I was late to the party.

Chowhound was birthed on this day in 1997 by Jim Leff and Bob Okumura but it wasn’t until 1999 that I began regularly {and voraciously} reading it on a daily basis.

Back then it was the wild, wild west of food boards with free wheeling exchanges between devout lifers as well as people who were just figuring out that food could be more than just calories to keep you alive while you worked, watched television or participated in other life activities {if there are any.} Today the once mighty board is in a shambles.

This can be attributed to one fatal error on the part of the CBS corporation: the allowance of and subsequent rise to power by-anonymous moderators who’ve driven off the passionate posters in the name of blandness and homogeneity.

It’s a sad scene these days.

A quick peek at the Austin Chowhound board shows a rag tag group of intermittent posters with cardiac paddles in hand-giving the ol girl a blast of electricity perhaps once or twice a day for a total of ten posts per week.

Contrast that to the heyday when the board regularly saw upwards of a hundred posts PER DAY.

Rest In Peace Chowhound.

1] Almost 5k page views: An obituary for the Austin Chowhound board http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/1/The-Death-Of-The-Austin-Chowhound-Board

2] The time an unpaid volunteer Chowhound moderator told a Texas barbecue legend to “stop it” http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/9/10/Unpaid-Volunteer-Moderator-Tell-Iconic-Texas-Barbecue-Legend-To-Stop-It

3] I get thrown off the Austin Chowhound board for once and for all-by an unpaid volunteer moderator http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/11/18/Scrumptiouschef-Hits-The-Big-Time-Thrown-Off-Chowhound-For-Once-And-For-All

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