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unappetizing posts

If the following is true:
"Chowhound's goal is to help people find great chow right now"

why are posts that seem to be about turning people OFF their food flourishing? (i.e. "cooking with urine"....."most disgusting foods" type lists)

I recognize that lots of foods are not everyone else's cup of tea, and lots of things i like or dislike might be gag-worthy to others.....but some of these types of posts sure don't make me feel like eating anything any time soon.

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  1. Second that.

    I worry some threads/posts turn people off certain foods before they even try them.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinions and preferences but I think encouraging people to talk about "gross" and "unappetizing" foods are just attention getters without much value.

    1. Yah. but ya don't pay any money and ya takes yer choice.

      1. nomad
        You know, I had exactly the same thought when I saw the "cooking with urine" thread title.. I'd like to think I'm a pretty hearty and open minded individual, but I just shook my head. Some things are just universally in 'poor taste ...Literally.

        1. So when you see the most recent "disgusting food", "worst..." "Ban Children In Restaurants" or "How Much Do I Tip" threads, who or what force compels you to read them?

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          1. re: ChinoWayne

            one has a choice whether or not to delve into a post of "most disgusting" types, as the words in a title of "most disgusting" in and of themselves are not all that disturbing...........however unless you don't log in at all, or avoid the general chowhounding board altogether, you still see "cooking with urine" each , and every, time .

            1. re: ChinoWayne

              Chino
              A "How Much Do I Tip? "thread is a long way off from a "Cooking with Urine" thread.

              1. re: Tay

                Not after you have seen the 1,000th tipping thread. ;-)

            2. I agree with the posts explaining that 'cooking with urine' is a long way off from 'How much do I tip' threads or even the ten million 'would you rather good service, mediocre food' or 'good food/mediocre service' threads. One assaults you with its very title and doesn't seem related to delicious (whereas at least the other threads remain marginally related to the pursuit of food).

              That said, I find that any post which describes a lovely meal that was 'washed down with' something or other puts me off faster than anything. The meal was so good you had to force it down with some liquid concoction? Seriously though, that phrase is just so unappetizing.