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Feb 8, 2007 08:32 PM

'Favorites' - are you planning on making it useful?

The Favorites tab in my CHOW is totally worthless.

Why isn't it organized like 'My Posts'? This would seemingly be incredibly obvious.

Seriously, what do you think the use of Favorites in its current form is?

No Board designation, oldest posts on top, no 'New' designation. Utterly worthless and very obviously worse than its previous incarnation from the old design.

Fix it or dump it.

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  1. I have so many favorites that I actually appreciate that it's more scaled down than the My Chow page. I agree that having a "new" tag would be helpful, but, for the most part, I don't need a lot of details about posters and dates, etc.. I would like to be able to categorize or tag them using my own system, though, recipes, or restaurants to try in San Francisco, restaurants to try in Montreal, that sort of thing, but that may just be fantasy land.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I don't disagree, but having a Board designation and a New button wouldn't take up any appreciable space. And newest stuff on top is obviously better, even if there is no date, as newer posts are much more likely to be active..

      And if you have so many favorites how do you know which ones to check? Isn't it incredibly annoying not knowing if there are new posts on a topic you have specifically bookmarked?

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Nice that you have your own system, but for the rest of use who found this feature and the yellow highlighting for new posts to favorite topics incredibly useful, this is a major obstacle to effective use of the site.

        About 2 weeks ago, there was a commitment to fix this in "a day or two". See

        Two weeks later nothing has been done and the Chowhound Team continues to be silent on their plans to restore this valuable feature. What's up?

        1. re: TerryG

          I think you misunderstood me; my apologies for being unclear. I didn't say I had my own system, I was saying it would be nice if the Engineers could provide a way so you could categorize them yourself based on your own system... A way for you to tag or annotate them or organize them according to your own categories... Maybe folders or something.

          I agree that it would also be helpful to know when new posts have been posted to one of my favorite, with either a "new" flag or something on them.. However, I would find having them organized by date of newest reply to be annoying (just my personal preference). I'd rather see them in order of age of original post and also display a "new" icon whenever any of your favorite threads had a new post. In fact, wouldn't it be fun if your "favorites" tab changed color or had a way of indicating that one of your favorites had a new post...


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              I agree. When I say 'newest on top' I mean by date of orignal post. Personal organization would be great, but realistically if they can't get a New icon and Board designation.....

              Definitely like the idea of the Favorites tab having a 'New' indicator of some sort, good idea.

        2. Hey! Thanks guys. Looks good. Although, to quibble, newer posts on top would be a little more handy. Nonetheless, thank you, 'Favorites' is once again useful.

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          1. re: rotochicken

            Thanks for fixing Favorites, I still miss that yellow highlighting though (for new entries in Favorite topics). My eyes are not that good and that "new" icon is tiny.