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New on Chowhound: Recommend Button

We've added a Recommend button to each post on Chowhound. If you see something useful or interesting, you can click to recommend it. You can recommend as many posts as you want, excluding your own posts. Click on the recommend button a second time to remove your recommendation.

You can hover over the number (or click, on mobile) to see which users have recommended a post. Recommends are listed in reverse chronological order (the user who recommended a post most recently will appear at the top).

Like with all new releases, we'll be monitoring how the recommend button gets used, and we'll also be gradually adding features to it. If you notice any bugs with the recommend feature, feel free to report them on Site Talk. See our FAQ on Reporting and Solving Technical Problems: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877664

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    1. Could you take a few moments to explain what the feature is intended to be used for by way of example. And, is this feature in any way an effort to offer a LIKE option for posters?

      Recommending a recipe or tip within a thread is a simple example but hitting the recommend button to agree with a strong opinion from a fellow poster (where +1 is often used now) is that also the purpose of a recommended button?

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      1. re: HillJ

        I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only CH looking for a bit more information on the intended and varied use of a new Recommend feature.

        1. re: HillJ

          +1, with everyone wanting more information on Recommend.

          This is positive feedback. Whatever Recommend is, I desire the pop-up window go away for good after logged in and acknowledge there is a new feature. The pop-up window keeps coming back. Confusing as to when. Expects viewer to re-acknowledge 'click in window' which causes me concern as a bad computer habit. From a user perspective Recommend works like a virus, spyware, or malware. Hope recommend gives CHOW new positive tools worth the pain. Eventually Recommend should stop its many common and frequent interruptions (especially if logged in as a user who already knows about the new 'feature'). Problems are opportunities to improve with good end-user feedback. Can CHOW please stop the pop-up window from coming back? I am with jen kalb and then cwdonald who said a couple hours ago, "would love a feature that says check this box so you do not see the pop up again". DING, DING, DING, great idea cwdonald.

          1. re: HillJ

            I have no idea if I just appropriately used the "recommend" button however I'm hoping it will bring some more attention to your post requesting clarification!! lol

        2. Right now the only recommend number shown is in the OP the rest are closed as already read comments.

          Any comments with Recommend #1 or more numbers, are not open to view unless you go back and physically open the individual comment. So how would we know there was a recommendation within a thread unless we expanded the entire thread every time we return to read it?

          And, I just realized that if you hover over the number beside the Recommend button a list of who recommended it pops up leading you to member profile pages...interesting choice.

          1. Dave, a question about how this function performs. If I recommend something (perhaps I see a dish I'd like to make), will my recommendations be recorded somewhere on my profile...like a bookmark feature for individual posts?

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            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Not at this time, but that is on our radar as something we may want to do with this info in the future.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                Ok Jacquilynne, thanks. I definitely think that would enhance the utility of the feature.

            2. Glad real and not a virus. The color choice miss-match with the rest of the site was a concern here when first saw it after five re-boots.