Serious Eats website
I honestly LOVE this site for all it's great pictures and articles. The problem I have is the members/comments are big bullies! They call each other ridiculous and are down right brutal sometimes. I've never seen that on CH.
Anyone else notice this?
I enjoy Serious Eats but I wouldn't compare it to CH by any stretch. SE is a food blog and CHOW is a food blog plus a Chowhound community and unless there is a giveaway (like winning a free cookbook) the comment section participation at SE is much smaller. I don't know how moderated SE is. The community section on SE is a participant open forum with no main headings.
A better comparison is the CHOW articles section of this site with SE and their comment section.
And, as far as brutal and name calling, I actually have not noticed it on SE anymore than anywhere else where individuals exchange ideas. I will say this, SE writers do communicate directly with their readers.
I also love SE. Like HillJ, I don't think the two are really comparable as SE is very much a blog that has some message boards. For whatever reason, I don't think of Chow (i.e. the non-message board part of this site) as a blog, but rather as a food site.
I do agree that the comments on SE can be quite nasty, but I'm not sure if that is all that much different from other blogs with a large audience. I do remember that some of the articles on Chow tended to get some nasty comments, but maybe I'm just thinking of those old etiquette columns where people would slam the writer.
I've only glanced at the message boards on SE a few times, largely because it seems like a small community and not as active as Chowhound, so I'm not sure what the culture is like there.
Chow was calling itself a food magazine but that side of the site, and where the site's staff reside, has streamlined so much of their own content that I can only think of it as a Features area (like the tab implies). And, most recently the two sides of this site have merged through articles and comment box. SE does not have a merged feature.
I haven't noticed that - I only sometimes read the comments, so maybe I missed the icky ones.
LOVE the website, but with they had a Twin Cities outpost.