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Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:11 PM

Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to the Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia area. This includes the metropolitan area, including Wilmington, as well as Camden and other close-in New Jersey suburbs of the city. If you'd like tips on chow in Pennsylvania, please see the Pennsylvania board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/15

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
QUICK LINKS
FEEDBACK

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  1. The Chowhound Team Oct 1, 2012 02:58 PM

    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

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    1. Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:13 PM

      QUICK LINKS

      Coupons and Deals: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7941...

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      1. Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:13 PM

        AFTER YOUR MEAL

        Most importantly, after your trip or your meal, thank the Philadelphia 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.

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        1. Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:11 PM

          STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

          Philadelphia 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.

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          1. Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:11 PM

            FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE PHILADELPHIA BOARD:

            Where's the best cheesesteak / sushi / brunch / burger?
            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"

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            1. Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:11 PM

              HAVE A QUESTION?

              The Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia. 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.

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              1. Jacquilynne Apr 30, 2010 05:11 PM

                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.

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