All I can add to this discussion is that I just noticed that Ellen has zero points. I was trying to find an old post of hers and noticed the ratings. So then I checked mine and I somehow have accumulated 2 points.
If I could figure out how to do it I'd give Ellen 3 points so she's at least ahead of me.
You're so kind, Ken8038!
It's ironic, as I just checked the other day for fun, and I saw I had about 31 points. Boy, I'm really slippping FAST, huh??! (and to think , I was once a "57")
And those were the only 2 times I even checked..
I've hardly even been posting the last few days , so I wonder how I could drop 31 points like that.
"zero" is just so stagnant; I want to see some movement, up, down, whatever!
So, if you like my post, KEN, you better hurry up and give me my 5 stars right now.... (before one of my enemies comes along and gives me only 1 or 2 stars, LOL)
All this stuff just adds to the negative spirits in many of the posts.
(mine included, sorry)
Plus the fact that about 5 out of 7 "front page conversations" are from that Restaurant Professionals Forum. They've really taken over! Looks like the rest of us that love to talk about Roadfood have mostly been delegated to the back pages, the "miscellaneous" forums....
and unfortunately, it's just not as much fun for me, cause those are not deemed worthy enough to make the front page...
Sorry if I sound bitter; it's a real crossroads for me, as I've put hundreds and hundreds of hours into doing Trip Reports, including posting lots of pics...
The shelf life of most of these reports is only about 3 or 4 days , though..
I've found some other websites where I can provide my food pics, and they are more accessible for those that wish to look up the info ; "burgers in Connecticut", whatever....
I do not personally care for the review system on here, due to the fact that there are no dates on the reviews. So I can't really see posting reviews.
And having ads for Weight Watchers pop up at me ! Ouch!
How about some ads for Tums instead?!?
It's just not as much fun on here.... I guess a lot of us (me, too!) have cut back a bit on traveling, due to the fact that we keep losing our shirts in the stock market.
Also, a big part of it is also that certain longtime posters have either cut back on the length of their personal e-mails to me, (meanwhile I was an idiot for sending them long e-mails) or else have not come thru (yet?) on deleted posts, etc they were supposed to send me .
I think what's been happening is that it feels like we've all been in a long time marriage , and we've started getting annoying to each other!
We keep beating the same issues with a dead horse (like fast food hatred and preferences, etc)
It's funny, cause a "zero" pretty much sums up how I'm feeling today, anyway..
but after this post, I'll probably be a minus 57!
That's okay, cause there's some good company in that minus column!
I could hang out with GREYMO and LEETHEBARD, etc...