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New Board Suggestion: Hot Topics: Tipping, Hostess gifts, odd food combinations. What Else??

Anyone who's been on CH for a while has probably encountered a re-hash, [and maybe even this suggestion has been made previously]
but isn't it time for a
Hot Topic Thread Board ?
Topics: Tipping, Hostess gifts, odd food combinations.
What Else??
It's not that these aren't genuinely interesting... so often people bring new experiences to the table, but they could all be housed together. Then when Snarky raises her/his hand to the keyboard, it wouldn't be to say
"this has been discussed before at //link// and ... //link// and ... //link// and ... and ..."

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    1. re: c oliver

      Ooooh yes.
      Or, more generally:
      Obnoxious Diners That Aren't ME

      1. re: c oliver

        Or loosely known as "I left it on the counter overnight" or "Its 7 minutes past the Best Before date" board.

      2. You mean separate from the already previously discussed, world famous hot topic board called Not About Food or what my husband refers to as the Communication Breakdown board? With built-in theme song:

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        1. re: HillJ

          Yep -- then NAF* could just be the realm of the Snarky McChowhounders
          and then those poor folks who are really new to CH could get their genuine questions answered.
          .*NAF -- I am always reminded of the "NARF" exclamation used by Pinky, of P & the Brain.

          1. re: Kris in Beijing

            Actually I'm reminded of the thread that discussed separating Trader Joe's maybe even Costco threads from the rest of the Chains board...the people enjoying those threads were not for the idea of separating only the folks not enjoying them.

            Can customizing your own board preferences through your own personal profile be far behind? Then we can break off into separate smaller communities where we don't have to talk to the neighbors or deal with their screaming kids and bothersome cat. Heck, who needs community?

            As much as I have read and agreed with some of the bothersome issues, I really did believe CH was about a food community but more and more I read suggestions to change the overall way in which CH's prefer not to engage with each other except on their own terms. Sigh.

        2. "probably encountered a re-hash"

          I can imagine a time in the future when just about every question has been asked and all topics discussed.

          We won't have to post new questions or topics, simply write stuff like
          "Remember http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/965036 ?"

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          1. Don't forget how should the restaurant bill be divided based on who did the inviting, who ordered what, what special occasion is being celebrated . . .

            1. Got to include the Inlaws too.

              1. Or how much tip to leave depending on situation
                A or
                A' or
                a or
                a) or
                B or
                B' or or or or .................

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                1. New board suggestions you say? How about;

                  The Junior Board!!!

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                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    How about a "Wretched Excess" board including such topics as $1000 tips, $700 dinners (for one), $150 corkage fees, $22 cups of coffee.......you get the idea.

                    1. re: grampart

                      Or maybe a "Quasi-Legal" board where you can discuss stuff like unlicensed establishments, perhaps questionable substances, maybe potential libel, etc

                  2. The Hospitality and Health Board

                    Is what it sounds like CH'ers want.

                    1. Foods I hate. I always read the first few posts of these threads and by the time I've refreshed the thread it's 200 posts long. Then I ditch it.

                      1. "Topics: Tipping, Hostess gifts, odd food combinations.
                        What Else??"


                        1. I have ideas for a few new boards:

                          One for topics that are debated endlessly and but ultimately useless.
                          - tipping in all forms
                          - food safety
                          - children in restaurants
                          - obnoxious things restaurants do in restaurants
                          - obnoxious things strangers eating near you do
                          - obnoxious things people you know do
                          - obnoxious things the OP does and then defends
                          - any question of etiquette, basically

                          Completely separate from that, another board for people who are relentlessly sunny and friendly and cheery to exchange endless pleasantries, ask about each other's days, and generally be happy, friendly, cuddly, adorable freaking koalabunnies together without the pretext of a discussion.

                          And at the intersection of these two boards is a small, invite-only forum for threads that are both endlessly (uselessly) debatable and relentlessly chatty
                          - Worst food trend of [whatever]
                          - Best dessert for cold weather [or whatever]
                          - How do you pronounce [whatever]
                          - What does Chowhound mean to you

                          It is from this third forum that 2 contributors/day are chosen at random, led by mods out behind the woodshed, and never heard from again.

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                          1. re: cowboyardee

                            "Completely separate from that, another board for people who are relentlessly sunny and friendly and cheery to exchange endless pleasantries, ask about each other's days, and generally be happy, friendly, cuddly, adorable freaking koalabunnies together without the pretext of a discussion."

                            Isn't this WFD?????

                            1. re: c oliver

                              Yes, if you ignore all the food discussion that goes on along with it.

                              It's certainly a nice respite from the assholery on other boards.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                To be fair, WFD is not totally immune to assholery. Part of the reason I stopped participating was because I'd felt my posts were increasingly getting trolled and I just got tired of it when the passive aggressive sniping turned into personal attacks. Although if I'm honest, you introduced us to Matouk's hot sauce well before then, so there were plenty of flaming assholes on WFD even before I left.

                                1. re: JungMann

                                  I remember that incident, JM, and I am regretful that it made you leave -- you had some mighty inspiring cookery knowledge to add to that thread.

                                  Ignoring the assholery on this site is a consistent test of one's patience :-)

                                  Maybe you'll come back some day. 99% of the folks really are there to share their meals (and the OT chat that comes with it), not to piss into other people's cereal.

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    Sooooo let me ask ya a lil somphin......"WFD"= "What's for dinner" correct? Howz come when I look at my board list I don't got no WFD or What's for dinner board listed? You guyz tring to hide from me?

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      They're threads, not boards. Check out Home Cooking.

                                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                                        Ahhhhhh that explains it! Thank you Bob.

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          Initially I was thinking the same thing as you. Based on the negative comments above I was thinking "A board filled with snarky jerks? Let me check this out!"

                                          Fifteen minutes later I was yawning. Tame stuff.

                                          1. re: Bob Martinez

                                            There's some great food ideas on WFD but I just can't wade through all the chatter. No offense, just me.

                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              It's not for everyone, but I don't begrudge the fact that people value conversation and the relationships they encourage. I'm more put off by posts which interpret positive reinforcement as an invitation to shamelessly humblebrag. If I wanted to include myself in a conversation that always seemed to somehow revert back to someone's overachieving kid, I'd just go to dinner at Amy Chua's house.

                                              1. re: JungMann

                                                Yes. I don't do a lot of the chit chat, but I am amazed and inspired by so many stellar cooks in one place. Scrolling past posts of no interest is pretty easy on that board. I like the photos too.

                                                There are some really talented folks on WFD that don't really post on the other boards.

                                            2. re: Bob Martinez

                                              lol yeah exactly.....looks like the next frontier is this "Food Quest" board. I'm thinking of dipping my toe in that pool and see if the temp appeals to me.

                            2. Questionable Science and/or Medical Advice board? "I stopped eating _____, ______, or ______, and my myopia is gone, I stopped pooping all the time, and my coat is shinier!" (see also: GMO, BPA, etc. etc. etc.)

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                              1. re: NonnieMuss

                                I've begged for years that such topics not be allowed. To no avail. If putting on this board at least I would never have to see again. And worry that someone's going to fucking die after taking some of this advice.

                                Another topic could be "authenticity."