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Lots of first-time posters?

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Has anyone else noticed a rise in first-time posters - obviously on the Food Quest board, but also there have been several who post in General Topics or wherever, with some baffling grammar and opinions. I almost wonder if the site is being punked?

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  1. What are some non-FQ examples? Baffling grammar is certainly nothing new here; I've often thought a poster must not be a native English speaker, and/or born and living in a non-English-speaking country, only to find out over the course of their posting history that they've lived in the U.S. all their lives.

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    1. re: greygarious

      We realize it's natural to ask this question, but we really don't want people calling out specific new posters as bad posters.

      If anyone thinks there's something shady going on, you're welcome to drop us an email with details of the posters at moderators@chowhound.com and we can take a closer look.

      It's worth noting that Chowhound ranks quite highly in a lot of Google search results, so many new posters arrive here without any previous experience of Chowhound. The site culture here runs to a somewhat higher level of punctuation and a little less crazy than the general internet, but people who are making their first posts may not have read much of the site yet.

      1. re: greygarious

        Grey - I've been censored, and probably quite rightly for mentioning a certain post, though not the poster by name. I don't find the posts (for the most part) "shady", but yes, some of the names seem similar as Biscuit points out. (Cooking term + Number, such as Homecooker62 and Kitchengal99 - both of which I just made up as examples and am not calling people out by name.) I also have a low tolerance for junk science and advertise-y posts, so I'm more likely to click on those types of posters to see if they're new, legit, or what else they might be saying. It's not bothersome really, other than those awful people who dare to have different views than mine, but it's just something I noticed.

        On the plus side, more new users is a good thing.

        1. re: NonnieMuss

          Yes, I noted 2 like this this evening, both of which I thought were odd. First time posters, resurrecting old, dormant posts -- one junk science, one touting, both quite terse. I've not flagged them because they were not that flagrant compared to some of the obvious spam.

      2. I have...and also their screen names, while different, have the same sort of theme/construction. I suspected it was either writers collecting info and research, or a technique by the webmaster to create some buzz

        1. There's someone posting very frequently right now but I think it's a troll

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            Hey! I resemble that remark!!!
            (Too bad this message bored doesn't have convenient roll eyes)

          2. I just the other day reported a first time post that was totally off-topic and seemed to be on the verge of inappropriarely stalking another poster. So...... YES, I've noticed.