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FAQ: New to the San Diego Board? Read this first

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Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to the San Diego board? Perhaps visiting from out of town? We've got some tips to help you get started.

If you're brand new to the site, you should read our Site Etiquette (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367605) so you don't break any rules or step on any toes.

This board is focused on discussing chow in the San Diego area. This includes San Diego county, from roughly Oceanside in the North down to the US-Mexico border in the South. If you'd like tips on chow in California outside of San Diego (or LA or San Francisco, which also have their own board), please see the California board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/3 .

We've divided up this thread into separate posts, just to make things neater. Please read to the end. The sections are:

HAVE A HOT TIP?
HAVE A QUESTION?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THIS BOARD
STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
AFTER YOUR MEAL
FEEDBACK

  1. HAVE A HOT TIP?
    If you've got a great tip or a recommendation for someone, dive right in and post it. It's great if you can include some details of why you like a place, but even those short tips on where to find a great taco or donut are appreciated.

    To start a new thread, use the "Chowhound Discussions" menu in the navigation bar at the top of the page to go to the index of the board, and then choose the "start new thread" button.

    1. HAVE A QUESTION?

      The San Diego board is a pretty active place, and a lot of questions have been covered recently--the Chowhound archives are a great resource.

      Start your quest for an answer with a search of all the great info that's already out there. The search box is in the top right corner of the screen. If you're searching from this board, it should default to searching San Diego. Just add your keywords and go. On the search results page, you can change your search criteria to add more keywords, or change your sort order or the dates you're interested in.

      1. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE SAN DIEGO BOARD:

        Here are just a few of the subjects that are common on the San Diego board, and some suggestions on how to find that information:

        Where should we eat in Gaslamp? Downtown? La Jolla? Other neighborhoods?
        Search terms to try: the name of the neighborhood, town or county you want to eat in, add a cuisine for more specific results.

        Where's the best taco/sushi/seafood/etc?
        Search terms to try: Best and the type of food in the 'Title' field on the search options page.

        Where should we go for our special occasion?
        Search terms to try: anniversary, "special occasion", proposal, romantic, birthday
        These might not all apply to your particular occasion, but they generally turn up the same kind of recommendations.

        Where should I plan my group dinner?
        Search terms to try: "private room", corporate, group, "holiday party", "large group"

        1. STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
          San Diego chowhounds are a great resource, but help them help you by including some important details. Tell them:
          - What part of the region you'll be in -- this board covers a very large area.
          - Whether you have a car or will be relying on transit.
          - How far or how long you're willing to travel.
          - What your budget is. Descriptions such as 'expensive', 'moderate' and 'cheap' mean different things to different people, so use dollar values.
          - What types of cuisines you're interested in.
          - Which days of the week you're interested in -- lots of restaurants close Mondays, for example.
          - Any other special circumstances (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?) that will help
          If you've done some of your own research, mention what you found so hounds can help fill in the gaps, rather than rehashing what you already know.

          1. AFTER YOUR MEAL
            Most importantly, after your trip or your meal, thank the San Diego hounds for their help by reporting back. Tell people which suggestions you used and how the meals turned out, plus add tips about any great places you discovered on your own. This helps make the board more useful for everyone who visits after you.

            1. FEEDBACK
              If there's something you think is vitally important for new members of the board to know that we've missed, please comment on this Site Talk thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704997