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The Long, Slow Slide Into Chowhound Post Regret

Das Ubergeek Jan 23, 2011 08:38 PM

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...)

  1. vvvindaloo Feb 1, 2011 04:25 PM

    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
      Servorg Feb 1, 2011 04:30 PM

      "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
        vvvindaloo Feb 2, 2011 09:25 AM

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

    2. coll Jan 30, 2011 01:41 AM

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

      1. iL Divo Jan 28, 2011 11:00 PM

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

        1. c
          Cachetes Jan 25, 2011 06:41 AM

          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. chowser Jan 25, 2011 06:35 AM

            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
              HillJ Jan 25, 2011 06:38 AM

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

              1. re: HillJ
                c oliver Jan 25, 2011 06:53 AM

                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
                  HillJ Jan 25, 2011 06:55 AM

                  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
                  chowser Jan 25, 2011 09:04 AM

                  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
                    Servorg Jan 25, 2011 09:06 AM

                    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: Servorg
                      chowser Jan 25, 2011 09:17 AM


                      1. re: chowser
                        HillJ Jan 25, 2011 11:48 AM

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

                3. re: chowser
                  Aromatherapy Jan 27, 2011 07:11 AM

                  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
                    chowser Jan 27, 2011 09:40 AM

                    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
                      iL Divo Jan 28, 2011 11:02 PM

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

                4. c oliver Jan 24, 2011 09:34 AM

                  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. Gio Jan 24, 2011 08:12 AM

                    As Sam would say, "Hilarious."

                    1. onceadaylily Jan 24, 2011 06:24 AM

                      *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
                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 24, 2011 10:04 AM

                        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
                          onceadaylily Jan 24, 2011 01:28 PM

                          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
                            LindaWhit Jan 25, 2011 09:01 AM

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

                            1. re: LindaWhit
                              goodhealthgourmet Jan 25, 2011 11:50 AM

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

                        2. HillJ Jan 24, 2011 05:59 AM

                          then you're gonna love this older thread revived this morning

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                          1. re: HillJ
                            Das Ubergeek Jan 24, 2011 08:08 AM


                            1. re: Das Ubergeek
                              HillJ Jan 24, 2011 08:26 AM

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

                            2. re: HillJ
                              RWCFoodie Jan 24, 2011 08:37 AM

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

                              1. re: RWCFoodie
                                HillJ Jan 24, 2011 08:39 AM

                                gotta share the wealth!

                              2. re: HillJ
                                goodhealthgourmet Jan 24, 2011 10:01 AM

                                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
                                  HillJ Jan 24, 2011 11:18 AM

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

                                  1. re: HillJ
                                    LindaWhit Jan 25, 2011 09:00 AM

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

                                2. re: HillJ
                                  vvvindaloo Feb 1, 2011 03:58 PM

                                  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. Servorg Jan 24, 2011 05:34 AM

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

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