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May 1, 2008 02:03 PM

User stats

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.

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  1. I don't know how accurate it would be given that this site is completely different than it used to be. I used to post when you didn't have to actually register and the UI was completely different. It took me a while to bother registering when they switched over though.

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    1. re: jgg13

      I've been around that long too (those endless - and endlessly indented - pages that took forever to fully load!), but even then you had to have a username, no? Mine has never changed.

      1. re: BobB

        I used to just type in any old thing (usually my initials, but not always). It'd be impossible to tie posts to me (which was the point, and why I avoided registering for a long time - I didn't want any ID that could be associated w/ me to show up on google, but I gave in)

    2. 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.

      1. 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

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        1. re: Jacquilynne

          No biggie. I wasn't looking to give awards or anything, just curious.

        2. I am a Stats fanatic and was wondering the same for Chowhound..

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          1. re: Condiment Queen

            "It's not a numbers game -- we'd prefer you recognize your fellow hounds for the quality and not the quantity of their posts"

            Well said, Jacquilynne!