- BobB May 1, 2008 02:03 PM
Just curious - I sometimes hang out on other, non-food-related boards, and have noticed that some of them give access to user stats like when each member first joined the board, and their total number of posts. Is there anything like this on Chowhound? I suspect other regulars like myself might be curious to see how we stack up.
I think there are some old threads that discussed this before. Here's one of the official responses as to why CH hasn't implemented some of these features.
At the end of the day, some of the best ways to figure out how one stacks is how well one has eaten or how many new delicious finds one has come across. It's not easy to determine that from the date joined or the number of posts.
Not implementing those features was a deliberate choice. Partially because the statistics would be less meaningful for our large numbers of users who joined before we had this software and consistent usernames, but mainly because the measure of value of a hound is not in how many posts they've made, but in whether they've helped you eat better.
There are lots of hungry people out there with the drive to find deliciousness who have never heard of our site -- they shouldn't be dismissed when they finally get here just because they're new and have few posts. Even those with many posts may not have contributed many tips, or may not share your tastes, making their tips less useful to you. It's not a numbers game -- we'd prefer you recognize your fellow hounds for the quality and not the quantity of their posts.
-- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound