It existed in the old new site but was pretty carefully hidden.
Here's how to use it: On Melanie's post right above this one, click
on the "permalink" link. The page will recenter itself with Malanie's
post right at the top. Now look up at the address bar on your browser
(the place where you type in urls). It now says something like
http:// www.chowhound.com/ topics/364874#2233943
That's the "permalink". What it means is you can cut and paste that
address into other posts or mail it to your friends or whatever, and
it will link directly to Malanie's post (or whatever post you've
permalinked to). This can be useful if there's one particular post
that you want to show to someone. Without it, you would only be
able to send a link to an entire topic and you'd have to say something
like "scroll down three pages to the post about frog legs" or something.
Did that make any sense?