way too many international forums.
I like that there are many International Boards and agree that Peter Cuce's suggestion would be an additional improvement to the way they are currently organized.
Actually, I was hoping the new Chowhound would have more Boards for the Midwest--at least individual Boards by state under an overall "Midwest" category-- and was disappointed to find everything still lumped together. Perhaps the EngineerHounds would consider organizing the Midwest Cuce-style, too? Particularly when I was just a visitor to the region, I found it especially difficult to search the Twin Cities, because of the numerous possible ways of referring to them--MSP, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St Paul, St. Paul, Saint Paul, MN, Minnesota, Minn (and those are just the ones that are spelled properly!)--and would at least find a single state of Minnesota board more manageable.
Actually, I like the international forums split out. Maybe a few can go (for instance, there are now two Africa forums!) but it is really nice to separate forums according to places that people are likely to visit on the same trip. My suggestion:
--UK/Ireland (with London and Other UK/Ireland as sub-forums)
--Continental Europe (with France, Italy, and Other Europe sub-forums)
--Asia (with Japan, Southeast Asia, Other Asia, and Subcontinent sub-forums)
--Canada (with Quebec, Ontario, Other Canada sub-forums)
I don't think there's a need to remove International forums. It's more a matter of organization. I think what they should do is handle this Craigslist style.
For example, there are five New York forums. Make the main New York heading a link, and when you click on it, you see posts from all the forums underneath interleaved by date and labelled appropriately. From there, if you wish, you can click on one of the sub-forum links, which would be available horizontally across the top. See example here http://newyork.craigslist.org/rfs/
And of course, you would still be able to access the sub-boards directly, without going through the main heading, if you wished.
This would make both camps happy, I think, and solve the problems of people who like to read all associated boards such as the New York area ones but have no easy way to access them all at once.
re: Peter Cuce
If it's possible, I think that's a great idea. NY is my home board and I wouldn't at all mind seeing all offerings at a glance and then drilling down if I choose to do so. And it would bring me back to perusing the International Board, which I used to do daily and haven't done once since it was fragmented.
re: Peter Cuce