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Can we sticky something titled "YOU MUST POST CITY OR REGION FIRST IN YOUR THREAD TITLE"

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  1. You got my vote!

    1. Yes!

      1. It seems better lately, but we still get the "great dinner on the beach in Florida" requests. LOL LMF

        1. Curious, not contrary…

          For every thread? Even ones not germane to a particular region or city?

          I’m curious why this is important. Haven’t had a problem with the current thread titling, but maybe I’m missing the point.

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          1. re: cuccubear

            No, no--not for every thread. This is a regional board request. The OP was moved from the Florida board.

            Florida, the New England board posters feel your pain and send an "Amen!" to your sticky request. I wish we could have one, too--especially since our local board bridges several states, some of which have the same city names therein.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              I get it...that's what I figured. I didn't know it had moved here to Site Talk.

              1. re: kattyeyes

                AMEN. Amen to what kattyeyes has said. Especially since The Staff refuses to make a simple correction to the Tristate board which sends people off in the wrong direction in Connecticut.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Except for SF and LA, all of CA is one board. And to complicate it slightly more, Reno, NV, is part of the CA board. I don't particularly see the problem. If I'm doing a search, I'll put in enough info that it will hopefully get narrowed down. CA has more than one city with the same name but it seems to sort out alright. But you know us Californians; we're probably all messed up most of the time anyway :)

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Hey, c o, If it's not broke for you, by all means, don't ask to have it fixed.

                    But we, the few, the proud who post on the New England board would very much like a sticky to help keep things straight. ;) It seems to be a simple enough housekeeping request and one that doesn't require special programming. What say ye, The Chowhound Team? How 'bout a sticky for us and for Florida?

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      On second thought, precious one, why not? But just a sticky. Not something where you can't even post if you don't enter a city etc. Sometimes that doesn't work. So, yeah, here's a half-hearted AMEN from NoCal :)

              2. You have my vote! It makes it easier for everyone and much more user friendly when searching.

                1. I wish!

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                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    Just to tally this up for anyone (!) listening, that's an additional vote for the New England board from invinotheresverde and one more from Florida from meatn3. Bringing tons of enthusiastic "amen" sentiment to the original request for a simple sticky to help make our boards easier to navigate.

                    Chowhound Team, please hear our plea--is this too much for us to ask? For a sticky?

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      It is hard to believe that many who have argued and agreed on so many items in the past have found a single discussion post where 100% vote for sanity and a sticky.

                      Jfood, from the proud state of Connecticut, casts all 37 electoral votes and his full support behind a sticky for New England, Florida and for that lttle known state called Midwest.

                      Likewise when the programmers add this sticky can they address the geographic mis-step that Scargod and Jfood have been asking for for over a year and correct the wrong term from "Southwestern Connecticut" to "Southeastern Connecticut" on the Tri-State Board, or is there a pool amongst the programmer to see how long they can keep this mistake a reality.

                  2. It clearly states in the posting etiquette that if you are posting a thread to a statewide or regional board, please include the name of the city. Of course I have a feeling that many people missed that. It is a big problem on the Texas board, so if I see a thread and I can figure out where the restaurant is, I use the report button and ask the moderators to please add Houston (or wherever) to the title. Sometimes though I have no idea where that place is. You could ask, if so inclined.

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                    1. re: danhole

                      i do the same on the midwest board if i can figure it out. to their credit, the mods will usually add the geographical info right away. problem is, the midwest board covers 13 states with many of the same city names (bloomington, for example). the large area the midwest board covers is a little ridiculous, so when a new post is very vague, it can be pretty challenging to try to figure out whether the person is referring to an establishment in OK, IL, or OH. many times there will be a query for a good restaurant near "u of m campus," for example, and we're all like: "u of michigan, u of missouri, or u of minnesota?" sometimes the op doesn't respond back in time to get recs for a trip because everyone on the boards doesn't know where the heck they're asking about. that's pretty sad.

                      1. re: soupkitten

                        What a mess! I think the original posting box offered should include a box/field for the locale, the way Craigslist does....

                      2. re: danhole

                        People who don't read the posting etiquette probably aren't going to read the sticky ether.

                        1. re: Chris VR

                          Exactly! It seems the more that is put at the top, the more that is ignored.

                          1. re: danhole

                            I know that all that is in the FL section in terms of stickies is the posting etiquette. I think people are too lazy to click on that but if it's the title of the sticky itself, people will be more likely to see it when scrolling to see if there is a topic of interest before posting.

                      3. Excellent idea!

                        1. Amen for the regional boards! Particularly the Midwest..

                          As much as I dislike it from people reporting on their pancakes, even the all-caps hollering would be apropos.

                          1. Instead of a sticky, why not just include this text next to the word "Title" which is displayed when adding a post

                            Title (Including the city and state in the title will get a better resonse)

                            It makes it selfish. It is to their benefit to get a better response.

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                            1. re: rworange

                              I like the idea and only guess it might now fly because you'd only want the extra text to show up on local boards (not home cooking, GC, NAF, etc.). But I like it!

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                Yup, seconded (thirded?) - the extra field can be not-mandatory, so that if left blank all is well. I suppose it's possible the special boards might have distinguishing features some would find helpful to use with time as well. e.g., in Home Cooking XYZ (desert) PQR (app); dunno....

                            2. I welcome this sticky too since I do not understand why there is a Best board and a What Am I Craving board which only pertains to New York. Don't other states have Bests and Cravings??

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                              1. re: Gio

                                LOL, NO, didn't you get the memo, NY is the center of the universe! ;) <kidding!!!> I find those boards odd, too. Don't understand why NY needs special boards to discuss bests and cravings...is that not sufficiently covered with the "regular" local boards?

                                1. re: Gio

                                  Those boards date back to the beginnings of the site, when the New York City area was the primary focus of the site, and there was a desire to share tips that were of interest to posters on both the Manhattan and Outer Boroughs boards. The intention of the "Best" board was to share tips on the absolute best chow in New York City and the intention of the Craving board was similar, focusing on helping people find a specific food without regard to borough boundaries.

                                  As the site has grown and evolved, those boards have become less useful and less used.

                                  1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                    <"As the site has grown and evolved, those boards have become less useful and less used.">

                                    And yet they continue to take up space. Just sayin'.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      Something we're well aware of. Thanks.

                                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                        So, while you're hear, Chowhound Team, how 'bout a sticky?

                                        1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                          How about a final note from the TCT and then lock them?

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            We can't lock boards.

                                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                                              But can you respond to our sticky request? Or to rworange's suggestion?

                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                Adding text to the interface is something Engineering would have to do, and would have to be specific to regional boards, which means coding, so it's not likely to happen.

                                                Sticky posts are more of a possibility, since they're just tedious handwork, and we'll consider it, but we try to keep stickies down to a dull roar. The etiquette stickies that are already on top of the boards (and which we ask everyone to read when they sign up) do ask people to do this, as well.

                                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                  The "geography sticky" on the UK/Ireland board is generally followed by posters and is a great boon to the likes of me - means I don't have to wade through endless threads about London restaurants and can just keep an eye open for the rare occasion when mention is made of elsewhere in the two countries.

                                                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                    So ... those Alert thingies on the archived boards are certainly eye-catching. I can't think of one board that would not benefit from requesting a location to be included in the title for a better response. Even city-specific board like Manhattan would benefit from a clue about what part of that city the post covere.

                                                    So, would it take some major programming effort to put something like that across the boards. Here's the New England Archive for what I'm talking about.

                                                    1. re: rworange

                                                      GREAT idea. I know just what you mean and can't imagine it's too cumbersome to implement if they already did it on all the archive boards.

                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                        I have to think the whole board split was a major project. So to do this on its own might be more than they want to invest in engineering's time. However, if it is simple, it would be nice to do ... moving some of the archives ... and I thought I knew New England ... on some of these it would be nice to have some sort of clue.

                                    2. O wow, I just realized this thread was moved and not deleted. Happy to see people share my pain! :)

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                                      1. re: askdrtodd

                                        That they do! Mine as well...

                                        Though it seems TCT is AWOL, it would be helpful if specifics albeit already mentioned in the Posting Etiquette sticky, could be more descriptively-titled and added as an eye-catching single-issue sticky. e.g.:
                                        Include (LOCATION) In Parentheses
                                        -- and then make a note in the post clarifying the issue. This would do an end-run around the need for coding and at least on the really broad boards, would solve the problem quickly and painlessly.

                                        It would really improve the functionality of CH by an order of magnitude across the boards just in one quick posting.

                                        Thanks for listening....

                                      2. another vote from Florida - we now have 2 boards (Miami-Ft Laud AND the rest of Florida) and still see 'where can we take grandma for breakfast' and 'cheap dining overlooking the ocean' type threads on both and either and many times posted on both because we are all confused. I find myself clicking on posts that may or may not be in my neighborhood because they don't state their location and because people are not sure where to post them.