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What feature would you like to see on Chowhound?

alkapal Jan 26, 2012 07:43 PM

I'll start: I want a way to "unlike" a thread so that I no longer get notifications when someone posts something. I know this has been mentioned before. I bring it up again because some of these threads just get tiresome. On the upside, though, I am more cautious before posting on threads.

How about you? Any ideas for optimizing the site?

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    Dave5440 RE: alkapal Jan 26, 2012 07:47 PM

    A morning after button on your posts, AKA a delete button, private messenging feature, the unlike button is a great idea also,

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      GH1618 RE: alkapal Jan 26, 2012 07:48 PM

      Expand only current day's posts as option. Collapse control. These would help with long threads.

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        Dave5440 RE: GH1618 Jan 26, 2012 07:51 PM

        +10 on that

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          MGZ RE: GH1618 Jan 27, 2012 05:33 AM

          Since the current feature only expands posts that you have not seen, what advantage is there to only seeing the current day's posts? To me, that would result in even more posts by 'hounds who have not read the thread responding without context or comprehension. Moreover, they are more likely to contribute only redundant comments which become nothing more than "noise."

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            GH1618 RE: MGZ Jan 28, 2012 06:02 PM

            If one has a poor wi-fi link, as I do, the browser can time out waiting to load a thread. Or I can just get tired of waiting and shut it down to come back later. In that case, the entire thread will appear expanded, even though I have not seen current posts. Or I may want to go back to a thread which I have read to reread something, or to edit a post. It's only a problem with long threads.

        2. cowboyardee RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 12:24 AM

          We're one of the few large forums without a PM system. I wind up wishing we had one all the time while posting and browsing here.

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          1. re: cowboyardee
            MGZ RE: cowboyardee Jan 27, 2012 05:30 AM

            Just curious, cowboy, how do you think that would help the site and/or the lager community? I fear that it would take some relevant material out of the main dialogue, but since I think the last online private message I sent was on AOL in '96, I am probably not in the best position to judge.

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              cowboyardee RE: MGZ Jan 27, 2012 11:02 AM

              "I fear that it would take some relevant material out of the main dialogue,"
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              Officially, CH doesn't like that material showing up on threads and is constantly deleting it. I've had people ask me about my blog or outside activities, and while I would happily answer over PM if we had said system, my only options were to post a reply only to see it deleted or else give up or exchange personal contact info.. and not everyone is comfortable doing that.

              I bought things from fellow CHs. I participated in a passaround of kitchen products (knives) - a PM system would have made this easier to set up, and easier to invite fellow CHs who might also be interested.

              Basically it would allow people to interact on a personal level without sacrificing their privacy. It enriches the site, not impoverishes it.

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                Servorg RE: cowboyardee Jan 27, 2012 11:16 AM

                "...my only options were to post a reply only to see it deleted or else give up or exchange personal contact info.. and not everyone is comfortable doing that."

                Why would that make you or anyone else uncomfortable (exchanging email addresses for off board contact)? Anyone can create a "throw away" email address and one can certainly supply as little (or as much) personal information as one would like when emailing another hound.

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                  ipsedixit RE: Servorg Jan 27, 2012 11:18 AM

                  I receive e-mails all the time from fellow 'Hounds. Sometimes, unwanted.

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                    Servorg RE: ipsedixit Jan 27, 2012 11:21 AM

                    "I receive e-mails all the time from fellow 'Hounds. Sometimes, unwanted."

                    You get spam? Somehow, I never get any... ;-D>

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                      ipsedixit RE: Servorg Jan 27, 2012 11:32 AM

                      You get spam? Somehow, I never get any...
                      ___________________

                      More like hate mail.

                  2. re: Servorg
                    cowboyardee RE: Servorg Jan 27, 2012 11:24 AM

                    Because I have to moderate my own email address, throwaway or not. And go through the minor hassle of setting up an account.

                    If I get spammed or harassed over PM in any of the other forums where I've participated, I can still have a moderator address the issue.

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                      sueatmo RE: cowboyardee Feb 7, 2012 07:03 PM

                      I agree with this request. I used this feature on another forum that I used to be active in. From time to time I would want to send a personal note, and the pm feature is an asset. At least once I've wished for this feature on CH.

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                        IndyGirl RE: sueatmo Feb 12, 2012 08:19 AM

                        Definitely a PM system.

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                          rworange RE: IndyGirl Feb 12, 2012 05:41 PM

                          +!

                          I've changed my mind. This site does need a PM systems for so many reasons not mentioned yet.

              2. re: cowboyardee
                schoenfelderp RE: cowboyardee Jan 27, 2012 03:42 PM

                +1. I would love to be able to do this. As a college student, I don't know anyone who thinks about food in a similar way to me (i.e. there's more to cooking than dumping a bottle of sriracha in everything). Potentially it would allow me to meet some other college students (in Boston) who are interested in going to the farmers market, or a restaurant other than the nearest Qdoba or Applebee's, or anything else of the sort. PM'ing would be a good way to do this, without giving out personal information too fast.

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                  HillJ RE: schoenfelderp Jan 27, 2012 05:22 PM

                  schoenfelderp, my son since he first started college, including a year abroad, has found couchsurfing.org to be the best place for meet ups. Something as simple as coffee or a impromptu food events and even over nights across the globe with like mind couch surfers. He's traveled to Paris, Roubaix and London most recently using this online community site. The next meetup is at the Royal Albert Hall for Cirque's TOTEM..including apartment dining beforehand. Have you ever visited couchsurfing.org?

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                    schoenfelderp RE: HillJ Jan 28, 2012 12:59 PM

                    I haven't but I'll be sure to, it sounds pretty good.

                2. re: cowboyardee
                  mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 11, 2012 10:16 AM

                  But don't folks who wish to have private contact with other C-Hers just put an email addy on their profiles? I guess I've always assumed that not doing so meant one only wanted to communicate on topic and in public.

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                    cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 11, 2012 02:48 PM

                    If you read my other posts on this thread, you'll see that I already addressed why I feel a PM system is superior to adding an email address to your profile. And, to be honest, it's not a particularly radical suggestion.

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                      mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 11, 2012 03:25 PM

                      I suspect the PTB don't want to be a social networking site in terms of functionality/mission, but that's just a hunch. Just as you don't want to moderate your own email, maybe they don't want to moderate a PM system so you can do stuff that email works just great for. I don't have any spam issues with gmail, btw. And I set up an addy I don't use except for stuff I don't want attached to my regular email, and have stuff forwarded from it so I don't have to check it unless something comes in. Easy peasy.

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                        cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 11, 2012 09:10 PM

                        Wow... with all those reasons not to have a PM system, you're making me wonder why just about every other large forum on the internet bothers to have one. What suckers.

                        More seriously, having a PM system isn't the same thing as becoming a social networking site. That's like saying installing a cupholder makes for a luxury automobile.

                        I'm sure the PTB don't necessarily want to moderate a PM system. Given a choice, they probably don't much want to moderate the forums we have. I'm sure they'd be thrilled if they could just close down the forum and have people mail em money in a box. The point was I'm making a suggestion that I feel would add value to my user experience while also simultaneously adding value to the site.

                        Not only that, but it gives people a chance to comfortably take OT conversations off the forums. Keeps that signal-to-noise ratio up. How much effort is wasted moderating this kind of thing and then explaining later on site talk about why ______ post or thread was removed.

                        1. re: cowboyardee
                          mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 12, 2012 08:08 AM

                          Here's my POV... my sarcasm deleted. First, you can't be bothered to "moderate" your own external email, but want admin here to take responsibility for moderating yours and everyone's PMs here when external email meets all the needs you've addressed.

                          Second, most forums I'm participating in don't have PMs, some do. Widely variable, completely up to forum owners.

                          Third, I've been posting to unmoderated usenet (even now that it's fairly moribund) for decades and met numerous folks in person, vacationed with one, exchanged items, packages by snail mail and in person, no problem. USPS, email and telephone, Skype... so many opportunities to meet one's own needs for private communication.

                          1. re: mcf
                            cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 12, 2012 08:52 AM

                            I can be and am bothered to moderate my email. If you can be bothered to look, you'll see that my email address is listed in my profile and has been for some time. You make it out like I'm asking the mods to spot me $50. No. Really. NO. I am making a suggestion that I feel would help this site. It adds value to the site, makes the site more user friendly, and ostensibly can help retain members.

                            Even though I have made an email address available to members of this site, I feel a PM system is a far superior option for communication between site members. On top of its organizational value, it encourages communication in a way that posting one's email address does not. I am more reluctant to email a member of a forum than to PM them. A PM system creates an environment where people feel safe and comfortable contacting each other. This is why PM systems exist.

                            Finally, while I acknowledge that being commonplace isn't proof in and of itself that a function is a good idea, let's not misrepresent the facts either - a PM system is found more often than not on other internet forums.

                            Your argument against a PM system is really toeing the line between 'I don't like the idea' (I disagree with you, but fine) and 'I'm offended that you would even make such a selfish and destructive request" (ridiculous)

                            1. re: cowboyardee
                              Servorg RE: cowboyardee Feb 12, 2012 09:01 AM

                              How do PM systems work on other sites? For instance, can you turn off your participation in the system if you don't want to be contacted? Do the moderators on other sites take an active role if you are being harassed by someone on the site? I've been against this idea in the past, but I can see that plenty of other folks here see it as a positive so I can see going along if it offers a better way to keep off topic chat down on the boards.

                              1. re: Servorg
                                mcf RE: Servorg Feb 12, 2012 09:10 AM

                                On some sites, you can block individuals from messaging you, and also set your forum settings to "ignore" if you don't want to see their posts. On the rare occasions I've used an "ignore" setting, it's been a wonderful tool to have.

                                1. re: Servorg
                                  cowboyardee RE: Servorg Feb 12, 2012 09:22 AM

                                  Depends on the site. Some allow you to turn off your participation. Some allow you to block individual members. Some just assume that people who don't want to participate won't check their inbox. Offhand, allowing members to opt out of and turn off their PM system strikes me as a good idea for Chowhound.

                                  As far as harassment and spam, generally most sites will allow you to contact forum administration or a mod to look into the matter if a situation arises. That said, I've participated in a bunch of internet forums, and I can't even remember ever having an altercation or harassment issue over PM. Flame wars always seemed to happen more on the public boards (I assume the logic was that if you're going to call someone names and get cited or banned for it, you may as well do so in public), while PMs were mainly for friendly off-topic chit chat and to set up get-togethers and such. I can remember a few issues coming up with members being spammed though - it usually resulted in the deletion of the spammer's account, though that's also forum-dependent.

                                2. re: cowboyardee
                                  mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 12, 2012 09:08 AM

                                  I'm not arguing against it, I just dont agree that not having it imposes any limitations. IIRC, the mods have always asked folks to take discussions of chow get togethers off site, too, and I suspect that there's a liability concern for them... not one that others see as such a big deal, but one that they choose not to take on.

                                  I don't have any argument against the utility of a PM system, other than the fact that for those who are very privacy conscious, choosing whether or not to communicate off the boards might be more appealing, but it's not as if it would be hard to ignore PMs. Better yet, if such a system comes into existence, there should be the ability to block individuals from messaging. I'd love to have an "Ignore" button for certain folks on the boards, too.

                                  1. re: cowboyardee
                                    rworange RE: cowboyardee Feb 12, 2012 05:42 PM

                                    i've change my mind. There are many reasons why this site should have a PM system outside of the ones you stated.

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                                      IndyGirl RE: rworange Feb 12, 2012 07:13 PM

                                      Rworange, what are the other reasons? I'm curious now. I just want the PMs for the sake of convenience, and so that I keep my Chow stuff here (and out of my email).

                                      1. re: IndyGirl
                                        rworange RE: IndyGirl Feb 12, 2012 09:29 PM

                                        For some people, they just lurk rather than post for a number of reasons.

                                        It would be a way for those people to offer tips to posters off line.

                                        While I realize that the object is to share with the community, it might be nice if people who didn't want to share with all could give posters help.

                                        i didn't particularily want to post on the board last night. There was one of those tourist questions and i wanted to email the poster with advice ... no email address on the profile. No one to date has answered that poster.

                                        One of the benefits i've found on sites with pm systems is that restaurants will sometimes contact you personally with freebies and deals. The current rules on this site prohibit self promotion, but a pm system allows this action behind the scenes.

                                        It is an excellent way to send a message to a large number of Chowhounds without having to deal with email addresses.

                                        Ok, the last two should give Chow some pause for thought, but I'd find the first reason an enhancement to this site.

                                        1. re: rworange
                                          IndyGirl RE: rworange Feb 12, 2012 09:56 PM

                                          I certainly agree with your first reason. Especially if you wanted to add extra non-chow info,like other things to do in that neighborhood, etc. A valuable addition for that reason alone.

                                          I don't like the idea of restaurants offering freebies to reviewers, because (obviously) I'd like to believe in the reviews here. Also, as someone who has posted honest reviews, I wouldn't want to have a restaurant owner contact me, hoping I'd either change my review or write a more positive review later in exchange for some freebies. I'm not sure I'd have thought about this if you hadn't brought it up.

                                          I've noticed that Gardenweb, another huge site where I have posted occasionally in the past, doesn't have PM capability. I wonder why?

                                          1. re: IndyGirl
                                            rworange RE: IndyGirl Feb 12, 2012 10:45 PM

                                            Yeah, personally I don't respond to these when they come in or accept their offers

                                            VERY occasionally I will put something on a retry list on my own dime as a result. Once I retried a place and it still sucked (slightly eccentric older owner so that kind of compelled me). My review stood.

                                            One time I did change a review on yelp because of a pm message. The owner made a number of changes because of my yelp review and while I still have it on my retry list, I didn't add the extra info to my Chowhound post though.

                                            I usually do scathing reviews only on big restaurants where it doesn't matter. A little locally owned business like that, I use euphamisms if they suck. So I felt bad about the review and the owner was just so nice. He listened to that nonsense from me and took action. i was the jerk really. i should actually go back and retry them.

                                            The other thing ... and while you can block emails ... I've had some rabid pm messages from people who didin't like my review. It had me for a while not posting anything negative on yelp.

                                            And for some sites, PM doesn't mean private. If you don't want the site monitoring your messages, send an email.

                                            1. re: rworange
                                              mcf RE: rworange Feb 13, 2012 06:05 AM

                                              It occurs to me that it's a way for restaurant owners to attack writers of honest, unfavorable posts/reviews without detection and reporting.

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                                                cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 13, 2012 07:55 AM

                                                "It occurs to me that it's a way for restaurant owners to attack writers of honest, unfavorable posts/reviews without detection and reporting."
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                                                This is a fair point. It had already occurred to me that the specific nature of chowhound might make a PM system attractive for spam and angry letters of retaliation from people affiliated with businesses discussed here. I assume this might cause some reluctance on the part of CH's managers in adopting a PM system.

                                                BUT this is not an unsolvable problem. One solution off the top of my head (and I'm sure there are others): make a PM feature available only once a poster has made, say, 50 posts and has been a member in good standing for one month. The idea is to make sure that people don't create a screen name just for the sake of spamming and/or writing angry retaliatory letters. Tip the scales to make sure that people using a PM system are invested in the site.

                                                1. re: cowboyardee
                                                  mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 13, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                  I know that one of my forums has a probationary period for PM users, and while it's very helpful, it hasn't been foolproof. Over a number of years, in fact, we've found that certain long time participants were fake, and were divulging people's private medical info to practitioners they'd discussed. Honestly, the best way to avoid the Tripadvisor crapfest is not to have an internal PM system. When folks who want private contact have the ability to post or list their email addies on posts or profiles, there's just not a downside to not having it, compared to the TA syndrome potential.

                                                  A proactive and interested business owner/practitioner finds little difficulty creating a profile, a brief personal story and infiltrating, with disastrous consequences at times.

                                                  IME and IMO.

                                                  1. re: mcf
                                                    cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 13, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                    Nothing is 100% foolproof. A business owner can also infiltrate the forums and shill and argue with detractors by doing exactly what you just mentioned. The idea isn't to make a PM system absolutely impervious to any form of misuse but just to make it as robust and secure as the regular forums. Suggestions like the one I made above are capable of that.

                                                    1. re: cowboyardee
                                                      mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 13, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                      On the rare occasions I've seen a shill here, it's been removed within minutes of report. Frankly, I don't think something has to be 100% foolproof to be a good idea. We know from Tripadvisor how toxic such porosity is. Some otherwise good ideas have severe unintended consequences, too.

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                                                        cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 13, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                        I'm just saying you seem to be holding a hypothetical PM system to a different standard than you do the forum which it serves. I'm sure there are regular posters here who are affiliated with businesses they've defended on these forums, or even people who joined the forums specifically to defend their business but have done so in such a way that they haven't been identified as shills.

                                                        If a business affiliate is willing to engage in that kind of subterfuge to get access to our (again hypothetical) PM system, he or she can probably also already do the same thing on the forum itself.

                                                        1. re: cowboyardee
                                                          mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 14, 2012 06:43 AM

                                                          It isn't happening in any significant and irrevocable way now, so I guess my view is why, oh why, invite it.?

                                                          There's a huge difference between the value and integrity of TA and CH, and I believe the strong limits on business participants here and the ability to report and have immediate redress is hugely empowering. I'd hate to see the same perversion and corruption of CH that has happened at TA when it is so easy to communicate with other CHers who want to have private communications as things stand now.

                                                          1. re: mcf
                                                            Servorg RE: mcf Feb 14, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                            I have been against the idea, mostly because as you say in this post, once the Pandora effect goes into action your slide down the slippery slope increases in velocity, and usually with no way to arrest your momentum. It just seems like the negatives outweigh the positives. Even one of the examples RWO offers above in which members trade tips that properly belong on the board for all who are interested to benefit from is a fairly big negative to me. Since CH is pretty tightly compartmentalized in terms of the local and regional boards by geographic region the tendency by those who don't like those "map" restrictions may well be encouraged to use the PM system to circumvent those rules. That would be a serious negative.

                                                            1. re: mcf
                                                              cowboyardee RE: mcf Feb 14, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                              You could make the same argument, more or less, about ANY new feature.

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                                                                mcf RE: cowboyardee Feb 14, 2012 07:59 AM

                                                                I guess we're on opposite sides of the PM issue, and I think it's clear what risks I think outweigh any potential benefits. I don't really have more to say about it.

                                                                1. re: cowboyardee
                                                                  rworange RE: cowboyardee Feb 14, 2012 09:12 AM

                                                                  cowboyardee

                                                                  I'm unhappy about the data base removal. i am well aware that a pm feature would be bad for the site and only good for me personally because i could take my food discussions off the board. Multiply that ability by thousands doing the same.

                                                                  In terms of Chowhound, it is a selfish feature. I'm just in a place where I'm not in the mood for sharing.

                                                                  Anyway, impassioned arguments on either side pro or con just amount to venting. What will happen, will happen.

                                                                  1. re: rworange
                                                                    cowboyardee RE: rworange Feb 14, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                    "i am well aware that a pm feature would be bad for the site and only good for me personally because i could take my food discussions off the board. Multiply that ability by thousands doing the same."
                                                                    _________
                                                                    That's a legitimate concern. But my experience from other forums that have PM systems in place has been that on-topic discussion tends to stay in the public forum, while off-topic chit chat and whatnot tends to move to PM.

                                              2. re: rworange
                                                JoanN RE: rworange Feb 13, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                Regarding restaurants offering freebies, I’ve had exactly that happen on TripAdvisor and I think it would be horrendous if Chowhounders could even be thought to be compromised in their opinions as I now believe posters are on that site.

                                                This past November I wrote a very negative review on TA of a restaurant they had listed as the number one restaurant in Valparaiso, Chile. The next day I received by e-mail an apology saying there had been extenuating circumstances that evening and offering me a free meal if I would return and reconsider my review. I wouldn’t have accepted the offer even if I hadn’t been traveling and unable to take them up on it, so I didn’t reply. Within a couple of days there was a very nasty message on TA saying I was obviously a competitor who was simply trying to trash their reputation. After I confirmed my review, TA deleted the owner’s comment.

                                                The owners of the restaurant then wrote a similar comment here on Chowhound where I was responding to a poster’s query about where to eat in Valparaiso and gave another negative review to their restaurant. This time they were positively vituperative, calling me a liar among other things. I reported that to the mods and it was deleted almost immediately.

                                                This experience confirmed for me what others have said, something that until then I only suspected might be true. There are restaurants all over the world that will go to great effort, including offering free meals, to create or retain a high ranking and positive reviews throughout the Web. The validity of restaurant reviews on other sites are already imperiled by these attempts to sway opinion and it would be tragic were it to happen here.

                                                1. re: JoanN
                                                  mcf RE: JoanN Feb 13, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                  Tripadvisor is completely corrupted and useless due to hotel and restaurant owners participation on the review boards and by messages. Angie's List, too, IMO, for everything else. They notify those reviewed of the review and the reviewer's contact info. I've seen helpful, negative reviews with details taken down due to presumed intimidation and threats by the reviewed party. This means only those with no integrity and with something to hide have clean or only positive records.

                                                  The very BEST reason to not have private messaging on CH I can think of.

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                                                    PenskeFan RE: mcf Feb 13, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                    I don't agree about Tripadvisor at all.
                                                    Letting the owners have a response is fair, and I still have gotten awesome advice from there.
                                                    I think it is pretty awesome if someone comes in and makes baseless charges against a restaurant that the restaurant can respond.
                                                    I also like how it shows the # of contributions the reviewers have , to help weed out the shills either pro-or-con, and see if there is a pattern to their reviews. Some restaurants like to trash their competitors on review sites.

                                                    1. re: PenskeFan
                                                      rworange RE: PenskeFan Feb 13, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                      I have gotten info from Tripadvisor but it is rarely awesome.

                                                      I use it because it is the only info available in certain areas. The international restaurant scene has few sources of public review sites.

                                                      You can go to a Chowhound poster's profile page and scroll to the bottom and see how many pages they have contributed with 25 posts per page. I currently have 393 pages so do the math about how many posts that is.

                                                      Another thing to look at is the last page. some people don't post much but they may have started years ago. That is the most credible thing to me.

                                                      A shill and friends can put in lots of reviews but they will all be recent. If someone has been posting long term usually that indicates someone who is legit.

                                                      1. re: PenskeFan
                                                        mcf RE: PenskeFan Feb 13, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                        TA is a pathetic joke, so completely subverted by spammers and scammers and fake reviews that #1 is almost always a slum or a lousy meal. I guess it isn't fair for anyone to be reviewed, by your logic.

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                                                          debbiel RE: mcf Jul 5, 2012 12:01 PM

                                                          Interesting. I've found TA to be an incredibly valuable tool for trip planning. I just don't pay much attention to the review site. Instead, I use the forums and the pm system, which has been a great combo for me. Certainly there are self-promoting posts in the forums, too, but for the ones I participate in, those get removed pretty quickly.

                                                          1. re: debbiel
                                                            mcf RE: debbiel Jul 5, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                            I find the forums a bit more useful, but I used TA primarily for accommodation reviews, and that's where I posted almost exclusively. I just got so disgusted by their lack of concern for shilling and personal attacks by owners, and their lies even when documented for them. There's much better info out there.

                                                            1. re: mcf
                                                              Servorg RE: mcf Jul 5, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                              I found this recent story in the LA Times about business owners getting together to "game" the Yelp system enlightening: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi...

                                                              1. re: Servorg
                                                                mcf RE: Servorg Jul 23, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                "As many as 4 out of 10 online reviews are phony or biased in some way, said Bing Liu, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago who develops software to detect fake reviews. Liu said the challenge for Yelp and other review sites is in keeping pace with the latest tactics. "It's going to be a problem forever because the incentive is too high," he said."

                                                                I've never been to any site that does as good a job of policing than CH moderators do here. From their policies to their rapid response to reports of suspected shills... it's not that hard, as long as you're deeply committed to it.

                                                    2. re: JoanN
                                                      rworange RE: JoanN Feb 13, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                      Gosh, that is scary ... stalked by a business over muliple websites.

                                                      I've never had a business follow me from yelp to Chowhound.

                                                      Long ago when I first started posting I was super careful about letting anyone know anything about me online.

                                                      A girlfrend was posting on another forum and some guy tracked her down and showed up at her front door. She had not given any address and this is someone I knew from high school so i knew she did zero to initiate that.

                                                      Someone whose business is at stake and takes comments too seriously might be more dangerous.

                                          2. re: cowboyardee
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                                            GH1618 RE: cowboyardee Jul 5, 2012 12:17 PM

                                            I don't think it's true that "just about every other large forum" has private messaging. There is one particular third-party software package used to implement forums which provides PMs. Every site which uses that package has PMs whether they wanted them or not. My experience is that no site I use which does not use that software has PMs. One site I use regularly recently switched away from that old package (which is kind of klunky, in my opinion) to a new system with a more professional look and no PMs. Some members complained about the loss of PMs, but I like it better without them.

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                                              PenskeFan RE: GH1618 Jul 12, 2012 10:49 AM

                                              I think the 2 major forum packages are phpBB and vbulletin, and both have private messaging.

                                              I believe The 3rd biggest is SMF, which also has personal messaging.

                                              I am on a lot of professional type websites, several for unix/linux and networking issues, some for project management concerns, and others for telecommunications professionals; most run one of those 3, or some proprietary software of their own, but they all have a private messaging system of some kind.
                                              I would like one here, but hey, it is what it is.

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                                        PenskeFan RE: mcf Feb 13, 2012 10:38 AM

                                        Some people dont want to have their email picked up by (more) spam bots, but appreciate receiving private messages

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                                          JoanN RE: PenskeFan Feb 13, 2012 11:07 AM

                                          Type out the words "at" and "dot" and your e-mail won't be picked up by a spam bot. I've had a CH dedicated e-mail address on my profile page for a few years now and have never received any spam to that address, only messages from other CHers.

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                                            alkapal RE: JoanN Feb 14, 2012 03:04 AM

                                            same here. no spam.

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                                            mcf RE: PenskeFan Feb 13, 2012 03:29 PM

                                            I never get any spam on gmail. Folks can make a novel email addy just for CH and have mail forwarded to their regular email. That's what I do, if I give out an email to anyone from here.

                                            I think it's better than having the whole CH site overrun by aggressive restaurateurs.

                                      3. alkapal RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 06:16 AM

                                        when you click to see a photo in a newly posted post, (on a thread where most of the older posts are collapsed), then you go back, ALL the posts are expanded, and now you have "lost" just the once-highlighted "new" posts and have to read all the posts. i'd like for the new posts alone to stay open, and the older ones remain collapsed in that circumstance.
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                                        i'd like to be able to "add" a photo (or even a second or third) to a post that is still in the two hour "edit window."

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                                          dmjordan RE: alkapal Feb 12, 2012 08:42 AM

                                          Great idea. I never click on a photo for that very reason.

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                                            chowser RE: alkapal Jul 6, 2012 04:13 PM

                                            If you hit "shift" as you click, the photo should appear in another screen.

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                                              alkapal RE: chowser Aug 7, 2012 04:44 AM

                                              oh, thanks chowser! i will try that!

                                          2. JoanN RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 07:51 AM

                                            Not a feature, a design change, but I would like for the "[User Name] (View Profile) / Logout" buttons to be set in cap/small cap so that my user name would read "JoanN" and not "JOANN." I asked for this years ago when one of the early site redesigns was in beta and was told it would be looked into, but nothing every happened and I'm still JOANN, like it or not.

                                            1. bbqboy RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 08:16 AM

                                              A sense of humor would be nice.

                                              1. BobB RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                I'd like to see new reader comments under Stories added at the bottom of the thread (as they used to be, and as they are on these boards), instead of at the top. It's awkward and eyestraining to have to read each post from top to bottom, then jump up to the top of the next post above it and read downward, then jump up again, etc. Seriously anti-ergonomic design.

                                                1. JoanN RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 12:49 PM

                                                  Oh. Another thing. I'd like to have "Unread Posts" one click away as it used to be rather than two clicks as it is now.

                                                  1. 512window RE: alkapal Jan 27, 2012 03:15 PM

                                                    I'd like to see posts older than 10 years marked in one color, those that are older than 5 years marked in another, and the more recent posts left unmarked (think borders or backgrounds) so that people can more easily tell when they are replying to something someone said in 2002.

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                                                      jackfredi RE: 512window Jan 28, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                      I'd like the more recent replies first and the older replies last. Note: I may be able to do this myself, but I am not a computer "weenie" so If I can please give me a hint!

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                                                        Servorg RE: jackfredi Jan 28, 2012 07:11 AM

                                                        The reason behind the oldest posts first is because often the thread develops in a logical sequence, with the more recent posters commenting on things that have already been said up thread. If you come in at the end of the story often times it makes little sense without reading what started the comments added on as the story progresses.

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                                                          alkapal RE: Servorg Jan 28, 2012 08:12 AM

                                                          i agree with servorg; however, it'd be neat to be able to "jump" to the first unread post, then on to the next one -- esp. on these super-long threads.

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                                                            greygarious RE: alkapal Jan 31, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                            I'll second that. I would also like 2 colors of "New" flag on my profile page. The additional color would indicate that the unread post is in reply to one of MY posts, and a way to jump directly to it.

                                                            I would like the latest post list to be removed the gray section at the bottom of the page, and to return to the feature it replaced - a box on the right side of the page. That box was for new *threads*, and included the board on which the thread appears.
                                                            I HATE seeing something like "New bistro in Arlington" in the current gray section, then to click on it and find it's Arlington VA, not MA.

                                                    2. sbp RE: alkapal Jan 28, 2012 06:31 PM

                                                      A free samples button. Some folks on here can COOK!

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                                                        HillJ RE: sbp Jan 28, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                        Oh then I'm requesting smell -o - vision for the same reason! Especially around the holidays!

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                                                          toodie jane RE: HillJ Sep 9, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                          ...like Les Blank's 'aroma-round'......

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                                                        hetook RE: alkapal Jan 28, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                        I wouldn't mind an edit option when posting a comment on CH stories.

                                                        1. meatn3 RE: alkapal Jan 31, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                          I'd like a way to be able to manually arrange/group my "Saved Boards". Some I view daily, some not as much.

                                                          I'd also like a way to organize my :Saved to Profile" threads. There doesn't seem to be a useful way to search them and I'd love to be able to group them in more relevant files.

                                                          It would be very useful to have the date a post began show on the original beginning post. With so many similar topics if would save time when you are looking for a specific thread.

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                                                            alkapal RE: meatn3 Jan 31, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                            i wholeheartedly agree with being able to organize my saved threads.

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                                                              HillJ RE: alkapal Jan 31, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                              me too including being able to archive a personal collection of older posts rather than entertaining the idea behind a kill switch to uninvolve myself from a thread. I was a lurker long before I started posting and I still read 10x more posts than I respond to.

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                                                            LAWoman RE: alkapal Jan 31, 2012 03:24 PM

                                                            Have asked before but will make my plea again.

                                                            When I check in to read unread posts each day, I only want to read unread posts from certain boards. Instead of having to go back to the full list of boards each time, why can't I specify a list of my selected boards? I originally rejoiced when the "Saved Boards" feature was introduced but that was short lived upon finding that opening any of the boards on my saved list opens the full board, rather than unread posts only. Why can't this be an option within Saved Boards???

                                                            1. meatn3 RE: alkapal Feb 4, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                              After reading a thread there is a "click" option at the bottom left to return to the XYZ board.
                                                              It would be great if it returned you to the point where the just viewed thread had been. This would be especially useful for the times when you have already traveled several pages back on a board.

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                                                                small h RE: meatn3 Feb 4, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                                Use your backspace button.

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                                                                  meatn3 RE: small h Feb 4, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                                  Thanks, I usually do. I had just noticed this "click" option recently and tried it. Figured I'd mention it in case tptb look here for feedback!

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                                                                jon44 RE: alkapal Feb 4, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                                I'd like the ability to block certain users from responding to my posts. I find there are a few people who consistently indulge in making completely off-topic comments.

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                                                                  alkapal RE: jon44 Feb 5, 2012 05:39 AM

                                                                  if they are off topic, then just report the off topic comment. i don't like the idea of blocking people from responding to posts.

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                                                                    jon44 RE: alkapal Feb 5, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                    I see your point, but I haven't seen any action taking on reporting posts. And it seems like the same 2 or so people who constantly indulge in some idiosyncratic musings having little to do with topic at hand.

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                                                                      alkapal RE: jon44 Feb 5, 2012 10:04 AM

                                                                      my experience is different.
                                                                      sometimes we don't agree with the responses, but that is OK.

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                                                                    freia RE: jon44 Feb 5, 2012 08:00 AM

                                                                    How about a Poster IGNORE button? This means they could post away but you don't have to see it. See, when you open a thread with new posts all of the new ones are displayed, so if you could ignore the poster their post could open but be blank so you don't have to read it. You could scan down and read the other new posts, as all of the new posts open when you go to an updated thread. The poster can post away, just you don't have to see it, and you can scan down and read the new stuff without problem.

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                                                                      linguafood RE: freia Feb 5, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                                      Or, you could use some self-discipline and skip it.

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                                                                        freia RE: linguafood Feb 5, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                        Of course! All I'm suggesting is that the Ignore button is pretty standard on alot of discussion boards. And on this one, all new posts are put out there and an ignore button lets one not have to even scan it. I just thought it would be a neat suggestion, that's all. After all, the topic is "what feature would you like to see?". This is one I'd like to see. No rights or wrongs here, then?

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                                                                        Gabatta RE: freia Feb 7, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                        2nd

                                                                    2. Pedr0 RE: alkapal Feb 4, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                      Rich text formatting. Even the least sophisticated message boards have this.

                                                                      I second being able to un-follow threads as well.

                                                                      1. rworange RE: alkapal Feb 4, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                        First of all Chow didn't ask anyone what they want.

                                                                        Second, personally I'd like to see a restaurant database. If you don't want to see it eliminated chime in here.

                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827433

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                                                                          DiveFan RE: rworange Feb 10, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                          >did we wake up on the curmudgeon side of the bed?<

                                                                          No, said another way is 'Chow management has their own agenda, so Don't Waste Your Time' asking for site enhancements when they destroy major amounts of contributed content.

                                                                          @alkapal - Don't take it personal, please. Love your helpful posts on Home Cooking :-).

                                                                          Back to OT, I'd like an 'Export Personal Recipes' button.

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                                                                            alkapal RE: DiveFan Feb 10, 2012 07:00 PM

                                                                            no offense taken, divefan.

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                                                                          freia RE: alkapal Feb 5, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                                          How about a Thread Ignore button. It could be on your page, so if you are no longer interested in a thread you could push the thread ignore button and you wouldn't have the thread jumping to the top of your unread page whenever someone posts on it. Might be easier than a thread delete function to get up and running? And the thread could stay on your list of threads with just an IGNORE beside it, so if you get that irresistible urge to peek, you could still have quick access to it?

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                                                                            hetook RE: alkapal Feb 5, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                            I would like to recieve just one CH notification, when someone posts on a board I'm involved in. I seem to get many duplicates that I've already checked.

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                                                                              smartie RE: alkapal Feb 6, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                              I would like a 'like' button so we don't have to open a post to see +1 when somebody agrees with a post.

                                                                              I would love a # of new added posts to a thread rather than just see the 'new' and open the long post to see there is only 1 reply (which often just says +1 see above).

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                                                                                bbqboy RE: smartie Feb 7, 2012 06:26 AM

                                                                                previously, on "As The Site Talk Turns"...
                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763088
                                                                                :)

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                                                                                  meatn3 RE: bbqboy Feb 7, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                                                  Be careful...soaps are a dying breed!

                                                                              2. meatn3 RE: alkapal Feb 6, 2012 09:30 PM

                                                                                I'd like to see the digests expanded.

                                                                                I'm in NC. Since the last change in boards there are parts of my "region" that I am much less up-to-date on. I would love a regional digest which gave me the highlights of Atlanta, Tn/Ky, Va., the Gulf coast state. A digest of Fl which covered both boards.

                                                                                This could also help remedy some of the frustrations caused by board designations which differ from how the residents define their area.

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                                                                                  hetook RE: alkapal Feb 7, 2012 05:07 PM

                                                                                  It would be nice to able to contact an individual poster on CH, for some private advice. ie baking maybe it's possible?. Who wants to open a whole thread for one, small question.

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                                                                                    Servorg RE: hetook Feb 7, 2012 05:12 PM

                                                                                    That's sounds like a subject that can be talked about on board over in Home Cooking...No?

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                                                                                      hetook RE: Servorg Feb 7, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                                                      Maybe it`s more of a Facebook thing than Chow. I'm still pretty new.

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                                                                                    freia RE: alkapal Feb 7, 2012 05:20 PM

                                                                                    I'd also like a "follow thread" button, where I could keep an interesting thread on my page without having to post to it. Some threads I find very interesting specifically because I have absolutely no info about it nor anything to contribute to it. Instead of clogging up the thread and everyone else's page with a "+1" post or something equally meaningless, it would be great to have this feature. It could be combined with an "unfollow" button whereby you could opt out of following a thread including those you have posted on (like what the OP was suggesting).

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                                                                                      Servorg RE: freia Feb 7, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                      You can save them to your favorites and follow them from there (or even bookmark them).

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                                                                                        freia RE: Servorg Feb 7, 2012 05:25 PM

                                                                                        Thanks! :)

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                                                                                      INDIANRIVERFL RE: alkapal Feb 13, 2012 09:29 AM

                                                                                      The entire world does not speak English. Should be able to translate to get greater input from locals. This broadening of users would generate greater add revenue. Especially if the ads are locally driven, rather than US centric.

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                                                                                        BobB RE: INDIANRIVERFL Feb 13, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                        What do you mean by "should be able to translate"? That the site should have a language translator? To & from what language(s)? It's easy enough to copy anything into AltaVista or Google Translate and get any translation you need.

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                                                                                          INDIANRIVERFL RE: BobB Feb 13, 2012 01:12 PM

                                                                                          I have no idea how to bounce from this site to those and back without losing the sites. Not everybody grew up with Windows or Apple. In my case I grew up with a sliderule instead of a calculator.

                                                                                          When I go to many European or Caribbean sites, especially for tourists, there is normally an icon displayed to translate into various languages. I don't see the trouble that it would be for me to go to the Europe board and have my posted in both the native language and mine. That way I would have the advantage of getting info from both traveler's and locals.

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                                                                                            Servorg RE: INDIANRIVERFL Feb 13, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                            "I have no idea how to bounce from this site to those and back without losing the sites."

                                                                                            Open up another browser window and do your translate thing and then copy the now translated verbiage. Go back to the original browser window that has the CH page (which you kept open the whole time you were translating) and paste in your information. Done.

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                                                                                              linguafood RE: INDIANRIVERFL Feb 13, 2012 01:53 PM

                                                                                              I doubt that posting on the "Europe" board in the respective languages would garner any more results from locals, given that English is the official CH language, and the average CH user -- like myself -- presumably is fluent enough to be using this particular website.

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                                                                                                toodie jane RE: INDIANRIVERFL Jul 7, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                ditto

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                                                                                            John Francis RE: alkapal Jul 5, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                            A delete button. Standard on the other forums I use, and I miss it here when I've replied to an early message in a thread, then read on to find that somebody else has already said the same thing..

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                                                                                              Servorg RE: John Francis Jul 5, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                              If you are still within the 2 hour window of putting up your post you can go back in and change your message to one of "edited for repetition" (or any other phrasing you find more palatable). You can even put up something along the lines that I have when I've replied to a post and am now reconsidering my reply in total when I've changed it to "redacted due to sudden bout of sanity" and you can always use the self report button to ask the P's that B to take down your post. As long as no one has replied to it that wish will probably be honored.

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                                                                                                MGZ RE: John Francis Jul 5, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                Maybe you should read the whole thread before posting?

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                                                                                                  alkapal RE: MGZ Jul 5, 2012 04:18 PM

                                                                                                  MGZ, you is a radical!

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                                                                                                    John Francis RE: MGZ Sep 9, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                                    Like, when there are 498 messages in the thread? Nobody can be expected to do that.

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                                                                                                      MGZ RE: John Francis Sep 9, 2012 08:26 AM

                                                                                                      If you don't read don't comment. Do you walk into an ongoing conversation without listening and simply say whatever's on your mind? Is it really that hard to read 500 comments? I've read books with twice that number of pages before I discussed them.

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                                                                                                        Servorg RE: MGZ Sep 9, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                                                        I don't think there is a 500 post thread, hell even a 50 post thread, that doesn't have one or more sub threads that have become separate conversations that only peripherally revolve around the original starting topic. I think it's safe to say one can chime in on one of those sub treads without being found "terminally off topic" or "overly obvious and banal" for what one has added to the conversation - all without reading all of the posts in the thread. Especially so when one considers that we are hardly curing cancer or stopping genocide on these threads...

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                                                                                                          MGZ RE: Servorg Sep 9, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                                                                          But that wasn't the concept at issue in this subthread.

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                                                                                                            John Francis RE: Servorg Sep 13, 2012 05:26 AM

                                                                                                            Check out "Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - Third Quarter" - 509 messages so far and half a month to go. Very few of those messages aren't direct responses to the original topic - I know because I read them as they were posted. If someone wants to speak up for or against a Trader Joe's product, who would blame her if someone else had done so previously - and who would condemn her for not searching the whole thread to make sure she isn't saying essentially what someone else may have said? I haven't seen any complaints about that within the thread.

                                                                                                            To MGZ, I wouldn't want to seem uncivil, but answering your comment in the same spirit and tone, when I want your advice, I'll ask for it.

                                                                                                            I've been posting in online forums and message boards since joining CompuServe in 1985 and know all about the conventions and etiquette. However, the overriding concern has always been to enable and invite members to speak up, with no prerequisites other than civility. If the Chowhound Team has a different house rule, I'd be glad to hear it from them.

                                                                                                  2. chowser RE: alkapal Jul 6, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                                                                    I've said this before but I'd like to know if someone replied to me, especially in longer/older threads. Sometimes threads get long and I ignore them. Occasionally I pull them up to find someone has asked me a question. I feel rude that I ignored it for so long.

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                                                                                                      pine time RE: chowser Jul 23, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                      Yes, would be nice if my posts could be bordered in a contrasting color...could find responses much quicker, especially in a long thread.

                                                                                                    2. toodie jane RE: alkapal Jul 7, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                                      bring back the places and mapping function.

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                                                                                                        jujuthomas RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                                                        not sure if it's been mentioned already, I'd like to see the nav bar pin to the top of the screen when you scroll down through content.

                                                                                                        1. jrvedivici RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                                                          I would like a boxing glove to come out of a persons screen and punch them in the nose if
                                                                                                          1.) They are answering a question with an answer that has already been given 3x's or more in the other threads following the original post
                                                                                                          2.) The question being asked is a time sensitive one (ie...Looking for a place to eat this weekend) and it's dated 2 years ago and someone reply's today.
                                                                                                          3.) You criticize someone for their opinion.....it's ok we all have different opinions feel free to state yours but stop trying to make it seem as if because you call it gravy and not sauce your way is the BEST!!! Zip it....!!!

                                                                                                          Is that too much to ask?

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                                                                                                            alkapal RE: jrvedivici Aug 7, 2012 04:46 AM

                                                                                                            ok, you can have the boxing glove, if i can have chariot spikes on my hubcaps.

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                                                                                                              eclecticsynergy RE: alkapal Sep 9, 2012 02:08 AM

                                                                                                              I saw a tractor trailer last week with 6" chrome spikes on the front wheel lugs- it looked like something right out of the Road Warrior movies! Nobody's going to be encroaching on that guy's lane. Eventually I realized this would make it easier to line things up when changing a wheel. But not before I had a good laugh.

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                                                                                                                alkapal RE: eclecticsynergy Sep 9, 2012 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                oh wow! wonder where i could get some? LOL. 6 inch spikes are quite impressive, and i'm surprised the state inspectors permit those. check this
                                                                                                                http://images.search.yahoo.com/images...

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                                                                                                              John Francis RE: jrvedivici Sep 9, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                                                                              #3: not too much to ask. #1 and 2: definitely too much to ask. If a thread is forever, then it might as well be updated now and then. And if a thread is long enough that the OP has been answered 3 times, the inconvenience of reading it is trivial compared with the inconvenience of skimming past redundant answers.

                                                                                                              If Chowhound wants to discourage people from reviving old threads, without actually deleting the threads, then the date or at least the year of the OP could be given in the lists of topics. In most cases that would be the current year, of course. If Chowhound doesn't care, then why should we?

                                                                                                            3. buttertart RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                                                              A supress threads that you really, really wish you hadn't posted on from showing up in your feed button. Please.

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                                                                                                                sbp RE: buttertart Aug 6, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                Ha, good one. If I had known I'd be seeing it for the next 5 years, I'd never have posted on "Foods you can't keep in the house because you can't stop eating it."

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                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: sbp Aug 7, 2012 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                  I'd like to can the dreaded what do you do with the water you boil a certain comestible once known as a tube steak in (I can't even bring myself to type the real thread title) thread. It totally skeeves me out. WHY did I rise to the bait?

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                                                                                                                John Francis RE: alkapal Sep 13, 2012 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                Mark all threads as read, in specific boards, my profile, or overall. That way, the only threads marked as [NEW] wil be those with messages that really *are* new, since the last time I visited Chowhound. (If this feature already exists, I'd be glad to hear about it.)

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                                                                                                                  soupkitten RE: alkapal Sep 13, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                  can we get some sort of mapping ability back? already? :(

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