Although I love the Chowhound site, I find the moderation to be very heavy-handed. I've had yet another post deleted--this time because I've expressed interest in another food site out there (one that I have no affiliation with other than as a foodie, the same as my affiliation to this site, and this other site isn't in competition with Chowhound). Was looking for info, not driving traffic or raving about it. I should also add that I wasn't notified of the deletion or told why, I'm guessing after finding yet another missing post.
Another post I had deleted was because I mentioned that I had a couple of hygiene-worrying experiences at restaurants in Piccadilly Circus. Even when I didn't name names, my posts were removed because the moderator said that although my post didn't expressly break any Chowhound rules, it might lead to posts that did break Chowhound rules. A little controlling, no?
I've been using Chowhound for years, and was introduced to the site by my father who has been using the site for even more years than me. And although I love the people I meet here, support your advertisers and click on your ads, I don't feel that I, as a user, am respected or valued.
My feedback for Chowhound: reign it in a a bit with the moderation and remember that your users (and the free content they provide you with) are what you are trying to monetize.