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'Shiftdrink'/corporate posters--policy?

dbird | Nov 18, 200602:31 AM     3

I have seen several posts by 'shiftdrink'. I followed the link, and basically they are reposting the entries from their own site on chowhound. I find it off-putting. I look to chowhound for a forum of exchange among people who are serious (and sometimes giddy) about food, not for a digest of materials and opinions printed elsewhere (Eater and other resources provide that). But maybe that is not what chowhound intends for itself. Does this new chowhound welcome participation of those speaking on behalf of other organizations? I know that selling and marketing have been frowned upon, but is promotion ok? Or is it ok if your product is another web site that sells advertising to--say-- restaurants and retailers, but not if you represent a restaurant or retailer directly? I would be interested in hearing about the policy and approach.

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