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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.

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  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.

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    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.

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      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.

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          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.

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            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!

                3. Things I like,
                  - The color palette. It's attractive and neutral. No extraneous content trying to grab my attention.
                  - I like the main page. The large fonts are great. I like that I can quickly scan the latest posts on all the boards. It's fun to refresh the main page and see the new stuff being added.
                  - I think this is a very good transition from the old boards. A few hitches, of course. But all in all, faster and superior.

                  1. I like everything. Considering I was up and posting 30 seconds after I first saw the new boards means that it was painless and easy to understand and intuitive. The ONLY thing I miss is being able to see a bunch of posts at once without having to go to another page. That said, it's a minor nit and I wouldn't change anything else.

                    Great job on the site, great design, in my opinion, kudos for keeping the most important thing intact and a special thanks for keeping the soul of the site and this community alive and intact...

                    1. Well I absolutely LOVE it. I know it is archaic, but at home I am on dial-up most of the time (cursed secured wireless connections) and rarely visited chowhound except at work. The ease of reading entire conversations with one click...it is great. So happy.

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                      1. re: Frosty Melon

                        Thanks for mentioning that. In the sticks right now, I'm on dial-up at a mighty 31200bps and I'm pleased with how fast things are moving here.

                      2. I'm excited that I can bookmark posts with recipes I want to try on my CHOW. My browser favourites Recipes folder is way too big as it is.

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                        1. re: julesrules

                          Ooooo! I didn't know that (and oops, I clicked the wrong button to reply - I hit 'report to post' - Sorry Moderators!)

                          Anyway, that's exciting and thanks for mentioning it - now it won't take me two days to realize it.

                        2. WOW! I LOVE IT! I've been a web designer (now overpaid iArt Director) for 12 years and this is one of the best sites I've ever seen. I was not expecting to see something this refined and elegant. It is truly an intuitive, graceful user experience. The transitition from the old to the new took all of a few minutes to get re-oriented. The design is spot on. Easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate. Major kudos!

                          1. I love that "My chow" monitors everything I've posted, so quick and easy. Also I like all the newly added boards, both of these things are time savers when you want to check in quickly. Thanks!

                            1. I love the following:
                              the new look: colors and layout
                              that the home page brings up the most recent post of all boards
                              that when a response is added to an old posting it renews it as a new posting

                              that's as far as I've gotten...

                              thanks!

                              1. I LOVE:

                                that I can reply in the thread and not have to go back or foward or turn around three times and stand on my head to see the rest of the post.

                                that it's an easy click to report a post

                                the menu that comes down when I mouse over "boards"

                                the look

                                IT's like christmas day! So many presents....

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                                1. re: krissywats

                                  OK, one more:

                                  When a new reply is posted, that thread goes to the top of the board!! LOVE THAT!!

                                  1. re: krissywats

                                    "the menu that comes down when I mouse over 'boards'"

                                    Duh! Hadn't figured that out for myself. Kept going back to the home page and it was making me nuts. Thank you, thank you!

                                  2. I just noticed that there are currently 87 replies in the "Don't Like" thread, so I figure all my gripes have probably already been covered there! :)

                                    I do like the fancy special effects when you make a new post. It's like Star Trek or something.

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                                    1. re: Alcachofa

                                      In reading the "Don't likes", I think the majority of the posts are offering suggestions for tweaking and not real dislike.

                                      1. re: LikestoEatout

                                        Oh, there are a hell of a lot of 'I DON'T LIKE IT' msgs. in there too. If one more person says the font is too big, I'm gonna scream (considering you can adjust it yourself).

                                        1. re: krissywats

                                          You can't adjust the huge topic-title font without changing the more reasonable body-text font as well.

                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                            The complaints I'm speaking of were referring to an inability to see the entire thread page without having to scroll left to right. That is adjustable and still read-able. I'm looking at just over half of my screen (15 inch monitor) to read a thread. I even checked it out at 800 by 600 pixels I can still see the entire thread.

                                    2. I too like the new site ... it will still take a while to get used to. I do have a question regarding the search function.
                                      When I search and then go back to previous board I get a timed out message and have to re-fresh the page to continue reading posts on what I've searched for. Is this my system or does anyone else have the same problem?
                                      Thanks,
                                      SLO

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                                      1. re: SLO

                                        That happens in IE but not Firefox. I have no idea why.

                                      2. I love the mouse-over effect when you move over the "boards" link on every page --- the way the list of all the boards "magically" appears so you never actually have to hit the link and wait for the page to refresh.

                                        And having the threads with the most recent posts move to the top is great (and actually pretty common on other sites).

                                        1. OK, since I've been posting on things I don't like, I feel I should add something I do.

                                          I like the more granular international subheadings.