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Sep 8, 2006 02:44 AM

Local city F.A.Q. for out of towners?

Would be great if each city had an anchored, updatable post that gave a quick rundown of the city's offerings. Just a thought since some cities, like NY, LA and SF have a billion posts titled "Coming to town next week -- what do you recommend?" and so on.

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  1. Dining scenes change very rapidly - places go downhill, new places open, old places improve. A stickied FAQ would rapidly go out of date without the constant review of the topic.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      hence the word "updatable." the locals would update it because it would save them having to re-recommend the same places over and over again.

      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        Chowhound Team--something has to be done in this area I believe. What's happening is that sites like tripadvisor are specifically referring out of towners to NY boards in particular. Its really becoming frustrating as this isnt about the best food anymore. Its about give me any place to eat for a bridal party or near MOMA. There's no regard for good, unique food but rather an emphasis on tourism. Chowhound is losing the golden voices of food due to to this problem. The site is a lot less interesting because of this.

        1. re: Ora

          The new "Places" function and wiki features appear to be a first step in the direction of being able to develop and maintain an ever-changing FAQ.

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        1. Maybe a wiki F.A.Q. would work.

          This idea, however, could kill almost all the traffic on some boards.

          It's true, though, that too many boards are endless repeats of the same recommendation.

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            1. I feel your pain. Lots (not all) of the local boards have the same requests day after day. But I think that pupster is right- obviously the morons asking the question do not take the time to search the boards.
              The Boston boards have repeated requests for wither seafood or Italian. I am surprised they even get a reply. I spend most of my time on the cooking and not about food boards, these days.