OK. You folks don't know me personally. You know my postings about food in NEPA, though, and some of you have emailed me asking for recommendations. If you read my posts, you'll know that, for example, I've touted Revello's in Old Forge (not a hard choice).
So, my opinion becomes trusted.
Now let's say that I recommend a new BBQ joint in Allentown, and several of you come up and try it, and maybe it's not too bad and more people come up and try it.
And let's say that I then post that it's better than the Tamaqua bbq wagon, and hey, it's closer, too; and I ate there last week and the new shredded pork bbq is AWESOME. I know my chow. So, more people come north and try the new Allentown bbq.
But, I didn't disclose that it is owned by my brother, and I loaned him the startup money.
What would you think then? Would my opinion have any wieght? How would your knowledge of my affiliation have colored your INITIAL decision to try the bbq? What if you drove to Allentown and the food was lousy?
It's the same. You know the person involved, and it colors your objectivity. You DON'T know me, so objectively, I would be derided as a base tout. Well, *I* don't know the person involved, so that's my opinion. The person involved is probably very nice, but deception is deception.
I'll miss the opinions and writings of some of you who most likely will leave here. Even if I never eat in those restaurants, I enjoy good writing and strong opinions. But what will I have lost, as opposed to what I gain by my awareness of and satisfaction with the fact that the board is free from deception in its postings and opinions?
Stuck deep inside a nautilus shell of postings related to "Jones and foodies" is my statement on chow vs. dining. FOR ME, this board has gone too far in the direction of dining. I'd rather find out where to drop $7 on a decent sausage and scamutz sandwich than listen to endless debate about the same 6 well known establishments ad infinitum. Perhaps the fact that some here DO have financial interest in those establishments contibutes to the fact that they are endlessly discussed; I dunno, could be, huh?