Anyway, let me know if you've been a victim of this or, (could it be possible??) you've actually committed some of these crimes!
A few potluck rules of thumb. This comes from the post punk kitchen blog:
1) Coordinate with others so that not everyone is bringing sweets.
2) There has to be at least one lasagna.
3) Bring your A-game, spend a few hours in the kitchen, now is the time to impress, not to cut corners.
4) Bring something! And not a little bag of chips, either. If you absolutely can not cook something, then call the host and see what is needed - drinks, fresh fruit. Something. But if more than a few people are doing this, that makes for a crappy potluck.
5) Don’t plan on cooking at the host’s house. What the hell is that about? If you have to do that, then call the host and see that it’s okay. Warming up is absolutely permitted, but preparing your whole dish there without warning? No. Just no, never, no.
6) Bring big portions. Some people have said they bring enough for 6, but why? Is it really that much harder to cook for 12? Like I said, now is the time to go all out. Make time in your schedule, prioritize the potluck. Mean business!
7) Help the host clean up. Or at least offer to. They will probably say no.
8) The host should not be doing most of the cooking. As the host it’s your job to really bring it because it’s your kitchen, but it isn’t your job to bring…all of it.