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What does the hourglass next to a thread mean? I see it next to an old COTM nominating thread. Does that mean it's no longer alive, or relevant?

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  1. Is it an hourglass or padlock? The latter means the thread has been closed to additional comments, or "locked".

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      No, it's definitely an hourglass. A big, cartoon-y hourglass. Maybe you can see it here, where I saw it:
      http://www.chow.com/search?query=nomi...

      Or maybe it's a fishbowl. Or a coffee brewer.

      1. re: L.Nightshade

        Yep, that is definitely an hourglass, lol. Never noticed it before...my guess is that it's there to alert one to the fact hat there is a "time factor" involved with the thread. For example, that thread says "nominations are accepted until March 16th".

        1. re: carolinadawg

          That's exactly what I thought, but the other COTM nomination threads with expired dates don't have it.

          Obviously, it's not affecting my use of CH. But now I'm just curious!

          1. re: L.Nightshade

            Search results include an image from the thread if one is available. That's something someone in the thread uploaded in one of their posts.

            1. re: Jacquilynne

              Oh, that's a cool idea! Thanks!

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                Nice idea. I'll note that the image only displays when viewing "All". When I select "Chowhound", no image for the same thread in the results. Is that a bug?