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Did any one else get an email from CH on too much board banter?

Got a survey from one of our beloved Mods for the SD board on personal chit chat...guess, they feel the SD board has some added banter when discussing food, drink and restaurants..
I feel we've done a good job overall in weaving food and drink into the mix..

Personally, I don't feel we are different than any other board and each board has their own style, with their cast of characters..most of us been posting since 2008 and have become one big happy family.
Sad, if you want to change us.

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  1. The "official" position of the mods, as stated on this board numerous times, is that they have relaxed the previous clampdown on off topic chit chat throughout the site. I wonder if the purpose of the survey is to re-examine that decision. I certainly hope so!

    1. Since I have posted (mostly annoyingly) a few times, I was also sent the survey. I participated, saying that the chat mentioned didn't bother me at all, and made the board a friendly lively place. I also had to mention how much I missed James Norton and the Supertaster feature.

      1. I don't know how you would manage to eradicate naturally evolving chit chat as is going on now on the Texas board in regards to the best place to live -foodwise-in Texas, since all the other factors are coming up. It would be like whack-a-mole for the poor moderators. Wait, it that chit-chat?

        1. Ipsedixit strikes like a swashbuckling Zorro!

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          1. re: Veggo




            I'm confused ...

            You'll have to bear with me, I had to take ESL. Thrice.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              No tengo idea lo que dices arriba....:)

          2. Jacq added some Mod insight/bullet points throughout this thread that seems to cross over into your question Beach C.

            I didn't rec' an email but I'm kinda glad to hear that the Mods were asking for feedback from CH's. At least that says they have an interest in including member opinions...which many of us have asked for in the past.

            Like many who have spoken up, I don't know if defining banter/chit chat is ever going to work site wide because some is allowed and some isn't; because sometimes Mods let all of us swim in non food topics or topics that barely include food as the main point and other times they don't. It would appear the biggest culprit is the tone of those non foodish discussions. And, given the number of threads populating on every board the cleanup has to be enormous...too large for a small staff/volunteer group.

            1. Dang, I didn't get a survey! With the unfollow option now available, I sometimes resort to that when the chit-chat just becomes more than the on-topic contributions. A little is fine but it would be nice if it were always as part of a reply that actually has something to do with the topic.

              1. The questionnaire was only for the San Diego Board and if I recall, the intro sentence was about 'complaints'.

                My main concern with the 'chit chat' is that when answering someone who is planning on a visit/attend a convention in San Diego, the answers go off on mentioning "Berlin" and "Montebello" as well as other subjects/posts which are irrelevant and probably confusing to the new to San Diego questioners.

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                1. re: Cathy

                  Oh, okay, then I won't get my feelings hurt. But I wish everyone got it and not just for regional boards. I rarely visit those because my "region(s)" are just too huge. I think it's a huge issue on the other boards as well. Leave NAF alone and let people play there if they feel the need.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Yes, just to clarify, we've gotten a fair bit of feedback recently about chat on the San Diego board specifically, so we sent out the survey to the 50 most frequent posters of the last 3 months to get a broader perspective on the issue than we get from people who take the time to reach out to us -- generally only people with relatively strong opinions reach out, so we weren't sure if they represented popular sentiment or a vocal minority.

                    We decided to go with a survey rather than a discussion on Site Talk because we wanted people to feel comfortable sharing their opinions without worrying about hurting or angering other members of the site.

                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                      Thanks for clarifying your objectives and approach. Just submitted a response.

                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                        I'd suggest that asking the most frequent chatters about chatting might give you a different result than if you asked the broader readership or potential readership. I'd suggest sending surveys to people who only posted once or twice and never came back and people who are active on other boards but infrequent in the board you're inquiring about (but who live there).

                        1. re: Jacquilynne

                          Thanks Jacq!

                          I don't see any difference from the SD board banter to any of the other board banters.

                          When you live in one of the prettiest places on planet earth and a highly regarded tourist area, your going to get more inane, repetitive questions, that after awhile, we become a little snarky...and for that, I apologize.

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            I had the impression from reading this that it's about chat and not snark. The SF board gets those visitors asking the same questions over and over and occasionally they get a bit annoyed at the lack of research. But as a regular visitor to the city and the board, I really don't find it especially chatty. I see where they have regular Chowdowns but they seem to leave that on the reports or off CH entirely. Just my opinion.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              'But as a regular visitor to the city and the board, I really don't find it especially chatty.'
                              Are you referring to SD?

                              BTW, love love love your avatar!

                              I don't see the regulars SD posters reporting to Chow mods.

                              We love tourists and want to help them out for the best experience of food and drink!

                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                Sorry. No. I was referring to SF. I didn't make that clear. I don't find the SF board to be particularly chatty.

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  I don't find the SF board to be chatty either but when you've been a close knit group through the years, you have more inside jokes that a tourist wouldn't necessarily get..

                                  I believe one of the main problems could be is that some posters have enabled the 'Chowhound Notifications' to their posts and they are getting an email every time one of us locals are bantering back and forth without specific restaurants, that could be frustrating to them.

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    I just took a look at the SD board and see it's not terribly active so maybe the chattiness stands out more there than in SF which is such a huge geographic area and is so active. I'm betting Manhattan is like that though I haven't frequented that board in quite a while.

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      I think you're right.

                                      So maybe people who are annoyed by getting emails with every post could try this:

                                      Create an email filter to transfer any email that has the text "Chowhound <no" in the "From" field, to a special mailbox.

                                      I do this myself. I have a special mailbox called "Chowhound", and all of the email notices from CH end up there. I can choose to read or not read (although I end up reading almost all) emails that go into that mailbox.

                                      Maybe the general CH website could suggest doing something like this to help mitigate the annoyance factor for those who are unhappy with the banter and chit-chat.

                        2. Ah, I see, you must be the Chosen One.

                          I'm like the little kid that they took in to get that extra tax write off.

                          1. Uggggghhhhhh like hearing your name over the intercom in school;

                            "Jrvedivici come to the office" I guess I'll have to check my email now.

                            After reading some more of this thread if it's just the SD board that is having this problem, would you like me to start posting on that board to really give them something to complain about?

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                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              Thanks for bringing the problem into sharper focus.

                              1. re: carolinadawg

                                I do what I can. Sorry to disappoint you though, when I got to the principles office it was because I forgot my sneakers for gym, no message from the mods.

                            2. I got it but didn't respond -- thought it might be a scam. Guess not. Will respond now that I've seen this thread.

                              Mama told me never to click on links in an unexpected email unless I'm sure about it.

                              1. P.S. I like the banter. I haven't been posting since 2008 like some (although I've been following since 2010 or so), so I don't pick up on some of the inside stuff. But that's ok. I like the style of the board -- just the way it is.

                                That way BC can clobber me and send me to Candy Mountain if I get out of hand.

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                                1. re: DoctorChow

                                  You friggin' remember being banished to Candy Mountain?


                                2. I live in Washington, DC and we get a lot of tourists. I don't really want the board to become a hotel advice board, as it could quickly become.

                                  So if the chit chat naturally derives from and remains associated with food, that's great. But I could easily see thread after thread becoming devoted to other subjects as well, and I would like it to stay food-centric.

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                                  1. re: Steve

                                    Umm...are you talking about the SD board, Steve?

                                  2. Can't help but notice that there have been exactly two posts to the SD board since Thursday. Are people reluctant to post now? Better banter than nothing at all.

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                                    1. re: DoctorChow

                                      It's just not a very active board. Two to six posts a day seems about it.

                                    2. Just a quick note, I posted the results from this survey here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925664