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Jul 12, 2006 11:31 AM

popularity and amount of usage on the new site

I was just wondering if you have been comparing the amount of usage-hits and/or postings- since the new system has been in place in comparison to before the change.

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  1. I'm using it more only because I'm bored at work. My general impression is that there are fewer postings. Even though the old format was really poor, one thing it did do was lay all the posts out there (as headings, at least), so you could easily see what was new. Here, all you see is a number representing how many replies the post has received. Some numbers are on a yellow background, and I suppose that means there's a new post - but you can't see what that post was a in reply to - was it a reply to the original post, or some comment on a comment. You have to open the whole thing up and scroll down to find the new post. Just not as convenient.

    1. might as well make it the East Coast/LA/SF
      board cuz the inconvience has certainly cut down on the total, I'm sure. The idea of registering should have loosened things up, but the mods are just as gritchy, with a lot less ease for those of us in outlying areas responding to folk's request for info. It's barely worth the trouble to try and get into the boards, only to see the same posts sitting there.

      1. This may come as a surprise to most, but Chowhound has roughly tripled the number of posts per day after the relaunch. The Engineering Team will give a full report in the next few weeks with better data for those that are interested.

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        1. re: Engineering

          I'm not dissing the idea and I like the new site, but my guess is those posts are concentrated in the "Big" boards. There seems to be a marked dropoff in posts on the "outlying" boards.

          1. re: Engineering

            I'm not surprised that posting has increased, though a tripling seems almost unbelievable. I think one reason for the increase is the home page with its continually updating "ticker" which encourages people to follow and post in multiple boards, instead of camping out on their local boards. I'm also guessing the increase is not only in the "big" boards, too, for the same reason. I also feel that the more the boards are subdivided, the more people are encouraged to post in "their" board.

            1. re: Engineering

              i am curious to see what this tripling of posts is accounted to.

              one marked difference is the fact that as much as site talk was an important board in its own right before... we now use it as a means to offer up suggestions for the redesign. i'd imagine that several months from now when elements are less likely to be changed that this board will quiet down significantly.

              also, i've noticed that users are slowly adding themselves, but major contributors from before are offering even more these days. there's a proliferation of greater chat within each board but i think its via the same few people.

              the way that the canadian boards are set up has nearly quashed all ottawa conversation. it is really confusing to subdivide it as such if all the past posts regarding ottawa remain in the general canada board.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                We've been gradually moving some of the historical threads onto the boards they now belong on to provide some history and context, but we definitely won't be moving all the imported posts to their new boards. New info about Ottawa should definitely go on the Ontario board, but much of the existing information will continue to reside on the Canada board.

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  Unless "Canada" is going to be rollup for all the Canadian boards, Id suggest moving the Maritimes to the Quebec Board and deleting "Canada" as a board option. A second reason for this change is that there is a lot of crossover between quebec and the Maritimes since there are a lot of requests and reports with respect to trips to the Maritimes which involve travel through Quebec province.

                  Keeping the Canada board with independent content just generates confusion at this point, how that the reorganization of the Canadian boards into three major segments has occurred.

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              1. I do miss the map for locating the correct board. I posted something on Buffalo in "Midwest" and was immediately responded to by someone saying it should be in "Tri-state". I didn't know and it seemed I got it right. They pulled that post and didn't move mine. I still don't know for sure that I got it right. Anyway, if you're listening, the map for figuring out what board to use was handy.
                I was also wondering if there could be a place in "My Chow" for people to leave you a message?? This way people don't have to hand out an email address. Even though they can get a free one for this use only.


                PS. The new site is much better.

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                1. re: Davwud

                  Evidently I was wrong. My Buffalo post was moved to "Tri-State"