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Mar 5, 2007 09:12 AM

Sticky Topics

Where are these defined? I presume that they are the latest postings but I can't be certain if that is the intent. It seems simpler to list all posts to a board by the time and date submitted.

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  1. Sticky topics are those usually posted by moderators when they want everyone using a board to see and read an important announcement. They are "stuck" to the top of a main page. I have found that subsequent replies by forum users are not requested nor accepted.

    1. I had the same question: what makes a sticky topic? It is clearly not just closed topics that the mods want everyone to see (like reminders on posting etiquette); plenty of still-open topics stay at the top of the Greater Boston board under the "sticky topics" header. I thought that sorting by latest post (instead of date of topic origination) was the way to display recent activity.

      1. There's a problem with sticky topics right now. Sorry for the confusion. We've reported it to Engineering, but right now it's malfunctioning.

        In general, we only sticky topics that we need to be sure are seen by all users of that board. We do also lock those topics, because they aren't discussion-oriented.

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          It's been over a month and the problem persists on the Boston board -- any idea when we won't have to keep scrolling through many post EVERY time we open the board -- combined with the lack of search capabilities that are supposedly being addressed but not improving at all, I'm sorry to say after a great run, I'm starting lose interest and enthusiasm for the site. Please make it fun, informative, useful, and engaging again as soon as possible. Thanks for your consideration.

          1. re: rlh

            I've said this before but it's worth repeating- try using Hot Posts to read the site. Bookmark this link: and then switch to the board you want to follow. The sticky posts are not a problem when you do it that way.

            1. re: Chris VR

              It's worth noting, too, though, that those posts constantly change. Other than Technical Help and Site Talk, no board has more than one or two actual stickied posts. The bug causes recent posts or posts with recent responses to show up in the sticky section--but they would be at the top of the board anyway. All the bug actually does is move where the date header is, the posts are in the same order they would have been in anyway.

              -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

        2. Oh, oops, just saw this. Sorry.

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              because it's for CHOW and we want people to see it and contribute!

              1. re: davina

                When I first saw the post I did not see the references for Chow. Were they added later? Either way the practice seems unfair to allow what looks to be a normal chowhound post and give it special privileges.

                I understand when it is the "posting rules" sticky and sort of get the "Interview with the mod" sticky, but the small kitchens sticky seems to say this is more important than anything the regular contributors have to say and you need to pay attention.

                Then what happens when users have to scroll through 10-20 Sticky posts from chow to get to the real chowhound content? The boards would loose something.

                Lord knows I'd love to have an occasional post have uber status [like this one: ], but that would not be good for the community. and while you will have more Eyes looking at the post I'm not sure it will give you more responses then if it was a regular post.

                Take Care

                - P.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  The post hasn't been edited since I originally posted it.

                  Stickies aren't permanent, so they shouldn't accumulate until people have to scroll past 10 or 20 of them. 'Interview with a Moderator' will be unstickied in a few days once lots of hounds have had a chance to see it. The 'Etiquette' ones will remain up semi-permanently, since they're always appropriate reading for new hounds. Once CHOW finishes with their feature on DIY Kitchens, that one will come down, as well.