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Oct 15, 2012 02:44 PM

Unread Posts feature to be eliminated

After careful consideration, we have decided that we will soon be removing the Unread Posts feature from Chowhound. This is the feature formerly known as Hot Posts. This change will likely go into effect in the next week.

Very few people are using the feature, and in many ways, it isn't working as was originally intended.

Here are links to some discussions from the past year that pertain to this feature:

Please note that logged-in users will be able to visit any board and see which discussions are read vs. unread, using the new flags there. Those who want to see the newest discussions on all of Chowhound can do so by visiting the Chowhound homepage: -- we are planning to paginate this page, which will allow users to browse all new discussions.

We're making this change now in advance of some exciting design changes that will be coming to Chowhound in the next few weeks.

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  1. Unless one of the "exciting design changes" is a feature very similar to "unread posts", this is a terrible idea!!! (And I very rarely use more than one exclamation point.)

    1. Gulp. "exciting design changes that will be coming to Chowhound in the next few weeks." usually means giant train wrecks of bugs and complaints.

      1. I've been using the hot post feature since day 1. Its the fastest way to stay updated. Really bummed that you are eliminating it.

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        1. re: shaebones

          I'm with you shaebones . . . bummed, but change is usually hard to cope with, especially on this site. Courage!

        2. The unread posts feature is a duplication of the Chowhound homepage, the only difference looks to me to be navigating to rather than to the unread posts feature located in one's profile. Kudos for a good design decision.

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          1. re: janniecooks

            Yep - considering how long it took me to even find it to figure out what everyone was talking about, this seems like a logical removal.

            sorry for those who use it, though.

            But "exciting design changes" sounds like "I'll respect you in the morning", "the check's in the mail", "I only had one cookie, Mom", and "the company has been sold, but there will be no changes".

            1. re: janniecooks

              Maybe I'm missing something, but all I see is one page of "latest post" links. It doesn't specify a time period (and obviously we cannot set that personally as in some other forums) for what constitutes "latest" and it seems to be a small subset of the existing "unread" feature.

              Guess we'll just have to wait for the newest design changes to see what the end result is, but "Unread Posts" is the primary way I look at Chowhound forums - it's just too cumbersome to navigate through all the forums I have an interest in.

            2. Okay, so what I want to know in the simplest of terms is, once I've finished reading the threads I've been posting in, is there one handy button I can press to see all the recent posts from all the boards??
              Sometimes there are posts on boards I don't visit that I'd like to chime in on. Such as this one.


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              1. re: Davwud

                the main page at -- all the latest posts on all the boards.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  This main Chowhound homepage can be accessed from anywhere on the site in 1 click....just click on the word "Chowhound" in the navigation bar (i.e. don't select anything from the dropdown, simply click "Chowhound")

                  1. re: Dave MP

                    But that gives only ONE PAGE of "unread posts", whereas the "Unread posts" link from one's profile links to all posts going back for pages and pages. I use the link from my profile page. The link from the Chowhound home page is very limited and, frankly, USELESS for going back more than that brief snapshot ONE page of posts represents.

                    1. re: huiray

                      It's going to be paginated, as you noticed below.

                      1. re: Dave MP

                        Will we be able to access it from our Profile Page? It is not now accessible from there. At least, not that I can see.

                        1. re: JoanN

                          The front page is accessible from everywhere on the site via the Chowhound item in the main navigation menu. Hovering over it drops down the list of boards, but clicking it takes you to the front page.

                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                            Thanks. I never noticed that. I always hovered.