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Aug 19, 2014 03:28 PM

WFD's equivalent on eGullet is great!

Almost every poster has a photo and the description is minimal. The replies are, if any, 'looks great, will you share the recipe?' This is something I'm now quite interested in.

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    1. Does that mean that those posters who often complain about the format of the WFD threads on CH -- even though they (presumably) aren't forced by some invisible power/obsession to read let alone participate in them -- will now stop their bitching and moaning & instead enjoy the wonderful WFD threads on eGullet?

      Then I'm all for it! Cheers. >pops open a bottle of champagne<

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      1. re: linguafood

        lingua, there are many respected CHs on WFD and there are those who would participate there if it stayed food-oriented. All I'm saying is, yes, if telling/showing what you had for dinner is of interest but not the chatter, then there's an option. CH doesn't need to be a one-size-fits-all. There are many ways to enjoy the food conversation.

        ETA: I didn't realize that people are still "bitching and moaning" about it. *I* did give it an example, when asked, of where chatter exists on CH.

        1. re: c oliver

          From the beginning, c oliver, the WFD threads on Home Cooking on CH was given a good bit more latitude in what could be written. The chatter was allowed. Most seem to like it. As you said - there are many ways to enjoy food conversation. The WFD threads on CH are food-oriented. Just with a bit more conversation. I like having a bit of context vs. just a pic or two and minimalist description.

          eGullet's seeming lack of threading is confusing to me. It's sometimes difficult to figure out who someone is replying to if they don't highlight the post to which they're responding.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            And honestly.... a few usernames I recognized over there are more of a disincentive to participate than anything else '-P

        2. It is an excellent thread on an excellent site

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          1. re: sal_acid

            From looking at the pix and reading various threads, the bar seems to be generally pretty high but I haven't seen much snarkiness.

            1. re: c oliver

              The bar is high but varies a lot. Snark is nothing like CH partially because of active but sensible mods and poster pressure. You gotta stay reasonably on topic over there. It's a more civilized place. Trolls do not thrive like they do here. Most discussions stay interesting and don't descend into rancor

              eG is more about cooking than eating out, so it nicely complements CH.

          2. If that's what you enjoy, by all means go enjoy it! I find the lack of context incredibly dull. Egullet just isn't for me but I really don't get the Chow vs. eGullet attitude.

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            1. re: weezieduzzit

              Not sure I understand the "lack of context" comment. Also I make a HUGE distinction between CHOW and Chowhound.

              1. re: weezieduzzit

                There will always be a "Chow vs. eGullet attitude" because one of the reasons eGullet was started was when several early CH power users got fed up with the way CH handled moderation back then, and left and started their own board.

                1. re: JMF

                  Over on eG there is no attitude re CH. Absolutely none. It does rise up on CH occasionally, which I find odd.

                  1. re: sal_acid

                    Yes, eGullet members ascribe to a higher level, which many on CH can't achieve.

                    1. re: JMF

                      Oh, please. They're two food-oriented web sites. Why does this have to become a competition? I have been on egullet at least as long as I've been on CH, and they are simply two different animals, no value judgements required.

                      1. re: roxlet

                        The little I've poked around I think the same. And it's definitely more cooking than restaurant oriented. I started this in case people wanted an alternative to WFD. WFD is what the participants on WFD want it to be and that's fine. If it's not your cup of tea, eG may be.

                      2. re: JMF

                        So THAT'S why you post on Chowhound, JMF?


                        1. re: foodiemom10583

                          Snark is unbecoming... ;-)>

                          I also post on eGullet. With a different handles, I have two different accounts. One very old that I mostly use, and a newer one that I use occasionally when I remember.

                          1. re: JMF

                            Ah, there's that higher level you were referring to. Now that I see it, it's so obvious.

                            By the way, I don't find snark unbecoming at all.

                            1. re: donovt

                              Interesting who gets upset by this. It seems to hit a sore point.

                        2. re: JMF

                          Wow, seriously JMF? Talk about elitist.

                  2. I never really ventured beyond egullet's UK/Ireland board and even that is now as dead as a dodo.

                    I think it's great if c oliver has found an interesting thread over there which is going to engage her/him. Egullet needs all the supporters it can find. Unfortunately, I no longer have the enthusiasm to be almost a lone poster on a regional board that used to be quite thriving (heck, it's bad enough on Chowhound's UK/Ireland board).

                    As for Chowhound's WFD threads, I'm a regular contributor (since almost the first one)which sort of suggests that I like the format. If others don't like the way the discussion goes, then they can either ignore it (as I ignore most posts, even on Home Cooking) or they can contribute and change the nature of it if others prefer to go along with that. It's a thread on an internet discussion board, for heavens sake, not a monolith that can only have one style of discussion or, indeed, only one discussion. Nor does it actually work like that - there are always sub-discussions going on. And folk can react differently to the different sub-discussions. For example, there are contributors to threads who I prefer not to engage with (mainly because I just don't like their forum persona). If they posted to WFD I would continue to prefer not to engage with them, not contributing to their sub-discussions, etc.

                    Do I always enjoy and participate in the way the threads can meander? No, I don't. But I pass by on those sub-discussions. Seems the sensible thing to do.

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                    1. re: Harters

                      My only point was that for those who don't like the chatter, sometimes way, way OT, that there is another option. Period.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        I think you're absolutely right. If folk don't like a thread, then don't contribute.

                        And I think you're absolutely right to draw folk's attention to an egullet thread if you think it'll suit you and them better. We play here, or elsewhere, for fun - and if it isnt fun then there's no point in playing. Full stop.

                        1. re: Harters

                          Over the years I'm gradually learning to read the title of a thread and go, nope, not going THERE. And that little yellow star is the BEST feature EVER.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            I've seen the yellow stars against the threads on my profile page but hadnt realised that they mean something. What do they signify, please?

                            Oh, yes, thread titles are the best way of saving reading time.

                            1. re: Harters

                              If you click on the star, you can follow/unfollow a thread.

                              You can also do this while on the thread by hitting the follow/unfollow button at the top.

                              Heaven sent.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Thanks. So that means I can disappear threads from my profile when someone has irritated the fuck out of me? And they don't reappear when they are resurrected 6 months later? I like!

                                1. re: Harters

                                  You got it, Mr. H.

                                  It's feckin' brilliant (now we all need that star function for posters :-D).

                                  1. re: Harters

                                    Yes, it's been wonderful. One of the better "improvements" to CH. There are threads I like to read, but don't/won't participate in. The "Following" button helps do that.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      "Cottage cheese" was the first one I got rid of :)