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Map on Boards page and various and sundry

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The map is driving me crazy. First the page loads with no map, and just as I'm about to click on something, the map appears and all the text moves down. I've got an iBook and the screen is too small to accomodate the map and the text and so then I have to scroll down to get to the text. I don't even see the point of the map--although it's pretty--since it's just as easy to select a geographical location from the text list.

I think this was mentioned before, and I apologize for starting a new thread, but I cannot find the original thread on this board. Perhaps because relatively few threads are visible on each page. I actually like the look of the new interface. I like the type and even the pictures. But there is a lot less visible at one view.

Also, I've read mentions of marking things as read. How do you do this?

Finally, and I say this respectfully, one of the things I miss about the old Chowhound is that moderators had a big presence and usually when you addressed the site, the site addressed you back. Heck, Jim often addressed you back. Now of course I understand that there is a heck of a lot more site talking going on since we have a whole new system, but there is a sense of speaking into a black hole. While I understand the inidividual replies are probably not possible, could there be a place where, every couple of days or so, a moderator gave a little summary of what was being worked on? I think if the mods had a forum to say "we hear you about this specific problem and we're working on it," it might cut down on posts that keep hammering away at the same problem.

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  1. OK, now this is a little freaky. Sometimes--and I can't figure out when--if I just put my cursor on "Boards" without clicking on it, the page comes up without the map. And it sits right on top of the page I'm reading. Then it goes away when I move my cursor. The other headings (Features, Hot Posts, Digest, et.) do not have this power.

    I'll be quiet now.

    Except to say that I wasn't sure whether to post these comments on Site Talk or Feedback. Any advice? Thanks.