Creating a DC/Baltimore 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 DC and Baltimore board.
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
In Baltimore, the repeat requests w/o bothering to search are generally fo food near Harborplace and Oriole Park and crabs and crabcakes.
I was going to also address the crabs/crabcakes/seafood questions by Inner Harbor, Downtown, Oriole Park, etc.
In addition, since this board encompasses a large region, people usually put where they are Balto, or DC, or NOVA, etc.
We also should let people know that while there are definitely good cheap eats in the area, seafood/crabs almost never fits into the category!
I think the following abbreviations should be included in the explantions:
NOVA - Northern Virginia
PG - Prince George's County (not that people discuss good food in PG very often...but still)
MoCo - Montgomery County
I'm sure there are several others that come up, but I know those are some that confused me when I first moved to this area (and the board).
What/where to eat in and near the Smithsonian museums and core monuments in DC. Same for the various neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle and Captiol Hill.
In addition to the other abbreviations mentioned, maybe a "new to the board" standing post could ask folks to include either DC or B-More (or Balto or any other Baltimore abbreviation) in the TITLE of their post, so those of us in one place or the other wouldn't have to open a thread to find out where the person is asking about. So "looking for a good cheap happy hour" would become "DC - looking for a good cheap happy hour" or "B-more - looking for a good cheap happy hour.
Best (style) Pizza, Best Chinese in... are threads that are often repeated as is Best Brunch in....
Other repeated threads as noted above crabs, crabcakes, also, Thanksgiving, New Years, Fourth of July, Restaurant Week (RW), pre-theatre (Shakespeare, Kennedy Center in DC, I don't remember what Baltimore's are).
People might want to be aware of opentable.com because it lists a lot of Restaurant Week participants, has lists of it's members open for brunch or other holidays, and it provides other useful information.
Prices are high in DC so reasonable for us certainly may not be reasonable for others. I don't think a $10 glass of wine is unreasonable, or a twenty-ish dollar entree, that is kind of normal around here.
I agree on posting the area in the Title be it VA (Virginia), NOVA, DC, Balt, etc. I don't think you should have to choose just Baltimore or DC but some area specification would be nice.
Where to find Mexican food also comes up pretty often, as do requests for "local" DC food (to which the answer is almost always that there isn't any so try Ben's for something vaguely local, or Ethiopian for something you don't get in lots of other cities).
+1 on area tagging in titles. Maybe MDC (metro DC) to include DC, NoVA, and close-in MoCo/PG, to distinguish from folks asking for recs in the district proper? Baltimore posters don't seem to be as vehemently tied to the city limits, so I don't think there's a need for a tag for metro Baltimore/HoCo/etc.
HoCo is probably confusing for newbies, too, although it doesn't get used much on this board.
(And I second the higher-price warning, even though I do think a $10 glass of wine is unreasonable--it's unreasonable, but not at all uncommon.)
Maybe a mention of whether Annapolis is fair game? Or should that go on the Mid-Atlantic board's sticky?
I wouldn't cut Annapolis out as it is both a commuter city for DC and Baltimore. And drawing a line around Severna Park, Columbia, Laurel and etc as to whether it is DC or Baltimore would be very difficult as they are pretty equal. But Annapolis is much less Mid-Atlantic in my view as there are so many commuters. And if you took out Annapolis would you leave in Severna Park for Baltimore... I think the Bay Bridge is generally a nice line...