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Release Notes for 9/26/13 - Changes to Profile

Hi Everyone,

Several changes went out in today's release, and the most noticeable are related to Profile. Here are the details:

1) As a logged in user, if you navigate to your own profile page, the default landing page will be called "My Followed Discussions." Here you will see a list of all discussions that you are following, which is private to you.

a) If you participate in a discussion, it will automatically be added to "My Followed Discussions"
b) If you don't participate in a discussion, you can still add it to your "My Followed Discussions"
c) If you no longer want to follow a discussion, you can remove it from your "My Followed Discussions"

2) As of right now, you'll see that "My Followed Discussions" is populated with all of the discussions you've ever participated in, plus all of the discussions you've ever saved. The star that was being used for saving discussions is now being used to follow discussions.

3) Email Notifications, if you choose to have them on, will be based on "My Followed Discussions" which means that you can get email notifications about discussions you are interested in (but haven't participated in), or you can stop getting emails about discussions you are no longer interested in. You can control whether or not you receive email notifications in your settings (this is the same as it has been).

4) Navigation for Profile pages on desktop has changed. On desktop and tablets, you will see buttons that let you navigate between the different parts of profile. On your own profile, you have access to 6 pages: My Followed Discussions, Reading List, All Discussions, Posts, Photos, and Saved Recipes. If you look at anyone else's profile, you'll only see the four public pages: All Discussions, Posts, Photos, and Saved Recipes.

5) Navigation for Profile pages on mobile devices has also changed. From any profile page, you can click the heading which launches a dropdown, and from this dropdown you can navigate to different sections of profile.
6) On your Settings Page, you'll notice similar new navigation systems (both on mobile and desktop).

7) There is no longer a way to "Save" a discussion, since our new Following feature replaces this. Your "My Followed Discussions" currently incorporates all discussions you've ever participated in, PLUS your previously saved discussions. However, if you still want to access the page that contains only your previously saved discussions,it is still available by following this url: http://www.chow.com/profile/#####/fav... (insert your profile number where you see the #####). We are only going to keep this page up for 1 or 2 weeks, so if you want to use other software or your browser to bookmark these discussions for future reference, you should do that now. Of course, unless you decide to unfollow them, they will always be a part of "My Followed Discussions."

8) A permalink feature is now available on mobile: if you click the date of a post, your browser will navigate to that specific link, which will allow you to share a specific post or bookmark it.

I think that's the bulk of what's being released today. As usual, if you notice any bugs, feel free to report them here. If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them. We're hoping this new functionality makes things more clear for all users, and also adds a functionality that some users have wanted for many years.

That's all for now,

Dave MP

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  1. What about the big yellow stars?

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    1. re: coll

      Since we're using stars at the top of discussion threads for following/unfollowing, we also put the same stars on the profile so you can unfollow discussions there if they're ones you no longer want to see updates on.

    2. Really happy about the permalinks being added to mobile!

      1. I like the ability to unfollow discussions, but the loss of the "saved discussions" feature is a real blow. I've participated in thousands of discussions on chowhound. Finding the dozen or two that for one reason or another I have saved -- going back to discussions more than ten years ago -- is going to be next to impossible.

        It feels like once again the PTB at Chow have made decisions without taking into account how they would affect their most loyal long-time users.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I wish they were still separate for the same reason, but because they're not, I just went to access them per the info in the OP and bookmarked them all (around 50 in my case) in my browser, in a "saved threads" subfolder in with my general CH bookmarks. Any others I want to save for reference purposes going forward (vs. follow while they're active), I guess I'll be bookmarking now.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            The oldest thread in my saved discussions is:

            "Speaking of Meyer Lemons, Caitlin...

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/17053

            Some of us spent a lot of time with search engines finding old discussions and saving them!

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            Hi Ruth,

            We talked about this decision for a long time, and looked closely into the numbers. What we found is that most users were saving discussions very infrequently, and that users who were saving discussions the most were actually using it to follow along with ongoing discussions, as opposed to bookmarking an old discussion for future use.

            For users who have posted hundreds or thousands of times, but who also have a small number of saved discussions, it's true that the saved ones are now lost in the shuffle. The good news is that if any of these discussions *do* get updated, you'll see them in My Followed Discussions. And because we've left your "Saved Discussions" page up for the time being, there's still an opportunity to save these links elsewhere, whether in your browser as Caitlin describes, or using an application like Evernote. We purposefully left this page up because we knew there would be some users who would want to keep these bookmarks separate.

            Hope this makes sense, and thanks!
            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP

              Yes, but I'm not saving those old discussion on the off chance they get updated if someone posts to them. I'm saving them so I can reference the info already there when I want to.

              1. re: rasputina

                That's why I bookmarked all of mine, and it works for for the occasional times I reference them. It was sort of fun bookmarking them and revisiting each of them and thinking "wow, right, krissywats cracker recipe!" "Oh I forgot I had this great thread saved on concord grape recipes" "Hey, I never did try this place, I really should do that".

                1. re: Chris VR

                  Krissywats has a cracker recipe? Must.Have.It.

                  Ah, here it is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/278744

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    OK, I've started a new thread here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9184... called "rediscovered" favorites, where we can post links to all of our favorite discussions that we find during our bookmarking process...

                    ~TDQ

            2. Where do I find my "profile number"?

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              1. re: carolinadawg

                yes please, i looked for mine on my profile page, didn't see anything that resembled it...

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  It's in the URL for your profile -- go to your profile page, the URL for the page will be something like: http://www.chow.com/profile/10159 (10159 is my profile number).

                2. re: carolinadawg

                  Another way to do this is to go to your profile, and then just add /favorites onto the end of the URL.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    What's a profile number and why should I know about it?

                    1. re: John E.

                      Click this - it's your CH profile # at the end of the URL.

                      http://www.chow.com/profile/1157657

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        I sort of got that from Ruth, but I still don't know why I need to know it or how it might be useful.

                        1. re: John E.

                          From Dave MP's OP:

                          7) There is no longer a way to "Save" a discussion, since our new Following feature replaces this. Your "My Followed Discussions" currently incorporates all discussions you've ever participated in, PLUS your previously saved discussions. However, if you still want to access the page that contains only your previously saved discussions,it is still available by following this url: http://www.chow.com/profile/#####/fav... (insert your profile number where you see the #####). We are only going to keep this page up for 1 or 2 weeks, so if you want to use other software or your browser to bookmark these discussions for future reference, you should do that now. Of course, unless you decide to unfollow them, they will always be a part of "My Followed Discussions."

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Thanks. The funny thing is, I just read #7 and figured it out before scrolling down. I don't think I ever used the save function. I just bookmarked them into a folder on my browser.

                  2. So does 1c efectively mean that I can finally rid myself of threads I've lost interest in??

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                    1. I'm curious about what "My Reading List" is.

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                      1. re: magic

                        It's a list of threads that people on your "People I'm Reading" list have posted in. If you have on people you're reading, it'll be blank.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Yes, lovely I now I have to scroll through 60+ pages of posts to find the one page of saved discussions I actually care about.

                          1. re: rasputina

                            You know what each Release Note reminds me?

                            They're like those posts on the Home Cooking board where some poor sap asks "My soup came out too salty, what can I do to save it?"

                            And people suggest things like "add potato" or "add sugar" or "throw in some onions" or whatever.

                            That's what each Release Note reminds me of.

                            Stop with the "improvements" ... just leave us with salty soup, our tastebuds have already adjusted.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              And has been pointed out to me ad nauseam when I have offered similar comments to other changes, "it's their site, they can do what they want. If you don't like it, start your own site".

                              1. re: carolinadawg

                                No argument here on that point (a point that I've made myself).

                                But that said, I'm still fully entitled to complain.

                              2. re: ipsedixit

                                > Stop with the "improvements" ... just leave us with salty soup, our tastebuds have already adjusted.

                                They did add the permalink-on-mobile feature you asked for: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894478. I'm happy about that!

                                1. re: PeterCC

                                  Yup, that's like making some more of the same soup without the salt and then combining.

                              3. re: rasputina

                                Read number 7 in the OP. Saved posts can be easily located for a week or two, and bookmarked for future reference.

                              4. MAJOR issue = I was in the WFD thread for awhile (several hours), reading and posting while I was doing something else. When I reached the bottom of the thread, I went back up to my profile - and saw the changes you'd made.

                                There were a few new posts on the WFD thread, but when I went to open them, I realized that there were many more posts that had been posted while I was in the WFD thread that were now collapsed...and yet I hadn't read them yet.

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                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  But hasn't that always been the case? I know I frequently see collapsed posts that I hadn't read. I assumed it was because I was posting at the time they were being made and it's just an idiosyncracy of the site.

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    Nope, I had been able to read anything that was being posted *while* I had the thread open and reading other posts, c oliver.

                                    For instance, I had the WFD thread open from about 8 to 10pm. Reading occasionally while watching The Big Bang Theory ;-), and posting occasionally on that thread.

                                    The updates to the overall CH site happened during that time frame, I believe, so when I was done with the thread over the period of two hours, I clicked my profile name, and saw the "Tabs of 6" at the top. I also noticed that the WFD thread was showing new posts. Clicked on it again to read, and noticed about 5 replies to someone else's thread that had been posted in that 2-hour time period were collapsed - even though I hadn't read them yet.

                                    Prior to this most recent site update, all of those posts would have been open for me to read.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      Odd that our experiences have been different. But I've never posted over a two hour period on the same thread.

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        Usually I don't either. I just hadn't had time to read that thread during the day, and it gets rather busy, so there was a lot to read.

                                2. I am a senior and throughly confused

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                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                    I'm a senior also. What are you confused about?

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      i guess changes caught me off guard-
                                      i need to re read the new changes slowly

                                      1. re: jpr54_1

                                        how do u delete from my followed discussions?

                                        1. re: jpr54_1

                                          You see that little yellow star at the TOP of this discussion (Dave MP's original post about the changes). I think if you click that, it gets removed.

                                          Try "liking" a discussion you've not commented on clicking that discussion's "Follow this discussion" gray star. It'll turn yellow. Then click it again, and it'll go back to gray.

                                          Conversely, go to your "My Followed Discussions" and click the yellow star next to a thread you no longer wish to follow. It'll be removed from your "My Followed Discussions" the next time you refresh.

                                          1. re: jpr54_1

                                            Just click the star to the left of them, or, if you're viewing the thread you no longer want to follow, the star at the top of the page.

                                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                Clicking that star removes the topic from my "all discussions" list but I'm still seeing it in my profile listing of the topics I've responded to. That's the page I'm used to starting from to see new replies on topics I'm part of. What am I not understanding?

                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                  If you start on "my followed discussions" you won't see any of the stars that you 'turned off.' But you will see new replies on the others that you've replied to.

                                                  1. re: Midlife

                                                    Hi Midlife,

                                                    If you use a bookmark in your browser to go to your profile, you should switch the URL of your bookmark. Make it be: http://www.chow.com/profile/11405/fol...

                                                    This should be your new page to see new replies on topics you're a part of (or that you have chosen to follow).

                                                    1. re: Dave MP

                                                      Thank you all!! Another mystery solved.

                                                      1. re: Midlife

                                                        Spoke too soon. When u click on the star of a Mu Followed Discussion I'd like to eliminate, should it go away or at least not appear next time? That's not happening.

                                                        1. re: Midlife

                                                          Go up to the top right corner and click on your profile. That should do it.

                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                            I'm doing this on an iPhone, so that may be why I'm not seeing this. I don't see my profile or anything called 'my profile' at the top.

                                                            1. re: Midlife

                                                              No help for you there unfortunately. Others will I'm sure.

                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                On an iphone the behavior works the same way. If you click the yellow star, you'll see it go gray. That means you're no longer following the discussion. After that, the discussion won't show up anymore on your "My Followed Discussions"

                                                                To get to your profile in the mobile site, you can:

                                                                1) Click on your own name anywhere on the site.

                                                                or

                                                                2) Press the red box in the top-left to display your menu/drawer, and then click on your username from there. Click the top of any profile page to navigate to other parts of your profile (your photos, your posts, etc.)

                                                                1. re: Dave MP

                                                                  Finally........ Closure ;o)

                                                                  Not sure why the star wouldn't work before, but it just worked.

                                                      2. re: Midlife

                                                        i used to start from All Discussions as well, but i've now bookmarked My Followed Discussions to start from. you still see replies to the topics you're part of.

                                                        and it *appears* to me that we are still able to follow new discussions (by clicking the star) just as we used to be able to save them, whether we are a part of them or not. is that true, Mods?

                                                        I am actually pretty pleased with these new changes. i particularly like the My Reading List being so readily accessible, as it opens up new topics for me that i might now have found without searching a particular Ch-er.

                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                          Yes, that is correct. You can follow any discussion by clicking the star, which will add it to your "My Followed Discussions" page.

                                            1. Thank you for finally implementing an unsubscribe function!!

                                              This has been going on for a while now. See this vigorous debate:
                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/823989

                                              Mr Taster

                                              1. Thanks for the unsubscribe function! Now, I can go troll on general, home cooking and not about food without getting those annoying updates.

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                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                  Well, you weren't getting them unless you replied. But now we can make one statement and let it go. YAY!

                                                2. Please, please, consider leaving saved discussions available for longer than just a week or two. I'm traveling and won't be home for nearly three more weeks. Can't possibly bookmark my saved discussions while I'm away and am heartbroken at the thought of trying to find them among years and years of "My Followed Discussion."

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                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                    JoanN, save the link (in browser window) to a Word doc for safe-keeping and deal with it later.

                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      The link won't work, though, after it's deactivated, so accessing it after that point won't help. However, what you can do (and maybe this is what HillJ is suggesting and I am misreading, in which case, sorry!) is save the page to your local drive as a .html file.

                                                      On your browser, under the File menu, there should be an option to "Save Page As..." or something like that. Choose that option, choose where on your computer's hard drive you want it, and make sure you are choosing HTML format. When I first tried it, Chrome had an option to save as "Webpage, Complete" or "Webpage, HTML Only". The first option didn't work but the second did. Then you can just access this saved HTML page on your computer whenever you want to access your Saved discussions, or you can click on each and bookmark in your browser.

                                                      1. re: Chris VR

                                                        But if a user is traveling, and hence perhaps also only accessing the web via mobile device, that's also not an option.

                                                        1. re: Chris VR

                                                          Yeah, that's what I was trying to convey-you did it much better in the right "speak" anyway. And Chrome too-as you mentioned.

                                                          and fwiw (in the future), this is the kind of save the program and mobile app (for Caitlin) Evernote takes care of beautifully too.

                                                          1. re: Chris VR

                                                            Whereas I just clicked on each of the threads in my Saved Discussions, and saved each to a bookmark folder called "CH Saved" in my bookmarks toolbar.

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                              I did the same, but if, like JoanN, a user won't have time to do that in the week or two before it goes away, saving the page as HTML makes it easy to bookmark later.

                                                              1. re: Chris VR

                                                                i wasn't able to figure out how to save the page as html, but stopped trying to figure out how to do that when I realized that I could email the pages (all 12 of them) to myself.

                                                                Now I can access them wherever I go!

                                                                ~TDQ

                                                            2. re: Chris VR

                                                              Afraid I can't do any of that on mobile. Can't even find my profile number on mobile. I actually have Evernote, but it doesn't do me any good if I can't get to a list of my bookmarked pages.

                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                Your profile number is 11407. The direct link to your Saved discussions is http://www.chow.com/profile/11407/fav.... It does load in my iPhone's mobile Safari. From there I can open and individually bookmark the threads I've saved.

                                                                As an aside to the CH techs, nice touch redirecting a link to another person's favorites back to my own, I assume for privacy reasons. So if anyone else clicks on the above link to JoanN's favorites, it won't show her previously saved discussions.

                                                                1. re: PeterCC

                                                                  Hey, what's great about that redirecting feature is that every single one us can just click on that link you just gave Joan, and it will take us to our own favorites. None of us have to worry about what our profile number and replacing the xxxxx's etc in order to get at our favorites.

                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                                                    Thanks, PCC. That's a big help. Now all I need is to stay away from the tapas bars long enough to bookmark them. But I suspect it's not gonna happen

                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                      Sorry I couldn't be of more help to ya!

                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                        Hi, Joan,

                                                                        I sent you a quick email about this to your registered email address -- not sure if you have access to that from the road.

                                                            3. Dave, I would like to use the link you provided but part of the link is truncated.

                                                              http: //www.chow.com/profile/#####/fav

                                                              What comes after that?

                                                              ~TDQ

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                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                It's (leaving off the www etc. so it doesn't go live and truncate): chow.com/profile/####/favorites

                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                  Thank you Caitlin. I can only access a hundred saved threads using that link. Is there something I need to do to get the next hundred?

                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                    O.M.G. I see that, if I scroll down, there are some links to more pages of favorites. At 100 favorites per page, I have 12 pages. I have bookmarked 1200 threads???????

                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                      I guess you don't like to play favorites...

                                                              2. I just tried the url, several times, and got the Chow "Page Not Found" sadness. Any help? I saved those discussions for a reason, ya know...

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                                                                1. re: monfrancisco

                                                                  Never mind-- "favorites"! Got it. Thanks much Caitlin!

                                                                2. Is there a way to jump between boards without having to go back to the main page?

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                                                                  1. re: cronker

                                                                    If you've "starred" a board, you should be able to mouse-over the My Boards menu under the Chow logo and then click on the board you want to go to. The most popular boards are under the Chowhound menu.

                                                                    I don't believe this works in mobile. That is, since you can't "mouse over" in a mobile browser, you have to click the little "My" button to go to the list of your favorited boards.

                                                                  2. "If you no longer want to follow a discussion, you can remove it from your 'My Followed Discussions'"

                                                                    Thank you!

                                                                    1. yeah received e-mail on update

                                                                      1. Okay, having successfully bookmarked my "saves", here's my suggestion: Different colored stars for what used to be "saves" as opposed to "followed"?

                                                                        And thanks much for the delete option.

                                                                        1. I recently stopped receiving e-mail notification on ALL of my discussions, even those I no longer wish to follow. I haven't changed my settings so what's going on?

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                                                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                            Hi MacGuffin.

                                                                            For some reason your email address got flagged as spam by our third-party provider. I've cleared it so you should start receiving your notifications again.

                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                Great! Thanks for letting us know.

                                                                          2. One thing I really like is knowing that I can participate as little as I wish and then unfollow. There's a current thread about tipping in France. I asked a question, got the answer, followed a bit more and then opted out. Quite efficient.

                                                                            1. Hi, all,

                                                                              I wanted to update everyone to let you know that it's likely that the old pages that held your Saved threads will be going away soon, so if you want to bookmark those separately from your Followed threads, now is your chance. Visit your profile by clicking on your username in the top right corner and then change /following at the end of the address to /favorites to get to those pages.

                                                                              If you're reading this in the future and thinking "But I didn't see this before now! Are my saved threads lost forever?" we do still have a solution for you. We took a backup copy of all the Saved threads at the time of the switchover, so if you weren't able to save your threads you can send an email to moderators@chowhound.com and we'll be able to send you a list of them.

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                                                                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                Thanks for the reminder. I just saved my entire list of Saved threads as an HTML document that I can access as needed. I would have bookmarked but the total is too scary.

                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                    If you go to your Favorites page, you can choose File and then Save As in your web browser, and then choose 'Web Page, HTML only' and that'll save a single file with all the details from a given page. When you open it back up in your browser later, it won't necessarily look exactly right (images may be broken, etc), but the links should still work.

                                                                                    If you have more than one page of saved threads, you'll have to do it for each page separately. Make sure you're set to viewing 100 threads on the page (the toggle for that is at the top of the right column) so you need to save the fewest number of pages.

                                                                                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                        I did exactly as you described, Jacquilynne, but I emailed it to myself. So now I can access it from any device that allows me access to my email... And I needed to refer to my archives this morning, in fact!

                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                        1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                          Cool. I've never used "save as webpage" before -- I guess I never really understood how that function worked. So I saved my threads (which actually I'd already done manually) AND I learned something.

                                                                                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                      Why are you changing it? I was just thinking how successful the current format is.

                                                                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                        Hi, MacGuffin, I'm not 100% sure what you're asking here.

                                                                                        Are you asking why we changed from having separate saved discussions and discussions you've participated in?

                                                                                        Or are you asking why, now that we've merged saved discussions and discussions you've participated on into the followed discussions function, we're planning to remove the old saved threads pages?

                                                                                        1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                          The latter, and thanks for the quick response.

                                                                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                            The new combined version is built in a different way under the hood, so the old Saved threads data was imported into the new structure and the old structure isn't being updated. It won't include any threads people choose to Follow from now on.

                                                                                            At this point, it's just an outdated page that people can't easily access, and keeping it from breaking over time would require ongoing testing and recoding as the site changes around it.

                                                                                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                              Just to because I understand too, are you saying that all discussions I've participated on will continue to show under My Followed Discussions? I've never knowingly "saved" a discussion, but have just looked at those I've participated on when new posts appear. Sounds like I'd have nothing to save. Does that sound right?

                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                Correct, the discussions you've participated on will continue to show under your Followed discussions unless you click the star to manually remove them. If you've never manually saved a discussion in the past, there's nothing you need to do differently now.

                                                                                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                  Thank you. Sometimes limited engagement is a good thing.

                                                                                    2. Dave MP wrote: "However, if you still want to access the page that contains only your previously saved discussions,it is still available by following this url: ... We are only going to keep this page up for 1 or 2 weeks, so if you want to use other software or your browser to bookmark these discussions for future reference, you should do that now."

                                                                                      Would it help convince you to keep the "favorites" page up longer if I told you this was one of mine:

                                                                                      Goodbye London - All my favorites, Sep 23, 2010 by Dave MP in U.K./Ireland

                                                                                      :o)

                                                                                      Seriously, I just discovered this change, and even with the only 25-30 saved discussions, it's gonna take me a little while to catalogue/bookmark/whatever I decide to do. And it's now already been over a couple weeks since you posted this, so I'm afraid it's gonna blow at any time.

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                                                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                          D'oh, I missed that. I did a search on this page for "saved discussions" and that sub-thread did not have that phrase.

                                                                                          Good one, thanks!

                                                                                        2. re: Alcachofa

                                                                                          Ha, thanks, I'm glad you liked my London post :)

                                                                                          We are still probably going to be removing those pages in the next week or so, but remember that:

                                                                                          - The discussions you had previously saved will still be in your "Followed Discussions"

                                                                                          - If you don't have a chance to bookmark your saved discussions elsewhere before we remove those pages, just send an email to moderators@chowhound.com from your registered email, and we'll be able to send you a list of them.

                                                                                        3. I am completely lost on this post. Can someone help? A long time ago, maybe 2-3 years ago. I could save recipes, by clicking save. I had a lot of saved recipes. I have no idea how to find them or do so in the now. I can't find profile. Why does this board keep changing and is so hard to navigate for people like me who are not computer savvy.

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                                                                                          1. re: Mollybud

                                                                                            You can get to your profile by clicking on your username in the top right corner of the page, or by clicking on it where appears above your post right here. Once you're viewing your profile, click on "Saved Recipes" in the menu in the middle to get back to those recipes you saved.

                                                                                            This link should also work for you: http://www.chow.com/profile/204717/re...

                                                                                          2. I keep trying to use the "unfollow" function, but it doesn't seem to work. Whether I have de-clicked the yellow star or not, every thread I've posted to keeps appearing in the list of threads on my profile page, bumped to the top if there's a new post in it. What good is this function? I don't want to get notified of new posts on some of these threads!

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                                                                                            1. re: travelmad478

                                                                                              That's unfortunate; it works perfectly for me (and is much appreciated). Perhaps the technical support team can offer assistance?

                                                                                              1. re: travelmad478

                                                                                                Are you using a bookmark, by any chance? If so, you may have your "All discussions" page bookmarked rather than your "Followed discussions" page.

                                                                                                This is your All Discussions page: http://www.chow.com/profile/14255
                                                                                                This would be your Followed Discussions page:
                                                                                                http://www.chow.com/profile/14255/fol...

                                                                                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                  OK, I think Jacquilynne's response captured the problem. I will change my bookmark to the Followed page. May I ask what is the purpose of having an All Discussions page, if that just contains threads that I specifically said I don't want to follow?

                                                                                                  1. re: travelmad478

                                                                                                    Perhaps it's there in case you ever change your mind and want to find it again?

                                                                                                    1. re: travelmad478

                                                                                                      All Discussions doesn't contain just things you said you don't want to follow, it contains all the things you've posted in, regardless of whether you want to follow them and not the things you've chosen to follow but haven't posted in.

                                                                                                      Your all discussions page is public, so other people who find your tastes match theirs can check out your other posts.

                                                                                                      It's also a record of everything you've posted in; posters may eventually want to see some of those things, even if they don't necessarily want to follow them from day to day.

                                                                                                      It's also something we had before and it's not that difficult to maintain, so we didn't need to take it away.

                                                                                                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                        Fine. I will now unfollow this thread...