From Too Many Chefs -

June 3, 2004
New Advertising policy

We've been deleting a lot of ads for products and services, which convinces me we need a formal advertising policy. Here's the new advertising policy for ads or links to commercial services placed in the Comments section of this blog by hand or by automatic process or program -

You are welcome to post ads in the comments section and expose your products to our generally well informed and quite attractive readers provided that you agree to the following terms -

1. You agree that the service we provide is valuable and that the select nature of our readers entitles us to charge a fee for every advertisement. Also, you agree that each and every ad or link to a commercial service will be allowed to remain for no more than 15 minutes.

2. You agree to pay me, Barrett Buss (me), US$1,000.00 per advertisement. Payment is due in hand within 15 days of the posting of the ad. Multiple posts in a comment section must be paid for individually. You may contact me at this e-mail address to get the address to mail the check to.

3. If your advertisement includes a link to a site that is not reachable (like many have been recently) there is an additional $500.00 charge.

4. If you do not pay the advertising fee in 15 days, an additional $500 late fee will be assesed for each 15 day period or portion thereof until payment is recieved by me.

5. All disputes regarding this contract between you the advertiser, and me will be resolved based on the laws of the City of Chicago, Cook County, the State of Illinois, or the United States of America, respectively.

6. Posting any advertisement in the comments section of this site indicates your acceptance of all these conditions.

Thanks. And we'll hold off on deleting your ads for 15 minutes and then we'll seek you out.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at June 3, 2004 1:30 PM | TrackBack

Is it the wrong time to mention my new product?

I think you need to get this on the main page under a heading. I'd like to think you could persecute someone quite effectively.

Posted by Bryan on June 3, 2004 at 2:55 PM

We're open to any and all advertisers who comply with our policy and rate structure. Any funds recovered will be used to cover hosting costs, given in part to non-profit organizations that fight against spam and the destruction of a healthy Internet environment, and split among the otherwise unpaid Too Many Chefs staff.

Posted by Barrett on June 3, 2004 at 3:01 PM

Too funny. Do you mind if I borrow this (in concept, not necessarily verbatim)?

Posted by Seth on June 3, 2004 at 3:09 PM

Seth - I don't mind at all. I think every site needs an Advertising Policy. However, I Am not A Lawyer so you may want to confirm the language with a legal professional.

Posted by Barrett on June 3, 2004 at 3:15 PM

Thank you. However, I consider (most) lawyers only one step higher on the ethical food chain than comment spammers. I also doubt if you would be able to collect anything from comment spammers. If you do, please, please post details.

Posted by Seth on June 3, 2004 at 3:34 PM

I have the universal perspective on attorneys - MY attorney is a fine upstanding human being who looks out for my interests and helps to ensure justice is done. YOUR attorney is a sleazebag just interested in a fast buck.

I think we'll be able to enforce it on any spammers living and operating in the U.S. A similar technique was used with telemarketers successfully. Unlike traditional advertising spammers shift the costs of hosting their ads onto me without my prior consent, so I ought to be able to recoup those costs plus enough to make a profit from them by giving my prior consent with appropriate restrictions.

We'll see. I'm looking forward to testing it out.

Posted by Barrett on June 3, 2004 at 3:46 PM

bryan said: " could persecute someone quite effectively."

persecute? prosecute? those pesky verbs!

Posted by monkey on June 4, 2004 at 12:34 PM

RE: "persecute" vs. "prosecute" - I might enjoy doing either or both if the advertiser didn't pay...

Posted by Barrett on June 4, 2004 at 1:02 PM

Persecute was intentional. You may not be able to prosecute effectively, but persecution is always an option.

Posted by Bryan on June 4, 2004 at 4:47 PM

Despite the old admonition, Giada is the only skinny chef I trust. She seems to enjoy every bite of her own cooking. She should thank God for her metabolism.
I have tried countless recipes of hers, and they are all simple, direct, and do not rely on elaborate techniques. I am not scared of Mssrs. Batalli's or Pucks techiques, but I do like simplicity when cooking at home.
On top of that my wife hates me watching her show even more than if I watched football. Guess I shouldn't have told her that I would marry her if she asked me..
Don't anyone tell my spouse that Ms. De Laurentis is already married, I coulr make this worl for years!

Posted by on April 13, 2005 at 10:27 PM

I am English working as a chef in the Caribbean. An excellent ingredient I used a lot in the UK was ceamed coconut - in a block. I cannot find any supplier of this either in the Caribbean or the US. Any ideas?

Posted by suzyb on April 25, 2005 at 1:17 PM

Do you know of a kitchen like this in Phoenix Arizona, or in Arizona at all?
I found this one on a search, I am trying to launch a hot sauce line and can't very well do it from my small home kitchen.
Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, whoever thought of this idea is brilliant! Now all I need to do is find one near me so I can get cookin'!
Thanks in advance for your help and time -

Posted by Carrie on May 9, 2005 at 10:11 PM

okay i read it. can I ask a question now? :))

Posted by julie on June 23, 2005 at 3:52 AM

Well done!

Persecution is always preferable to prosecution.

Posted by Barbara on August 1, 2005 at 9:48 PM

Thankyou so much for this recipe. I had been hunting for a Turkey Vlevet soup!

Posted by Laura Pascoe on November 25, 2005 at 12:52 PM