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Nov 24, 2008 07:12 PM

What have we become??

Is that really an ad for Wendy's, I see???


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      1. Been reading the economic news lately? Anyway, I think Wendy's burgers are quite good -- with tomato, onion and lettuce.

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          1. re: Davwud

            does seem odd, but I'm with Davwud, besides, didn't we learn to ignore banner ads and flashing sidebars years ago? sure there's probably a subliminal effect, but I'm good at denial and selective memory anyway.

          2. Wendys banner, pretty dreadfull. but no better or worse than the ads for Bucca Di Beppo from before.

            My thoughts:

            - If CH wasnt free I wouldnt use it(I barely use it anymore as it is)

            - Having ads for disgusting chains is no worse than having a board dedicated to them. Seems par for the course.

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            1. re: swsidejim

              it's true. Amazing and sad, and I barely hear about interesting un-trendy restaurants in Manhattan on this site anymore unless I search for hours. Where is the quest for deliciousness? It seems like all Ssam Bar all the time.

              1. re: redbecca

                it is very sad.

                Just as Food Network has been accused of lowering their standards, & appealing to the lowest common denomenator of people, so has Chowhound.

                Thankfully in Chicago we have a great local food website, so I am pretty much done with CH. I hope you can find one, or already have one in NYC.

                good luck

                1. re: swsidejim

                  Chowhound, though, is the collection of people who write posts on Chowhound. Unlike the Food Network which has a handful of people who make decisions about what goes on television on their network and on their website and so on and might well be choosing to appeal to the "lowest common denominator," whatever that is, Chowhound has no such people (apart from moderators who aren't making decisions at those levels that I can tell at all) making those choices. We're responsible for the content on this site.

                  I'm not arguing that you're incorrect....but the problem is people, not Chowhound.

                2. re: redbecca

                  The easiest way to have more chowy posts on board is to make more chowy posts. If you feel that there's no questing for deliciousness, post about your quests for deliciousness. If you feel that the boards need to change, why not start the change yourself?

                  1. re: limster

                    Unfortunately, no one reads those posts anymore, or at least they don't reply very often. People don't seem interested in reading reports on new restaurants the way they used to be, or even checking them out. And there are often not very interesting replies to the "where can I find X" or "where's a good place to eat in the theater district." I see people recommending a few of the same places very often, including places that are not especially delicious - though in the theater district, that's a challenge.

                    1. re: redbecca

                      Once again, those are situations that anyone could change. If someone posts about a new place, check it out and add your experience to the thread. If you feel that there aren't interesting replies, add one that you would consider interesting. Reinforce the types of posts that you like by engaging the posters, trying their recommendations.