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rworange Dec 12, 2011 09:09 AM

This is the second time this happened. Here's one post

This showed as "NEW" with a poster called "the googler" posting 9 hours ago.

I don't see that post, which I'm guessing the mods deleted.

In the past, if a post was deleted, the topic didn't show up as new.

  1. Melanie Wong Dec 14, 2011 12:33 PM

    Two more examples:

    "Calories in a bowl of PHO in this area [moved from DC/Baltimoreboard]"

    "Pho in Gastronomica Magazine"

    7 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Midlife Dec 14, 2011 12:40 PM

      Interesting. When I reported a situation like this a couple of days ago I got a mod response saying that the current post to the topic had been there but was removed. Sounds like there's more to it than that.

      1. re: Midlife
        Engineering Dec 14, 2011 12:55 PM

        Nope, the moderator was right on. We have the problem in hand and hope to have a fix out this week.

        1. re: Engineering
          Midlife Dec 14, 2011 01:21 PM

          Nope? Just curious from a tech perspective if you mean that the new posts get deleted somehow other than intentionally? The message I got just said that there had been a new post but that post was deleted. Sounds like the system is deleting them. I have no horse imn this race. I'm just fascinated by the weird things systems do.

          1. re: Midlife
            Engineering Dec 14, 2011 04:36 PM

            Sorry, my meaning was "No, there's nothing more to it". No posts are being unintentionally / automatically removed.

            1. re: Engineering
              Midlife Dec 14, 2011 05:21 PM

              OK....... but "More to it" is not meant as any kind of pejorative suggestion here. I'm not suggesting that mods are removing posts. But................... we now see several regular posters saying that a 'new' post causes these topics to show up as recent, but that post "goes away" somehow. I have no reason to question you other than that either there never were any such posts to "go away" and regular posters are seeing things........ or we've suddenly got a rash of people requesting that their posts be removed................ or ???????

              Still just curious, but now more wondering if this is now a semantic discussion.

              1. re: Midlife
                The Chowhound Team Dec 15, 2011 06:49 AM

                We remove posts for a variety of reasons -- because they're shills, off-topic for the site or better suited for another board, at poster request (assuming the request is reasonable and the post has no replies) and a host of other reasons. There's no bug causing posts to be removed, the bug is merely making it obvious where we've intentionally removed posts.

                1. re: The Chowhound Team
                  Midlife Dec 16, 2011 12:51 PM

                  Wow! Something new all the time I guess. Thanks for the explanation.

    2. Engineering Dec 12, 2011 11:03 AM

      Yeah, something there is definitely wrong on several fronts. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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      1. re: Engineering
        Midlife Dec 12, 2011 04:27 PM

        I just reported one like that and then found another one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/82120 - supposed to have a 12/9/11 post but it doesn't show. Humbug!! ....... or some other kind of bug???

        1. re: Midlife
          nsxtasy Dec 13, 2011 06:41 AM

          Definitely SOME kind of bug. When I do a search of the Los Angeles forum for "Maine lobsters", that topic shows as being updated by username Norm on 12/9/11. When I look at the topic, the most recent post is by username Norm, with a date of 5/22/06. That user could not possibly have updated the topic on 12/9/11, because that user does not have a profile. Every Chowhound who has posted in the past 3-4 years has a profile (username shown in blue with a link to their profile).

          Also, since when do Chowhound topics have five-digit numbers in their website address? I thought they're all six digits...

          1. re: nsxtasy
            rworange Dec 13, 2011 06:52 AM

            The new software was not installed until June 2006. So Norm would not have a profile.

            This topic is new to you if you have never read it. So the new flag is valid.

            Topics prior to the new software install had five digits

            1. re: rworange
              nsxtasy Dec 13, 2011 01:49 PM


              However, there's still a bug, because the search should be showing the topic as updated on 5/22/06, not on 12/9/11.

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