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WE ARE THE TRUE Chowhounds ....

Give yourselves a round of applause. We are the real deal. Where the heck is everybody? Do people experience anxiety when it comes to registering with a site and providing their email address? So you get some spam, BFD. We all get spammed. The number of posts is waaayyyy down since the upgrade (at least for us in NYC). I hope we won't have to recruit hounds soon. We now have a great site, and yet people have shyed away. What's the story?

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  1. I too have been missing posts by some of my favorite folks - though of course many other familiar and wonderful people have posted already. The registration is easy, and so far I haven't been spammed at all.

    ed

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    1. re: Phoo D

      I agree- easy to register. I used a "throwaway" yahoo email when I registered. Have not received ANY spam. I also used the email a few weeks ago on chow.com- to be contacted when the site was up. Again, no spam. Hope everyone comes back!

    2. I've been a regular for a long time and after a move to the UK began to change the sections I read most frequently. I'd say the readership is down a huge amount on the International board. Maybe people are slow to try something new. I think the boards are too numerous in number and it gets tedious looking at so many when the one international section seemed to work just fine.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        I used to peruse the International Board daily but haven't since the new site went up. Too much to wade through. It wasn't uncommon for me to fortuitously trip over and respond to such diverse topics as the Kampaki District in Istanbul and Meshoui in Marrakesh. If the International Board remains as divided as it is, I'll probably check in only when I'm looking for something specific or have a query to post.

        On the other hand, I suspect the reinstitution of Hot Posts will change that. I'll be able, once again, to take a quick look and find subjects of interest.

      2. Seems that way to me too. Much fewer posts and I was remarking to another 'hound on that subject. Maybe it is a registration phobia. But, I love having the international board broken out to be more specific. There is a lot of territory out there. Imagine in there was just a US board. There used to be a whole lot to wade through that I shad no interest in and now it is much much better to be able to be more specific in finding info on a city or country.

        I am noticing some new handles I have not seen before. I wonder if they are indeed "new handles" or new users or lurkers who have decided to register but have not yet posted. There are a few who are tracking me whose handles I am sure I have never seen in the past.

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        1. re: Candy

          Some of the new names are people who thought this was a good time to shed a worn out user name and find a more appropriate one. But if you look at the Home board, posts from all boards are thrown together and you see names from boards you do not normally read.

        2. No spam here, either. I also wondered, like Candy, if people took this opportunity to change their handles. I've been lurking for a long time and only recently started posting, but have noticed some of the 'regulars' going awol...I hope they aren't cheating on us w/ another forum......

          1. You don't recruit new chowhounds as a regular practice?

            The more people reading the board, the more likely some little known delicious new tip might be reported.

            I can't tell you the number of times when I strike up a conversation in a restaurant that I wind up writing down the chowhound URL and telling people to check it out.