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FAQ: New to the UK/Ireland Board? Read this first

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Jacquilynne Aug 18, 2011 01:44 PM

Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to the UK/Ireland board? Perhaps visiting from somewhere else? We've got some tips to help you get started.

Often people start out on a new board by saying "I'm coming to your town, where should I eat?" but that can get lackluster results because it's too broad for locals to really help with. Read through this post for some tips on how to post in a way that'll get you the responses you want.

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.

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

WHERE IS THAT?
HAVE A HOT TIP?
HAVE A QUESTION?
STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
AFTER YOUR MEAL
FEEDBACK

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  1. Jacquilynne RE: Jacquilynne Aug 18, 2011 01:45 PM

    WHERE IS THAT?

    This board covers two countries and a large area, so it's important that you make it clear what part of it you're referring to when you start a new thread. Posts which aren't labeled as being about another region will generally be assumed to be about London, but please label even your London posts to make them easier to search for.

    Whenever you're searching for info on the board, you should also include city or region names in your search criteria to narrow down your results.

    If you see posts that would benefit from having a location in the title, please flag them for us using the 'report' flag and let us know what city they pertain to, and we can add the city.

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    1. Jacquilynne RE: Jacquilynne Aug 18, 2011 01:45 PM

      HAVE A HOT TIP?

      If you've got a great tip, a meal report 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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      1. Jacquilynne RE: Jacquilynne Aug 18, 2011 01:46 PM

        HAVE A QUESTION?

        The Chowhound archives are a great resource, especially if you're a tourist visiting the region, and are just starting to decide on your local dining plans. There are tons of threads already out there covering many of the major tourist destinations, and, in particular, London.

        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 this board. 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.

        Include the name of the city you're searching for within your search criteria to narrow down the results to a specific area.

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        1. Jacquilynne RE: Jacquilynne Aug 18, 2011 01:46 PM

          STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

          Local chowhounds have a lot of information to share, but help them help you by including some important details. Questions that are basically "I'm coming to London, where should I eat?" are too broad for people to really help with -- they need more details to latch onto.

          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. This is especially important for tourists planning an itinerary -- the hounds will be much happier to help if you've done some reading in advance.

          Also, tell them:
          What part of the region or city you'll be in -- this board covers a very large area and London is a big city.
          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, pound or Euro values.
          When you'll be dining -- lots of restaurants aren't open every day of the week
          Any other special circumstances (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?) that will help guide you to the right choices.

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          1. Jacquilynne RE: Jacquilynne Aug 18, 2011 01:46 PM

            AFTER YOUR MEAL

            Most importantly, after your trip or your meal, thank the local 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. (Don't forget to include a city in the title of your thread, along with the name of the restaurant.)

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            1. The Chowhound Team RE: Jacquilynne Oct 1, 2012 03:59 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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