Chowhound has a long internet history as being a great place for people who love food to gather. And as a longtime user (over ten years now) I’ve contributed many posts as well as helped spread the word about this site. One down side to Chow, however, has always been the overly militant and inconsistent moderation tactics which have an effect of alienating us users – something that’s deadly for user driven sites.
I’m not the only one to complain about this – A simple Google search reveals just how widespread the problem is. Often, posts are deleted by mods without any word as to why. Sometimes, and most egregiously, Chowhound moderators will forbid users from even mentioning restaurants with no reason given, as was the case with Jujube and Napa and Co.
What makes this all the more maddening is how terribly inconsistent the mods are, deleting one users posts while preserving anothers.
Some moderation is necessary, obviously, but this is starting to get ridiculous. My recommendation? Use a truly crowd sourced site like Yelp.