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Jan 25, 2013 04:33 PM

Sad to SEE [moved from Ontario]

Am I wrong, or does it seem that the participation of CH members has slowed considerably over the last few months? I used to look forward to stimulating comments, reviews and opinions, but now it seems most mundane to read the topics and thoughts. I hope I'm wrong......any thoughts? If I'm way off base, then let's get back at it folks! We all love food, restaurants and ingredients, so let's start pushing the envelope again and try to make a difference! You would all be surprised how many people in the industry read our opinions. Let's give them something to think about!

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  1. For me personally, it has become uninspired to post in this community. It seems like the only people who post are part of the same socioeconomic background in real life (many of them even go out for dinners with each other as well) and suggest the same restaurants again and again. And whenever there is an actually interesting, stimulating topic, it gets deleted by moderators almost immediately. I'd rather post on Yelp! where I can have whatever views I want without feeling chastised.

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        1. yeah i sincerely wish this place wasn't so heavily moderated, i have a constant fear that what i post will just magically disappear because some anonymous guy doesn't like it.

          i also wish there was more diversity amongst the userbase but i can't really fault the site for that i guess

        2. Not wrong, sadly. I've always been more a lurker than a contributor, so I have no one to blame but myself, but I agree that the same tired thoughts seem to be cropping up over and over. Has Chowhound jumped the shark (fin)? Maybe. Though I'll still read anything Charles Yu writes!

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          1. re: schmecks

            ditto. mostly a lurker. CH is always my first stop for reviews though. i have much respect for many members on this board, versus something like yelp.

          2. There is still a lot of interesting stuff being posted, but I have to agree: not as much as before.

            I have definitely noticed a slowing down.

            Over-moderation? Maybe. About a quarter of my postings get turfed -- for a variety of reasons, I guess, since they are all on different topics with different scopes.

            Some of my faves such as estufarian, do not seem to be posting as much. And I have slowed down too.

            I do like the new Costco thread.

            But too many conversations move into "cheapo" land, to get the best value for the dollar without any consideration for the food itself.

            Will this post survive? I'll check back, making a safety copy.