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May 20, 2010 01:58 PM

Question moved from one board to another without explanation

I posted a question on the Los Angeles board hoping to get information from locals regarding a new hamburger spot in our area that is an East Coast chain (Five Guys) question was moved to the chains board even though I am not looking for general info on the chain but rather specific information on the local spots....why? thanks in advance

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  1. One of the hallmarks of chains is that the food is basically the same across all locations, so those types of queries are moved to the Chains board. Unless there's a specific local difference that would make the experience unusual, that's what the Chains board is meant for.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      When a restaurant, which may or may not be known by all as being a chain, opens for the very first time in an area, it really should be allowed the courtesy of being posted on that area's board. Nobody reads the Chains Board for ideas on nearby places to go to eat. Nobody.

      As suggested in the subtitle, the Chains Board is a good place for discussing tips on, or corporate criticisms of, developing aspects at Costco, Trader Joe's, Domino's, etc..
      Conversely, if Rick Bayless decides to open a Frontera Grill in Minneapolis, then let the MSP Board chew on the news for a while, rather than irrationally and counter-productively banishing the announcing post to the Chains Board, where nobody will appreciate it. Such actions suppress enthusiastic local participatory discussion.

      1. re: vtombrown

        Generally, we do try to leave up the first announcement thread if people are excited about the pending arrival of a new chain in their area. If it's just a general review of an existing location, then we'll move it to Chains.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          CT: I don't envy you the decision of where to move things, as 5 Guys is a chain, yet with such a loose corporate structure that one location is quite different in quality (not menu so much) as one just a few miles away. to the OP I wouldn't lose too much sleep over this. start a thread over which local branch is somehow better. but really that seems a yawner. I sorta agree, it's new, it's novel, but in the end it's just a (slightly above average) burger shack.