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

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

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    1. re: GH1618

      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.

    2. 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

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

        1. re: GH1618

          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.

          1. re: freia

            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.

        2. re: freia

          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.

          1. re: rworange

            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. 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

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

            1. re: EM23

              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

                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.

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

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            1. 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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              1. re: mcf

                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.

                1. re: GH1618

                  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.

              2. 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

                    <<<<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.

                  2. 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

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

                        1. re: Servorg

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

                          1. re: iL Divo

                            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

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

                              1. re: iL Divo

                                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>