Please Do Not Exploit The Nerd Herd

Via Political Animal via Rob Donoghue, and we’re sure it bounced around a few other unaccountable times before it reached us, is a post about how to use “nerdfury” to find a good restaurant, inspired by a talk that non other than Anthony Bourdain gave:

The question at hand was how to find good restaurants, and his answer was to take the city you want to go to and just google up some restaurant names that serve the dish you’re after. Then got to chowhound or another foodie site, and rather than asking about restaurants, you put up an enthusiastic post talking about how you just had the best whatever you’re looking for at one of these restaurants.

And now the nerdfury part, whose definition is self-evident from the following:

Posters will show up from nowhere to shower you with disdain, tell you how that place used to be good but has now totally sold out and - most important to your quest - will tell you where you would have gone if you were not some sort of mouth breathing water buffalo.

We think it’s mean to bait foodies like this. It raises the collective blood pressure, and heavens knows what the associated medical costs would total! Yes, this is intellectually dishonest and we cannot support it. Better to ask the question directly and face the ire of the crowd (or accept being utterly ignored) like a mensch.

Hunting Vegetarians with Ted Nugent [Robert Donoghue]

[Photo: as far as we can tell, all the references to water buffalo on Chowhound have been civil and relevant]


Please Do Not Exploit The Nerd Herd