On the Food Media & News board, Chowhound moderators call for less bashing of TV hosts. Specifically, it says:
"We try to keep the focus of this site on food, and "rant-fests" don't further that goal.
Since we established this board, there's been a LOT of threads insulting people who host TV cooking shows. We're going to ask everyone to please ease up on the complaint threads. Such threads don't lead anyone to good chow and just end up with a lot of personal and nasty insults (TV hosts are people too!). If someone makes a recipe on TV that looks awful- or great- you're welcome to talk about it here, but if you just want to share your latest peeve, please don't use Chowhound to do it. Thanks."
But does Chowhound actually take this seriously? Do any of the moderators really look at the posts in this board? Do we actually need another (gasp, I hope everyone is sitting down now!) "Rachael Ray is a big joke" discussion?
The moderators are fond of saying that they cannot monitor all posts and rely on us, the users, to alert them of posts containing of "personal and nasty insults." Fair enough, but why are we supposed to be doing your job? (Btw, I have also noticed a surge of insulting personal remarks from posters to posters, esp. in the Table Manners section.) If I were to stop what I'm doing everytime to alert CH to something I deem offensive, I wouldn't have a job myself.
I'm not necessarily against negativity, although it gets tiring since it's the same old targets over and over again, but I'm definitely against CH posting a guideline that it itself doesn't take to heart. Either remove it and let the board be a free-for-all (bash away, all!), or be more diligent about your own rules.
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