How about local chowhound wikis?
As a frequent visitor to the Los Angeles board, it strikes me that:
1) About eighty percent of the conversations revolve around the same hundred or so restaurants;
2) Strewn throughout the archives is A TON of information/ordering suggestions/discussions about these places
3) The exact same questions come up cyclically every month or so (what's the best sushi in LA? Is it true that X restaurant has gone downhill? etc.)
So, how about a wiki-type feature for the most-discussed restaurants, which would allow discussions to evolve over time, and in sum would create a very useful city eating guide? Not to mention making researching places much easier than it is now, since combing through threads takes time and there's so much overlap.
We are finishing up the first stage of a Chowhound makeover. A longer post on it will be coming on Tuesday. The first stage will focus on board design and images. We've been listening to the feedback, and you can expect to see tighter boxes for better browsing. We will also launch image uploading, the first of a number of new features for Chow & Chowhound. Again, more Tuesday after we take a look at our first stable build.
You're right of course. What's especially ironic is that this idea too has surfaced dozens of tiles. Here's a couple of threads -
And one of my replies -
With all respect for those who built this wonderful resource, the simple truth is that Chowhound is a site that's optimized for newbies. It's time for it to grow up.