Creating a Boston Sticky -- Your feedback
We've been trying out a new sticky format on the Manhattan Board for awhile now, and while it hasn't completely eliminated 'Coming to town for the weekend, where should I eat?', it also hasn't caused any problems, so we're going to go ahead and start working on these stickies for some others of the boards, beginning with our most active regional boards. This thread is for feedback on what should go into the sticky for the Boston Area.
Check out the sticky on the Manhattan board ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444453 ) for an example, and then let us know:
1. What are the most repetitive (yet generally on topic) questions that get asked? Are there specific events or attractions people are always asking for recommendations near? Specific restaurants that have been discussed in great detail? We're not trying to totally eliminate these questions, just help people to find the information that already exists. The really general 'Coming to town for the weekend, where should I eat?' questions that are an issue on every board are a given for this list--you don't need to suggest them here.
2. Any board specific vocabulary, abbreviations or habits that people should know? On the multi-state boards, this might be the habit of using airport codes in titles to note the town, locally it might be that putting the airport code in the title means you want to eat near the airport. On Manhattan, we mentioned that prices there are generally higher than average so people should try to use clear cost descriptions if they have budget limits.
3. Are there any off board chowdown lists/groups that people should be aware of? How can they sign up?
If you've got any other feedback about the stickies, let us know that, too.
We probably won't be able to use everything that gets suggested, but we will try to incorporate as much feedback as possible while still keeping the stickies manageable.
-- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound
I think Boston costs are occasionally shocking to visitors, so cost guideline requests a la the Manhattan board would be welcome.
No surprise that popular tourist areas get tons of requests: the North End (endlessly), the South End, Harvard Square, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall; to a lesser extent, Back Bay, near Fenway Park, near the TD Banknorth Garden, the Theatre District, Chinatown.
Similarly predictable: threads on pizza, seafood (especially lobster, clam chowder, and fried clams), burgers, Olde New England style food, Italian, sushi.
Other popular but less frequently recurring topics: private rooms, large parties, kid-friendly, dinner with music/dancing.
In addition to MC's neighborhood suggestions, I would add - convention center/Seaport area. Sometimes the request is for the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay.
Another popular request - best cakes, cupcakes, pies, etc. Also, there are numerous requests for caterers and restaurants for large functions.
The dinner for 10--20---30-- 40 questions. Perhaps a referral for those who have been asked to plan an outing.
And lately, where's a great place to eat and watch the game? Boston has a lot going on in the sports world lately and it looks like it is going to continue as football and basketball seasons are upon us.
I think we also see frequent requests about steak houses from out of towners as well. We see some abbreviations like JP=Jamaica Plain and DOT= Dorchester, NE=North End, CTown or CT=China Town.