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Where is the BEST sarcasm on chowhound?

Sometimes it can be hard to find sarcasm on this board. Sometimes it is difficult to know if the OP is being sarcastic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. re: twinwillow

      You're right there. We've been discussing a change here in the back room that would not allow anyone to post at all. It sure would make our lives easier.

      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        We discussed something similar at a library where I worked. To not allow the books to be taken off the shelves.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          I used to work retail and we always thought the store would run so much more efficiently without damn customers messing everything up!

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            I've always thought that most businesses could run more smoothly without any pesky customers!

        2. Not much sarcasm on the DFW board, but the wine board and the San Diego board are loaded with it. A while ago there was a California transplant in DFW who had a real attitude, and I think we made him limp back to CA.

          1. The morality police will put you in the slammer.
            I, surprisingly, actually like the results of their policing because let's face it we will get in the argument with the drop of a hat, in fact we have to make a point to be nice just to avoid "violent" disagreements. lol
            In the same comment that you are being sarcastic make sure to include a compliment on how well the mods are doing their job and they will let it slide : )

            1. By the way.. This is REALLY a GREAT post. Thanks *sarcasm awareness*

                1. The BEST of sarcasm on chowhound is in my email box, once the mods remove my posts and send me this email;

                  "Sorry, but we've removed this post. It doesn't really have anything to do with food or dining out, and we don't see general discussion of the subject as on topic for Chowhound, or likely to go well here."


                  "Please don't make posts like this on Chowhound. It's off topic and likely to lead to arguments."

                  It is apparent, Chow is not sarcasm friendly, and NO I'm not being sarcastic!

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                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Agree 100%. Anytime I make a comment that could be viewed as just mildly sarcastic, it's removed and I get than dunning scolding email. Some of my comments have been particularly witty IMO, and they get deleted. My favorite deleted post was on a board that asked about menu misspelling and had the reference to "Vagina Ham."

                    1. re: Bkeats

                      I'm glad they are sparing me from your comedy routines : ) lol

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        I don't see ANY misspelling in your post. Perhaps minor problems with syntax, but no misspelling

                      2. re: jrvedivici

                        If you're gettin' deleted you're not doin' it right. The key to sarcasm here is subtlety and/or availing oneself of the obtuse. Pure sport to slide those past the Mods. Oh, and don't forget to throw in some reference to food, i.e., "And, If I recall correctly, the quality of service was on par with the quality of the scallops my wife refused to eat - though it did improve once the restaurant was shuttered."

                        1. re: MGZ

                          I think it goes without saying, I ain't doing it right. I don't do much right. I know my role here, I'm the Costello to your Abbot, Lewis to your Martin, Larry and Curly to your Moe. I walk into the door labeled pull, trying to push it open, while you're siting at the bar, watching, and giving colorful commentary to all the pretty ladies.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            It's true, someone has to be the Ferris.

                            1. re: MGZ

                              OMG you people are ancient : )
                              Abbot and costello? Is this a retirement community?

                              1. re: neilmcginnis

                                Hey now! Go ahead smarty pants and tell me another comedy team from with in the last 20-30 years.

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  lol. Now that you mention it I think the "comedy team" concept itself is now extinct.

                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        While I realize this is a largely rhetorical question, how about:

                                        Key and Peele
                                        Garfunkel and Oates
                                        The Lonely Island
                                        The Sklar Brothers

                                        plus a few hundred others you can find on YouTube, Funny or Die and other places.

                                      2. re: neilmcginnis

                                        Careful, or he'll start talkin' Laurel and Hardy and I'll relate the story of how we used to make "helmut bread" in the trenches at Verdun.

                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          Speechless! Lmao A true example of why I'm Costello to your Abbot.

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            Well it's not often I get to use the "Western Front" material, so when I saw my chance. . . .

                                            Honestly, though, I'm a bit disappointed that no one appreciated the anachronism I worked into it. I mean, America didn't join the war until well after the Battle of Verdun. Thus, there would have been no "doughboys" making bread, and everyone knows you can't make a decent baguette under fire.

                                            I'm glad I maid someone laugh, but I'm afraid the pedants rally let me down this time. It is a good lesson in subtlety and nonsense though . . . .

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              Don't feel let down, it's holiday weekend everyone is drunk. They will get it on Tuesday.

                              2. I think it can be a short trip from humor to sarcasm. I work on a daily basis to stay nice and on topic. Not always successful but I try. I believe staying completely on topic will do away with most of the sarcasm. And when threads start down the humor/sarcasm road they all too often become subthreads that hijack the OP and cause people to stop reading. Just my opinion, of course.

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                                1. re: c oliver

                                  you just had to interject some common sense into the ridiculous discussion. Chowhound team please remove this entire thread because it's giving license to these people trying to be funny and nobody is : )

                                2. We're happy to see this thread!

                                  We'd appreciate it if people would point out examples of sarcasm, since they're often not appropriate for our friendly, helpful site, and we'd be delighted to remove them.


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                                  1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                    I think I saw some behind the couch if you want to look there.

                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                      I had some delicious sarcasm the other night, it's getting harder and harder to find good sarcasm so it was a nice surprise.

                                      1. re: virtualguthrie

                                        Well if you're used to only having locally sourced sarcasm, perhaps you might be interested in some imported sarcasm. Might not be the most environmentally friendly, but its available year round.

                                        1. re: Bkeats

                                          This is as fun to read as the banana board. Now if we can just get a sarcasm + tipping question, it'll be better than good.

                                          1. re: KrumTx

                                            "Now if we can just get a sarcasm + tipping question..."

                                            I wonder if that's why the cows seem to lose their sense of sarcasm when they get leaning someplace around 45% off of their center of gravity?

                                          2. re: Bkeats

                                            Once you've had local, seasonal sarcasm, you'll never go back to imported again. It's delivered underripe and leaves much to be desired. It is almost palatable if put on the banana board in a brown paper bag. When it develops organically, it's priceless.

                                            1. re: Bkeats

                                              There is no good imported sarcasm. A culture has to be really mean and very vulgar to excel at sarcasm. There are cultures that are downright mean, and there are cultures that are disgustingly vulgar, but no other culture in this world carries both on either hip so well like us Americans. Buy local.

                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                I'm sorry, but as a native born 'merican, I have to admit that the Brit's have it all over us on sarcasm. The problem is their sarcasm is so good, so dry, so biting, that it often goes unrecognized for what it is by those of us on this side of the pond. Just read any of the threads posted by the few Brit's brave enough to venture here.

                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                  See "The Life of Brian" and/or "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as excellent examples of British humor. Maybe not "so dry" but definitely "biting" (in the case of the Black Knight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKhEw7... ).

                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      Graham Norton
                                                      The Two Ronnies

                                                        1. re: porker

                                                          Funny. Oops, I meant to say, "How droll."

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            I was trying to be sarcastic (sigh)

                                                            1. re: porker

                                                              It's there. It's just subtle.

                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                          So true. When I arrived in England at the tender age of 17, it took me a good year to figure out the prevailing sense of humor. It's wicked, and I think many Americans never get it; my parents certainly didn't.

                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                            Many historians believe the entire Boston Tea Party was just an attempt of us "Yanks" to imitate their humor. Throw the tea into the sea! "No taxation without representation!"

                                                            Right? That had to be a joke on our behalf?

                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                              Your idea of a joke is vastly different than mine. Apparently.

                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                That was more an attempt at sarcasm.

                                                              2. re: jrvedivici

                                                                And, here, as a history student, well versed in the details of the American Revolution, I always thought that the ultimate, reflective use of that dry, British sense of sarcastic humor, was when we let them keep Canada.

                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                  Yes. If North America were a grocery store, we gave the whole frozen food section back to the Brits.

                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                    well, we drank Canada Dry....what else were we going to do with it?

                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                      MGZ, that is the funniest thing I've read on Chowhound. America Junior.

                                                                2. re: bulavinaka

                                                                  I think you hit the nail on the head with the vulgarity aspect.

                                                            2. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                              I'm in lockstep with your sage advice, as I have warned fellow hounds a million times not to exaggerate or be sarcastic.

                                                            3. I've had a few sarcastic replies deleted:)

                                                              1. I'd say anything to do with knives, pizza stones, coffee, cookware, induction, chains, processed foods, wine, food safety, best dim sum in SF. Many more places to look for it.

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                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                  What about discussions on tipping, HFCS, gluten, processed foods, "authentic" cooking and the like? You don't seem to be looking hard enough. It's a big world, filled with rich and beautiful sarcasm if you take the time to stop and smell it.

                                                                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                    Not About Food 101 is a great starter for the newbie wanna be sarcastic hound.

                                                                    1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                      I seriously think no one should be allowed to have their first CH post be on NAF. And when I see it, I'm warned off that person.

                                                                    2. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                      And shall I mention children in restaurants. And photo taking.

                                                                    1. re: sushiman

                                                                      i refuse to google that word so i have no idea what you are talking about

                                                                      1. re: neilmcginnis

                                                                        It means you spend half your life on Facebook.

                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                          lol. I am a Google+ man myself... although I may be the only one.

                                                                      2. Sarcasm? I have no idea what you're talking about. I spend most of my time on the Home Cooking board. Not too many chances to be sarcastic there. Well, we do have the community drinking couch but that's only during the COTM polls. No telling what we'll say then.

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                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                          I find HC the most civilized of all and the subset of COTM the very best.

                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                            Gio, check between the cushions of the drinking couch for spilled pocket change. It adds up.

                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                              Will do Veggo. Thanks for the tip. Perhaps we can collect enough loose change to bail out the folks the morality police put in the slammer. Or buy a bigger bottle of gin. Whatever the group votes for.

                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                it's not looking good for the folks in the slammer.

                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                  If you find a c-note in the couch cushions, it's mine.

                                                                            2. Just a quick reminder that it's Labor Day weekend, and our offices will be closed on Monday. We'll be back Tuesday.

                                                                              I will be backpacking all weekend. I'm really going to miss Site Talk while I'm gone.

                                                                              Hope everyone has a great holiday, with lots of good food and fun.

                                                                              Dave MP

                                                                              P.S. Only 1/6 of the sentences in this post are sarcastic.

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                                                                              1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                Hear that hounds, free for all Monday, deleted Tuesday.

                                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                  The rest of the Chowhound team will not be camping with me :)

                                                                                  1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                    You mean...groan... we don't get to take over the asylum?

                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                      On the contrary, it means we don't have the bigwigs looking over our shoulders. *evil cackle* *strapping on jackboots*

                                                                                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                                                        Wow, you people do have a sense of humor! Are you actually real human beans?

                                                                                2. As a friend of mine would say,
                                                                                  "Ah yes, SARC.... my second favorite -asm..."

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                                                                                  1. re: zippypinhead

                                                                                    If you have enough org no need to be sarc.

                                                                                    Fully expecting to be deleted.

                                                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                                                      Sometimes, usually after an argument, Mrs. Porker has a sarc org.

                                                                                      1. re: porker

                                                                                        Ah, make up sarc-asm. The best kind.

                                                                                  2. Who left the liquor cabinet unlocked at Chow central?

                                                                                    I can't wait for the day I can tell my grandchildren " I remember the day Chow was fun. Literally the day, yes, just one day"

                                                                                    1. If they had a "Foraging" board, we could post about where to find the finest, in-season, artisnal sarcasm.

                                                                                      1. I don't look for sarcasm - it's better homemade, and much cheaper, better for you, and less processed.

                                                                                        Often it's in my head. I don't want to get banned for something I think is funny but comes across as a-holish.

                                                                                        1. sardonic sarcasm cannot be pointed out. it has to be felt deep inside the knowing body. many here are 'above' such. it takes great intelligence to correctly spot it instantly. a cynical derision is usually deleted and the poster nastily reprimanded by the mods here who take no sides, right or wrong, in any post(s). pointing out that someones own post on a thread is not snarky shows lack of. comedic sarcasm is probably what most catch. it's sometimes funny. sarcastic irony may well be the most popular on these boards, as it rarely has ill intent.
                                                                                          anyone can make things difficult. it takes a genius to make something easy.

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                                                                                          1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                            Some of the best here may not be recognized and acknowledged for months. Eventually, someone does. Patience is a virtue, but posthumous recognition doesn't count for much.

                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                              This is supposed to be a forum for sharing information about food, not an excuse for you to practice your comedy routine : ) love you too

                                                                                              1. re: neilmcginnis

                                                                                                "This is supposed to be a forum for sharing information about food, not an excuse for you to practice your comedy routine."

                                                                                                I think it's important to the well being of the Site that those elements not be mutually exclusive.

                                                                                                It's fine to post something dull and exposing a lack of effort like: "After reading all of the reviews of the place, we tried hard to wait patiently for our food to arrive. When it did, I found the steak up to my standards and cooked to my liking."

                                                                                                It's much more fun to sometimes convey the same thoughts: "Having heard so many of my fellow 'hounds howlin' about the quality of the steaks at Ed's, we sat like retrievers at the edge of a pond waiting for a duck to fall in the water. Man, that ribeye was everything I could've hoped for - the slight funk of the dry age, the crisp of the char, the almost crimson interior. Last time I was that giddy, it involved the prom queen, a bottle of rum, and the backseat of a borrowed car."

                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                  You make a really good point. Seriously. If the humor and sarcasm is part of a post that actually is relevant to the topic, HURRAY!!!!! Makes it fun. If it's just a non sequitur to show how clever we can be, it takes up space. What does CH call it? Chatter?

                                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                    Yeah, I remember when "chatty threads" were pretty much frowned upon. Things seem a bit looser now. For example, I'm not much of a participant in the COTM or WFD threads, as they sometimes make me feel as though I'm crashing a PTA wine mixer. Nevertheless, there is not only solid information there, there is also some well articulated, interesting means of conveying it. It's a different Site in some ways now, but I think that is more due to the development of the Web as a whole and the ever growing experiences each of us has, than anything else.

                                                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                      I'm cool with COTM since I usually show up a year later. There's loads of good info on WFD but 300-400 posts every few days leaves my head spinning :)

                                                                                                2. re: Veggo

                                                                                                  "...posthumous recognition doesn't count for much."

                                                                                                  My errs feel differently...

                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                    Just what I need. Phoning nieces and nephews on birthdays and holidays, and hearing "Oh, you are still alive?"

                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                      Better than hearing the alternative...

                                                                                                        1. re: chowser

                                                                                                          The rumors of my life have been greatly exaggerated...

                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                            The CH zombie motto, there are those who eat to die and there are those who are dying to eat.

                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                              Sunlight splatters dawn with answers
                                                                                                              Darkness shrugs and bids the day goodbye

                                                                                                        2. re: Veggo

                                                                                                          I went to an 'event' last weekend featuring a "Live DJ".

                                                                                                          I asked, "As opposed to what?"

                                                                                                          The alternative sounded grim...

                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                        posthumous recognition doesn't count for much

                                                                                                      2. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                        Was this supposed to be funny? lol jk

                                                                                                        1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                          A perfect example of making things complicated when it could have been simple is your entire statement here. lol : )
                                                                                                          Unnecessarily verbose and complicated. No hard feelings

                                                                                                        2. Chowhound sarcasm: Any post that starts with "Where is the BEST...."

                                                                                                          And then all of the respondents.

                                                                                                            1. re: Steve

                                                                                                              (Rec b) also home to some of the best irony money can buy.

                                                                                                              1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                Doing that more and more especially with the vulgarity part that bulavinaka references above.

                                                                                                              2. I think the BEST sarcasm is the kind that doesn't leave anyone feeling bad.

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                                                                                                                1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                  I took one of those "corporate leadership" classes many years ago. One thing I remember is that subconscious doesn't understand sarcasm.