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Do you sometimes feel like you're being played by some other posters?

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I know this is an anonymous website. But my feeling is that most posters are honest about themselves and what they are saying here. I've been posting for about 3 years. If you've read my posts with any regularity, you have probably figured out that I am male, married with kids. I'm a professional of some indeterminate type who lives in New York. I do a fair amount of traveling and enjoy eating out regularly. I also am an avid cook. But I'm careful not to share too much. After all its an anonymous site.

I can glean similar information for other posters.

But then someone comes along and shares way more about the back story than is typical. The story is often compelling. Too compelling. Inconsistencies begin to appear. The timeline becomes jumbled. Statements are made that would not fit the character of the supposed poster.

I begin to doubt the veracity of the poster. I begin to wonder if I'm being played for some sort of fool or whether this might be some sociology student's thesis being researched. The individual takes on a personality just to see how innocent participants on the web will respond.

I won't name false names as I only have a suspicion. But the suspicion is ringing alarm bells.

  1. I give them the benefit of the doubt. there are those whose experiences seem a bit improbable but who knows? as long as they're entertaining and not offensive...or the basic information offered is accurate (about the topic, not their bio) ehh.

    contrary to a widespread belief, I actually do NOT speak 7 languages so who am I to point fingers? (of which I now only have 11 after a really bad experience with a brand-new Wusthof).

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    1. re: hill food

      Are you related to the 6-toed Hemingway cats in Key West?

      1. re: hill food

        Be careful with your digits, hill food.

      2. When the op drops out of the conversation early in the game, then I feel that he or she just wanted to start an argument. But that is only my opinion. I don't really know this.

        I do wish that more original posters would update us after we've discussed the issue at length.

        And of course sometimes they do update, and the discussion rages unabated.

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        1. re: sueatmo

          Or maybe they just wanted to give their opinion and have no interest in arguing incessantly?

          1. re: sueatmo

            when it's a last-minute travel food question and they drop out, I do sort of think to myself "this ain't 'Yelp' bub"

            1. re: hill food

              If you feel like that just ignore and move on. No requirement here to reply. I tend to answer those sorts of posters if I have something that I think will be helpful figuring you just never know who may turn out to be a great resource/hound in the future.

            2. re: sueatmo

              When the op drops out of the game early on but is arguing under another name or two.... It's been a problem here from very early on. I joined in 2001. I stopped looking here regularly in 2006. I came back "regularly" a few months ago again. It's a different place from back when... and the more things change the more they stay the same.

            3. Why does it matter, really? I neither know nor care what a poster's "back story" might be, It's the content about food and cooking that matters. If somebody says something that's wrong, there are plenty of others here to set the record straight. If a poster turns out to be a fool or a troll, best just to ignore him/her.

              It might be helpful to Bkeats (and to me) if Chowhound provided a "twit list" feature which we could set to filter out posters whose stuff we'd rather not see. I may have suggested it before; I do now.

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              1. re: John Francis

                That's exactly what I would like. There are just some I would like to ignore. They make it difficult when they respond to my posts.

              2. One poster plays me like a fiddle. Sort of a "Devil Came Down to Georgia" thing.

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                  1. re: Veggo

                    Now, who would do that to you and why just you?

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        Someone who thinks I'm too vulgar. I don't know where they got that ****ing idea.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          Sometimes, when the stick is so far up someone's ass, it actually dents their brain. Proven science.

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