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Jun 24, 2006 04:10 PM

Wish list

Thought it might be nice to have a positively titled thread for suggested improvements to the software -- positively titled because, all things considered, you've done a great job so far. To get the ball rolling, here are some things I'd like to see. Others should feel free to chime in with their suggestions.

- A way of contacting other members, either via e-mail or a personal message system

- A "today's active topics" type display, similar to the one on the home page but covering the last 24 hours or maybe the time since your last visit

- A topic tracker, a way to receive notification when a topic you've subscribed to has been updated. Notification could be online (e.g. a pop-up window or a box on the My CHOW page) or by e-mail.

- Some sort of visual identification of the new posts in a topic. This would be especially useful in long topics where finding a new post requires scanning a bunch of date/time stamps. How about colour coding the new-since-last-visit posts by displaying them with a uniquely coloured background or font?

- A post preview function like the old board's, so we can see what a post looks like before publishing it.


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  1. Ditto on what carswell said. I'd like to see a section on cookbooks, as well. Now, is there someway we can email/pm the moderators? How about a list of members?
    My two cents.

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    1. re: silvergryphon

      It's even easier now to contact the mods. Just click on the "report this post" link on a posting, that will open up a form for you to report problematic posts to the mods. It is no longer necessary to go out to your email to contact us.

    2. I think Emailing the Mods hasn't changed - try But it would be convenient to have that listed somewhere.

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Please note, if you would like to send us email, please use "" as the email address, we are transitioning away from the "webmaster" email address.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Perhaps the webmaster link should be replaced with the moderators link in your list of contacts.

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      2. Not knowing whether or not this has already been suggested, the thread index page should show both who started the thread (it does now) and who posted the most recent reply.

        1. Reply notification, so that I receive an e-mail or other message informing me when someone has replied to one of my posts.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              That's one solution, I guess. The problem is that it allows your e-mail address to be harvested by spammers, the main reason I never included my address on the old board. Much better would be a way of sending e-mail messages through the Chowhound site that kept the recipient's message hidden at all times, even from the sender. Also, again to minimize spam, only registered members should be able to send messages to other members.

              1. re: carswell

                Spam's not much of a problem any more with a good filter like the one in Gmail.