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Mar 5, 2012 12:03 AM

Losing interest


Gosh, Chowhound, I'm so sad to say that I'm finding the site and boards to be, well, BORING.

The discourse about cooking and eating has lost its oomph.

And I yearn for a mobile app.

Woo me back. I miss you.

  1. I agree! And the people here take themselves WAY too seriously! I just want to discuss food and those wonderful little finds. When people differ in their opinion, they do it with venom. Definitely not the Chowhound of yesteryear. Well said, Discerning1 -- woo us both back, Chowhound. Please!

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      1. "Jokes" or any attempt at levity here will be dealt with immediately.

        Thread deleted in 5,4,3,2..

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        1. re: Pedr0

          NO TIME FOR JOKES! We have to talk about my constitutional right to tap water and free bread in restaurants! And that waitress was snotty and they wouldn't make me a turkey sandwich and the music is too loud! That's not a pretty shade of white at the top of the page and I'm cold!

          1. re: Samalicious

            And there are wolves after me!!! I love that line!

            Sad to agree--CH is not the playground it once was. I do still learn here and am grateful for my continuing education, but it sure seemed to be a whole lot more fun when I first climbed aboard this crazy train!

            1. re: Samalicious

              And too many people are using smart phones and the glaring lights bother me, so is it OK that I left a penny tip?

          2. My thoughts in making the original comment were along different lines than the direction the discussion has gone, although the responses are interesting.

            I was thinking that there used to be people who I assumed were CH staff or at least hired by CH to start threads...Melanie Wong, Ruth Lafler, for example. I thought their comments were interesting and provoked good discussion. But that doesn't seem to be happening anymore.

            And there doesn't seem to be any outreach to garner new members of the community, so the same people are posting fairly similar things on the boards I inhabit. I enjoy new ideas from many people.

            The videos and features rarely change and that makes me very sad. I enjoy the Chow Tip videos and I really liked the multi-city food tours, especially the Oakland one.

            The interface needs a revamp and once again, give us a mobile app!

            CH feels like an underfunded enterprise. It used to be scrappy and an upstart. Now it just seems neglected.

            Give us back the sparkle, the flavors, the excitement, please.

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            1. re: Discerning1

              Since I posted the previous statement an hour ago, I've been trying to understand more about Chowhound itself. I'm not in the in-crowd...I didn't know the history or that it had been sold by founder Jim Leff to CNET (which I guess is now owned by CBS?). I still don't understand the difference between Chow and Chowhound.

              I'm astonished how little help Wikipedia is in explaining all this. Will one of you in the know please explain...are you well-known and frequent posters employees or passionate community members, has the mission of the community changed, etc.?

              1. re: Discerning1

                Start here and read it - installment by installment - until you've either had your "educational" fill or you've reached the end of the story:

                1. re: Servorg

                  Whoever takes the time to follow the above link and read Jim Leff's blog may feel the same way I do about some of the above comments that refer to 'cranky OLD people' and "retired third grade teachers.' The people who made the original CH great were definitely not cranky, yet definitely not youngsters.
                  We all have our reason for liking/disliking the current state of CH boards. As for me, I'm not thrilled with the crowd of 'young' snide nasties.

                  1. re: prio girl

                    I came to CH in 2001 and still enjoy the food tips on the LA board. I think there is a HUGE disconnect between what goes on with the Top Chef threads on Food Media or some of the gigantic "shoot first and take prisoners later" threads on Not Food and what happens on the local or regional boards with regard to restaurant and other food tips.

                    To this day, and throughout my 11 years here, I still find new and exciting places to eat at via the hounds on the LA board. This type of thread is a "throw away" thread as far as I am concerned. It won't help me eat better and it won't improve my enjoyment of CH.

                    But it is diverting (in a way I'm sure the moderators find distasteful) and assists in whiling away the hours in, what otherwise, is a typical and mundane winter day here in sunny SoCal.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      I think one of the advantages of different boards is that people can be shielded, for lack of a better word, from what they don't want to see. I can't count the number of times older posters have thanked TPTB for the chains board, which I very rarely visit (can't remember the last time I've been there), the Not about Food board or the Food media board. I can understand people disliking the Top Chef thread but it's easy enough to avoid. There are many threads on things I have no interest. I do find that the local boards stay very topical and see little external chitchat. Though I don't participate as much, I'm an avid reader of those posts and have discovered many great places (and used to always be asked by friends how I discovered them but now they just ask "Chowhound?").

                      Reading this thread, though, gives me a better understanding of what those "cranky old people" have been talking about. I get a lot out of CH still and it's easy to disregard the rest. That one gem is worth the search. General Chowhounding used to be full of threads that were thought provoking and provided good information on the background of foods. Those types of conversations have disappeared over the years, replaced with the "I hate/love xxxx, what about you?" type. I do miss those old threads.

                      1. re: chowser

                        I tend not to read the GT board very much. I do mostly lurk on the Home Cooking board and get some great recipe ideas over there but tend not to contribute (my bad). But 90 plus percent of my time and energy is on the LA board. As far as my use of CH is concerned the value I receive, and hopefully give, is about the same as it always was based on my involvement and enjoyment of the LA board.

            2. .Ok, I have OFFICIALLY lost complete interest in posting. And it is sad. But true. Reached my limit. Sigh.

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              1. re: freia

                hmmm, looks like all of my posts in this thread have gone away. i wonder what happened? ;-)