Please be more specific in your posts [moved from New York State board]
I'm getting very tired about posters who ask something like "has anybody been to Joe's?" This is a forum which covers all of New York State, except, of course, NYC. Please, posters, include some sort of geographic reference in your post which narrows your query down. Saves the rest of us from wasting our time looking at your post where we obviously can't intelligently respond to something where we have no clue.
This is almost certainly the result of people reading a thread and hitting "add new post" in the top left corner rather than 'reply' (bottom right corner of the OP).
IMO the obvious solution would be to eliminate the "add new post" button while a thread is open - to only have "add new post" be an option when you're in the main page for the regional or topical board.
Failing that, changing "Add New Post" to "Start New Thread" would avoid confusion.
ETA: Incidentally, there is another thread about this issue.
And right now on the Food Media Board, there is a thread that spoiled episode 2 of Next Iron Chef where I'm sure the same thing happened.
It's even worse in some of the other forums which cover multiple states, like Great Lakes (home of three sizable cities named Bloomington), Great Plains, etc. Fortunately, posters in those forums *usually* remember to include a location in the title when creating a topic.
If you notice a topic in which the location is omitted from the title (regardless of whether the location is mentioned in the post or not), you can click on the Report button for the first post in the topic, and request that the Chowhound Team add the location to the title, which they will do in brackets (e.g. [Albany]).
Of course, if you can't figure out where the place is, all you can do is reply in the topic, to ask the OP where the restaurant is located. I've even seen instances in which the poster posted a detailed review of a restaurant but omitted its name entirely!