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The Chowhound Team | | Feb 4, 2007 02:02 PM

Chowhound has a narrow mission: to allow unbiased consumers to share honest chow opinions with their fellow consumers. On our regional message boards (San Francisco, Chicago, etc.), the focus is where to find great chow in that area. On our pan-regional "topical" boards (e.g. Home Cooking, Food Media & News, etc.), discussion is a bit more wide-ranging, but still on topic.

We moderate the forums with our mission in mind - keeping the site informative, friendly and hype-free. While the following guidelines don't cover every possible moderation scenario, they explain the basics of contributing to the site.

For New Chowhounds:
For Restaurant Owners, Friends, and Other Insiders:
For Bloggers and Journalists:
For Organizers of Chowdowns and other Real Life Meetups:
For Everyone:

While we cover many common issues in this etiquette section and the official Terms of Use ( ), we reserve the right to move or remove any posting without notice or explanation at our sole discretion. We do not commit to preserving every posting; please bear this in mind if you post.

While we sometimes do explain deletions, Chowhound's large (and growing!) size makes it impossible to always do so. Please don't take deletions personally; we're just trying to ensure the chowiest possible resource for hounds just like you! No one likes to have their postings deleted, but thousands of Chowhound users appreciate our unparalleled signal-to-noise ratio.

We also don't commit to removing every post that falls outside these guidelines. Our moderating team is mainly volunteers, and we don't have the resources to review every post that's made on the site. We also can't promise 100% consistency in moderating; small differences in each situation may lead to different decisions. We also don't read everything on the site, so, if you do spot postings that strike you as problematic in any way--please help by using the 'report' button to bring it to our attention (choose the most appropriate of the three options, but don't worry if it doesn't quite fit, just leave a comment to let us know why you're reporting it), or you can send an email with the URL of the post in question to

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