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Feb 4, 2014 02:55 PM

Replying to a post just to say something is disgusting

I don't understand why people jump on a food query post just to say its horrible or disgusting and they can't understand why people like it.

It can be an everyday common day food like fried chicken. Along the same lines it's like the posters who troll the Chains board who pipe up to say fast food is disgusting and you should look for a mom and pop place.

These posts add nothing to the discussion, can be intimidating to new posters, yet are tolerated.

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  1. If you think a post is beyond the pale, click the red flag to report it to the Mods. They generally don't read posts unless they are flagged. The "don't yuck someone's yum" Golden Rule corollary is not written in stone-ground
    flatbread but probably should be.

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    1. re: greygarious

      It's not written in stone (or flatbread), because we do think posters should be able to disagree with each other on things. But if it's an insulting yuck in the vein of 'you're gross for liking that gross thing' rather than just an 'eww' yuck, it is something we'll take a look at and consider removing. So, no hard and fast rule, but feel free to Flag and the mods will take a look.

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        There should be a button so we could send you flowers.

        1. re: Veggo

          And Veggo, I remember
          All the things you taught me
          I learned how to laugh
          And I learned how to cry
          Well I learned how to love
          even learned how to lie
          So you'd think I could learn
          How to tell you goodbye
          You don't bring me flowers anymore........

          1. re: jrvedivici

            I bear scant resemblance to Neil diamond who wrote the song, and even less (hopefully) with Barbra Streisand who sang it.

        2. re: Jacquilynne

          Aw, shoot, you've replied to my post so now I can't very well edit it to the much better "written in scones"!

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            I have flagged two posts recently and they've stayed up. Neither posts even make an attempt at contributing to the post. Just that the food is disgusting.

            Interestingly enough, both are prolific popular posters. My one reply pointing out how their comment was deleted but their comment stayed up.

            1. re: Jase

              You don't have the right not to be contradicted. An opposing opinion is as valid as an supporting opinion.

              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                That's not what happened here. But thank you for playing.

              2. re: Jase

                As I mentioned, it's not a hard and fast rule -- just saying something is gross isn't necessarily going to merit a deletion unless there's an additional element of unfriendliness in the post.

                Almost universally, though, we will remove responses telling other people that there's something wrong with how they posted. If you think something is a violation of the site guidelines, you can Flag it (as you say you did, so thank you), but please don't also comment on it to say you think it's bad.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  I get that and generally I just ignore and do ignore it and don't even pile on more work on mods by flagging.

                  But in the last few times I thought it was pretty bad. I do think there is an element of unfriendliness when its:

                  "That's disgusting, why would anyone want to eat that?"
                  "I find that food disgusting"

                  But I get it's a grey area. Thanks for replying and I know it's a tough job.

          2. Actually I had that happen to me recently. Funny thing is that the negative reply appeared within a minute of me posting, then suddenly disappeared minutes later when I was going back to respond. How, and WHO can re-track their comments in this manner? I know that editing is possible because I've done that myself.

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              1. re: fldhkybnva

                But not edit them, or move them from one thread to another, although they CAN move a whole thread to a different board, or remove a thread in its entirety.

                1. re: greygarious

                  To clarify, we can edit posts, but our policy is to never edit a user's post without prior permission (we'd never want to run the risk of changing a poster's meaning by editing it ourselves). Occasionally, we will go ahead and edit a post title to correct a misspelling if it will make a difference for search purposes (for example, in the case of a restaurant name).

                2. re: fldhkybnva

                  Disconcerting that a moderator would be so abrupt in their rebuttal. They did however recant the comment.

                  1. re: letsindulge

                    I think you're misunderstanding. Moderators can, and do, remove others posts, not necessarily their own. In other words, what most likely happened in the case you are describing is simply that a moderator either happened to see the post, or was quickly alerted to the post, and removed it.

                    Posts can be self-edited within a short time frame, but can't be removed completely. At least one character has to be left in the dialogue box. Sometimes you will see just a ".", where the poster has gone back and removed the entire post. Anyone can then flag that have a moderator remove it.

                    1. re: carolinadawg

                      I agree. I was taken aback. Since then I've noticed that this person is confrontational, and a little brash in their comments, usually. :)

              2. I've seen this happen. In longer threads mob rule usually put things to right and those comments are easily ignored by most everyone.

                I started a thread about shopping at Target and the first few replies were to say that they never shop there. In that case I came to realize it was fair game, since I'd asked the question, "Does anyone else shop at Target?" Still, I felt a little stung.

                On the whole vegetarians don't seem to chime in on veal threads and people who roll their eyes at someone seeking out Kopi luwak don't take the effort to just type "poo brew" in response. Not always, but usually. Hopefully.