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Aug 8, 2006 11:47 AM

Time for a DALLAS Board

I can't stand reading about Austin and Houston restaurants on the Texas Board. You wouldn't lump all of California together? Why not split up Texas (which is a massive state) just like some others are? Even if it's just N E S W, it would help!


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  1. I'm in complete agreement with TexasToast! How about a Dallas board?

    1. Well that makes two of us. That's "100% of those polled." Motion passes.


      1. I guess there'll be no Dallas Board anytime soon then.


        1. Well, Austin apparently has earned its own board. (Never mind that 40% of posts with the word "Austin" are RFIs on barbecue that are met with near unanimous recommendations that the poster *leave* Austin to get better barbecue.)

          Sorry, Dallas/Fort Worth (fifth largest metropolitan statistical area in the US), Houston (seventh largest metropolitan statistical area in the US), and San Antonio (thirtieth largest metropolitan statistical area in the US). You're just not big enough to compete with the likes of Austin (39th largest metropolitan statistical area in the US).


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          1. re: Scott

            I was surprised that any city in Texas got its own board, which I posted about on Site Talk the same day the new Austin board came into existence. But, the biggest cities don't always have the largest number of active posters. There are relatively few regular ‘hounds based in San Antonio and even Houston, just to confine the discussion to Texas.

            I understand your frustration since there are many passionate Dallas 'hounds. You have other outlets to discuss food, however. We really don't.

            I’ll also admit that I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see so much Austin activity since the new board was spun off. I only wish that the switchover had been more thorough. Originally, Engineering's program seemed to only move threads that started with the word "Austin." (Some out-of-state posts about restaurants named Austin’s were moved, while anything with the official AUS designation were ignored.) Posts left behind on the Texas board will have to be moved one by one.

            At the moment, of course, there are more important issues for the Chowhound Team to contend with. After some of the many problems discussed on Site Talk, etc., are taken care of, I hope to get back to regularly posting on both the Austin and Texas boards. I hope you Dallas ‘hounds will drop in on the Austin board, too.


            1. re: MPH


              I don't begrudge Austin getting its own board. But the traffic issue kind of becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Austin gets spun off and immediately the board starts getting more traffic. A local board is less cumbersome and more useful than a regional board, so that's to be expected.

              You mention that SA and Houston don't have as many regular posters right now. That's true, but it wasn't always true. Several years ago, IIRC, there were more regular posters in Houston than any other Texas city. It's hard to attract participation to a board that covers major cities that are hundreds of miles apart (not to mention the many smaller cities all over the state), when most people just want to know about good food in their neck of the woods. Once you have participation, it's hard to keep it. At times when traffic is high from Houston, Dallas, and sometimes Austin, there's a lot of filtering necessary (especially when most posts aren't clearly associated with a particular city) to find the ones you're interested in. It's chaos, so people throw up their hands and walk away, dropping it back down to a lower traffic level.

              And if you're going to divide Texas into two boards, why make it "Austin" and "not Austin"? Why not at least divide the state roughly in two, perhaps with the Central and West Texas cities in one (e.g., Austin, SA, El Paso, LRGV) and North and East Texas cities in the other (e.g., Panhandle, DFW, Houston)? That wouldn't be any more "work" than spinning Austin into its own board. Or, better yet, divide the state in three: North Texas (anchored by DFW), Central and West (anchored by Austin, SA, El Paso, LRGV), and East and Upper Coast (anchored by Houston). I imagine within a year the cumulative traffic across three boards like that would dwarf what we've usually seen in the "Texas" board. And, if you want to make it even more versatile, allow users to combine "favorite" boards (allowing them to see posts from all of the Texas boards in one place, if they want).

              Just ideas. I'm sure the Austin board will be successful. It just would have been nice had the "powers that be" thought through that move a little more and, perhaps, consulted the many people who've participated in the Texas board for years, so it could have been done better.


              1. re: Scott

                As always Scott, well put.

                The Texas board is always the first board I check and I self consciously keep my expectations low because of all of the wading through messages I have to do to find DFW posts.

                I hope chowhound is listening to you.

              2. re: MPH

                One of the things you can do to help the one-by-one migration is to use the "report" function and just select "off topic" and type in Austin as your message to ask for it to be moved. I've been doing this when I run across older posts on other boards that have had content spun off, e.g., France topics on International or Wine on General board. The mods have moved the threads as they have time and it helps to build up the archive on the new board for future board-specific searches. Presumably you're picking up the older threads that have highest relevance and most priority.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I've been reporting as "off topic" all Austin-only threads that I’ve run across—or deliberately dug up—on the Texas board. The mods always move them quickly. If other 'hounds chip in and do the same, as Melanie suggested, the process will probably go much faster.

                  The moderator-moved threads were not showing up in Austin-specific board searches, however. They were somehow still tagged as being on the Texas board.

                  Just before all the sturm und drang of the re-redesign, another local 'hound had just posted about this glitch on the old "Feedback: Report Problems" board. I'm sure the very busy Chowhound Team will get around to fixing it as soon as they can.

            2. I agree that Houston and Dallas should have their own boards. Chowhound seems to be very stingy with which cities get boards though. It is a mystery.

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              1. re: Mike B

                Yeah, I find that kind of odd that Houston and Dallas don't have their own boards. They definitely deserve it!