attention of Austin posters, you're welcome to post a 'heads up' on the Austin board with a link to the thread over on the Food Media board.
re: The Chowhound Team
I deeply appreciate the reply.
In my opinion, the place where Austinites will look for information about Austin restaurants is probably the Austin board.
However, this is "your" site, not mine, and I'm happy to obey the rules as you dictate them.
Edited to add: 'Heads Up' posted. Thanks again.