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Apr 18, 2011 01:48 PM

Do mods favor certain posters?

A few days ago, a CH member posted something on a local board of mine. It was taken down. Today, another member posted the exact same post; it remains intact. Why?

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  1. perhaps someone reported the first post but not the second? you could test that theory by reporting the existing one and seeing if it gets removed...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Ah, GHG, always the wise one! I have reported it (even though I thought it was ridiculous that they deleted it to begin with) and will see what happens.

    2. There's no way we could answer that question without knowing the specifics of the situation. There's also a good chance we wouldn't be able to answer it for a third party -- we don't generally explain why someone else's post got deleted.

      But yes, as goodhealthgourmet suggested, that we saw the first post and not the second is one of the most common explanations for a situation like this.

      If you really want to know, you can email us details at and we may or may not be able to offer an explanation.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        Thanks. I did report it and the post is still there today. I really think that poster's got either a friend or a fan of his as a mod because threads against him were zealously deleted on a recent post of his. I felt that some deserved to be deleted, but I also thought some should have stayed because the other posters brought up valid points.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          The answer to the OP question in my opinion is YES. Sooner or later someone higher up will realize that CH is being run like a '' mom and pop " shop.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            The post is still up, with a note from The Chowhound Team to avoid dwelling on the news event, and to keep the discussion on the restaurant. The previous thread on the same topic disappeared without any warning.

            I agree that there's obvious favoritism going on with regard to that poster and his supporters as the deletions in one of his recent threads seemed to disfavor opinions that politely countered his longwinded (and IMO misinformed) post.

            1. re: peter j

              I can now understand why the mods deleted the first one but kept the second one as the second thread had discussion about the restaurant in addition to sentiments about the event. But I'm still convinced that the poster's got some allies on the mod squad from that heavy-handed moderation of one his recent posts (though I think rant is a better word). Some of the responses were just plain mean and unconstructive. But I thought many of the deletions were well-voiced and germane to the topic. So it was natural for me to assume that the mods kept his post around while deleting the original guy's because they liked him more.

              I know the mods are human, and they've got this kind of checks and balances system to prevent one mod from extracting revenge on a certain poster. But I also hope that they examine the other side of the equation and try to be more neutral when moderating.

              btw, peter, there's an unmoderated thread about the guy's dinner on another food forum if are interested. You can see both the pros and cons to moderation. A part of me kind of cringed for the guy. But I have to say that the snarky side thought it was quite amusing.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Thanks for the heads up. I found the other thread. There's definitely room for all points of view.

        2. I would have to say yes,even without glaring examples just the very fact that mods are also longtime CH contributors would mean IMHO, that they have already developed alliances and opinions about certain posters both positive and negative.
          To expand on your question, who decides to dump an entire tread? individuals mods or committee?

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          1. re: Duppie

            I would observe that CH's that have taken the opportunity to meet face to face, email offline, dine together or have participated in a chowdown meetup would have a certain level of favor over CH's that are just words on a page. Because Mods are CH's meeting members without Mod responsibilities seems likely.

            If the idenitity of Mods were known and not anonymous I don't believe that playing favorites would even come up. On the professional site I moderate part time, Mods are known by s/n. Mod mystery for many posters causes ill feelings.

            1. re: HillJ

              I would have to agree,and you, perhaps more than most can imagine the groans and rolling eyes at CH mod central whenever this question pops up but we all recognize that it will continue to come up simply because of the opaqueness of not only the Mods identities but largely the moderation itself....
              Jacquilynne has done a stellar job attempting to explain and reassure but as long as posts and whole treads disappear seemingly arbitrarily while others remain regardless of spin,interpretation of rules,mission statements and the assorted ramblings of the esteemed Jim Leff, there will be questions.

              1. re: Duppie

                Duppie, and asking these questions is always a good idea!

                1. re: HillJ

                  unless the tread is locked or disappears entirely, as I suspect this one will.

                  1. re: Duppie

                    If that happens to you, you can always email the Mods directly.

              2. re: HillJ

                I have only ever been active - and far more active than I am on here - on one other message board. It was a birth board, while I was expecting my first child.....and then for nearly a year after he was born, before I grew tired of it. However, on that site, all the boards indicate who is moderating them - the moderators are also participants, like on CH (for example expecting a baby the same month and year as you or have a strong interest in safe car-seating). I agree that the opaqueness of CH can cause ill feelings, perhaps unnecessarily so at times. I think the opaqueness actually *causes* more ill feelings. This speculative, but deserved, thread being an indication of such. At least when you know who the mods are, you have a better understanding of why/how certain things happen on the board and you can take them with a grain of salt. I say this having recently taken my hat off to the mods on another thread....but more transparency would benefit the site IMHO. Moderation may be just as erratic, or undefined or misunderstood, (all of us being human) but things are always easier when you know who you are dealing with.

              3. re: Duppie

                The mods work together as a team. Individual mods can take action on their own, but all mod actions and the reasons for them are visible to all the other mods, as well. For decisions that aren't completely straightforward, we also consult with each other to decide on the best course of action.

                We periodically get emails from people insisting that there must be a mod who has it in for them personally, but invariably, when I review their history, I find that they've been moderated by multiple mods for multiple reasons. The environment in the mod team is not one where any individual moderator could pursue a personal vendetta without it being obvious to all the other moderators.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  Thank you Jacquilynne but as you have said on many an occasion.. We're only human.

                  1. re: Duppie

                    Which to me means that ANY moderation is going to be, by definition, erratic. You aren't going to achieve perfection no matter what system you go to.