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Dec 22, 2009 05:33 AM

Replied Post Notifications?

When I make a post, how do I turn on notifications so that I am aware of when someone responds to my post?

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  1. Sorry, but that's not an option we offer for Chowhound posts. You can keep an eye on the threads in which you are participating on your My CHOW page, at

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      Oh okay. I saw the "Notifications" tab under my profile and I thought I was doing something wrong or was overlooking something.

      1. re: Matronix

        Yes, it's pretty confusing, we know. You can get notifications when you post a comment on CHOW stories, and want to see when new comments are made after yours, but that option is currently not offered for Chowhound posts.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Is this option in the works to be added at a later date, or just something that is not wanted for Chowhound? (Just wondering.)

          1. re: Matronix

            We're not sure if it's in Engineering's plans, but it would be nice to have!

          2. re: The Chowhound Team

            That's kind of barse-ackwards, isn't it? The active discussion part of the site (Chowhound) has no notification, but the parts of the site most subject to spam (story and recipe comments) have no "report this post" button.

            1. re: meatme

              The two parts of the site operate on totally different software.

              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                But weren't they both custom-written by the CNET development team?

                Actually, those of us with long memories will recall being told that Chowhound was rewritten a second time so as to use the same software as the main Chow site, this being the reason given for the (mostly temporary) disappearance of features that we'd gotten used to in the first CNET version and the introduction of bugs that didn't previously exist.

                In any event, are these things on the developers' task lists? In particular, it would be much easier for the users to help you keep the site clean if a spam-reporting feature were added to the areas that don't currently have one.

        2. re: The Chowhound Team


          Just curious, what is the reasoning behind blocking the option receive notifications for threads where users have posted comments, especially when there is a Notifications option in the profile? Many other sites provide this option, and it's not difficult to program.

          Please add my vote to the requests for this possibility...grazie. :)

          1. re: livingvenice

            It's not that the option is blocked. As previously noted, the notifications feature isn't a part of the software used to operate this section of the website. The option is there for the CHOW portion of the site, which operates on different software.

        3. Frankly, I am glad that I DON'T get notifications everytime someone replies to a thread I have posted on. Some of the threads, like "What do Chowhounds do for a living . . ." and others that are over 300-400 post - I don't want to look at anymore. It would drive me nuts (not a far drive as my husband says) to have to go through my email and sort out what I want to see and what I don't. I like just going to "My Chow" and seeing it there.

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          1. re: danhole

            I know I'm late to the party, but I agree completely. I know it might be desirable for someone who starts a thread to get information on something, but it's not that hard to check My Chow once or twice a day to see if someone has replied. A lot of the Not About Food/General Chowhounding Topics threads can balloon to 200+ posts within the span of a couple days, and I know I don't want have to scroll through that many notifications in any given day. Most of the stories don't get that many posts and there aren't any centralized areas on the site to see if anyone's responded in a story.

            1. re: queencru

              Although, getting notification that someone has replied to "your post" (and not just the overall thread), would be kind of a neat feature.