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May 14, 2013 06:41 AM

Anything Goes? Off Topic is Now a Dead Duck?

So we have a post and discussion on something that ought to be in Home Cooking without any doubt on Site Talk. Not only is the post not being moved despite both on and off board requests, it has a REPLY from someone who works for Chow. Is this the death knell for organizing CH by topical and local food boards? Inquiring minds want to know. What is up with this Chow Team?

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  1. It's only been 15 hours. Which is like one hundred thousand million years on the Internet, but still. A little patience?

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    1. re: DeppityDawg

      Not the lack of patience, it's the fact that a member of the P's-t-B is answering the post on Site. Now that sends a message that seems loud and clear to me that the concept of being off topic (or more importantly, on topic) is no longer relevant to this site.

      1. re: Servorg

        Heads will roll. This shit is unacceptable.

          1. re: kengk

            When one person puts back the library book wherever they want to it's not too big a deal. When everyone puts back the books wherever they want to then I'll wait to see how "acceptable" this shit is to you when you can't find the shit you want, or might have been interested in, (because you don't have a clue about where it may be).

            1. re: Servorg

              More like the librarian re-shelving books using the Dewey Decimal System as a mere "suggestion".

          2. re: Servorg

            The question is about a recipe posted on CHOW, so I suppose it could be considered site talk, sort of… (Not my opinion; I agree it should go to HC.) There is also the possibility of discussing the recipe right on the recipe page, although they say "Write a review" as opposed to "Leave a comment/question".

            1. re: DeppityDawg

              That was my first thought too. And, the responder Servorg mentioned is from the Chow Test Kitchen... But I also think the thread belongs on the HC board.

            2. re: Servorg

              It's precisely because it's looking for an answer from the test kitchen team that Site Talk was the right place to post it. They can't read everything on Home Cooking on the off-chance that someone wants to ask them a question about one of the recipes they've developed.

              We may move it over to Home Cooking now that it's been answered, but Site Talk was the right place to ask it in the first place. It would also have been fine to ask in the Recipe Reviews which the Food Team does read, though because they are structured as Reviews, people are understandably reluctant to ask questions there.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                How about, once the the test kitchen team member sees the inquiry on Site Talk, they then create a Home Cooking post and refer the inquiring poster there? That way the OP (and anyone else who wants to participate) can develop that recipe thread and keep it on the board where people look for recipes?

                That would preclude the test kitchen team member from actually answering the inquiry on Site Talk. But would have the benefit of being seen by a much wider "Home Cooking" board contingent.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Or, change the comment box on CHOW to include questions and answers along with recipe user reviews so those of us trying the CHOW recipes out have discourse on that side of the site as well. They are CHOW submissions, separated at present by the magazine format of this site. The OP as written wasn't clear enough to even know the source of the recipe question. Which is why seeing a CHOW Test Kitch. member answering it directly helped the CH who asked and made sense to me too.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Replying to the confusion and how to get information on the test kitchen recipe on Site Talk?


                    Creating a Home Cooking thread to discuss the "food" aspects of the inquiry and linking to it on Site?


                    1. re: Servorg

                      But shouldn't the CHOW Test Kitchen group decide (soon) what is CHOW recipe (or archive) and what is CH HC board. Or merge the two in harmony?!

                      Because replying to a Q related to a CHOW recipe w/out the actual recipe linked to the OP is not's a tad confusing. Moving the thread to the HC board after the fact requires a bit of editing.

                      2cents...nothing more.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Can't the test kitchen team member link to the actual recipe on the Home Cooking board by copying and pasting in the URL for that discussion? We are asked to create Home Cooking posts if a recipe discussion breaks out on our local/regional food board. In fact I just did that here: where I pasted in the link to the post I created on the Home Cooking board. Why should actual paid members of the Chow team be held to any less of a standard?

                        And yes, if they fix the test kitchen recipe area to better allow for questions to be noticed and answered that would be preferable. But until that solution is reached I would like to see a more elegant/intelligent method of keeping recipes where recipes belong, be utilized.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          No argument from me. My only point is that a decision to stay a separate recipe "magazine" or merge would be nice. This our side/ their side recipe file is ridiculous. Videos I understand, written recipes with photos...why separate at all?

                          The recipe in Q was not linked in the OP this time, which is why it appeared out of place on Site Talk initially.

                        2. re: HillJ

                          I agree...its very confusing. I have never heard of the "Test Kitchen Team" and I was flummoxed by the "lost" posting on the Site Talk Board.

                          1. re: carolinadawg

                            While the CHOW Team doesn't make formal introductions to the CH community (much), the foot banner lists the entire CHOW team and under FOOD:

                            Amy WisniewskiFood Editor
                            Christine Yue GallaryAssociate Food Editor
                            Lisa LaveryAssistant Food Editor

            3. How would anyone but a CHOW recipe team member even know this question applied to that recipe? Could it be because it was a CHOW recipe question posted on Site Talk for a CHOW Team member to answer?

              Posting a question in the CHOW comment box of the actual recipe page doesn't get seen or answered nearly as quickly (speaking from experience).

              But, yes I agree that off topic discussions in general (on every board) seems to be okay these days-blame the bananas!

              1. I lay this at the recommend button's door. It is a portal to the dark side.

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                1. re: Samalicious

                  thank you....I feel so alone in this thought.

                  1. re: Samalicious

                    First thing every morning I come here to chow hound and look for the dreamed of FU and STFU buttons right next to the recommend one.