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The Basic "Rules" of Posting

I always felt like there was a certain, assumed "code of conduct". For examples:

Don't "yuck" someone else's "yum".

Speak to the Chow, not the 'hound.

Don't drink and post.

Always try to read the post in the best light possible. If it can either be taken as a very offensive statement or a joke, assume the latter.

Never out a fellow 'hound.

Don't judge the food by the server.

(and, a personal one of mine - Never really slam a restaurant after only one visit.)

Anyone got others to add?

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  1. Our Posting Guidelines are a great place to start: http://www.chow.com/guidelines

    Several of the things MGZ mentioned are covered there, as well.

    Dave MP

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      1. "Always try to read the post in the best light possible. If it can either be taken as a very offensive statement or a joke, assume the latter."

        A corollary to that one:

        Always try to take moderation in the best light possible. If it can be taken as a personal vendetta against you, or as the moderators trying their best to keep the site informative, friendly and fun, assume the latter.

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          1. re: pedalfaster

            I'd never be allowed on the site!

            I actually do my best to follow this one. I haven't had all that many posts deleted, but most of those that have been have come after drinking.

            1. re: donovt

              Yeah, that one is more of a "suggestion" to, shall we say, reread, before you hit the "Reply" button.

                1. re: chileheadmike

                  wasn't the internet created by people fueled on pizza and beer?

            2. re: pedalfaster

              LOL! I *was* about to comment on that!

              1. re: pedalfaster

                Well damn, there go most of my posts from home, and more than a few from work...

              2. Stay on topic! Leave your politics and personal mission statements out. A thread about Egg McMuffins isn't the place to bring up locally-sourced vegetables, Obamacare, or why you should eat homemade.

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                1. re: NonnieMuss

                  Yup, replying to my own post. I am guilty of going OT from time to time - replying to another post or making a joke. I'd like to amend that to Don't visit a thread with an agenda in mind. Are you on the Chains board? Welcome! Are you there to tell people you never eat at chain restaurants? Why!?!?!? Do you go into a "What's the best jarred tomato sauce/salsa/canned green beans/fast food chicken" thread just to tell people it's better homemade? Ugh. Did you visit the "rotisserie chicken recipes" thread to inform people about the sodium content? Blergh.

                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                    May I suggest one exception to your excellent point? I'm guilty of posting, for example, that it seems a shame to get lentils from canned lentil soup via a thorough rinse when cooking the small green lentils takes about fifteen minutes. I honestly thought I was contributing in case someone was thinking lentils have a cook time similar to dried beans. Wasn't trying to be a scold at all. --End of self-justification--

                    1. re: monfrancisco

                      That sounds more to me like suggesting an alternative in a gracious manner. (Assuming you're not responding with "Gross! Canned lentils taste like butt! Only use fresh lentils!) (And I assume you are not doing that. :D ) I will allow it.

                      1. re: NonnieMuss

                        Thanks for the dispensation! And that's another good point about alternatives rather than diktats.