I think it's sad that chowhound moderation has, over the years, started filtering out posters who talk about inexpensive places to eat, and instead babied up to people who are willing to spend $250 per person on a meal.
It's purely economic, and done under the guise of "what's best for this site," but it has gradually made chowhound a place that caters to people looking for the "best sushi" in town or debating the merits of the next overhyped trend trench, while relegating discussion of moderate eateries (and those who tend to post about such places) to the background.
I'd like to add that in the last year and a half, thanks to Chowhound, I've had my first torta, first taco truck taco, first papusa, first chaat and have rediscovered bahn mi. I don't pay much attention to the descriptions of the high end places, though I've also got some good information about mid-range places in my area.
What is the basis for your claim?
I post regularly on the Southwest board and have done plenty of reviews on mom & pop places, greasy spoons, and inexpensive holes-in-the-wall and have not had then pulled nor have I ever been asked to not post about them. Here are a couple of links to some of the most inexpensive places in Phoenix:
Also, here is a thread on the Southwest board that appeared about four months ago:
I am perplexed as to how you came to your conclusion.
Wow, that is about the last thing I would ever say about Chowhound. In fact, one of the things that my friends and I tend to complain about is that posters are often cheap to a fault. Fixating so much on price that places are actually panned because a meal costing less than $10 failed to inspire rapture. I've gotten into it with other posters for making comments such as, "it was a satisfying and delicious breakfast, but at $5 was a little steep".
The moderators heavy hand may be driving posters away, but I doubt it has much to do with weeding out those who like to talk about inexpensive, tasty grub.
We don't moderate on those grounds, at all. I'm not even sure how we would if we wanted to. Establish a price level and remove posts that don't meet it? We're obviously not doing that.
With community sites, however, what people post tends to drive what other people post. As more people discuss high-end dining, more people who are interested in high-end dining are attracted to the site. If you're interested in more discussion of awesome ethnic dives and great family owned restaurants, start those discussions and keep them alive.
One of the big gaps between the high-end discussions and the moderate discussions tends to be the length of comments and reviews. People will post multi-paragraph paeans to the tasting menu at some fancy place, while the same people will post much shorter tips about the great Peruvian lunch counter around the corner from the office. It makes the balance of the conversation appear to favour the fancy place, but the tip on the Peruvian lunch counter is equally useful information.
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