Full disclaimer: I am currently friends with Frenzy Sushi owners John and Neary Arteaga. I was not at the time the incidents described below occurred. There was no conflict of interest when I made my first Frenzy post.)
It's been exactly one year since I was banned from Chowhound for refusing to acquiesce to what I considered the arbitrary, mercurial, and inexplicable policies of their moderators. Under contention was Frenzy Sushi, a restaurant that some of the moderators had blacklisted after I'd posted an enthusiastic review. I was accused of being an "insider" and "shilling". While the details of our fracas can be read about here, suffice it to say that neither of these accusations were true. My evaluation of Frenzy Sushi was later borne out by veteran, highly-respected Chowhounds like Russkar, Stormin Norman, and Elmomonster.
In the year since my willing departure from Chowhound, Frenzy Sushi appears to have been removed from the Chowhound blacklist. It's garnered favorable reviews on Chowhound, various food blogs, and in the restaurant review columns of respected news publications. It is, as it was when I first posted about it, an excellent Orange County sushi establishment. Thus, I thought it fitting to post this photo tribute to Frenzy Sushi on the anniversary of my banning from Chowhound. I urge you to go and give Chef John Arteaga's wonderful dishes a try.
With this post, I've decided to close the book on Chowhound. While I continue to feel that their moderation process would benefit greatly from more transparency, consistency, and internal customer relations quality control, it appears that they are trying to improve. On the flip side, their work won't be complete as long as there is a need for sites like Fauxhound, created by frustrated Chowhounds, which offers a highly informative article revealing the Secret Rules of Chowhound. The Chowhound moderators still have a long way to go. Hopefully, with guidance from their parent company, CNET, we'll one day see a Chowhound with clearly listed and uniformly enforced posting rules; a Chowhound where open debate is encouraged and freedom of speech is respected. I wish them the best of luck.
369 E 17th St, #17
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Read my two Frenzy Sushi reviews:
- Frenzy Sushi (Super Post) - Costa Mesa, CA [Eating]
- Frenzy Sushi (Vegetarian Omakase) - Costa Mesa, CA [Eating]
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