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#16 Wilfrid1

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:30 PM

Then why are you running at a loss?
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#17 mongo_jones

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:31 PM

you need another vacation

my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

 

current recipe: indian home cooking 7: chapatis and parathas

 

current restaurant review: back to bangkok thai deli

 

current whisky review: springbank 12 cask strength, batch 7

 

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#18 mongo_jones

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:34 PM

but the "big" announcement is here.

i like this bit:

But somebody up there must be a Chowhound, because, as you have read in the press, online communities suddenly became all the rage.


suddenly? someone needs to buy that man a watch.

my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

 

current recipe: indian home cooking 7: chapatis and parathas

 

current restaurant review: back to bangkok thai deli

 

current whisky review: springbank 12 cask strength, batch 7

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


#19 hollywood

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:00 PM

I was going to make the title Chowhound Sells Out, but that would be more than tendentious. I would have placed a bet that eGullet would have been the first to get snapped up - but the "big" announcement is here.

Apparently they'll get new software now. ;)

Shucks! I thought it was going to be purchased by Dubai Ports World. ;)

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:08 PM

i am a prophet

Have you had any offers for Mongomania?

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#21 mongo_jones

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:09 PM

i am a prophet

Have you had any offers for Mongomania?

some suggestions on places where i could put it. but nothing that could be monetized except to a very niche fetish audience.

my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

 

current recipe: indian home cooking 7: chapatis and parathas

 

current restaurant review: back to bangkok thai deli

 

current whisky review: springbank 12 cask strength, batch 7

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:15 PM

do people who have made "donations" to CH own part of the deal?

sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:16 PM

do people who have made "donations" to CH own part of the deal?

Why would they? They made donations, not investments.

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:18 PM

do people who have made "donations" to CH own part of the deal?

I'll be visiting Per Se tonight and will follow up with Gilt tomorrow. ;)

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"Sorry about your cookie." - Steve R.'s response to Jim Leff's epic rant.


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:19 PM

do people who have made "donations" to CH own part of the deal?

I'll be visiting Per Se tonight and will follow up with Gilt tomorrow. ;)

;)

mitchells -- I was referring to a discussion between CH and cabby a while ago, but seriously I think there's been some representation of that site as practically a non-profit/loss-making operation.

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#26 g.johnson

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:19 PM

Given that CNET sites are covered in ads I wonder how Leff can continue to claim

"I guard my anonymity and my opinion cannot be bought. I always pay my own tab, and this site will never contain restaurant advertising. "

(I see nothing wrong in restaurant advertising, FWIW.)
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:53 PM

I wonder how Leff can continue to claim

"I guard my anonymity and my opinion cannot be bought. I always pay my own tab, and this site will never contain restaurant advertising. "

Just like he has all along? ;)

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#28 Lex

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:53 PM

Given that CNET sites are covered in ads I wonder how Leff can continue to claim

"I guard my anonymity and my opinion cannot be bought. I always pay my own tab, and this site will never contain restaurant advertising. "

(I see nothing wrong in restaurant advertising, FWIW.)

I'm assuming the terms of the deal excluded restaurant advertising from the mix.

The concept of the potential conflict between advertisers and the news/reviews side of print and electronic media is well established. The simplest way to avoid the possibility of conflicts is to eliminate advertising. Consumer Reports has prohibited advertising since it began publishing in 1936 - it's not something that Leff dreamed up.

Obviously there are other forms that untoward influence on food boards can take. I could quote examples but it would be against site guidelines.

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#29 Wilfrid1

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:55 PM

For many years, communication between the editorial and advertising depts of The New Yorker was strictly forbidden. I think the rule was relaxed after Shawn retired.
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#30 g.johnson

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:10 PM

Given that CNET sites are covered in ads I wonder how Leff can continue to claim

"I guard my anonymity and my opinion cannot be bought. I always pay my own tab, and this site will never contain restaurant advertising. "

(I see nothing wrong in restaurant advertising, FWIW.)

I'm assuming the terms of the deal excluded restaurant advertising from the mix.

The concept of the potential conflict between advertisers and the news/reviews side of print and electronic media is well established. The simplest way to avoid the possibility of conflicts is to eliminate advertising. Consumer Reports has prohibited advertising since it began publishing in 1936 - it's not something that Leff dreamed up.

Obviously there are other forms that untoward influence on food boards can take. I could quote examples but it would be against site guidelines.

I assume that CNET wants to make a buck out of Chowhound and I can't see that happening unless they accept restaurant and other food-related ads.

This doesn't have to compromise Leff's/Chowhound's integrity nor, as you say, does it guarantee it.
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