Juuust In Time For Donut Summit: Chowhound Controversy!

So a Chowhounder whose screename is “kauma” posted a topic earnestly titled “Donut Summit: Who’s Going?” yesterday. It and the ensuing short if surprisingly snarky and dismissive comment thread was discovered and passed on by one of my fellow B.la contributors.

When I checked it out I found the first commenter, “Mattapoisett in LA” who decided to get critical equating a few typos found in one of our posts as somehow indicative of a lack of organizing skills. His skills at spotting mistakes was promptly applauded by “kauma.” Then commenter “sushigirlie” responded to that saying it seemed “pretty telling that they couldn’t get the donuts shops to donate donuts.”

In defense of the awesomeness of tomorrow’s event and the triple-deckered phenomenality of everyone here at Blogging.la who’s chipped in and pitched in to put this thing on, I posted what I considered to be a fair and untrollish rebuttal, replete with wink at the end in the form of a typo-laden twist on a biblical reference, because, yeah, that’s how I roll. Sometimes.

Checking back awhile later to see if anyone responded I found something magical must have happened because my comment was nowhere to be found in the thread. A dubious poof: had it been a posting failure on my part or had someone in that thread closed to opposing points of view (and/or snarkily cliché’d twists on bible quotes) intentionally deleted it?

So I decided to re-post, trying to get as close as I could to my original thoughts. After it, too, successfully posted, I took a screencap (after the jump; click it for enhanced readability).

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The proof is in the posting!

Well, wouldn’t you know when I checked back a few minutes ago, my second comment was also axed.

You can read it all there at the bottom of the image… no expletives, no insults. Just a congenial interest in shedding a little history on the event to counter “sushigirlie’s” tellingly point-missing assumption, and closed with an easy-going parry to the thrust of “Mattapoisett in LA’s” all-to-narrow assessment that typos are a be-all/end-all indicator of how smoothly things will go.

Yet someone somehow found a way to find it offensive and execute it. The question might be less “who did it?” and more “who gives a shit?” But I’ve gotta tell you if it’s uptight chickenshit delete key stompers like this that are finding stupid excuses to avoid Donut Summit, the farther away they stay the better. More donuts for those of us who know a good thing, nothing but hurt donuts for them.

 

 

 

8 Replies to “Juuust In Time For Donut Summit: Chowhound Controversy!”

  1. Yup comment deletion is just chickenshit. Your comment was on topic, on point and polite, just guess they can’t stand anyone contrary to the opinion they hold. Hey its their blog and they can do what they want, doesn’t mean we need to frequent it.

    Of course they forget any press is good press when it comes to getting the word out on something.

    See you all tomorrow…will be there with troops to help with the tasting, voting and whatever.

  2. Spelling errors? Are you effing kidding me? How petty!

    Donut shop list isn’t completely accurate? Are you effing kidding me? It’s a representative list of local shops. Some places may have closed. Other new ones may have opened. We’re looking for, and will get, donuts from shops all over L.A. County, just like last year. Seriously, people, this was a list of donut shops, not a bibliography for a doctoral dissertation.

    “Underwhelming” response? Are you effing kidding me? Last year’s first-ever event put together by our ragtag bunch attracted dozens of people & donuts from shops all around L.A., & was a huge success. This year’s event promises to be even bigger, with 80 people listed as attending and 77 more listed as maybe attending on our FB event page alone.

    It sounds like the negative commenters at Chowhound are suffering from OCD, or perhaps donut envy in not having dreamed up this amazingly fun event first. If those buzzkills don’t want to come, that’s more delicious donuts for the rest of us.

  3. Yeah. It’s bad enough that there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why posts were deleted from the thread (especially when worse survives in other threads). But no explanation either? Weak.

  4. Curious. Lucinda followed me with a much better explanation and counterpoint that still stands at the Chowhound topic’s page, as well as one I tossed up there linking back to this one here. Both still stand, untouched. STRANGE goings-on over at the Chowhound Pound.

  5. Sheesh! Just what do they have against doughnuts over theire? The mystery of the ever-shrinking thread continues . . .

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