I’m still fairly new on this site. Do they announce the names of the people, who have signed up for these tours as they fill up the available seats? Maybe there’s a security reason, if they don’t? If they did list those signed up, including their posting "handles", then many who care who’s going would know who they could expect to see on the tour. Maybe they are already doing this? Doesn’t sound like it though.
I don’t see it as the posters being snobs, but rather them wanting to put a face to some of these characters (myself included, of course) we converse with, debate with, and even agree with at times. It’s just human nature to want to meet each other. Obviously, that is not happening as much as some would like.
For myself, I can see me going on one of these tours as I become more familiar with the posters. Wanting to meet some of you in person. I know I have around 500 posts, but I am not concentrating enough on the cast of characters here. I need to do that a bit more to appreciate the possibility of meeting some of you in person. It’s a personality flaw I’m working on…But, it’s tough. Listen more and speak less!
I have met John A (good guy) and hope to meet Ellen, too. Would I want to go on a roadfood trip and not find a good number of the people behind these funny and unusual posting names? No, I would not. Nothing against those also who go, but do not post. For me, that would be a big, big part of wanting to go. To meet all of you characters. I’d hope you feel likewise towards me, too.
Wandering, I’d like to think there are very few posters, who simply do not want to visit a specific site. The thing I love about this website vs chowhound.com is that so many people know so much about so many different places, foods, etc. And they truly know their stuff! Why would you think they are so inflexible when it comes to any opportunity to experience food in a different city? No, I think your other reasons for them not going make far more sense – Finances, health, work, family situations, etc.
Don’t you find it hard to coordinate a house party for 25 people? Can you imagine how tough it is to get one of these trips organized so that lots of people can go. And, it seems that the number of people might be a huge limitation. Finding a number of great roadfood restaurants that can actually accomodate all that might want to go. And, if you are limited to just restaurants that can accomodate a large number of people, are they going to be the best possible roadfood places?
There’s a place that come to mind in Texas that was huge. Out in the country someplace with this giant "Q" pit. They served sausage links, ribs, brisket, etc. It was on FoodTV. I mean, how many places like that can the Sterns find to take a large group to? There are no easy answers to this one IMHO. Everyone is not going to be pleased.
For incredibly selfish reasons, I love to see the Trip Report pictures. There’s no place else like this on the Internet. We (John A and myself) actually took some pictures of our Chinese meal, but they are buried away in a forum that nobody checks. I’ve tried..What can I say. But, where else can you see places that you may never get to in your entire lifetime. We owe a great deal of thanks to anyone who takes the time to show us where they’ve been and what they’ve eaten.
Sorry for rambling. Hope I’ve made some good points here.