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once more into the breach


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once more into the breach

jlafler | Jul 7, 2009 05:13 PM

I know this is a longshot for an actual reply, but....

In early April, I posted to the "Not About Food" board about my 3-year-old daughter pretending to cook. I got a couple of replies, including one about ways to involve my daughter in actual cooking, before the whole topic was deleted.

Why is a post about a little girl becoming interested in cooking not appropriate for "Not About Food"?

I was so angry that I briefly considered flagging every topic/post on the "Not About Food" board that could possibly be construed as inappropriate for the board, but realized this was overkill, not to mention antisocial. I posted a little squib on this board about how I was angry but didn't have time to tell the moderators why, which was rightly deleted. Then I deleted most of my personal profile and absented myself from the board for a couple of months, until I'd cooled off a little.

I am now cooled off. A little.

One of the problems was that I knew there was no point in asking why the topic had been removed. I've done so in the past and received variations on the same patronizing replies about how the moderators only have our best interests at heart and don't have time to answer every little question. On this board I've suggested ways to make the moderation process more transparent, such as a checklist for moderators somewhat like the checklist for users flagging a post or topic, but they went unanswered (and in fact I can't find any of them, so maybe they were deleted).

To be clear: I believe in moderation, and I support (or at least understand) about 90% of the topic or post deletion decisions I've seen on Chowhound. But I on the occasions where I don't agree, I find the way the whole business is handled extraordinarily frustrating, for reasons that I think could pretty easily be mitigated.

Anyway, I'm done.

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