Zagat announces discussion boards
It's a free feature as of now.
"(Least) Favorite TV Food Personalities 163 replies"
This is the most active topic, by far. That tells me about all I need to know.
FWIW, I was included in the group that "previewed" the site several weeks ago. They posed three "test questions," and the one you are so disdainful of was one of those. I'm sure that accounts, at least in part, for the large number of responses. There have been no new responses to that thread since January 24th.
It doesn't look that way to me. The thread's still active.
I was in a crabby mood and certainly could have phrased it more diplomatically, but, especially if that was one of the test questions the administrators launched the site with, it seems they are targeting a market that's more interested in talking about the food scene than food. I'm not in that market, so it's not a site I'll spend time on.
Mind you, I don't think that's a bad strategy. They need a niche, and if that's the one they are targeting, it's a pretty big one. Anyway, I think there's plenty of room for more food forums, so good luck to them.
Unfortunately, the Zagat's boards are pretty much useless to anyone that doesn't live in or isn't visiting New York, Boston, SF, L.A. and Chicago.
Sure, there are discussion like the one above, but that isn't much of a lure to me as I want to know more about the places to eat and what will tickle my palate.
Since there is no Phoenix board, I have no reason to visit. In the end, I am sure we will both be happy it turned out that way.
They've got a "Tipping on Home Delivery" thread and a general tipping thread too! Maybe that will siphon off some of those posts from here. One can only hope.