"Hi Chubbypanda, you've been sent the following by a Chowhound moderator:
We wanted to explain why we removed your posts on Frenzy Sushi. As a veteran user (we enjoy your postings!) we wanted to provide the courtesy of this private, confidential explanation.
You posted: "Tell John that you saw the review on Chowhound, and that I sent you." This first-name relationship means you're not an unbiased party, and Chowhound intends to be a resource for unbiased consumers to share opinions. When you are known to restaurant management, you are likely getting out of the ordinary treatment that the average diner wouldn't receive and your opinion is no longer impartial.
We do understand that you, a savvy diner, truly like this place and thus feel it's worth posting about regardless of your relationship. We don't doubt it! But we ask that posters recuse themselves from posting when there's even the possibility of a conflict of interest. You, as a site veteran, share our interest in staving off insiderish postings. Our tips are only reliable as a result of vigilance on our end and restraint on our users' end.
The Chowhound Team
For Those Who Live to Eat"
They make a good point. To make a full disclosure, I visit Frenzy approximately once a month or so, and can be considered a "regular". While I met Chef John Arteaga through his food at Frenzy, through my numerous conversations with him while dining there, I can be considered to have a more intimate acquaintance with him than a regular diner. Therefore, I can understand that Chowhound might interpret this relationship as a conflict of interest. However, I stand by the integrity of my work. On no point in my review did I exaggerate the depth or quality of Chef Arteaga's cuisine.
I appreciate that the Chowhound moderators took the time to email me an explanation of why my post was deleted. While I would like to have received it earlier, my searches on Google have led me to believe that even getting an explanation is out of the norm. So, enough with my prima donna act already. I accept their explanation. They did their jobs, and I'm fine with that.
However, as that sexy wise-man Kirk from mmm-yoso!!! sagely points out in his comment to my Chowhound Board Nazis - [Crazies] post, what I post on Chowhound becomes their intellectual property. Therefore, I have my reservations about posting any more reviews on their site. While I'll continue to read and contribute to their discussions, I would like my content to remain my own.
For further reference, please see the CNET Terms of Service governing Chowhound. I direct your attention in particular to the following section:
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Read a certain way, this could be taken to mean that once one of my reviews is posted on their site, it becomes their property, and I don't even have the right to display it on my blog. Thank you, but no thank you.