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Apr 27, 2013 01:50 PM

Forecasting about the Recommend feature

Ch Mods say: We're not planning to post a definitive statement on how people should use the recommend button... as we roll out other functionalities based on recommends, something we definitely plan on doing.

Focusing entirely on the "other functionalities based on recommends" --
How would you, as Hounds, like the Rec's to be used?
What would make them more useful?
What other functionalities can you envision, good-bad-aggravating-game changing?

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  1. Here's a few.

    Already in use as a voting tool, for board projects like Dish of the Month, Cookbook of the month, the Recommend button is convenient for casting your vote.

    How about recommending an interesting OP over recommending an individual comment?

    How about a Recommend featured on CHOW? Hit the button to highlight a review, recipe, report, video, blog entry, etc. for fellow CH’s to check out. Why not cast your opinion on the content provided by the hard working CHOW staff!

    "Discussions You Might Also Like" section that pops up on every thread page (on the right side) to something like Recommend a Topic and help a fellow CH cross reference older threads that align with the current topic they’re reading. Help CH's find what they are looking for by cross referencing other ongoing discussions boardwide.

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    1. re: HillJ

      Perhaps many of your suggestions could turn into two new sections on a person's Profile page?
      A "People you follow have recommended" section and
      a "You have recommended" section,
      both linking to Threads and not necessarily individual posts.
      The CHOW articles you/they recommend could also be listed there.

      1. re: Kris in Beijing

        Not that it's up to me at all Kris but I'd rather leave the focus on the content and point to a OP/CHOW page/site page than ever use the Recommend button to point to an individual CH no matter where that feature was presented.

        I'm also not fond of the popular Who's Reading Me/Who I'm Reading and for as long as that feature has been a part of the design, I have yet to select an avatar of my "favorite hound" and add it to my profile. I don't play favorites and I like the community contributions-underline community.

        Until recently, I didn't realize my approach was all the odd. Oh well.

        1. re: HillJ

          Since TPTB are open about expanding the REC's applications, I'm hoping that we can have some input. I also don't "follow people" and I've decided that I'm not using the REC feature at this time for anything, unless there is a clear survey way to do it.
          What I don't want is some tracker on my page that says "You've been recommended 148 times!!!" or the like. Ugh.
          Further, because I have a personal hang-up about reviving posts that are more than a year old, I wouldn't use your "You might like" ideas either.

          1. re: Kris in Beijing

            ..because I have a personal hang-up about reviving posts that are more than a year old, I wouldn't use your "You might like" ideas either.
            Not my idea; just a rename. Chowhound already offers Trending Now (ties in with fairly new posts) and Discussion You Might Also Like (threads that run from old to new) that cross reference threads.

            I hope more CH's reply to your post and share ideas.

            1. re: HillJ

              Sorry - I meant I won;t be using the ideas you suggested about "Discussions You Might Also Like."

              More than once I've clicked over and commented, only to discover that it was a thread from 2003 that was last commented upon in 2005, and I've said something "useful" like
              "Meeee toooo!!"

              1. re: Kris in Beijing

                Funny. While I've come across a few comments like that, I find that a restaurant review can use an update far faster then a wonderful recipe provided by a CH with some amazing use for xyz ingredient. Home Cooking threads should live on a good long while even with the occasional "mee too!" :)

                And for newcomer in 2013, a 2005 thread is brand new...and up to them to tickle through the massive catalog that IS Chowhound.

              2. re: HillJ

                And since my ideas aren't implemented, I won't worry about their use :)

                Shooting the breeze is free.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Even with deeply discussed ideas, I'd like for them to be new threads-- that way, the new people get to participate in true back and forth as opposed to tagging along at the bottom of a massive thread.

                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                    Kris, I never thought about participation that way, ie: tagging along at the bottom of a massive thread.

                    Tagging about the bottom happens when you don't attach your comment to another CH. A basic reply to the OP, right?

                    Maybe that's why very familiar CH's tend to pop in and comment tagged in reply to another CH near the top of the thread rather than unreplied to a CH winding up at the bottom of a thread....hmm. Interesting observation.

                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                      Most threads aren't massive. But a CH just posted about keeping any related thread recommendations posted to the right within a certain time period so outdated threads have a smaller chance of turning up. The example given was a food event posted to the right now long expired.

                      Seems like this type of OP could have a built in expiration date if the PTB created a board or sub category via Sticky just for food events and time sensitive information sharing. Being able to Recommend these items would be nice while still timely.

                      In its current role, the CH "archive" is too large to be useful.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        >>In its current role, the CH "archive" is too large to be useful.<<

                        I just use google and find CH posts of all ages quite useful.
                        I type in
                        followed by a space and the word[s] I'm searching.

                        But I still don't think "Dinner on Sat 26 Jan 2003 at Controversial Chef's Place" needs to be commented upon today.

                        1. re: Kris in Beijing

                          Yes, I use search engines all the time, just not the CH/CHOW search engine to find a thread. Which makes no sense for a large archive intended to assist members. A website specific search engine should be better at finding it's own archived material than a third party search engine.

                          I was wondering what type of OP's you would like time stamped. Just those with specific dates built in that have now expired or all board OP's? For instance, plenty of restaurants reviews are archived from Regional boards and the restaurants have closed.