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Refugees from Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Get Stuffed site

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?

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  1. 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.

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

      unless the site has been compromised...

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

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        1. re: DuchessNukem

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

        2. 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. 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. 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

                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. 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. 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

                    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!

                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

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

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

                    1. 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.