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Melanie Wong Mar 31, 2012 04:16 PM

Liking the smaller font, blue color making it more clear that these are links, but something has gone wrong with the choice of threads that feed in. On a Phoenix board thread, the threads displayed as
"Phoenix Board discussions" are from many other boards and not related to the regional board:

Cheese production facility visits in France ( 4 replies)

Cheese in Tampa ( 37 replies)

cheese! ( 76 replies)

French raw milk cheese -what are the best that are imported? ( 11 replies)

Costco holiday cheese selection ( 18 replies)

Lactose Free Cheeses: Do They Exist? ( 108 replies)

New Whole Foods, what should I buy? ( 38 replies)

Cheap Goat's Milk in Fresno? ( 2 replies)

Healthy cottage cheese in Montreal? ( 22 replies)

What to eat with cottage cheese? ( 463 replies)

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Mar 31, 2012 04:26 PM

    Another example for a topic on the SF Bay Area board, titled "Cafe Rouge grilled squid",
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840725

    The suggested threads, but for the last one, are NOT "San Francisco Bay Area Board discussions", and have little connection to the topic at hand. I doubt that they'll encourage more click-throughs.

    FARRO! ( 32 replies

    )

    Frugal meals ( 199 replies)

    Super-Frugal Meals -- around $1 per serving -- Beyond Rice and Beans ( 301 replies)

    Your Favorite Weight Loss Tricks and Recipes ( 199 replies)

    Instead of barley ( 10 replies)

    thailand's center point - delicious ( 41 replies)

    WEIGHT WATCHERS FOODIES: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 4 ( 256 replies)

    Melissa Clark's Cook This Now - Cookbook report ( 71 replies)

    Favorite Pressure Cooker recipes ( 93 replies)

    AQ - SF ( 30 replies)

    1. meatme RE: Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2012 08:30 AM

      This is what I saw at the bottom of the screen while reading the above post:

      Site Talk Board discussions
      New Soup Thread for 2012... ( 112 replies)

      Cooking From "X" Cookbook threads. Is there a list of all these threads on Home Cooking? ( 40 replies)

      April 2012 Cookbook of the Month: Melissa Clark Month ( 2 replies)

      A New Beans Thread ( 95 replies)

      WEIGHT WATCHERS FOODIES: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 4 ( 256 replies)

      What were your last cookbook purchases? Holiday edition! [old] ( 250 replies)

      Feeding a congregation ( 23 replies)

      Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2011 [OLD] ( 420 replies)

      September 2011 COTM Companion Thread: Nigel Slater ( 45 replies)

      April 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations Are Now Open! ( 127 replies)

      1. Allstonian RE: Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2012 10:42 AM

        Yet another example, from a Greater Boston Area thread ("Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, Chelmsford," http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841539 )

        Greater Boston Area Board discussions:

        Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst ( 105 replies

        )

        Best noodle soups in San Gabriel Valley? ( 84 replies)

        Revelatory new Sichuan restaurant--Legend on 7th Avenue at 15th ( 131 replies)

        Guide to the New World Mall Food Court ( 137 replies)

        Review: Golden Palace in Flushing - Chinese Dongbei Cuisine ( 62 replies)

        Grace Garden - Chinese in Odenton ( 257 replies)

        SF CH looking for authentic or different Chinese and Taiwanese food ( 65 replies)

        You, Me and Ugyhur: Omar's Xinjiang Halal (SGV, Pics/Review) ( 52 replies)

        Lan Sheng – First Rate Szechuan in Midtown ( 113 replies)

        Food stalls on the corner of Maple and Main street Flushing? ( 50 replies)

        1. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2012 01:18 PM

          And today, the smaller blue-colored font has disappeared, returning to the black font. Also noticed that this feature appears on mobile view on my iPhone, whereas in the past it only appeared at random and mostly not.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Caitlin McGrath RE: Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2012 01:45 PM

            Everything's in blue for me today. Most threads I've looked at are showing appropriate suggestions (though not this one!).

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              drewskiSF RE: Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2012 03:11 PM

              black old sized font for me too.

              and yes, weird choices of threads to link.

            2. Engineering RE: Melanie Wong Apr 2, 2012 10:50 AM

              Three issues pointed out, so three responses for you:

              1) The off-board recommendations are definitely incorrect. We should have that cleaned up relatively soon.

              2) The appearance of those recommendations (such as font) is being tweaked intentionally at the moment, so that change is fortunately unrelated to the above issue.

              3) Is the fact that recommendations are consistently appearing on the iPhone a problem, or was that noted as a silver lining?

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              1. re: Engineering
                MplsM ary RE: Engineering Apr 2, 2012 05:25 PM

                Could you hide them until they're fixed? It's really distracting to see an enticing thread you thought you might have missed only to realize it's for a completely different part of the globe.

                1. re: Engineering
                  Melanie Wong RE: Engineering Apr 3, 2012 11:20 AM

                  Thank you.

                  3) A good thing. I like this feature and am happy that it is showing up on mobile view now.

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                    KTFoley RE: Engineering Apr 3, 2012 11:51 AM

                    In the meantime, the regional boards like Minneapolis St-Paul are getting thread replies that read like non-sequiturs and add nothing to the conversation. Shall we continue to report them so that the discussion maintains some kind of value?

                    1. re: KTFoley
                      Jacquilynne RE: KTFoley Apr 3, 2012 02:14 PM

                      If people are posting random things on the wrong boards, please do report them, and just leave a note that that's the problem. We'll take care of them.

                    2. re: Engineering
                      Allstonian RE: Engineering Apr 3, 2012 12:22 PM

                      "1) The off-board recommendations are definitely incorrect. We should have that cleaned up relatively soon."

                      I hope so. On the Greater Boston Area board it's getting worse, not better.

                      1. re: Engineering
                        rose water RE: Engineering Apr 4, 2012 02:06 AM

                        3. is a good thing, as far as i'm concerned. provided, of course, that they go back to being related threads

                      2. Engineering RE: Melanie Wong Apr 5, 2012 09:42 AM

                        On a slightly belated note, this should now be working. Let us know if you see any additional issues with Related Threads.

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                        1. re: Engineering
                          Allstonian RE: Engineering Apr 16, 2012 01:00 PM

                          It was better for a while and now it's not-quite-right again. The suggested threads are at least from the same board, but are no longer particularly on-topic. For example, from this thread on the Boston board ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844453 ) here's the list of suggested related threads:

                          Greater Boston Area Board discussions
                          Thai North in Brighton ( 33 replies
                          )Wegman's announces a Newton location ( 39 replies)
                          Anyone try Forum in Boston? Great deal on Google.. ( 0 replies)
                          Graduation lunch location? ( 3 replies)
                          Sichuan Food at Top Garden in Tewksbury . . . WOW!!! ( 54 replies)
                          Missing In n Out Burger in Boston? ( 1 reply)
                          Lowell's Udupi Bhavan:"Hole in the Wall" South Indian Vegetarian Cuisine at its Best (slogan:Good Luck Trying to Find Us) ( 33 replies)
                          piment d'espelette [moved from Home Cooking] ( 4 replies)
                          16th birthday for sushi lover - any ideas in ( 5 replies)
                          Communal Tables in Boston? ( 4 replies)

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