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What's up with the ads covering the board index?

Can't close or move the ads--where did the board index go?

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  1. Thank goodness it isn't just me.

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    1. I have the same problem.

      1. Just click on the 'Boards' icon in the top row under the Chowhound logo.

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          1. re: slowrider

            tried clicking on BOARDS, didn't help.

            VERY annoying...

            1. re: slowrider

              You actually have to click on the small triangle to the right of "Boards" - that will bring up the list.

            2. Same here -- the only way to get the board index is to click on the drop down menu. You can no longer see the latest posts with the board index next to it.

              I also find that the "back" key is not working.

              I think both of these problems are due to the "streaming video" panel on the middle righthand side of the page. Please, please, please chowhound, please do NOT start featuring streaming video on the main pages!!! It makes it incredibly difficult for those of us with older computers to navigate and use the site. Thanks.

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                1. re: Densible

                  ITA, but also for those of us with really slow land lines. And a growing hatred of enforced videos.

                2. re: DanaB

                  I just noticed the "back" key issue too.

                  Not sure what the function of advertising "CHOW" on the Chowhound home page is--kind of preaching to the choir, isn't it?

                3. When we originally launched that board cloud on the front page, people hated it. Replacing it with the media player didn't seem like a potential problem because everyone had been so vehemently against it from the start. We'll see if we can give you a better list of boards on the front page.

                  The main way to get the board list, however, has always been to use the menu -- select the arrow to the right of the word boards in the navigation bar. It'll drop down a list of boards organized by geography. If there's anyone who actually can't get that dropdown to work, please let me know. If you can, include details on what does happen when you click on the arrow, and on what browser version and operating system you're using.

                  -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                    If we are the frogs in the skillet and you are now acclimating us to a partial life of commercial bombardment as the price we'll have to pay to play, this old frog will jump first. The Tuesday monitors already loathe me.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      The video player isn't playing advertising, it's playing editorial content--things like technique demos, interviews with various food personalities, that sort of thing.

                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                        Why can't you just have a link so people who want to access streaming video can do so?? As I stated above, having streaming video download on every page I view on chowhound is going to make it impossible for me to use this site any more. I have an older computer which does not have the video capabilities to handle streaming video. I will be heartbroken if chowhound makes it so their site is only accessible to people with the latest cutting edge computer technology -- it's already happening with sites like yahoo and bravo, etc., but I never expected to encounter that here.

                        I'm not at all opposed to your offering it as an option to people who want to see it, but placing a streaming video box on every page is just not fair to people with older computers.

                        1. re: DanaB

                          The video shouldn't start streaming automatically--it should just load as a place holder until you press the play button. If you have real problems with the pages (the front page and the index pages, but not the actual thread pages at this point) loading, please let me know.

                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                            The video doesn't start streaming, but the fact of the video player being there has interfered. I cannot use the "go back" key on any page that the video player is on. When I try to use the back key, it goes to the video player.

                            I don't think anyone had a problem with the board listing being on the right side of the page, they just didn't like the way they were listed, i.e. the silly fonts and the way the names of places were displayed. People got used to it over time, though.

                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                              Please, please remove this and replace it with a link. Not all of us have computers or connections to deal with this. It isn't streaming but it is bringing my computer to its knees and slowing everything I'm doing.

                              As long as we are taling videos, I wish there could be a brief summary in text of some of those videos. I could never play them on the North American chow tour and to tell you the truth, I would like a brief explanation on how to eliminate fruit flies. My connection cant deal with those videos.
                              http://www.chow.com/stories/10751

                              1. re: rworange

                                If your connection can't deal with videos, install FlashBlock or whatever the equivalent is for your browser.

                                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                  Not my computer and I can't install unautorized software. It is a work computer. Saying I want to install this to read Chowhound isn't an acceptable option. Everytime I hit one of the videos I have to keep clicking on links that don't have the video to free up the pc again.

                          2. re: Jacquilynne

                            And you aren't planning to put ads in before those segments run, once you're able to sell ads? I have a hard time believing that. Video ads are where the $ are at right now, and I can only understand this as a way of preparing for that capability.

                            Ads are necessary to support free content, I for one accept that, and I'm sure the ads on Chowhound will be high-quality. But I will reiterate that they shouldn't come at the expense of functionality. Were you really getting more hits on the top board nav menu instead of the visible tag cloud? Plus the tag cloud showed the relative sizes of the boards/communities, which was also interesting.

                            1. re: hollerhither

                              Personally I hated that tag cloud, never used it. But if it was being used (even if by not as many people as were using the "secret" dropdown menu) then I don't think it should have been summarily booted off the site.

                          3. re: Veggo

                            They may do - but those of us who hang on your every word do not.
                            Handing out Mae Wests?

                          4. re: Jacquilynne

                            ??? i dont understand. I dont see the South board there. and what about like, the Not ABout Food Board and the Chains board, etc. I cant see any of those. this is really frustraing.

                            1. re: Chocolate Toe

                              The South Board is at the very bottom of the first column. The Not About Food and Chains board are in the 'Topical' section in the third column. Does that help?

                            2. re: Jacquilynne

                              I, for one, have never used that dropdown menu. In fact, I never even knew it existed! Obviously, there are plenty of others like me who have always used the board listings on the right.

                              1. re: RGR

                                Agreeing once more with DanaB-good suggestion about making streaming video a link instead of obliterating the boards listing on the right, which, as RGR states is the only way (and very convenient too), until today I accessed the boards. I will adapt accordingly (hrumph).

                              2. re: Jacquilynne

                                That new box on the upper right hand side is getting me thrown off the site at work because it's getting picked up as a "Game!" The Board List is a MUCH better idea!

                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                  Booo. I relied on that tag cloud and I greatly dislike the type size of the board list, plus that requires an extra click. As a decision-making employee of a web publisher, I understand the desire for ad revenue but you should *never* replace functional navigational tools with advertising. I hope this decision is reconsidered.

                                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                                    I don't know if you're relying on quantitative research when you say "everyone had been so vehemently against it from the start"...................I liked it and it seems utterly incongruous to have a "board" driven site that doesn't have links to the boards on the main home page.

                                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                                      If you make the Boards front page like the Places front page, with the list at the top above the "recent" list, no one will be confused.

                                        1. re: Jacquilynne

                                          I for one have, for a long while now, been using the fold-out lists to access things like the boards (primarily), recipes (sometimes), etc... It seemed fairly logical to me.

                                          It's a way to have that sort of stuff out of the way when you're reading boards and/or posts, but have a standard way to access these that is the same across the whole site.

                                          Now, some education is in need I think, when people first sign up for chowhound (and probably reset everyone so they see it once if/when it's implemented). I think that some form of box indicating "Click here to get a list of the boards", etc.. would be good - that can be easily turned off, or auto-turned off 1 day after the first view or some-such.

                                          Also - to alleviate the issues with the front page, why not initially show the drop-down when you go to the front page -- pretty much visually as it is changed now with the interim fix, but actually using the dropdown code that is in place today - just initially in the open position.

                                          I've also got a video gripe, but I'll put it in a separate post, since these are somewhat separate topics.

                                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                                            I have been seeing a bug that I believe is related to the media player feature.

                                            When I load any page, it endlessly loads -- never completing the HTTP connection, and stopping the load animation in my browser. I think this coincides with the "scrolling slanted hash line" that one other reported being annoyed by. When I hit escape (killing the page load), the rolling stripe stops.

                                            Specs: Windows XP SP2, Firefox 2.0.0.7 (verified with 2.0.0.6 too)