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Dec 19, 2011 02:00 PM

Wherein We Beg For A Way To Unsubscribe From Posts

We've all done it.

We've all responded to a discussion in the early stages of something—almost always on General Topics or Not About Food, but occasionally on Home Cooking or our local geographical boards—and been the first or second to make a point . . .

. . . only to see the thread explode and go in a direction it shouldn't have, at which point it lingers like diet-soda aftertaste near the top of our recent posts list.

Of particular concern are "Best [speciality from somewhere else]"—best New York-style pizza on the LA board, best Mission burrito on the Manhattan board, best barbecue on the Seattle board—and anything to do with tipping, food safety, or vegetarianism.

It is with the best of intentions that we posted that initial comment, back when the reply count was under 20; after 270 replies, 230 of which are the same argument going around and around again, it starts to fester.

Please, please, oh PLEASEfortheloveofLeff give us a way to unsubscribe from these things, to have them disappear from our recent-posts lists.

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    1. It is punishment for lack of self control.

      Occasionally however, it is something one would never expect. Ask me about the cotttage cheese thread and what I would like to respond to the 10,000th person who says peaches go well with cottage cheese. Or ... the simplest way to eat an egg. Seemed innocent enough.

      Anything else ...etiquette, kids in restaurants, your favorite food that everyone hates ... shame on you. You will know better next time to respond to something like that

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      1. re: rworange

        You’re right. And I must say I post far less than I once did because the first question I ask myself is, Do I want to see this in perpetuity?

        On the other hand, I responded in all innocence to such threads as “What is One Tip You Learned About Cooking, etc., etc.” which is now, God bless those hearty souls, up to 808 posts as I type. The last 600+ haven’t bothered to read the first 200+ and the whole thread has become repetitive beyond stupefaction. I’d pay real money not to have it show up any more.

        Thank goodness I stopped opening “Recipes You’ve Never Heard of Outside Your Family,” now at 1208. It took forever, but it’s finally dropped off my profile page. (Kinda fun, actually, to go back and look at what you’ve let drop off your profile page. As long as you don’t have to open the threads.)

        I’m with you, DasU. I’d love a kill button. But I think it unlikely we’ll get one.

        1. re: JoanN

          whats the post you speak of? recipes outside of your family? im gonna have to check that one out! ;)

          1. re: joe777cool

            Arrrrgh! Now you made me go and open the damned thing just so I could give you the link.


            Really! What some of us won't do for our fellow CHers!

            1. re: JoanN

              Joan, my heart goes out to you. I see you made two nposts in 2006 and the thing is still active 6 years later. The worst thing is that this is one of those totally inane, unconstructive posts with little value other than that of confession of ones childhood culinary abuses.

              Please, engineering team... we need an "unfollow" button.

              Mr Taster

          2. re: JoanN

            Joan, I'd like to thank you for the suggestion of just letting posts drop off my list. I've got three that are slowly but surely trickling towards the bottom.

            I'd never seen it before as punishment for lack of impulse control but I think rworange has pretty much nailed it. Interesting to note that the multi-hundreds threads seem to come from the topical boards. The regional board postings seem to have a lifespan of their own. Sure, they may come back years later, but these resurrections tend to be short lived.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              And.... failure. For some reason "Simple things you can't get right" from Home Cooking just shot to the top of "my recent threads" list, despite the fact that I haven't clicked on it.

              Dag nabbit.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                if you sort by recent activity and someone adds a post, then it will move up to the top.

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            1. I agree. It's an obviously useful feature.

              1. I do find this request a bit confusing because your own input will be wasted by someone turning you off and because the content from a long thread do hold plenty of useful info.

                In other words, if I'm contributing to a thread on Home Cooking and 75% of the shared information is worthwhile, I can skip or skim over the other 25% without issue easily. And the idea that anyone can just turn the off button on a fellow hound sounds rather un-community like....leading to less useful posts by everyone (because why bother writing).

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                1. re: HillJ

                  no, i think he just wants to turn it off on his own Posts - so he doesn't have to see in his My Recent Threads a post he posted on once 3 years ago that's been revived again. But.... for me, you just don't open it, doesn't seem like that big of a problem.

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    That's my approach, too. It's one thread in a list of many, easy to ignore.

                    I have, though, opened out of boredom and found someone had asked me a question and then feel bad about ignoring the person. It would be nice if there were a "new response to your post" notification.

                    1. re: chowser

                      I agree - I've posted before about the need for some sort of flag to distinguish a new unread post that is in reply to your own comment. I may well have unknowingly ignored questions in that scenario, because I do not open old, long threads that crop up again.

                      Personally, I think it is disrespectful to other Chowhound participants to add to a thread without having read the previous comments. You add nothing to the discussion when you repeat an already-made point. For that reason I was in favor of the much-derided idea of adding some form of "+1" or "like" button that would not register on readers' profiles as a "new" unread comment.

                    2. re: mariacarmen

                      maria, I guess I was casually wondering if the OP was putting themselves in the same scenario. Outside of, as you said, not opening a thread any longer or ignoring a new entry, how would a shut off button help encourage writing at all around here?