International help, please!
- jen kalb Sep 27, 2006 04:08 PM
I want to start out with a thanks to the engineering team which is kindly addressing lots of the community issues but the international area really needs help -
I feel the situation is dire for Chowhound as a go-to forum for infomation on offbeat (i.e. not France, Italy or London) foreign chow destinations. the fragmentation of the old international board into too many pieces on which people post rarely is really creating a disincentive to even look at these boards!
I am planning a trip to india and tho I check South Asia religiously for information, it is literally days between posts. And half the time a new post will be on the "wrong" board, i.e. a Singapore post on S. Asia. A real disincentive for even looking there. And since most of our archive info on India is in International still, a search of the So. Asia board will not generate much information. So whatever comunities we are trying to foster on these small boards are being strangled by our new format.
I think its really important to make the international board structure more user friendly if we dont want to lose whatever participation we have there.
jen obviously has a point re: the international board. i originally posted about busybee in 2004
and got 0 responses. if you're mumbai headed, this collection of reviews - though obviously dated - gives you such a good start that its a shame no one's ever used them. for example, i see references from posters still to bade miyaa in colaba, who was an institution in the early '80s' and went downhill after 1990.
One of the things you can do is use the "report this post" feature to flag relevant old posts on the International board for transfer to the South Asia board. Then they'll turn up in a search of that board and may get revitalized, updated. The mods won't be transferring everything, not enough time or resource to do that, but they have been conducive to moving threads that have stood the test of time.
Clearly, so many Chowhounds are confused by the titles of South Asia and Greater Asia. Greater Asia is particularly meaningless.
I propose the terms "Southeast Asia" for Vietnam, Thailand, etc and The sub-Continent or Subcontinental Asia for India, Pakistan, et al or how about simply "India and region."
The organization of the international boards is a disaster. It's also clearly not a priority.
Since the site launch in June/July with its shocking strange international listing under "boards"--not only have they not done anything to improve the situation--no one from Chowhound has even acknowledged the problem or given us an idea of when/if it might be fixed.
As an international hound, I find it disheartening. For the most part, I'm going to expend my efforts on better organized sources of information until it gets sorted out.