There was a CH poster who used the name Keith Gilabert: showed up out of nowhere and posted a bunch of…sketchy…reviews. (In that they were incredibly generic and not very houndish.) And plastered his name all over (not only using the real name in his profile, but also “signing” the posts and other things); basically, really spammy.
The operating theory was that he - or a PR/reputation management firm - was trying to “bury” information about him from the search engines, so a search on his name would pop all these CH results and (we assumed) push the negative results further down/onto the later results pages.
He might - though no one seemed certain - have been this hedge fund person charged by the SEC (and he did, at least at the time of filing, live in Valencia) (hmmm…and Google shows someone with the same name working in VC and bragging about doing a lot of humanitarian work in 2014); anyway: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2006/lr19680. (He plead guilty.)
CH mods or admins, per normal, chose not to do anything.
Here’s the infamous “Best Steak in Los Angeles” thread, with the declaration courtesy of Mr. Gilabert:
(Reading the thread reminds me of how much I miss Servorg!) (Also, @Ns1’s final comment in the thread made me snort. [In a decidedly unladylike manner; which caused one of the cats to give me a disgusted glare and the other to look at me with great confusion.])
(And that - with apologies for the rambling - is the “inside joke” about the Stinking Rose. I have never been to the restaurant and haven’t a clue as to the quality of the food. But I do like garlic and am thus inclined to be curious about it!)