Flagging dilemma -- it's just a recipe.
- Kris in Beijing Apr 12, 2014 08:04 AM
Noticed today that there are a barrage of posts that are just recipes.
No "story," no preamble, just a list of ingredients and some instructions.
There's a part of me that says
"Isn't this what Ch -- esp the HC Board-- should be all about?"
yet there's another thing that stands up inside me and says
"SPAM! This is non-shoulder meat non-USDA certified SPAM!"
How does CH-at-large feel about this?
I admit, if there had been ANY type of "Discussion" in the post, such as
"it's almost Easter and I'd like to share our family's fav ____,"
I probably would never have noticed the flurry.
Note-- I flagged 2 and then came here to ask.
I believe I know the posts you are referring to. I also flagged one, as my impression is they're just here to drive traffic to the poster's site.
Yeah, it's just "a recipe". Except the poster's been shitting his/her recipes all over random boards (e.g. the Europe board) with no commentary whatsoever. "Just" a recipe and a link to his/her blog.
I've flagged two of those already. Looks like spam to me.
If it looks like spam and it smells like spam, it often is, especially when a poster is posting the same type of posts on multiple boards. It's always a good idea to flag it and we'll take a look. Flagging it doesn't always mean it'll be deleted, each post has to be reviewed by a moderator, and flags make it a lot easier for us to find problem posts, so thanks for flagging!
I took a look and saw not only what you described, but also someone who pops in every couple weeks and posts a Youtube link to what I suppose is a self-produced cooking show or vlog or channel that they come to spam with whenever there's a new episode. Flagged 'em. There are often some polite and well-meaning responses from other users, but they are ignored by the OPs, who probably don't even check back.
I always check out the user profile before flagging - I've seen some posts in the past that seemed advertise-y, but when I clicked on the profile, I saw that they were longtime contributors and just genuinely trying to share a product they liked or discuss it.
Just Recipe Guy and Youtube Guy only post their links and run.