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Jan 23, 2011 08:38 PM

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>

      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.

              4 Replies
              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 :)