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Southwest Board Needs To Diet...

...it's just too big. Time to break it down. I only really care about Denver/Colorado, and it just takes too much work to scroll through all the Vegas/Santa Fe etc posts, so I find myself not coming to Chowhound as often...

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  1. Have you tried using the search function to narrow the range of posts that you are seeing?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Yes, but it isn't really effective in that city/state names aren't always in the posts. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

    2. You can say the same thing about the Southeast board as well.

      DT

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      1. re: Davwud

        Arizona seems to be the most active region on that board.

      2. Maybe someday. It looks like technical things are preventing them from doing this right now.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41028...

        ~TDQ

        1. I am going to be the dissenter here and say that I hope the SW board never gets separated. I like the camaraderie that we currently have with Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Salt Lake, Albuquerque, Vegas, Santa Fe, and all the stops in between. There are many posters who cross post between Phoenix and Las Vegas or Albuquerque and Denver, etc.

          I just did a check on the posts that showed up on the first page of the SW board at 6:41 PM Arizona Time. There are three days of posts on there (as opposed to the L.A. board that has about the last 12 hours on the front page) and all but four clearly identify which locale they are talking about. It just isn't that hard to see the posts about Phoenix or Las Vegas or Denver or Albuquerque. Barring that, the search function is available as well as Google.

          While the SW board is active, I am not sure it is active enough to justify splitting up the board.

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          1. re: Seth Chadwick

            I think the issue is more a lack of standardized city coding. People use LV for Las Vegas so you have to search both. Perhaps on regional boards a mandatory city or state designation could work.

            1. re: Josh90004

              I think that is a very good idea, but I was responding more to the OP's line about "it just takes too much work to scroll through..."

              I don't see it as work, but more as how many people are passionate enough about finding the chow that they add their wealth of knowledge to this website.

            2. re: Seth Chadwick

              You're not alone. I don't want it split up.

              This request seems to come up every few months with someone asking that Las Vegas be its own board, Then one of the mods usually pipes in and says, "Actually, Arizona seems to be the busiest group on the SW board." I was merely filling in for them. Ha.
              :)

              1. re: Seth Chadwick

                I'm not a "regular" on the Southwest board, though I do post there on occasion, but I will say I, too, worry about busting up some of these boards that share a large geographic region, such as the Southwest or the Midwest boards. I fear if you separate out the highest-volume locations, the board left with just the lower-volume locations might languish. The truth is, people do travel to nearby areas and will answer a recommendation for a smaller city if they happen to see one. My two cents. And, you do get to know the posters over time, as well as people are mostly good about putting the city or state in the titles, so you can learn to distinguish which posts are for your area of interest. And if you click on the occasional thread about a neighboring city or state, there's no harm in learning a little more about your neighbors.

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Very true DQ. I always peek in on Las Vegas just to see what's going on up there.

              2. Splitting off Vegas would be cool IMO, if for no other reason than to make it easier (hopefully) for people to find the many "I'll be in Vegas for X days, where should I go" posts that pop up a few times each week.