Who's minding the store on the Kosher board?
The guidelines for the Kosher board state very clearly the following:
"This message board is a resource to swap tips about the most delicious kosher chow, not the most kosher delicious chow. Wider issues of kashruth and certification, important though they are, are off-topic for our narrow scope. ... This isn't the place for huffy debate or argument on theological or other issues. ... We're not a forum on kosher issues, we're a forum on kosher (and even kosher-style) chow in all its many manifestations."
That sounds pretty straightforward to me. Yet it seems every few days someone will post something in flagrant violation of those simple rules that will pass muster with the moderators. For example, as reprinted above, the rules of the board state unambiguously that issues concerning kashruth (i.e., theological debates about whether something is in fact kosher) and degrees of religious observance are inappropriate, yet I have seen that most such posts survive moderator scrutiny. Also, there is a disturbing propensity to allow extended Kosher board discussions that focus solely on the cost of food - not the quality - which I'm afraid feeds into some of the most noxious historical stereotypes about Jews.
I have reported at least a dozen or so posts that fall within these taboo categories. Almost all of them have been allowed to stand. My gut is telling me that, with all due respect, the moderators on that board either do not fully comprehend the guidelines; are letting things slide to such a visible degree that it constitutes an overt abuse of their discretion; and/or view me as a neighborhood crank for my regular reports within the turf they have been assigned to patrol. Whatever the case, please provide an explanation or clarify your guidelines.
Here are a couple of glaring recent examples:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655764 - A wholly theological, partly Talmudic (!) discussion stemming from a site-inappropriate query about whether it is kosher to combine fish with dairy.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653766 - A lengthy thread entitled "the kosher wedding problem," which deals almost exclusively with the sum-total cost of Orthodox Jewish weddings - with barely so much as a nod to the quality of the food - along with a wildly incendiary debate/attack on Orthodox Jewish guest list demands (again, completely unrelated to food).
We've removed the first of those threads, and edited the second, but the wedding one is a question we'd permit on any other board about non-kosher food, so there's no reason to remove it entirely.
We don't see or read every thread, so reporting is helpful, thank you. In the case of the wedding thread, you ran into a problem with our reporting system, which is that once we've reviewed the feedback on a specific post, new feedback on the same post doesn't come through to us. Because you kept re-reporting the original post -- and we checked it out the first time and deemed it okay -- we never saw your follow on reports.