chow.com seems very, um, American.
I just checked out chow.com for the first time. The cover articles all seem to be about American chow, and the article on country ham refers to it as "our local prosciutto". Keyword being "our".
I don't really expect a lot of Canadian or International content, but some recognition that the internet is global, and the chowhound community international, would be nice.
As an expat Chowhound, I'm still disillusioned about how the international boards are presented under "boards." It's a mess (and this was pointed out by many when the site first launched--though thankfully they got rid of the geographically incompetent map). It may not seem like a big deal to many, but when you are on the outside looking in, it tells a lot about about the importance of these international boards--they are an afterthought. It's not a lot of work to reorder a list. Here's it is:
Quebec (including Montreal)
Ontario (including Toronto)
Middle East and Africa
Because I love this community and I don't want to sound like a hopeless curmudgeon teeming with invective, I'll post a happy comment... The search on the new site is amazing. Old threads are being excavated and added to, which is really cool to see. They saved everything--and they didn't have to--which is a huge service to us all.
Ah--to be honest I didn't really understand the difference, since I've always come through chowhound... but now I see that there is a bigger site out there.
To be more on topic, I'm signed in to chowhound, but when I went to chow.com, it made me sign in again before entering the site. I used the same login, but it seems like it should be smart enough to know who I am.
You said it well. Chowhound, if they are smart, will realize that what they are focused on - food - is global. I don't have a lot of hope of change though. Seems like the new site is up and running... not very responsive to improvements made by posters (Chowhound Team, correct me if I'm wrong).
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Specifically it bugs me that the letter from the editor refers to "chow from across the country" and again the "our prosciutto" reference. What country are we talking about? Whose prosciutto?
Obviously I get it now, it's an American site. I'm disappointed because chowhound has a good international community, and many American members who have travelled and lived all over the world. Hell most people's LIVES are much more international these days, let alone the internet.
Not sure what I expected, but it didn't feel terribly welcoming or interesting to me as a Canadian.