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Is Chowhound the single most humorless site on the web or am I missing something? This place sometimes seems SOOOOOOO serious. I know that some of my attempts at humor are immediately pulled off the boards. God forbid that anyone on Chowhound should feel slighted. Whew! I'm glad that I got that off my chest. Now, back to the discussion of where you can find the freshest tomatos in Vegas.

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  1. Humor? Is that served with a white or a red?

      1. Sharing information about delicious food is serious business. The fun part is in the eating, which doesn't take place on the board.

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        1. re: limster

          Nice to see y'all have so much in your mouth(s) there's no room to put your tongue in your cheek!

          1. re: Alice Letseat

            Sometimes there's a lot of tongue, but only when it's cooked properly. There's room for cheek and other parts too, if they're delicious.

        2. Think we're bad here? Check out the big food board (start's with 'ego').
          Now they really take themselves seriously!

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          1. re: jayt90

            Have to disagree. The members of the UK board of that site (assuming I've guessed correctly which one) are able to have fun; disagree with each other very, very directly and generally enjoy the whole food thing as a friendly community with what seems to be minimal moderating. I may have to think about transferring my affections at some point.

          2. jes' sometimes, we gets to sneak a little humor on these here boards. i swar!

            1. Agreed. I think the mods take themselves and the board too seriously.

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              1. re: boingo2000

                Oh, It's all rubber chickens and fake vomit here in the back room, but while we love a good laugh as much as anybody, it's our job to make this site a place where chow tips are shared. With the number of.... errr... unique characters... who use our site regularly, things would quickly get out of hand if we didn't try to enforce some sort of order and rein in the chatty asides. Our volume is too high for us to allow everyone to let their inner Steve Martins come out to play.

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  "...make this site a place where the chow tips are shared."

                  Well just come over to my house, we have plenty of cow chips to share.

                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                    Ohhh! I do need some cow chips to make cow patty tea. My geraniums love it!!!

                  2. re: The Chowhound Team


                    admin team



                    Now.. about my larks vomit cassoulet.....

                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      Chowhound Team,

                      That does have to be the funniest response I've ever seen by you guys.

                      Keep up the good work. Hope there are a few whoopee cushions next to your lumbar support.

                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        Yeah, well I posted a really fun fake recipe I made up on the thread about refried beans for "Don Juan Onate Thanksgiving Refried Bean Casserole," and YOU GUYS DELETED IT...! The more I thought about it, the more I thought it might work. In a curious sort of way. So I came back this morning because it was my ONLY copy! I was going to enter it in the Pillsbury Bake Off and win a million dollars.! When I couldn't find it, I objected and you deleted my objection....! You allow humor? What days of the week? Curious minds want to know! I'm going to go sulk now. I'm mad at you!

                        1. re: Caroline1

                          That fake recipe was part of a number of off topic jokey replies, and spawned an even greater number of off topic jokey replies. A little humour is a good thing, but not when a riffing conversation amongst just a few people comes to dominate an otherwise chowful discussion. If you'd like a copy of your recipe, however, please check your email, we'll send it back to you momentarily.

                          1. re: The Chowhound Team

                            LOL! You guys are cute. I was just foolin about wanting the recipe back, but thanks for the good wishes on the Pillsbury Bake off!

                            Now, serious question. The riffing and jesting were to try to get one person to loosen up a bit. He had taken something wrong that was said in jest and got all ruffled feathers over it. Seems to me that ruffled feather responses have as little place on these boards as jesting to try to get someone from being all upset. Several of us apologized but apologies weren't acknowleddged.

                            Granted, you guys have a tough job. But so do we. It's often difficult to convey intent through the written word. But we do try.

                            Thanks for your efforts. You are appreciated.

                    2. Check out the CBS buying CNET post : )

                      1. One man's Larry the Cable Guy is another's Oscar Wilde..

                        I like the way the site is run. If an occasional snicker is deleted to save hurt feelings, that's okay.

                        1. Does it count that I have discovered a lot of things here that tasted funny?

                          1. I've always found that humorous comments stand unless they sound too personal or politically incorrect.

                            The 'CBS buys CNET' post on this board is OK, but...

                            If you feel the need to be blatantly humorous, please feel free to append to the Mother Of All Joke topics http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359241 which leads with Bobfrmia's question. Surprisingly, there's much adult humor there :-)

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                            1. re: DiveFan

                              My observation is that humor included in chowish posts is fine; it's when posts are all humor and no chow that they go away.

                            2. Aqueous or vitreous? Haven't heard a good sheep's eyeball joke in a while.

                              Actually I'm beginning to wonder if factual information dispelling ignorance belongs on the Toronto board. Maybe not. So it goes.

                              1. I've scanned the thread, but don't think anyone's raised what is for me the central point: be as funny as you want....but be funny as you discuss great places to eat (I personally would go nuts in a totally humorless food site). Drifting from that central mission is off-topic whether you're mirthful or somber.

                                It's not the humor, in other words. It's the on-topic focus. This site exists for food-lovers to swap useful tips. So long as that's what you're doing, by all means inject guffaws and elicit chortling. Ha ha ha ha ha.

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                                1. re: Jim Leff

                                  A great example of combining humor with an excellent review. This is one of my favorite reviews:


                                2. Seriously? I laugh out loud every time I'm on chowhound. Granted, sometimes I'm laughing at and not with, but I still think there are a lot of very funny posters. Sam Fujisaka, dolores and jfood come to mind. And my own local fave, godfatheroflunch, gets away with stuff that always amazes me. How about the post last summer about the woman whose guest insisted on briging his own ribs to her cook-out? That was good stuff! And if you don't think folks are capable of feeling slighted, you obviously didn't read the post about cash bar at a wedding (tacky). Maybe you're not approaching it with the right point of view (or maybe you're right and I'm wrong) but I think it's very funny. I seriously hope someone is working on a novel or screenplay inspired by chowhound (not me, I'm too busy).

                                  1. It's spelled "humour".


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                                    1. re: DockPotato

                                      "Mostly in the UK," she said humourlessly.

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        "Only in Canada? Pity," he replied seriously.

                                          1. re: DockPotato

                                            "Certainly not in the US," she responded, seriously humorlessly (Canadian/UK translation humourlessly).

                                            See, Americans can be bilingual. Seriously.

                                            1. re: chowser

                                              I've no problem with "humor", but why not "serios'" for consistency?

                                              1. re: DockPotato

                                                Serios. Isn't that a breakfast cereal?

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    Every morning. With strawberries and cream. Yummo.....

                                        1. Discerning humor is allowed:

                                          Allowed: "Guy walks into a bar, bartender comes over and says, "Hey, why the long face?"

                                          Not allowed: "Horse walks into a bar, bartender comes over and says, "Hey, why the long face?"

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                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                            but smiling like a jackass that just ate cactus is allowed. Go figure.

                                          2. The most humorous posts are the ones under "Table Manners." Seriously uncensored, though, as someone wrote, sometimes I'm laughing at the posters rather than with them.

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                                            1. re: gloriousfood

                                              Don't tell me you forgot to slurp your linguine, or was it served snapped in half?