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Mar 15, 2014 08:59 AM

Posting in the wrong thread - do you flag?

I'm pretty much giving up. The mods don't seem to care when posts are on the wrong board. Eg: This belongs on Home Cooking, not cookware. It's not a question about the equipment, it's about which equipment to use if you don't have the optimal item in your kitchen. I reported it when it appeared, but it did not move. This is just a recent example. It happens several times a week, IME.

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  1. gg, with the example given, IMO, cookware is exactly where it belongs. The OP is asking about what to cook it in. Usually when I flag something like that it does get moved. I think your example is a good one as OP is secondarily asking about cooking but primarily asking about cookware.

    1. I follow both boards, and it never occurred to me that this thread should be moved. I can see your point, but I don't think it matters.

      1. Another example: On the Chains board, someone who likes TJ's dip starts a thread to ask what other uses people have for it.
        This should have been moved to GT, IMO, or perhaps HC.

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        1. re: greygarious

          I don't know this for a fact but get the impression that the site is pretty strict about the whole chain thing. And if someone is looking for uses for a particular chains's product, wouldn't they be more likely to look under chains? I see your point but....

        2. There are often times threads could belong on either General Topics/Home Cooking/Cookware. We will sometimes let a thread develop before deciding if/where to move it. In this case we felt the OP was looking for pan advice so we left it on cookware.

          Rest assured we review every flag. It is the weekend however and while I can't speak for the rest of the team; I'm moderating between loads of laundry and washing the floors.

          1. Well to answer your question yes I do flag threads I think are on the wrong board. Specifically earlier today on my local (NJ) board there was a question regarding cooking times for corned beef. Nothing about the question had anything to do with NJ so I flagged it, now I see it on Home Cooking.

            No offense Grey I think your examples are much more subjective rather than completely inappropriate in their nature for the boards they are on. Personally I wouldn't have flagged those posts.

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            1. re: jrvedivici

              I see that others consider the categories to be a lot more fluid than I do - which I suppose makes sense since CH keeps adding boards. So I twice asked the Mods to delete this thread, but they have not done so.

              1. re: greygarious

                Well, I don't think they should delete this thread cause others may have a similar question.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Also, there is benefit to seeing how others view these issues. I used to flag a lot of the recipe stuff on the Trader Joe's Yay/Nay threads. They used to get moved. Now the threads are left to grow to 400+ responses due in large part to things *I* think of as off-topic. Other people reason that they'd never find those threads (even though mods link to the new, spun-off threads (correction, used to)).

                  I like gaining a better understanding of how other people perceive these things.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Agreed, site talk question are rarely unique. If one person asks chances are many, many more thought it. It should be left up.