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Oct 23, 2011 01:56 PM

Posts that say they don't want to mention a place they like, because they don't want it to get more crowded

I'm sure most of us experienced Chowhounds hate when this situation comes up, because it's so diametrically opposite to the purpose of Chowhound, to help others discover the best chow.

My question is, does anybody have any suggestions on how to deal with this, other than pointing out how this is not in the spirit of Chowhound?

Here's the example, although I would prefer that others not post there to point this out, since I have already done so (no need to "pile on"):

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  1. I think gently reminding the offending poster (who will not divulge) that this is CH, not Oprah, might help them to understand that while CH is a great board, the effect will probably be minimal. If the restaurant has already been favorably mentioned in the media, then what's a few more eyeballs here on CH?
    Also, the media-induced spike in patrons will most likely subside and the place will find it's normal pace over time. We're not here to promote restaurants, although that's a sequelae of a favorable mention at times. But c'mon, this board does not have that kind of power.
    If that doesn't work, I would hope the moderators delete the thread or post if the establishment is not mentioned subsequently. Truly, it's a waste of time and a childish game that should not be tolerated or encouraged.

      1. I think those kinds of posts should be deleted but I also think Chowhounds who believe their thumbs up vote for a restaurant will lead to a stampede of new patrons for said establishment have delusions of grandeur.

        1. I found the whole idea confusing. Delusions of grandeur indeed.

          1. I get wanting to keep a place (or recipe) "secret". But, why bother posting that you are? Just ignore the question. The mental image that I get is a little kid dancing around going "I've got a secret and I'm not going to tell you!"

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            1. re: viperlush

              Yup. Nanny Nanny Boo Boo!! with thumbs in ears, fingers waggling and tongue sticking out. That whole "I know something you don't know" should be left on the playground, not brought to CH.

              1. re: monavano

                Exactly the image I was picturing.