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Chowhounds Who Don't Fit In

Jim Leff | Dec 19, 2004 10:38 PM

Hey, Toronto Hounds

Online communities tend to self-reinforce til everyone sounds the same. But groupthink is DEATH for what we do. We want lots of different chowhounds with lots of different voices contributing lots of different opinions. We want deumure anesthesiologists and rowdy teens and crude, rude taxi drivers. People who can't spell and people who write poetic prose. We seek the full spectrum of eaters for a rich range of chow tips. That (and only that) will assure The Prime Goal: none of us ever needing to settle for anything undelicious no matter where we ever go or what we ever crave, amen.

To foster the Goal, much tolerance is required. Big tolerance for anyone chow, even if you (or I) deem their expressive style or tone vulgar or offensive. This site has a really NPR tone (woops...CBC!) which, god help me, stems mostly from me. I don't want only people like me - like us. I want anyone chowy to feel comfortable. Chowhound's a safe haven for misfits of all kinds Users who don't fit in are GOOD; they invigorate the resource - even if they're embarrassing or annoying..

So long as someone's reasonably friendly, chowy, and honest, this site welcomes them with open arms. What we do NOT welcome is off-topic rants about posters. Rate chow, not chowhounds! Your opinions on lasagna are solicited, but your opinions on other posters is not. If you don't like someone, don't read her/his stuff.

BTW, just wanted to say I'm a fan of this board (and of Toronto, generally). I'm getting due for another trip up there...so much to try!

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