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Of Late, So Many Requests...So Few Reports....

Is it my imagination? Since the CH upgrade it seems that there are lots and lots of "requests" for this and that, but relatively few "reports" (esp. on the Home Cooking Board).

The reports were the highlight of the board--these contributed to the feeling of being in a 'cooking community'. I find myself losing interest in reading through an endless lists of requests...any long-time posters feeling the same?

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  1. One of my favourite reasons for hanging out on chowhound is that it's the opposite of passive programming such as TV. If I don't find the programming entirely to my taste, I can actively change it by posting. In this vein, the best way to increase the number of reports to post them.

    OTOH requests can often draw out chow info that hounds may not have previously posted about, so that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    1. I have noticed the same thing too. I have a few theories, but the best one is that I can come up with is that CH is reaching a broader audience, therefore, we have a whole new group of people who who are at the beginning stage of their CH maturity. When I was new to this site 3 years ago I was stunned that such a community existed and I remember "aha, I can now ask all those burning questions that no one else I know can answer". It is my hope, as the newbies become seasoned (pun intended) CH vets that with their newfound knowledge, they wiil be eager to report about their discoveries.

      1. One thing to keep in mind is that some people have been reporting back by appending to the original thread now that the new format allows for "bumping." So the titles will read like a request even though reports are rolling in. Sometimes I find myself conflicted about whether to append or start a fresh thread w/ a link to the old post.

        I find myself still adjusting to the new "culture" and "flavor" that the new technology brings, but I've found that the pros outweigh the cons. I've also noticed that some regular posters on Home Cooking haven't posted as much (if at all), so I'm missing their presence but know that participation can fluctuate and change is inevitable.

        I totally agree w/ limster that CH is what you make of it. If you want to see more reports then you can create that, which I see you doing and not just whining. Pointing this out also helps, as it gives me encouragement to report back on sugarbuzz's mint ice cream recipe, which I shall do in the next day or so. BTW, I'm really enjoying all your photos! Keep it up...

        1. I wonder if there are fewer reports because of the weather and the time of year. Hot weather means people spending less time indoors on the computer, and also not wanting to cook too much. I know I've been throwing together easy, hot-weather-friendly meals lately, and I bet I'm not alone. Notice that there have been a few ice cream reports lately, though. I'm sure participation and food reports will increase as the weather cools. Or maybe i'm just optimistic!

          1. This trend began long before the new format.

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            1. re: Scagnetti

              Agreed. Seems like over the last couple of years.
              I've probably posted about Iowa recs dozens of times, and only received maybe 2 reports. It's frustrating because it may have been quite awhile since I have been to some of the places and it would be good to know if they are still as good as they were.
              Never getting any feedback makes me hesitant to continue recommending them.

              1. re: Bobfrmia

                I know how you feel. If the Texas board had been a horse, we would've shot it a long time ago. With some exceptions (Central Texas BBQ), good informative postings have slowed to a crawl. Across the boards, some of the best and most entertaining posters have just drifted away.

                1. re: Bobfrmia

                  I've been thinking about this for --oh, about 19 hours. As the forum grows, there are newcomers constantly being mixed into the chowhound community. As a relative newcomer to Chowhound, I have to confess that it's:

                  1. Easy to post a question. You don't have to be a chow expert, have a discerning palate, or any skills in writing about food to ask a question. [edited for spelling: nor do you even need to know how to spell palate!]
                  2. Less easy to post a complimentary report on a restaurant you visited that was recommended to you. Even if you don't know anything about food or don't have a knack for writing about food, it's not that hard to say, "tried the place, ate dish X, enjoyed it, thank you."
                  3. Pretty hard to post a negative report on a restaurant recommended to you because you want to be polite and because it's intimidating to say something negative when you're unsure about your particular skills as a chowhound, especially if you've only visited a place once.

                  I don't have any answers, except that maybe you when you provide a recommendation (and you probably already do this for all I know) to say, "Please report back. I haven't been to this place in awhile and would like to know if it's as wonderful as I remember." And, of course, for the more established 'hounds to keep posting reports--both positive and negative--so that the newcomers can learn from the pros, perhaps?

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    There are no 'pros' in the world of CH. Instead you build up your rep with your cumulative reports. People will notice when those reports are thoughtful and informative, and if the reports match their tastes, they will begin to trust your opinion and start tracking you. It doesn't happen overnight, it happens by establishing a pattern of good reports over time. (Look at the MyChow page of Melanie Wong or Eric Eto or Gary Soup; people follow them because they write good reports.)

                    Everyone is entitled to an opinion but the better ones just back them up using examples and descriptive reporting. Make your case or express your thoughts; people get that the thoughts are subjective.

                    The point is contribute: help people out by reporting on a place they might be interested in. Provide details. Tell us what you ate. It's not that hard. Too many people come on soliciting help without leaving anything useful for anyone else -- this is what I object to.

                    1. re: Pupster

                      Clearly I shouldn't have said, "learn from the pros," when I meant, "learn from the longer-standing posters." I agree Melanie and Gary and Eric, among many, are wonderful reporters and I do indeed follow their posts (as do many others, judging by their "people tracking me" lists.)

                      But, I beg to differ that "it's not that hard." I think you're coming from a perspective of someone who posts a lot and is very talented and articulate when it comes to thinking about and describing food--this is a compliment, by the way. :) Perhaps you've always been this way--a born chowhound--or if you've just developed this talent through a lot of observation and hard work, but to take that skill for granted means that you're overlooking how much hard work it took to hone those skills. Not everyone has them. Yet.

                      I can't speak for others, but it's hard for me, and I do a fair amount of writing in life. I think it's because I'm not a born chowhound.

                      For instance, I recently ate at a buffet at a new Chinese restaurant that has been getting a lot of play on my local chowhound board. No one had posted about the buffet yet, so I did. Even though I planned to post about my meal and was trying to make as many observations as I could, when it came down to writing my report, I was overwhelmed. I didn't know the names of all the dishes, and in some cases, didn't even remember what was in each dish. Partly because I was unfamiliar with the ingredients. Partly because of the language barrier. Partly because reporting on a buffet presents some unique challenges. And partly because I don't trust my instincts and observations yet and there are some people on my board who are incredibly knowledgeable and articulate and this restaurant is a favorite of theirs.

                      I've learned over time (from my fellow 'hounds) to snag a copy of the take-out menu, take notes, take photos, ask questions of the restaurant staff. I've also learned to ask the opinions of my fellow diners because different people notice different things.

                      But these are all things you learn over time that the more experienced 'hounds should not take for granted. I don't know how to encourage newcomers to post their reports more except by example and except by reminding them.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: Pupster

                        "I don't know how to encourage newcomers to post their reports more except by example..."
                        That is exactly right. Look, you are putting too much emphasis in getting everything exactly right -- all the ingredients, spelling the names of dishes -- but while that's helpful it's not a requirement. By writing SOMETHING, you will generate interest in this NEW Chinese buffet -- good or bad. People who have been will fill in details in their responses, some will agree with your assessment, some will vehemently disagree -- that doesn't make you wrong!

                        People who haven't been will be alerted to the place. They will read all the responses and either go to confirm or avoid because hounds say so. The point being that all this begins with YOUR report.

                        EDIT: I should add that we don't need any more reports on Babbo, Lupa or any of the other usual suspects.

                        1. re: Pupster

                          Pupster, there's not a reply button on your most recent reply to me, so, I hope this comment ends up in the right place. I think your points are all terrific, about not needing to be perfect and not worrying about getting every detail right, or even about being "right" period. Those are good rules for life in general.

                          It seems to me that the etiquette under "Getting Started" is pretty out of date. I wonder if the etiquette of reporting might not be a helpful addition should the hounds-that-be decide to update the etiquette. At least a comment saying, "And if you post asking our guidance on where to eat, don't forget to come back and tell us how your experience was and contribute to our growing pool of chow knowledge."

                          ~TDQ

                  2. Well I wanted to report today on the rabbit terrine I made for yeaterday's Slow Food Pot Luck with pictures but when I went to Photobucket to upload the photos, they have changed things and darned if I can figure it out.

                    Any other free sites where you can get a url for your pictures?

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                    1. re: Candy

                      I actually had been wondering about your terrine, so I hope you are able to post your pictures!

                      I have to admit I've been a rather bad Home Cooking Chowhounder lately! I think I only cooked one meal last week and it was definitely not inspiring! I will also admit that I'm too excited about my upcoming wedding and honeymoon to think about much else! I do have lots on my list to try, including Funwithfood's 'Phantom' lobster bisque and blackberry sage cookies, and I promise I will report back when I try them, but it will probably be a while! I suck! :-(

                      1. re: Katie Nell

                        Congrats! Enjoy your wedding planning and honeymoon--there will be LOTS of meals ahead for you...

                        1. re: Funwithfood

                          Thank you very much! Probably my next report will be the desserts I'm making for the reception!

                      2. re: Candy

                        candy, i've been using a new photo uploading site for my non-food blog, http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/ . easy and quick.

                        as for this thread's topic, i think a lot of people "want" to post but are naturally intimidated by being the "newbie". how many of us will speak up loud and strong the first couple times we join a new group? as for my own experience, i've been a chowhound peruser for about a year and i know i'm a born chowhound, but i haven't really posted until the last couple of months because i now feel comfortable in how this community works and what types of posts are appreciated. so with that, i'll be posting more reports! =)

                        anyway, i don't think there's any harm in encouraging people to post, as Dairy Queen suggests. it's a community.

                      3. I've actually found the opposite, at least on the NYC boards. I think the more robust search engine has reduced the seemingly endless number of requests for Babbo recommendations and such. There are also fewer posts along the lines of "Please suggest a good restaurant, anywhere in Manhattan, thanks! :)" I have to assume that's because of registration.

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                        1. re: eeee

                          I couldn't disagree more. The Manhattan board has become so useless with its moronic and repetitive requests, I hardly ever see the long reports from regular posters. It's sad really, to see the constant mantra of Where to go, What to order, The best this or that -- Can't these people just buy a Zagat guide or look in the phone book?

                          It's disheartening to see so many who contribute nothing to the board or the community of knowledge or discussion. They just put in their request and never bother to report back.

                          1. re: Pupster

                            I'm afraid you're right, Pupster. Even before the new board, perhaps around the time of the publication of the books, Chowhound began to get a good amount publicity, which in turn seemed to encourage visits by a lot of hit-and-run posters. Especially in Manhattan we were getting one-time questions from tourists and out-of-towners who weren't really looking for new and interesting food finds, just someplace to eat before the theater or after the opera. I became so tired of answering those theater district/Lincoln Center posts that I just went away for a while. I think the number of people who use Chowhound instead of a restaurant guidebook may have declined a bit since the registration requirement went into effect, but there are still more than there need to be if the software could be set up to cut some of those one-trick visitors off at the pass.

                            I think we'd have a much more lively and contributory Manhattan board if there could be a few FAQs of restaurants by neighborhood pinned to the top of the board so we wouldn't have to start over from scratch every time someone came into town to see Phantom of the Opera. It might not help with Lupa or Babbo, but it sure would help cut down on the background noise and might shift the balance back to those of us who really are here to talk about the chow.

                        2. I have to say that the loss of picture posting function is particularly acute in the Home Cooking board. I loved reading people's reports and experiment results with visuals attached.

                          I don't mind the many requests so much on the Home Cooking Board, especially when the answers evolve into something interesting and detailed. Lots of good ideas that are prompted by even the most vapid original question.

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                          1. re: Pupster

                            I too miss the option to post a picture within the post. Why did an upgrade in software eliminate this feature??

                            1. re: Funwithfood

                              The deterioration of this site.. especially in the International postings is very deplorable. Very few oldtimers seem to have stuck around and postings are far fewer in number since all countries and regions have been broken down into little bits. I wonder why people didn't stick around. :-(

                              1. re: zuriga1

                                I am not an old timer, even though I am old. I agree, there has been a deterioration in the international boards. Even the number of questions is way down and the posting on restaurants if very low. However, I have noticed this on other boards as well. I was not around for the great eGullet/Mouthfuls war so I really don't know what it is all about. Some of the people that used to post here, i.e. Pim, Cabrales, Maurice Naughton post over there, but very occasionally.

                                I still think Chowhound is the best for checking my home places and excellent if you have questions. Maybe, we will start the active reporting again. I love the give and take when people are having lively conversations on differing points of view.

                                1. re: faijay

                                  I think the new format makes it harder to have a "lively conversation." You used to be able to easily follow a specific exchange between posters, just by looking at the author names on the message "tree"; but now you have to sift through the whole discussion to see if the advertised "new post" is part of the conversation you were watching/participating in or by people whose opinions you're interested in.

                                  As for the oldtimers not sticking around, since the only name you see when you scan the topic listings is that of the original poster, the names visible are disproportionately newbies/casual posters. The regulars who respond are "invisible": I could respond to every post on the board, and yet when you pulled up the board, you wouldn't see my name. Furthermore, it's harder for newbies to get to recognize and get to know the regular posters, because you can't see their posts in any kind of cumulative way. You used to be able to scroll down the boards and see names repeated, but now it's much less obvious who is a casual poster and who is a regular. Sure, you can go to a poster's page and look at the threads they've posted in, but then you have to scour through that whole thread to find the post from the person you're tracking. It's very cumbersome and not really worth the effort. For example, on the old boards, if I wanted to see what Melanie Wong was up to today, I could pull up hot posts and do a control-f search to find all her posts, then choose to read just her post if I wanted to (especially if I'd already read the rest of the thread earlier). Now, I have to go to her page and pull up each thread listed, not knowing whether (1) there are any new posts from Melanie, (2) there are any new posts since the last time I read it off the board, since the "new" indicator only indicates whether there's a new post since Melanie last read it, not since I last read it. It's a *huge* waste of time, such that it's really not worth trying to track people on any kind of systematic basis.

                                  For all its bells and whistles, I think in the end, this new format is eventually going to destroy the community aspects of chowhound. I know I find reading the boards less compelling, and thus spend less time here.

                              2. re: Funwithfood

                                What is the easiest way to post a photo anyway?

                                1. re: Katie Nell

                                  Per Carb Lover's advise, I upload my photos to Photobucket.com, then copy and link them to my post.

                            2. As a fairly new hound, so new that I'm not sure I qualify as a hound yet, I'd agree with the dairy queen. It is a little intimidating to post a report, particularly mixed or negative reports. One thing that I have found encouraging in the past is when people have replied to reports, or made gestures of welcome to the chowhound community. It might be helpful to think about requesters as outsiders and reporters as insiders, one of the tasks might be the get people who think of themselves as outsiders to think of themselves as insiders. I think a little, "hey you're new here, that was a great report, looking forward to reading more of your stuff in the future..." could go a long way towards getting more people who are right now just requesting into reporting.

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                              1. re: China

                                You're here, you qualify as a hound.
                                When I found this site I was blown away. I had no idea I was, or at least should be, a chowhound.
                                I was like a child wanting to learn. Reading post helps, but posting creates. I was the ultimate requester. "What should I get at Taste of Chicago"? My big early mistake was going to Charleston SC and eating at the places the BIG SIGNS I had encountered. I then reported on them and learned that I had the process backward. SC hounds let me know I needed to consult them BEFORE the trip. It was that help that let me know these people just want me to eat the good food their area serves. You just throw out what you feel about the meal you ate, try to do more than " the lasagna sucked" ,Try to tell why it was good or bad, and veteran hounds will guide you if you need it. If your post leaves out info, someone will request it. It's really easy to just be here.
                                This isn't an elitest site. Post away. No post is a bad post.
                                Welcome to Chowhound! Prepare to eat better!

                                1. re: China

                                  I agree with a lot of this.

                                  I try to make reports on the Ontario board whenever I try a new restaurant, and they're often long and detailed. While I like to think they contribute to the board and that people read them, they almost never get any response. An encouraging note of 'Yes, I've tried that place, and I agree, it's great.' or 'Have you tried the duck? My husband says it's the best he's ever had!' would encourage discussion of those reports. Even polite disagreement - "I've been there, and I didn't like it nearly as much. I had the salmon and it was dry and the rice that came with it was oversalted." - would be great.

                                  Right now, requests, because they get responses, keep floating back up to the top of the board, and dominate the front pages. Reports, because they don't get many responses, sink off the boards much more quickly. We can all help by keeping the reports alive by discussing them and giving them attention.

                                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                                    Hi Jacqilynne: I certainly appreciate your posts, and I do look for posts with reports, however I will read the replies to queries if I it might be interesting to me or I feel like replying. From now on I am going to reply to you. Maybe even see you at the next chowhound dinner.

                                    fai

                                    1. re: faijay

                                      See! Now that gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. More warm fuzzy feelings for report writing hounds are in order!

                                      Just for that, I'll actually go post my report from the last Chowhound dinner, that I haven't managed to find time to write up yet!

                                    2. re: Jacquilynne

                                      Jacquilynne, I agree with both your points about reports that get no response. Yet I also wanted to offer another perspective too.

                                      Often times there's no response because none of the folks who post (vs. lurkers) have tried it yet and can't share a personal experience. When you're in intrepid, super-sleuth, chowhound mode and ahead of the pack, it can be lonely on the leading edge. But 'hounds and others will eat better because you were the first on the scene, keeping the light on a previously undiscovered place.

                                  2. I guess I'm the odd ball is that I actually LIKE request posts. To be totally honest, I perfer to respond to request posts than to post my own. Further, when I do a request, it's often the most gratifying because it's the simplest type of post for me to make and I get WAY more responses to those than any of my reports.

                                    I'm a big believer of there is really no dumb questions (Especially when you are trying to learn) because, especially here, the simplest of questions can lead to some amazing informative answers and perspective (Like what I thought was a simple question about nutmeg proved to be such a GREAT and detailed post about the spice!)

                                    I honestly hope that when I post a request, it also helps or inspires some other hounds because as the case with the recent Vanilla bean post, I owe a lot of my own inspiration to requests that others have made.

                                    --Dommy!

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                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      I like the request posts, too. We don't get as much action on the Midwest board as on some of the other boards, so I relish every post we get.

                                      And the new requests, even if they seem like repeats, often lure some of the less prolific chowhounds out of lurking to share their wonderful and most up-to-date knowledge of local chow. Sometimes it just means you are reminded of a place you haven't been to for awhile or had been meaning to try and forgot about or you learn about something that has changed that you were otherwise unaware of.

                                      If it is a repeat (we were bombarded with a flurry of breakfast requests about a month ago), some kind soul usually has mercy on the rest of us and just politely provides links to the other recent threads on the same topic. If no one feels like linking or has nothing (new) to add to the topic--we seem to take turns, most everyone does steps up when they feel like it--we just let it be and eventually it gets buried by more interesting topics. C'est la vie.

                                      Personally, I don't find a lot of people asking questions who haven't tried to search around a little. I think the Midwest forum is hard to search (do you search on Twin Cities? Minneapolis? St. Paul? Saint Paul? MN, Minnesota, Minn, the name of the specific suburb?) and I know they don't always understand the geography of the region, so I cut people some slack.

                                      ~TDQ

                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                        Amen to relishing the Midwest posts! :-)

                                    2. I'm a relatively new poster, having lurked for quite a while to get a feel for things, and I have yet to post much more than comments or recipe suggestions. I really considered posting a report about my lunch out w/ my two small kids today, but I'd be really embarrassed if anyone was actually at this restaurant today and then read the post. My kids are not really restaurant ready, to say the least!

                                      And I've actually made a few recipes I've found here on Home Cooking and one of them was disappointing (probably my fault, but I didn't want to admit it! And I didn't want to suggest the recipe was sub-par), one was spectacular (and I posted a little about it) and one I actually modified a bit and was going to post on it, but was too tired to search for the original post. It does take a lot of energy to post reports, but if I did post 'em I'd like to include pictures.

                                      1. It might help newcomers if "older" hounds would not give one-line answers like "do a search." Engage them. Point them to the older posts. But these brief commands to do a search can feel like "you are wasting our time" and "don't you know that was discussed to death 2 years ago?" Yes, a search can be very helpful. Yes, the search function is much better now. But I think suggesting a search AND a thought or two comes off as more welcoming.

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                                        1. re: chaddict

                                          I agree... I hate when people say to do a search, the only time I've ever suggested a search is when I found a really good post from a while back and I posted the link.

                                          1. re: chaddict

                                            No offense, chaddict, but 'older' hounds are not here to hold peoples' hands or lead newbies through the system. If new users bothered to go through the Getting Started section, with the FAQs and ground rules, they would know pretty quickly how to navigate to get the best information they require.

                                            Us 'older' hounds are looking for good finds too but more and more we are having to wade through the endless number of repetitive and inane requests. Posts asking for addresses, what to order at a particular restaurant, etc things that can easily be answered by doing a simple Google search or CH search. But no, people expect to be spoon-fed. There's a reason why the Search function is front and center at the top of the page -- use it!

                                            If you happen to troll through the Manhattan board, you will see that there are 5 different threads requesting eating suggestions on E. 34 St in the last 2 weeks. Now multiply that by 100s and you get the sense that finding a new and useful report is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

                                            1. re: Pupster

                                              I am never on the Manhattan board, so I don't know about that aspect... I'm sure that would get irritating. I do really hate it when people say to do a search on the Home Cooking board though.

                                              Chowhound encourages us to be repetitive and this from the big man himself: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... So, how is a newbie supposed to know?

                                              1. re: Katie Nell

                                                Some repetition is inevitable and useful. Obviously, a restaurant report from 5 years ago should be updated on occasion. I'm talking about multiple requests, not reviews or reports, in the course of days or in some cases, hours.

                                                How is a newbie supposed to know? By going through the Getting Started section, of course. By lurking a bit and researching before writing the same request that is literally 5 threads down. We are all visitors on this board, but if there is a certain protocol already in place you don't just stomp all over them with the excuse that 'hey, I don't know better because I'm NEW.'

                                                The 'older' people continue to come on this board because we are in search for new and interesting finds too. We want to EAT! We want to find the elusive new tacqueria or an unsung roti or a bahn mi that hasn't yet been discovered. Not discuss for the umpteenth time what to order at Babbo or where '6 young and sexy gals can have a Sex-in-the-City' experience. We are not here to be tour guides to the clueless.

                                                1. re: Pupster

                                                  Well, then don't! Nobody is forcing you to respond to any post, including a newbie post that you find boring. But it's better not to say anything than to say something that might drive a newbie off- you never know who might come along with info on the best hidden pupusa joint or ethereal waffle. We're all better off if we make newbies welcome but if you don't have the patience for it, then just go to the next post you find interesting.

                                                  1. re: Pupster

                                                    Amen to what Chris VR said!! Thanks for saying what I couldn't spit out Chris!

                                                    1. re: Pupster

                                                      ChrisVR & Katie, I do exactly as you say, which is keep my silence, but I am not alone in my frustration. (See JoanN's response above.) It would be less of an issue if I(we) hadn't noticed a appreciable decline in the postings of veteran CHers who are put off by the Zagat-like inquiries. Who do I value more -- the longtime (or brand-new) poster who contributes by reporting on new and exciting places or the many newbies who request help but then never post again (except to ask another request)?

                                                      Let me be clear: I don't condone or encourage rudeness to anyone, but I wish all posters had a desire to contribute to the collective CH knowledge instead of just let-me-get-MY-info-and-that's-it mentality.

                                                      (If you think I'm exaggerating, please go on the Manhattan board, any time any day, and count how many threads on the first page are requests vs. how many are reports. Go on, see for yourself.)

                                                      1. re: Pupster

                                                        Yowza! For kicks and giggles, I took a look at the Manhattan Board. Pupster was not exaggerating in the least. I could see getting frustrated on that board.

                                                        1. re: Pupster

                                                          See here for my opinion on easy to use summaries such as FAQs or Polls.

                                                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                                          These FAQs/summaries encourage laziness; those who aren't out to chowhound will continue to come to these boards with that same attitude. It's better to encourage them to try something different, hunt for stuff, make them more chowhoundish, because they aren't going to go away. We're better off assimilating them into a chowhound culture. It's easier to do that by engaging them, rather than ignoring them.

                                                          Also, I often recommend stuff that I like but where I haven't been in a while, because that draws out updates that I find very useful. I also try to recommend more houndish places, and try to get folks to eat outside the box.

                                                          1. re: Pupster

                                                            Because Pupster suggested it and because I'm an insomniac freak, I looked at the top 40 threads on each of the Manhattan and Midwest boards. My very unscientific results:

                                                            Manhattan Board:
                                                            32 Questions (80% of threads)
                                                            8 Reports, including 4 that were a combo report + follow-up question
                                                            (all 40 threads had activity or were new within most recent day)

                                                            Midwest board:
                                                            24 Questions (60% of threads)
                                                            16 Reports, including 3 that were a combo report + follow-up for more info
                                                            (the 40 threads spanned three days of activity)

                                                            To be fair (because I'm more familiar with the posts on the Midwest board) I tallied a thread as a "question" if the originating post was a question, even if I knew the reason the thread had recent activity was because someone had resurrected it to post an update--there were at least a couple of those.

                                                            Yes, anecdotally, it seems that the Manhattan board is more active than the Midwest board (no big surprise) and that about 20% more of its threads are "questions" than on the Midwest board.

                                                            ~TDQ

                                                        2. re: Pupster

                                                          I totally get that you are not here to "hold peoples' hands" and most certainly no one is required to give people warm fuzzies. But "Us 'older' hounds are looking for good finds too" and we might get more reporting and thus good finds if some encouragement was given. Melanie Wong has an excellent way of pointing out that a search would be beneficial without it coming off as snarky. All I am saying is add something to the "do a search." Like "There have been a lot of posts on that topic, do a search. My personal favorite is Cafe X."

                                                      2. Request posts often generate the equivalent of reports. Some Chowhounds respond to the requests with information that they have not previously posted. I think all grizzled Chowhounds go through periods of weariness about responding to a request that has been asked scores of times before. Luckily, there's no obligation for any of us to post when we don't feel like it.

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                                                        1. re: Dave Feldman

                                                          Yeah, most of the time I only respond if no one else has jumped in or if I think the responses they've gotten are off-track.

                                                          How many times can you respond to "I'm coming to [city] for [number] days, where should I eat?" in a week!