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Apr 16, 2013 07:20 PM

How are YOU/ would you be/ do you want to be using the Recommend feature?

Ch Mods say:We're not planning to post a definitive statement on how people should use the recommend button. People are already using it in different ways, and I think this will continue to evolve as we roll out other functionalities based on recommends, something we definitely plan on doing.

So--what's YOUR take?

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  1. Chowhound use to have a saying, Rate the Chow not the CH.

    Recommend is a rating system.

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    1. re: HillJ

      So, HJ, you will use the REC when the Information in a Post is valuable?

      1. re: Kris in Beijing

        I'll use the Recommend button to nominate or vote on a food project like HCDM currently active on the Home Cooking board. It's a time saver as a nomination or voting tool for projects. But I won't be using the Recommend button to express pleasure (agree) or displeasure (disagree) over a comment made by fellow hounds.

        1. re: HillJ

          I use it, but only on people I like. ;-)

          To be perfectly honest I went recommend crazy the first week it was rolled out, then, like a spoiled child by noon on Christmas day, the novelty wore off.

    2. I use it when I agree with the post and would have answered with similar information. Over the 12 years I've been here, it has sometimes felt a bit useless and redundant to see the "me too" and "I agree" posts, which don't add additional information. I think the recommend button might help keep threads more succinct. I don't see it as HillJ says -- not a rating of the person who posts it, but about what they said.

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      1. re: Terrie H.

        I don't see it as HillJ says -- not a rating of the person who posts it, but about what they said.
        I appreciate the comment Terrie H. and to be clear with you I wouldn't know that's how you are electing to use the Recommend button without you actually stating it. The "click" tells me very little about your opinion. And for my time spent enjoying a thread, conversations involve conversing not clicking. There's nothing succinct about guessing why you clicked on the Recommend button to a comment for others reading along the same thread. So, it might help you but it doesn't help me when I'm trying to be a part of the same thread.

        I don't see an end to the use of plus 1 or to common replies or redundant threads because CH's like to have a voice and express their opinions in a comment box or by creating a new OP. So for my CH experience, the Recommend button just added a passive; sometimes aggressive reply. Now you can count repeats instead of reading them.

        1. re: HillJ

          Understandable that you aren't a fan for the reasons you have given. I see it as a good feature to agree with a particular post. That's how I see it and use it.

      2. Kris, The CH Team also added the ability to keep track of how many times your comments have been Recommended in your personal profile list of posts. Does that feature give you a good feeling? Some sort of boost to your CH experience? Because that feature really confuses me. If the Recommend is not a rating system, why would we need to know how many times our own comments have been Recommended after the thread has run its course?

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        1. re: HillJ

          "The CH Team also added the ability to keep track of how many times your comments have been Recommended in your personal profile list of posts."


          I spose I'm waitin' for them to post our "Recommends" like grades on a schoolhouse wall.

          By the way, apparently, you can use the "Recommend" button for subtle irony too.

          1. re: MGZ

            Oh, there's nothing subtle about irony MGZ.
            Time for a ride, gotta fly!

            1. re: MGZ

              {{Removing my leather riding glove and swatting MGZ across the face}}

              "I challenge thee to a recommend duel Sir!"

              No, I really don't. You are a far more accomplished contributor to these boards my friend.

              {{Placing my glove back on, mounting my donkey and riding home}}

              1. re: jrvedivici

                If you're willin' to risk tryin' on those steel bracelets again, my friend, I suggest we step outside . . . .

            2. re: HillJ

              HJ -- I agree that "Personal Tracking" really muddies the way I think about the Rec #'s.

              I OFTEN spend time constructing an OP in Word, and many many times as soon as I read one of my own post I have to go back in and tweak it because I Instantly see that I made something unclear.

              Thus, unfortunately, my emotional reaction to a Rec would be that it was a celebration of my own wordcraft.
              And then I'd probably do an internal Sally Field Oscars dance.

              My Conclusion, for me -- for the time being, I'm not using it.


              In about 6 months, I am going to guess that it will become a synonym for the fB Like indicator.

              Without clear directions, people will use something how ever they want to. People lean toward familiar use of new things. SO MANY people use fB that the overwhelming urge--even the Unconscious urge-- will be to use a REC indicator in the same way as a fB Like.
              Just because we haven't been told otherwise.

              1. re: Kris in Beijing

                I completely follow your own observations. I welcome clear directions and at work people count on me for the same. This "let's offer it and see what "they" do with it dance" in a site moderated for making the wrong move I find out of step and like I said confusing.

                But I recognize that there are Hounds using the button. On whole, use of the Recommend button appears to be pretty light tho.

            3. am not really using it in any great way. The few times I have it as in “like” from facebook (meaning great post) but then I still feel like I need to comment! I probably piss a ton of you off, LOL!

              I don't really pay attention to other "recommends" in light of the fact that even a mod (?) here said he sometimes uses at agreement (ie: I ate there/tried it too and agree it's great/bad) but he also uses to note that he likes the way a post is written even if he never ate there/tried it. Since there is no commentary attached to the “recommend” his became worthless to me as I don’t which one it is.

              There are a couple of regular posters I follow and I think I “get” how they are using it so those are little more meaningful.

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              1. re: foodieX2

                I also use it as a "like" button, for when I "Like" a post but don't really want to add a comment like, "Yes, I agree."
                I also find it useful when I don't particularly want to jump into a heated discussion, yet still agree with what someone has to say.

              2. I personally use it in the voting threads, in the WFD threads when something sounds good but I don't feel the need to create a post that says "That sounds great!". I also use it in other threads where someone says what I was going to say or was thinking... in the place of posting "Agreed" or "me too!" If I DON'T agree and feel strongly about it, I'll post... but if I'm just neutral, I'll not respond at all, which is most of the time, since I approach life in the "don't sweat the small stuff" mentality.

                I love the feature actually.