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Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

I heard the site is so bad because they fired everyone.

This juicy tid-bit can to me from an 'unnamed source' who said there was an after-hours knife fight in the building and soon after the entire staff was sent packing.

Apparently they have a bird (like the one Homer Simpson used to manage the power plant) running the entire site. O and they might have one intern helping the bird.

Can anyone else confirm this?

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  1. I wonder how long this will be up...

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      1. re: miss_belle

        22 minutes and counting...from 10:59AM PDT on 4/15/14.

        1. re: kaleokahu

          The longer this is up, the more it seems like the OP is on to something ...

          1. re: lambretta76

            Maybe, although I'm not smelling any but the usual background stink.

            More likely the Mods and their flagger coterie are glossing over the title...

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Now it's back up. Hmmm,,, wonder if there's a denial on its way...

              1. re: kaleokahu

                A denial of "an after hours knife fight"? LOL

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  You laugh but something is not quite right here.

        2. re: kaleokahu

          Maybe the bird hasn't figured out the flag function yet.

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          1. Aw, suh-weet. Gossip that doesn't involve *other* hounds.

            1. Seriously the content seems to be on repeat

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              1. re: comegetit

                Seriously -- what are you talking about? Can you give an example?

                TIA!

                1. re: linguafood

                  How many new original recipes have you seen in the last couple of months?

                  1. re: jpc8015

                    Sorry, we talking about Chow or the 'hound? Maybe I was confusing the two. I don't spend much (if any) time on the former.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      I assumed we were discussing the Chow site. It is noticeably awful as of late. I started to notice a downward trajectory quite a while back. Very little original content.

                      1. re: jpc8015

                        Some Corporate bean counter finally calculated the CBS ROI on Chow and ran into their bosses office yelling "DNR, DNR, DNR!!!"

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Yeah, they don't have to pay us and we do better work.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Remember when Arianna Huffington sold the Huffington Post to AOL for about a trillion dollars and all of the unpaid volunteer writers were pissed?

                            1. re: c oliver

                              I still don't like the way the hounds are portrayed when used in an article made up entirely of quotes written by us.

                              1. re: melpy

                                You mean taking things out of context, even if they are quoted, like this.

                                melpy says "I still don't like...hounds..." (g)

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Or...

                                  "I...like the...quotes written by us."

                            1. re: linguafood

                              You would not have missed anything if you hadn't seen Chow in the last year.

                              1. re: jpc8015

                                Didn't think so. Been on the forum since '07 or so; Chow has never played much of a part.

                    2. re: comegetit

                      Not sure what you mean by this comment. But I will say this. You've obviously gotten away with more than most posters on this board ever would. That speaks volumes to me. And it's not good.

                      1. re: miss_belle

                        Hi, m_b:

                        LOL. This thread is... er... direct, I'll give you that. But I'm not seeing too many posts over time from the OP; not like they're a bomb-thrower or anything.

                        I hope the OP can add a little more substance to the details of what s/he heard.

                        Aloha,
                        Kaleo

                        1. re: kaleokahu

                          To be perfectly honest with you I am fast losing interest in this thread. He/she needs to just spill the beans and get it over and done with. They appear to have some type of immunity here. So what the heck:-)

                          1. re: miss_belle

                            As Sam Clemens said, secrets tend to be either too good to keep or not good enough. So hopefully we'll learn more.

                          2. re: kaleokahu

                            It's relatively obvious that Chow.com has been gutted - no videos, no reviews, very few new stories. Almost no new content at all.

                            The 'bird' is most likely a reference to John Birdsall, who seems to be the only Chow staffer still writing stories that aren't pastiches of Chowhound threads.

                            I don't know anything about a knife fight or whether it was meant to be taken literally in the first place.