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Jul 4, 2010 11:33 AM

Are there Really just A Handful of CHs in So. New England?

I am amazed by the lack of activity on the So. New Eng. board or its predecessor. When I travel anywhere in the U.S., I most always find an active CH posting community that helps greatly.
Where the heck are you guys in Ct? You're even more absent than CH posters in Providence.
Vt. and Me. have you beat by a LONG shot. You certainly eat out and you certainly have good restaurants, so what gives? You don't want to take the time to share? But no one else is going to do it. Come On!!!! We need you!

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  1. Since the board combined with Mass and RI many of the Fairfield Country CHer's kind of moved on...there are still a few here, they'll chime in if they have stuff to report.
    In addition to that, come summertime it has always been rather quiet on the FFLD CTY posts. But keep trying...people will chime in here and there!
    I've read all your posts and have found them to be interesting, we just don't venture to New Haven and beyond that often...

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      1. I'm a lttle confused by the OP vis-a-vis some of the responses here. Are people seeking more participation from folks from SNE or less? We're here and while we love to read all the SNE postings, sometimes we have nothing intelligent to contribute. While I regularly appreciate jfood's common sense and wisdom, I'm not certain i understand what he's proposing above.

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        1. re: junescook

          Here are jfood's positions

          1 - Jfood would like more posters and he would like to somehow re-combine Westchester with FFD CTY. Prior to the last reorg, there was a incredible exchange between the two areas, then poof, no more. Although he has interchanges with some new hounds into the New Haven area, going 95 North just does not happen so his area has been cut in half.

          2 - As Sibeats mentioned there are restaurants that have been banned from discussion. And jfood has made his opinion known to the powers that not allowing 2-3 of the best places in FFD CTY is like saying you cannot write about the Top 100 in SF. Yes jfood agrees that shilling is bad but you need to trust your customers, in this case the other posters, to point out these shills. Let the forces of the economy through the report button help in the moderating. Banning restaurants from being reviewed is anti-Chowhound.

          3 - Not allowing posters to write about a restaurant because they are known to management is also treating us like children. Jfood is not allowed to write about a few nor can he even mention in passing. Why? Management knows him. Will the chef cook a better filet or a larger piece of halibut, or get some more fries? C'mon, let's be real.

          These are the rules though and jfood lives by them and has for years. Why? he has learned much and contributed some. He disagrees but c'est la vie

          hope that clears it` up

          1. re: jfood

            Shilling / Smearing (two sides of the same coin) by those with a vested interest are exactly the reason I don't trust any other food discussion (outside of Chowhound) site. Opening the shilling gates is akin to letting the Trojan horse in through the gates of the city. Sacking, pillaging and looting will commence immediately afterward and we will be done as a site.

            Banishment is just the ticket as far as I am concerned.

            1. re: Servorg

              Hey, Servorg! Can you please help me out re "smearing"...that's a term I don't know except to SCHMEAR cream cheese on a bagel...which is not what I think you mean. ;) You know jfood doesn't want to open up the shilling gates anymore than you or I or any other food-enthusiastic hound does...

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Smearing is when someone with a restaurant says untrue and damaging things about their direct competition. It's worse to me than straight shilling your own place. But neither has a place here.

                ADD: And to get banned here (as the mod's have said over the years) takes considerable effort on the part of both restaurants and posters. You really have to WANT to get banned to have it imposed from what I have read. So I can't feel too badly about the places that just won't let up and finally reap the consequences of their bad behavior.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Ohhhhh, gotcha. OK! Yes, I agree, that is probably worse than straight shilling and I'm glad neither are tolerated.

                  I'm with you on the banishment, too. I realize people get plenty of chances here before anyone pulls the plug. Except, of course, for that one pesky thread about grill grates (?) as debated elsewhere on site talk, usually I get why posts vanish and am glad to see them go. ;P

                  1. re: Servorg

                    in case jfood was not clear. both shilling and smearing are unacceptable.

          2. I'm still here. I eat out a whole lot less than I did 6 months ago, but when I get somewhere new and noteworthy, I do report back. I will say it bums me to read of new places (new to me, anyway) on Facebook rather than here, but I'll take the info anyway I can get I always did prior to joining CH. And when I get to the new place I read of on FB, I'll let ya know.

            We did seem to lose quite a few voices in the last year. I miss no reservations and know there are others I haven't seen in a while. Maybe most of what needs to be covered has already been said? I dunno.

            1. Before the reorganization of the boards, we had more activity because the NYC metro was included. A lot of us may live in CT which is technically New England but geographically we are a heck of a lot closer to Manhattan/5 boroughs than we are to Boston or even Hartford. I live 10 minute drive from the NY/CT border and when I want decent Asian food, I'm driving down to Flushing to get it, not driving around CT for some sad Asian restaurant outpost.

              Not only are we geographically closer to Manhattan, a lot of people probably also work in the city so overall they are most likely more active on those boards than this new So. NE board (which personally I think was a bad idea).