So I got a warning the other day from Marcela about not mentioning other sites in the East Bay article and told her I would not post links to groups nor scatter post about them and only direct mentions to those who seem unlikely to stay on CH.
I’ve been posting to those folks to email me, period and until now, they’ve been allowing that.
They are stopping posts and warning folks about all sorts if non infractions, it’s such a police state over there, increasingly, with floggings apparently scheduled to continue until morale improves.
This is what I sent, and she never replied in any way, to warn me:
"I understand. I only did so because so many have posted it previously and the article and references to it stayed up. I’ve chosen not to post any links to other sites on CH out of deference to the situation. I’ll point out, though, in the past, we have been accustomed to unfettered posting of alternative sites and comparisons with CH with never a peep from moderators. They had the best site and were secure about its future.
I’m mostly addressing only those folks who seem most unlikely to remain, and am not scattershot broadcasting to users nor will I.
Folk do seem to be feverishly searching the net and finding the alternatives on their own, anyway. More local food journalists are alerting their readerships of the migration now, too, as they are feeling a need for the intel they’re now hard put to find for their regions as before.
I do feel for those of you left trying to plug the holes in the dam.
I wish you all luck. This feels like a situation with no winners. :-/"
I also sent this with the subject “Just an FYI for Comparison:”
The Chowhound Team | | Jun 1, 2004 01:36 AM
If you’re wondering where some of our regulars are, and miss their contributions, they’ve opened a separate site of their own. See link below to check it out.
We invite everyone to choose their favorite flavor…or to enjoy both. As with restaurants, the more choices the better. Since a few users of Chowhound have been unhappy with its management, we’re pleased that every Chicago food lover now has alternatives to choose from. We welcome here on Chowhound the participation of anyone who can be happy working within our boundaries as a moderated discussion.
This is just an announcement. Please, in order to keep this forum tightly focused on chow (one of our central precepts here), we ask that you not reply.
So now, even asking an individual CHer to email you is forbidden speech.