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Refugees from Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Get Stuffed site

MidwesternerTT Dec 24, 2012 03:15 PM

Any other "refugees" over here on the Chowhound board? I enjoy reading recipes and food-related discussions, and had been looking forward to some extra time over the holidays to do so at the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree food section (Get Stuffed). Unfortunately that portion of the website closed Saturday, with no estimated time for it to re-open.

So THANKS, Chowhound, for being here

Other refugees - Reply here, especially if your posting name is quite different from on the other site - so we can continue /restart recipe recommendations?

  1. MidwesternerTT Jan 30, 2013 09:41 PM

    The LP Get Stuffed branch has been reactivated, for any Refugees or Hounds who want to stop on over there again (or anew).

    It's been great fun getting to know the folks here, and I can see that I'll continue to enjoy both sites.

    1. mcf Jan 9, 2013 11:48 AM

      Welcome to all the Lonely Planeteers, hope you like it here and stick around.

      1. MidwesternerTT Jan 7, 2013 05:05 AM

        Some of the LP travel branches have re-opened, in limited manner, but it looks like it may be a while (if ever) until the food / GS branch does so.

        Thanks, again, Chowhound, for staying open to cooking conversations and not just restaurant reviews.

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        1. re: MidwesternerTT
          The Chowhound Team Jan 7, 2013 05:15 AM

          Our Home Cooking board (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31) has been one of our most active boards for years and our Cookware forum (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/41) is quite active as well. Other boards that may be of interest are our Wine (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/34), Beer (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/35), Spirits (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/36) and newly established Cheese board (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/91). We've also recently established boards for Vegetarians/Vegans (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/89) and those on Special Diets (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/90). We even have a board dedicated to Gardening (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/62). Take a look around, and make yourselves at home!

          While it's always sad to see a forum close, we're looking forward to your input!

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            hereandtherenz Jan 8, 2013 06:10 AM

            A wine forum! Definitely going to check that one out!

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          fieldgate Jan 4, 2013 06:50 PM

          Another TT GS refugee here (just registred).
          The closure of TT looks misterious. I've been on the forum since its beginnening. I can't remember something like this ever happened before. Now it's been two weeks and it stinks.
          I found a possible explanation in an article in Independent:

          "Bruce Taylor, wrote: “The state of Lonely Planet is depressing. Shutting Thorn Tree is the latest eg of BBC clearly not understanding what they bought"

          I joined TT in the 90s when it was mainly a travel forum, and quite an independent one. That's what the members liked and that's why it had become the most popular travel forum on the internet..
          I've used it a lot in my travels - I never bought a LP guide book though. The forum has been the best source of first hand information with lots of good advice from other independent travellers.
          Maybe BBC, the owner of LP, came to realisation that the forum doesn't serve their business well. Or even more - it's countrer-productive for their main business. If it's true it'll be very sad.

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          1. re: fieldgate
            bbqboy Jan 4, 2013 06:59 PM

            maybe CBS will buy it.

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            earthmarble Dec 30, 2012 02:01 PM

            I can appreciate site moderation but it's suspicious that they would have shut down an entire website for the reasons mentioned in the media. If they were truly trying to nab someone they would let the discussions run so as to track. If they were wanting to hide discussions/links immediately there are many ways to have done this without inconveniencing the many travellers who have come to love the lonely planets forums. I'm not comfortable with this as it feels like a prelude to reigning complete control over this web of interaction rather than pinpointing the problem, banning certain users and deleting threads. When something like this doesn't make complete sense i tend to think either someone is experiencing liability issues or there's an infringement of profit. Maybe we've put the Lonely Planet guidebooks out of business? :P

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            1. re: earthmarble
              Servorg Dec 30, 2012 03:52 PM

              The answer to why the reaction was to shut down the site can be found in this part of the story linked by Melanie Wong above: "The source claimed executives at Lonely Planet's parent company the BBC, still sensitive after the Jimmy Savile scandal, "went into full, freak out, panic attack mode..."

            2. bbqboy Dec 25, 2012 01:58 PM

              What a weird message on there. Closed down because some posts don't conform?
              http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/
              We should feel grateful, I think.

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              1. re: bbqboy
                Melanie Wong Dec 26, 2012 12:51 AM

                http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/ne...

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  bbqboy Dec 26, 2012 11:11 AM

                  Yikes!

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                Nutraxfornerves Dec 25, 2012 12:20 PM

                I stumbled across this post while doing a search to see if anyone has reported on what happened to Thorntree. I've been registered here for years, but rarely use the site.

                1. DuchessNukem Dec 25, 2012 12:01 AM

                  Well, welcome to y'all! Hope you find some great stuff to chat about here with us. :)

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                  1. re: DuchessNukem
                    MidwesternerTT Dec 25, 2012 12:24 PM

                    Thanks, DuchessNukem. I've found the Christmas Cookies topics in the Home Cooking area and am enjoying reading what others made this year.

                  2. Pata_Negra Dec 24, 2012 11:39 PM

                    they sometimes close it down for a couple of weeks so the mods can have hols.

                    unless the site has been compromised...

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                      sparky403 Dec 24, 2012 05:43 PM

                      I was not even aware they had a food site - That site was invaluable for planing my trip to cuba.

                      I will definitely check it out once it's back up.

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