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Not adding a location to a dining thread title

This is a problem on the California board, turning up in restarant/chowposts about San Diego.

While the Califonia board designation covers a vast area of the state, San Diego posters often just refer to a restaurant name or small neighborhood in the title., without identifying the location.

Does this happen on other large regional boards? Do chowounds find this annoying or frustrating?

I'm afraid I view it as ...rude. Could you add our perspective? Thanks and happy chowing.

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  1. I don't think it is rude, just not mindful of the big picture. When I do come across a post about an ambiguous venue, I usually ask the poster flat out, where in the world is he or she talking about. They seem to then realize they forgot an important detail and provide it.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      I used to ask, to nudge the poster a bit...but it happens so often that it feels habitual, not innocently unintentional. I've stopped inquiring.

      SD is out of my chowdar range, but what about folks from out of state who're expecting a CA board search for "San Diego area" tips to give them all the info available?


    2. I spend a lot of time on the South board. Most people are pretty good about putting a location in the title.

      Most times confusion results when people new to the board aren't familiar with regional area terms, such as Triangle, Triad, etc. Likewise newcomers to the board sometimes list common town names without a state - Midway, Franklin, Fairview- almost every state has a town by that name!

      Perhaps part of the problem with the San Diego postings may be that the posters "know" each other well enough to identify area posters by name...thus forgetting about other interested or disinterested parties. I see this on the Florida board a bit - a big state but only a handful of areas that have frequent postings.

      1. happens *all the time* on the Tristate and Outer Boroughs boards, and i've never thought of it as rude. sure, it can be a bit frustrating, but as ChinoWayne said, all you have to do is ask where in the world they're talking about. most of the time people respond to say that they simply flaked and forgot to specify.

        1. this happens on the midwest board a lot too, and i agree with ChinoWayne that it's usually just an oversight on the part of the original poster. i do get annoyed because it seems thoughtless--for example "restaurant in bloomington" title on the midwest board. . . uh, do you mean bloomington indiana? bloomington missouri, bloomington minnesota. . . so i post the "give us a clue where you are talking about" response, and the op usually realizes the mistake, corrects it promptly, apologizes profusely, i am no longer annoyed, and rather, i am apologizing for asking for clarification. . . lol :)

          i think a separate problem might be that some folks on a board that covers a big geographic area start to think of the whole board as "theirs" & stop posting location markers because there is. . . a clubhouse mentality. . . & if you don't know the lingo related to the neighborhood, you're an outsider and your opinion doesn't count, and isn't being solicitated by the post. dangerous waters, i know. this is a separate issue where the op is aware of the omission and does it for reasons of snobbery. it's much less common ime, but i could see it becoming a real problem on some regional boards.

          1. Certainly a problem on the NW board, but beyond the irritation, wouldn't it help the search function on all boards if folks would state a location?

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            1. The New England board hounds feel your pain, toodie jane:

              I'm with the other posters--I don't find it rude--"careless" is probably more accurate, but it can be frustrating. Kind of like that Seinfeld "movie phone" bit: "Why don't you just TELL ME what movie you want to see?" HA HA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM79_i...

              1. Not really rude, but somewhat clueless. My home board is Texas and that covers a lot of area. Most people are pretty good about putting the area, town, or city in the title, but it seems that the larger the city is the more the poster thinks you know where they are, so they get vague, like "what's around the Galleria?" Well, there is one in Houston and one in Dallas, so then you have to ask, or if you recognize the OP as being from Dallas or wherever, then hit the report button and ask to have it added to the title.

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                1. re: danhole

                  They will modify a thread title?? Good suggestion.
                  At least in Texas two towns can't have the same name. Kattyeyes gave you one thread to look at.
                  Here, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6533..., I show that all of New England can fit inside Texas' borders. They can have two-three towns in NE's six states with the same name. Gets damn confusing.
                  Better than saying, "It's across from McDonald's". Hmmm. Which one?

                  Rude, inconsiderate, ignorant, thoughtless, clueless? I don't know, but it can be a PIA to sniff it out on Google.

                  1. re: Scargod

                    Yes, if you use the report function and ask us to add a city name and/or state to the title of the post, we will do that.

                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      Thanks--good to know, but I'm not volunteering to be on title patrol. That's still creating more work for others.

                      It's the spirit of All for One and One for All that makes being a member of a group like Chowhound more fun and rewarding than, say, contributing to Yelp. H-m-m-m...maybe it's a habit developed at Yelp where you're already in your city of choice so no need to identify...?

                      1. re: toodie jane

                        >>>"...It's the spirit of All for One and One for All that makes being a member of a group like Chowhound more fun and rewarding ..."

                        Yes, exactly! The great thing about the board is that not all the information has to come from the original poster. We can and should all chip in, information-wise.

                        Sometimes we might add information about a dish from the restaurant that hasn't been reported. At other times it could be about the location. We're all on information patrol.

                      2. re: The Chowhound Team

                        This does bug me. I travel and eat a lot in various parts of California, and to have the current divisions of California, Los Angeles and Bay Area just seems weird to me in a state this size. I think it does stifle contributions to have San Diego and Sacramento together, for example. With that said, I didn't realize that using the report feature was the way to go. I just reported two with no locations in the title. Here are the current options for "Report"
                        -Vulgar / Inappropriate
                        I clicked on off-topic, even though none of the options seemed right to me. I will report when I have the time and inclination. In the case of the two I reported, all I thought they needed was to be prefaced by SD-; let me know if there is a better protocol. Thanks.

                        1. re: souvenir

                          We realize the "Report" options are limited, so don't worry which one you choose. As long as you leave us a little note - as you just did - we'll deal with it appropriately. Thanks very much, we appreciate your help!