The post looks like it was addressed to me - so I do wonder why the defensive text - my original post was about HASH BROWNS - something that is probably on the bottom of the list at some Fine Dining joint.
I do think some of the 'recipes' on the video are a bit over the top and don't even think they would work for the waffle iron - and are not really using the characteristics of the iron that I think are what offers special possibilities.
@Harry Coates, dude and with any, due respect, it's a friggin waffle iron! By description is used to make (wait for it) WAFFLES!!! Hash browns=Not Waffles, so your looking to use an appliance in a way, that it wasn't designed for.
You're a newbie (welcome to CT btw!) and asked for help, were given some pretty good advice, imho, now you seem to be critical of the advice.
The videos actually SHOW alternate uses and your comments is you don't "think they would work for the waffle iron" "not really using the characteristics of the iron that I think are what offers special possibilities." The videos show them in practice so I'm @ a loss cause I can't figure out what it is you expect.
CT is an eclectic group of folks very interested in food and sharing those experiences. If someone, like yourself, seeks advice, they are welcomed to ask for help / advice from those that range from professionals, including award winning chefs and restaurant owners to very serious "foodies". That advice is freely given without prejudice to the acumen of anyone including an "at home cook"
Would think you would be happy that you have found such a place. Be nice, lighten up, and waffle on!