Reminders: Tipping Is Customary

With the precious last days of Indian Summer probably gone for another year and the ever-present heirloom tomatoes slowly disappearing from local menus, we thought we'd take a moment to express our gratitude to all you tipsters and contributors who keep us afloat on a daily basis with all your intel, rumormongering, photos, and gossip spilling. Reader contributions really are the lifeblood of this site, and we simply couldn't do it without you. So thanks to all; we hope you enjoy obsessing over the restaurant world as much as we do. And for all you newcomers (and there are many of you), here's a quick primer on how you can get involved in all the fun:

The Tipline: Did you spot a new wine bar sprouting up on your block? Think a certain struggling, high-profile restaurant is a worthy candidate for the Deathwatch stamp? Perhaps you overheard a certain chef talking about a new project, or maybe you just need to vent in the Eater Complaints Dept. All this and more is very welcome to the tipline; just drop a note to Photos—from plywood to shutter signage to offensively bad tables—are especially encouraged. Anonymity guaranteed, of course.

The Eater Flickr Pool: For you photographers, all types of restaurant-related snaps—yes, even food porn (it's the one place you'll find food porn around these parts)—are encouraged to be shared in the Eater SF Flickr Pool. We can't be patrolling the streets everywhere at once, so we like to scan the pool to see what we've missed. Every once in a while, we'll even regularly highlight our favorites, like the above shot of wine glasses at Scoma's, in roundups like this. Joining is easy: just create a free Flickr account (or log in if you have one), click on the Eater Flickr Pool along the right-hand side of this very page and select "Join This Pool." Then, you can go wild and assign all relevant restaurant-centric shots to the pool. It's a great time ... and now, back to your regularly-scheduled programming.
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