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Apr 28, 2009 05:49 PM

How do you use Chowhound [moved from Kosher]

I am curious how people use Chowhound in the sense that I visit only the Kosher forum (and here and there the "technical help" when I have site issues). I bring this up since I had a thread here on "Meatball recipe". I received an email from the moderator that the thread has been moved to the "Home Cooking" forum. Since, unlike some other forums where you receive an email when someone posts a message on a thread that you participated in, this movement of the thread effectively deletes it in my eyes, I wanted to add to that thread but feel that it is effectivly deleted from the thread participants and seems rather pointless to post.

Am I the only one who has this issue?

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  1. While I do look at Home Cooking occasionally, I definitely am here in the Kosher forum far more often. I find that I tend to lose track of threads in the cooking section, because it's much busier than this forum, and if I don't check back there every few hours, the thread is either pushed down to the third page, or inundated with too many replies to really follow it all. I understand that the moderators like to keep things very, very organized and on-topic, but I do think that sometimes they do not understand why one might want cooking advice from other kosher-keeping cooks. In this case, the vast majority of meatball recipes out there aren't kosher (involving dairy products, pork, or both), and I find that even if I specify in the opening post that I keep kosher and have [x] requirements, inevitably a large portion of the comments aren't relevant to the conversation. It's even worse if something gets moved from here, since I probably won't have explained my kashrut restrictions in a post made in this forum, and nobody reading it elsewhere will have any understanding of why I'm asking what I'm asking.

    That said, I mostly use the Kosher board itself as a way to learn about hard-to-find kosher ingredients, and about happenings in the kosher restaurant world like openings, closings, special events, etc.

    2 Replies
    1. re: GilaB

      Another possible solution would be for the moderators to move the thread wherever they please, but substitute the thread in the Kosher forum with an explanation that the thread was moved and a link to the moved thread rather than a private email to the starter of the thread. A weak solution, since the thread priority is a cronological one and you lose the ability to be informed of updates to the thread, unless, of course there is a system level change that will update this "threaded" post with the date of the latest post in the link. However this solution is better than nothing since if a thread goes out of scope the reader has no idea if post was moved or post was deleted by the moderators.

      1. re: MartyB

        And of course, this thread has now been moved to 'Site Talk' with no notice on the Kosher board, which means that nobody who posts in the Kosher board will see it, and it will die quickly. (I had to search for it when I came back to see if anybody else had replied.) The irony...

    2. I've been on here lurking and then posting for about over a year now. Loved the posts on unique kosher ingredients, loved the postings from real foodies earlier on about dishes. When my posts on recipe ideas/cooking were moved, I emailed my concerns about that. It has been very disappointing. Kosher cooks understand kosher cooks. Newly kosher and non-kosher but kosher-sensitive cooks can benefit greatly from these kinds of posts. When they are in effect buried on the home cooking board, it is a loss to us all. While I appreciate your suggestion, Marty B, I would like to request and hope for the entire kit and kaboodle of having these kosher cooking posts remain on this board. Gila B summed up the reasons for this quite well. Until then I have rebelled by posting restaurant reviews and grievances which I find annoying myself.

      1. Chowhound misses the point. I do not come to the website "Chowhound" I come to the web site "Chowhound - Kosher". Part of Chowhound's problem is, like I mentioned before, there is a loose coupling within this site. Most forums that I frequent, first of all have email capabilities to keep you abreast on postings on threads that you are interested, this way if the moderator moves your thread (which they don't, but if they did), you do not have to chase it down to see if new posts have occured. Another thing, in other forums, if someone places a post that really belongs elseware, the moderators would politely leave a post telling the poster where they should be leaving their question/comment. If the moderator would have told me that the "Home Cooking" is where I should be placing my post then maybe I would have placed it there "as well". Remember my origional contension was that alot of the people that frequent the Kosher forum don't necessarily read the Home Cooking forum on a regular/timely basis, so why am I being deprived of receiving input from the Kosher community who have the same restriction on, in this case, meatballs recipes? Is Chowhound short on disk space? They are definetely not doing me a favor by "moving" my post; if they want to help me, then duplicate my post in the other forum and send me an email telling me how they "helped me".

        Let me give another example, here in the kosher forum there is a request for "Best Boro Park Take-Out " would it be "helpfull" if the moderator moves that post to the NYC Outer Borough forum? Absolutely not! The poster is interested in hearing from the kosher community with the implicit understanding that he/she is interested in the best Kosher takeout and only kosher observing readers would be in the best position to respond.

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        1. re: MartyB

          We do consider Chowhound to be a single large community, rather than a series of discrete communities, but we'll try and take a lighter hand with moving kosher recipe requests and leave some of them on Kosher and see how that goes.

          For tracking your posts, please try the 'myCHOW' link in the navigation bar -- it'll show you all of your recent posts and whether there are new replies to them.

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            My first step when I come to Chowhound is to click on my name in the upper right-hand portion of the page. It takes me to a page that shows every post in which I've participated (and if there are any new comments). After that, I'll check out the main Chowhound page for items of interest.

            1. re: Ima Wurdibitsch

              Live and learn, thanks, never knew about this. Sure makes using Chowhound easier to use. Now this is something that I will be bookmarking.

            2. re: The Chowhound Team

              Thanks so much! For me, it's not so much that I can't FIND the threads in question, so much that the OTHER people I want to read the thread and comment don't see it, so searching for my own posts doesn't really help.

              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Just want to weigh in, and thank the Chowhhound Team for reconsidering, and making an effort to make the board a little more kosher friendly. I really appreciate it!
                And thanks so much to Marty B. for addressing the issue in a logical way, so that the Team was influenced to reconsider their policy.

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  Thank you for your consideration. Overall, I have enjoyed the site tremendously and I have followed the home cooking board (although not as frequently as the kosher one) just as I subscribe to three cooking mags, none of which are kosher. Great job. Thanks so much.

                  1. re: cappucino

                    We'd definitely ask that people, even if they're regular denizens of the kosher board, use the Home Cooking board for any non-specifically kosher cooking questions. If you don't need a kosher recipe, or if a general recipe is going to be suitable just because it's a dish that doesn't typically cause a problem, please continue to use Home Cooking. Our goal is not to provide a second source of general recipe discussion.

                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      Of course! If it's not something that requires specialized knowledge, it's much better to have the wider audience of the Home Cooking section.

                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        Will do. Now that I "leaned" about the "My Recent Posts" link I feel more comfortable posting on different Chowhound boards.

                2. Just another tip on tracking interesting threads -
                  If you are following a thread, but not posting, there is a a small box at the top that has "Favorite Topic" next to it. If you check that box there will be a link to that thread in your "My Chow >Favorites" section.

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                  1. re: hannaone

                    Thanks, another goodie that I did not know about, keep those tips coming!

                    Maybe I better look at what is on the Chowhound page. Screen is so busy with all those ads flashing at me that I never bothered to look at all those tabs, checkboxes, links etc. I only focused on the thread topics and responses and ignored all the "noise".