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Aug 2, 2010 04:43 PM

I wish that...

I wish that I could "disengage" from threads that have gone awry (inside fighting, way off-topic digressions, etc.), but once I have posted on a thread, I'm "stuck" with getting it bumped up when new posts occur.

Is there any way to do this (without having to remove my post)?

I'm sure there are other "wish list" items that you have, too.

I really do hope the Chowhound team can accomplish this. Thanks.

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    1. Great suggestion.

      There are times when I won't reply to a thread in its infancy knowing that down the line it's going to morph into an off-topic shouting match.

      E.g. "What's the best hamburger in [insert city]?"

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        some morphing is fine, but pissing matches are tiresome.

        although i do enjoy some back and forth, and often learn lots.

        and i'm certainly guilty of going off-topic.

        i guess i just want a way to disengage on threads that i no longer want to follow.

      2. I'm not sure what you mean. Do you get some sort of notification when a thread you've posted on has a new post? Am I missing this feature? Can't you just disengage by not reading the thread? I'm confused...

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        1. re: roxlet

          yes, roxlet, there is a little highlighted area that says "new" in red print (on the gray) -- on the left of the thread title. any thread that you have posted on is then moved to the top of your "my chow" "my posts" que.

          and yes, one can disengage by not reading. but the threads will still do their moving to the top of your que as long as others are posting.

          1. re: alkapal

            I guess that I never really go to My Chow so that's why I never noticed this.

        2. I totally agree! In fact, on a few occasions I've requested that my post be removed so that I wouldn't have to see updates on "my chow".

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          1. re: Marge

            Normally the mod's are pretty reluctant to remove content from threads so that posters won't "have to see updates" on their MyChow page. Did you have any other reason than that for requesting the deletions?

            1. re: Servorg

              Yes--if I responded to something that was removed, so my response is now outof context and meaningless.

              1. re: Marge

                That makes perfect sense and have done the same thing a few times.

                1. re: Marge

                  The mods have always deleted my reply to a deleted post if the context of my post now makes no sense. In fact, they have deleted posts by other Chowhounds that go out of context with no additional info if I report them.

                  I don't report the latter often, but sometimes a reply to a deleted post looks so nuts that leaving it will cause responses about it.

            2. No, sorry, there's no way to do this, and we do discourage posters from requesting removal of their posts for this reason... and we won't do it if the post has replies, as that will cause the replies to the now-deleted post to seem out of synch with the conversation.

              In our experience, such threads most often appear on the Not About Food and Food Media & News boards, so we encourage those who don't want to get "stuck" with threads like this to post with a very light hand on those boards.

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              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                <sigh> as i suspected..... drats!

                yes, i'm needing to be more judicious about where i stick my nose. ;-).

                chowhound team, wouldn't you say that the "home cooking" boards are the "nicest" (i.e., least contentious)?

                1. re: alkapal

                  Since we've introduced them, both our Home Cooking and Gardening boards have remained remarkably civilized. We don't keep official stats but the general moderator consensus is that those boards are the least work-inducing. ;-) Posting on those boards won't guarantee that you won't get threads "stuck" but you'll hate those stuck threads a lot less.

                  1. re: The Chowhound Team

                    Bit of a dustup brewing on HC re rice, broth, and technique re risotto. Gloves aren't totally off yet.

                2. re: The Chowhound Team

                  But why not just have an "unsubscribe" feature?