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"Old" comments about Chowhound posters on the "Losing Interest" thread are OK?

EM23 Mar 10, 2012 08:09 PM

This thread is full of crap comments like "cranky old people", "old codgers", "tired old amateurs", "a handful of old timers", "old fuddy duddys", "sitting in the parlour with your old slightly dotty auntie, who shakes her knarled finger at you"

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    GH1618 RE: EM23 Mar 10, 2012 08:22 PM

    An ill-mannered lot. They'll be old someday — if they're lucky.

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    1. re: GH1618
      iL Divo RE: GH1618 Jul 21, 2012 02:55 PM

      yep, if they're lucky.
      so say you're 50-60. you look wonderful, seem wonderful, think fantastically, and you meet your demise.
      what do people say : he/she was so old or he/she was too young?
      my guess 'very young'.........
      some are 'old souls'.
      some are young at heart.
      a person doesn't lose their important by the year quoted on their birth certificate.

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      freia RE: EM23 Mar 10, 2012 08:26 PM

      Yes, I made one of the quoted comments and being old in attitude and nature is what was being referenced. Other posters in the thread said the exact same thing -- you can be an old fogey at 30, and a hipster at 60. In fact, I probably am older than many of the posters on these Boards. The references, as also noted by other posters, identify old timers not as aged people but as those on the Boards longer than the others.
      Chronological age is irrelevant. An old attitude is an old attitude and that is what was being referenced.

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      1. re: freia
        GH1618 RE: freia Mar 10, 2012 08:30 PM

        Disparaging a mature ("old") attitude is just as bad, in my opinion. Some people never grow up, it seems.

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          freia RE: GH1618 Mar 10, 2012 08:31 PM

          Meh...a non issue IMHO. Cranky old-timers are free to comment on the younguns and their "disrespect" (and do so all the time on these Boards) and the younguns are free to comment on those who are "cranky with bad attitudes" (and do so all the time on these Boards). It goes both ways.

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            iL Divo RE: freia Jul 21, 2012 02:59 PM

            just throwing my 2¢ in.

            freia............I find you completely charming and agree with most of what you say.
            I love a person who speaks their mind, but in a nice way. I enjoy your posts.

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          rworange RE: freia Mar 10, 2012 08:33 PM

          After I finally read the LOL thread (I want to tear my eyes out) , I'm totally confused. Unless there were lots of deletions, there was zero reason for the name calling you mention in another thread.

          Is that a new standard on the site? Dump on people because they may discuss a term used frequently and fondly by others?

          I have read lots of posts by eccentric posters, and you just roll with it. That is who they are. Hell, I'm an eccentric poster at times. LOL

          If you watch tv at all, many of the internet acronyms get mocked ...and that thread wasn't mocking that term as far as I could see. It only said that there are better ways to express ones self.

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            iL Divo RE: rworange Jul 21, 2012 03:02 PM

            and yes, this is a duplicate of the above as posted to someone else...............but.......................
            rworange: even though I see you've gotten off CH, and I sincerely don't blame you at all....................been there a thousand times myself.........

            just throwing my 2¢ in.
            ..........I find you completely charming and agree with most of what you say.
            I love a person who speaks their mind, but in a nice way. I enjoy your posts.
            and I've looked for you only to see today, you're gone................

            peaceful days and quiet nights are wished for you......... the IL DIVO-teeee

        3. hill food RE: EM23 Mar 10, 2012 09:57 PM

          we did tell Jacquilynne we'd play nice while she's on vacation and this has turned into a strange triad of threads.

          (although I didn't exactly use any reference to age, I was, and thought others were, largely referring to attitude and perspective)

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          1. re: hill food
            EM23 RE: hill food Mar 10, 2012 10:10 PM

            The free use of the word “old” in describing other posters is disrespectful and, yeah, ageist.

            1. re: EM23
              hill food RE: EM23 Mar 10, 2012 11:02 PM

              EM - I understand the sensitivity involved, but I kinda interpreted it as a poster relative to CH being 'old', not any specific age, and beyond that just an attitude, or something as some will just never embrace the shifting sands of media no matter when they start.

              (and believe me I'm getting more sensitive to the ageism thing on this job hunt)

              1. re: hill food
                chowser RE: hill food Mar 11, 2012 10:25 AM

                Originally, I thought the "old" comment was about posters who'd been here a long time. That was bad enough, as I said, group bashing of seasoned posters while some were saying they wished those same posters were posting more--with some of that previous sentiment, I can understand why many have stayed away. FWIW, I consider myself the sandwich generation here, so to speak--new enough that I couldn't place myself with those who helped establish these boards but old enough that I understand their comments about how this place has changed.

                Then it morphed into the use of "old" as in bashing old people who are set in their ways and cranky. Wow. Can you imagine that sentiment used for another group of people? "I"m talking about girly people who are overly emotional and giggly and it doesn't matter what sex they are." Again, call me the sandwich generation here, too, because I'm probably smack in the middle of young and old here, too. But, I'm old enough to know that both scenarios take away from CH.

                1. re: chowser
                  EM23 RE: chowser Mar 11, 2012 10:45 AM

                  Well said!

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            sedimental RE: EM23 Mar 10, 2012 10:14 PM

            They didn't mean "old" ...they meant "chronologically gifted".

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              rworange RE: sedimental Mar 10, 2012 10:19 PM


            2. mcf RE: EM23 Mar 11, 2012 08:38 AM

              All I can say is, that "ignore poster" button that has been asked for more than once is rilly, RILLY becoming a necessity, not a luxury item. If you don't see it, you don't get irritated, don't contribute to the mess and everyone has a better time.

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                GH1618 RE: mcf Mar 11, 2012 10:41 AM

                I don't agree that "ignore poster" is a "necessity" or even a "luxury." This is a public forum, not a private chat room. There are social networking sites which operate that way for those who prefer it to an open forum. It is sufficient that the moderators set standards of decorum and enforce them, in my opinion.

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                  mcf RE: GH1618 Mar 11, 2012 02:15 PM

                  I never participate in private chats. But I do participate in a number of forums, and ignore buttons are very useful in terms of not seeing posts from constant irritants who are likely to make you post in a reactive way that's unpleasant and just cutting down the noise from someone you've read enough to know that their posts aren't going to interest you ever. It doesn't cut *them* out of anything, it just saves the user time and aggravation, and the latter extends to the mods and fellow readers.

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                KathyM RE: EM23 Mar 11, 2012 09:30 PM

                EM23, I apologize if the following will offend you. I don't think the "old" comments refer to actually old people or old-time posters. I think they're referring to old school of thoughts. But in a way, I agree with some of the posters from the "Losing Interest" and "LOLOLOL" threads. Seems like a lot of people here are just so serious. If I had to rate this site in terms of offensiveness, I'd give it a G-rating. I don't post here much but those 2 threads sucked me in. In particular, the "LOLOLOL" thread reminds me of the current meme on the internet about people over-correcting other people's mis-usage of there, their and they're. And I have to say, I actually laughed out loud when I read that thread.

                I think some people on this board are hyper-sensitive and very easily offended, at times a lot more than IRL. And I think because we're somewhat Anonymous, people are less shy to call other people out for over really innocent and non-issue issues. Full disclosure, I'm over 40 but I do work for an internet company so let's just say I've seen it all. As a site grows, it will attract lots of people of all ages and backgrounds and communication styles. With this, you will see a lot of one upmanships. For this site right now I'm seeing lots of English majors and psycho-therapists battling each other out. Thank God they like food, which is what's important.

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                1. re: KathyM
                  escondido123 RE: KathyM Mar 11, 2012 09:32 PM

                  What is IRL?

                  1. re: escondido123
                    KathyM RE: escondido123 Mar 11, 2012 09:47 PM

                    In real life.

                  2. re: KathyM
                    sedimental RE: KathyM Mar 11, 2012 09:50 PM

                    <<<<For this site right now I'm seeing lots of English majors and psycho-therapists battling each other out. >>>>

                    ....................You could not have said it better...except maybe to add "research assistants" to the list :)

                    I had no idea it could actually be a "phase" - fascinating.

                  3. iL Divo RE: EM23 Mar 15, 2012 09:30 AM

                    I'll try searching for it, the thread, but in the meantime can you link the thread EM23 please
                    maybe it's early, maybe I can't read or think, maybe a lot of things, but I input
                    "losing interest" in the site talk search bar, nothing of this title came up.
                    is the thread called losing interest ? or are you referring to 'this very thread' that you created EM23?

                    "Old" comments about Chowhound posters on the "Losing Interest" thread are OK?

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                    1. re: iL Divo
                      linguafood RE: iL Divo Mar 15, 2012 09:33 AM

                      It's the "Losing Interest" thread on this very board.

                      1. re: iL Divo
                        Servorg RE: iL Divo Mar 15, 2012 09:58 AM

                        You can find the thread (now locked) here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837151

                        1. re: Servorg
                          iL Divo RE: Servorg Mar 15, 2012 02:32 PM

                          Servorg, thank you for your kindness.
                          I can now read it...........

                          1. re: iL Divo
                            huiray RE: iL Divo Mar 15, 2012 03:03 PM

                            Do a search on Google using the search string
                            site:chowhound.chow.com "losing interest"
                            and the (locked) thread Servorg cites is at the top of the answer set.

                            Do the analogous thing for other locked threads on CH (especially older ones); they will not turn up in a search on CH itself.

                            1. re: huiray
                              iL Divo RE: huiray Mar 15, 2012 05:49 PM

                              thank you huiray, who knew? not me..........do now..........yeah!

                              1. re: iL Divo
                                Servorg RE: iL Divo Mar 15, 2012 06:03 PM

                                I'll let you in on my secret for finding that thread. I knew it was on Site Talk and I knew it was locked. So, instead of doing a Google search, I just went to the Site Talk board and ran a word search and found it immediately on the first page. Sshhh - don't tell anyone! ;-D>

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