HOME > Chowhound > Site Talk >

Discussion

Things I *DO* like about the new site

We're chowhounds -- we're picky and we know what we like. Thus, it's easier to complain than to praise.

But WE HAVE A SEARCH ENGINE THAT WORKS, and it works for all the archived posts. And the archived posts can even be responded to! And most of the old links to previous posts work, too.

I suspect hard labor and some amazing programming skills went into this, so I wanted to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for not only the hard work, but the underlying commitment to chowhound that all that work demonstrates. That's way more important than any cosmetic nitpicks we may have.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Oh yeah! I've been using the search engine alot. It's faster than scrolling back through the index to find things that were posted in the last couple days.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      And speaking about days ...

      I decided I really LIKE the days posted since the reply rather than the date.

      I was catching up reading the SF board for Friday and this post appeared

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      Normally I would not have noticed that the OP was in 2005. But seeing the first replay (as of today) was 266 days ago, given the topic, I just ignored it. and went to the next post.

      The date would be nice too, but I just fell in love with the number of days since the last reply.

    2. The new layout is more conducive to surfing other boards. Typically I've stuck to regional/city boards. I think it is now easier to see what is being posted on other boards.

      My work productivity will go down.

      1 Reply
      1. re: MyNextMeal

        I think I've figured out a way to set up my screens that works best for me. I have one window open on Firefox with 6 tabs, one for each of the boards I'm following.

      2. And it's fast! I don't have a palpable wait time just to load up a new region's board.

        And it's pretty. I really like the color palette you went with - very easy on the eyes.

        Kathy/Kuisine (previously KathySK)

        1. "I suspect hard labor and some amazing programming skills went into this, so I wanted to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for not only the hard work, but the underlying commitment to chowhound that all that work demonstrates. That's way more important than any cosmetic nitpicks we may have."

          Oh, sure, rain on our parade for raining on their parade. Some of us don't get quoted in the Chowhound books. :P Although, I'd say the majority of criticisms have gone far beyond cosmetic nitpicks. They're primarily about functionality, which, granted, are sometimes a result of the user interface, which I guess you could say is also cosmetic.

          That said, I'm very happy to see this step in the right direction, especially things like being able to link within posts and have updated threads pop to the top. However, I think many of us who are used to robust, established message board systems were hoping for a bit more. Still, the strength of this site is in its community more than its software. It always has been. Just as long as they're committed to improving.

          1 Reply
          1. re: extramsg

            I'm not raining on the parade -- I was in the parade with my own complaints. I just thought perhaps some credit was due. Functionality and pleasing look and feel are good things. But they aren't worth much if there's no content, and the content is here. That makes me happy.

          2. I'm really shocked at the folks who are criticizing the look of the boards. I think they are attractive and soothing. After all, there are large ads to the right of the posts and they don't bother me a bit. Amazing.

            4 Replies
            1. re: Dave Feldman

              I think this is just pointing out that there's no way one design will keep everyone happy. It's not a flaw, just a fact of life. For example, I'm puzzled by all the complaints about the fonts and font sizes- it looks fine to me. But some people liked the old site design, and some LOATHED it. I think the developers are just going to have to be glad some are happy, and realize that if they make big changes, they might make a new group of people happy, but then they'll make the group of people who WERE happy, unhappy.

              There's a lot I like (and some I dislike) about this design, but chances are the things I dislike are liked by someone. That's the way it goes.

              1. re: Chris VR

                heh, and while I really didn't like how my browser crashed as I was adding that post, I like the way the post was here when I came back :-)

                1. re: Chris VR

                  The response to the "needs" of so many, by so few, is something I've found amazing. Look at us, we're all here swapping tips (and griping) just like we used to! Hooray!

                2. re: Dave Feldman

                  I agree. It makes me wonder about their opinions about the food, wine and service in restaurants.

                  The improvements here on Chowhound are great!