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4 years?

nasurj Jun 6, 2009 08:42 AM

I responded to a request to find out where the best pizza in toronto was. after I responded I see the question was asked 4 years ago???
The person who asked the question no longer is a subscriber.
I'm sure if I went through the others there will be places that arent even around anymore!
I guess maybe Chowhound is short staffed???

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  1. vorpal RE: nasurj Jun 7, 2009 09:18 AM

    Short staffed in what sense? Why should Chow get rid of this information? As far as I know, they keep old threads around as they can be valuable sources of knowledge and snapshots of the history of restaurants and food instead of limiting strictly to current information. I can, via search, watch the rise and fall of certain Toronto pizza places, for example.

    1. Jacquilynne RE: nasurj Jun 8, 2009 08:43 AM

      Can you explain further what you mean? What would you expect us to do with older threads? The information in them may be outdated, but it may still be valuable, so we don't remove them.

      -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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      1. re: Jacquilynne
        BmoreHound RE: Jacquilynne Jun 30, 2009 07:07 PM

        In most cities, the vast majority of restaurants aren't around for five years so information in older threads are mostly pointless.

        If you want to save the information, lock the thread but don't allow people to resurrect.

        For example, I see a thread on "Moving to Federal Hill - need help" and I open it only to find that the thread was started more than a year ago and someone decided it's a good thing to write, "Welcome to the neighborhood." It's a complete waste of time and shouldn't be encouraged.


      2. Servorg RE: nasurj Jun 8, 2009 10:16 AM

        If you look at that thread more carefully you'll notice that, while it did begin back in 2005, it has a LOT of posts from 2006, 2007, 2008 and right into 2009 up to the present. As far as I'm concerned this "living organism" of a thread represents all that is RIGHT and BEST about Chowhound as a site, that shows you not only what is currently in vogue, but how you got here as well.

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        1. re: Servorg
          vorpal RE: Servorg Jun 9, 2009 08:28 AM

          Agreed. It is fantastic to see that one thread had endured and collected this information as time went on instead of there being 20 different threads all dealing with the same subject at different times. I wish this would happen more often!

        2. Sam Fujisaka RE: nasurj Jun 9, 2009 08:40 AM

          Well, your recommendation for Olympic seemed pretty good.

          But now you're un-subscribing.

          1. Midlife RE: nasurj Jun 13, 2009 04:30 PM

            Yeah, it is a bit disconcerting to find a topic that is you don't realize is years old, but usually they've had a recent post so they come up again. On balance, they're more helpful than not. If you want to be sure what you're dealing with, every post has a date on it. It takes a but longer but can save you some aggravation.

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