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The Long, Slow Slide Into Chowhound Post Regret

January 23, 2011 2:30 p.m. (3 replies): "Should You Start Your Potatoes In a Hot or Cold Oven?" Hmmm... I always start mine in a cold oven. Saves gas that way. Nobody's said that yet. I'll just reply.

January 24, 2011 7:15 a.m. (19 replies): Wow, SlymenstraHoundmen wrote an awesome reply. People deserve to be commended for well-written contributions. "Well said!"

January 24, 2011 7:28 a.m. (22 replies): This SlobberMonster person is clearly an idiot. If you start it in a cold oven, the "whoof" of the gas oven going on can cause un-scrubbed eyes in the potatoes to convert to carcinogens? Time to set the record straight.

January 24, 2011 8:14 a.m. (38 replies): Now I know this SlobberMonster person is a moron... he or she is challenging me! Time to unleash the fire!

January 25, 2011 6:53 a.m. (77 replies): "Please stop arguing. It's clear you don't know what you're talking about."

January 26, 2011 6:42 p.m. (110 replies): Someone replied to me and asked a technique question... I'll reply. It's nice to be helpful.

January 27, 2011 (143 replies, with a split): The technique question got out of hand and the mods split it to the Home Cooking board. It has 114 replies from people who think I'm either a genius or a cretin, and yet the old thread is still huge.

January 30, 2011 (240 replies): Been gone from Chowhound for three days and... oh, my God, the damn post has 240 replies. I don't dare skip it, because I might want to see some of it, but I can't spend all morning read... damn, there went my day's productivity.

February 1, 2011 (306 replies): I am not looking at that thread. Eventually it will move down the list and I can ignore it safely.

February 4, 2011 (381 replies): WOULD YOU PEOPLE STOP REPLYING? IT'S DONE. IT'S STALE! STOP IT damnitIwishIwasamoderatorsoIcouldlockthisdamnthread...

July 18, 2011 (385 replies): The thread is back? I wonder what they said? "can sum1 give me a recipe 4 baked potatoes please".

July 18, 2011 (428 replies): Replies start coming in to months-old posts, re-igniting the argument.

July 20, 2011 (441 replies): Post on Site Talk: "Is there no way to unsubscribe from a thread? Please? For the love of Leff?"

March 18, 2016 (445 replies): Oh, that old thread popped up again? "Hey I know it's late but I can tell you you can get Pamplona Pink Potatoes at the brand-new Berserkeley Bowl in Santa Monica." AAAAAAAAAAARGH!

(Note that this is all at least theoretically fictional... but I have at least a dozen threads I am actively trying to ignore for this reason...)

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  1. Post at your own peril...(and that potato thread seems to have taken the "starch" right out of you DU)... ;-D>

    1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612551
      then you're gonna love this older thread revived this morning

      8 Replies
        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          right! The humor of CH's is deeply inventive and generous.

        2. re: HillJ

          Thank you for the link - tears running down my cheeks from hysterical laughter - DH thinks I've gone around the bend!

          1. re: HillJ

            i can't BELIEVE i never saw that thread! thanks so much for posting the link - i can't remember the last time i laughed so hard :)

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              yum, I'm a bit embarraassed to display how I get my kicks but what the hell.
              it's priceless CH.

              1. re: HillJ

                I love re-reading the Malko/kirgilnix thread. :-)

            2. re: HillJ

              I remember this thread. One of the few posts I immediately favorited, without even having contributed. It's representative of the reason I'll never completely abandon this site, no matter how many 'sabbaticals' I take!

            3. *July 18, 2011 (385 replies): The thread is back? I wonder what they said? "can sum1 give me a recipe 4 baked potatoes please".*

              I *cannot* stop laughing at this. Well done.

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              1. re: onceadaylily

                DU forgot to post reply #386 so i'll throw it out there:

                can sum1 give me a recipe 4 baked potatoes please
                search is your friend.


                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  You had to make me read that again. It took me too long to stop giggling this morning. And, you have to admit, *some* of us are better with the search on here than others. You are kind of the reigning champion.

                  I'm going to shut up now. I don't want to irritate Das Ubergeek. Although, that poster apparently becomes very funny when irritated.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Who better to respond with a monster Chowhound search than you, ghg? ;-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      i'm glad you & lily caught that i was making fun of myself with that reply :)

                2. As Sam would say, "Hilarious."

                  1. Instead of spending programming time and money on an opt-in/opt-out for email notifications for updated threads, maybe they could spend some on an opt-out for certain threads. I groan when I see these. I've actually become slightly more disciplined about replying to something just because I know the answer. When I ask myself 'do I really want to know more about eating cottage cheese' I can stop before hitting the post button.

                    BTW, well written post DU :)

                    1. Too funny.

                      Sometimes I ignore these threads for a long time and then decide to check back (bored or whatever) and find that someone has asked me a question way back. Then, I feel rude that I never responded. It would be nice if you could tell that someone responded to you even if it means bringing back the thread from the dead.

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                      1. re: chowser

                        chowser, isn't that dilemma being addressed now with the new Email Notification feature?

                        1. re: HillJ

                          I think that's broad-based, isn't it? You either opt in for notification on EVERY update or you get none?

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Not sure, because I'm not using the feature myself. But, it would be a smart inclusion to be able to date select threads you'd like to be notified on.

                          2. re: HillJ

                            Does it tell you if someone responds directly to your post? I don't care to know if there are updates but don't want to ignore someone who has asked me a question. The updated threads show up on the top of my page. I go to other message boards that have a "responses to your post" feature.

                            1. re: chowser

                              It doesn't tell you if your specific post got another response or not. Just the thread in general. No difference than checking your mychow page.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  Apparently. Not much use to me then. Bummer chowser.

                          3. re: chowser

                            My profile displays threads I've participated in and anything with an unread post is marked "new." I think that's all you need. Also, I generally use HotPosts (whatever it's called now) which I get to through my profile, where I also see new posts. Only problem is that Hotposts sometimes will time out and mark everything read.

                            1. re: Aromatherapy

                              Yes, but it doesn't tell you if someone replied directly to your post and often when threads get too big, I don't bother reading them anymore.

                              1. re: chowser

                                Why isn't there a limit on posts per topic/thread?
                                My finger sometimes dies doing all that endless scrolling ;(

                          4. For the love of Leff! Awesome!

                            Thanks for a great, hilarious start to the day. I have definitely avoided posting on some threads b/c I don't want to start this process in motion!

                            1. Well at least you got it out...feel better?

                              1. I think this should be posted right next to the Manifesto! Thanks for taking the time to write it out.

                                1. We've all replied to threads that we later just wished would go away. However, I must admit that I get a little bit nostalgic at times when classic old threads pop up, and I get to re-read what can amount to a treasure trove of info, sometimes contributed by dearly departed or otherwise silent former CHs... I also love it when new CHs have something constructive and relevant to add to an old topic- I like welcoming new users to the site, and sometimes its the personality of those old, 400-reply epic threads that will guarantee their return.

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                                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                                    "I like welcoming new users to the site, and sometimes its the personality of those old, 400-reply epic threads that will guarantee their return."

                                    Or send them screaming into the night, never to be heard from again... ;-D>

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Well I guess every club has its own unique initiation rites! Think of it as a gentler form of hazing.