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Nov 11, 2013 08:03 AM

Should Trader Joe's have its own board?

This question is only partially tongue-in-cheek.

Of the 25 threads on the home page of the Chains board, 13 of them are about Trader Joe's.

That seems excessive. I'm a bit of a Costco fan, but there have never been Costco threads this numerous.

Granted I am not a Trader Joe's fan; I don't like it and do not ever shop there. But it's kind of annoying to have to wade through all the TJ threads to find something else that interests me.

Two solutions come to mind:

(A) Split off Trader Joe's onto its own board (which seems a tad silly) or
(B) Do a quarterly thread for items TJ, the way we do for Costco; that would cover Brie, Sparkling Water, Valencia butter, and all the other TJ stuff about which people are creating individual threads.

Comments? Questions? Other ideas? The inevitable snarking from TJ lovers?

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  1. Or you could just ignore the threads you don't want to read...

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    1. re: cwdonald

      But as the OP says - it does tend to congest and dominate the Chains board. I've often wishes there was a separate one for TJs (or Grocery chains) myself...

      1. re: sockii

        The Chain board has never really been that much of a quick turn over board so not sure of the issue.

    2. I have a feeling the threads are monthly because a quarterly TJ thread would be too cumbersome.

      Its easy to skip what you don't want to read and there is a search function if you don't feel like scrolling to find something.

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      1. re: weezieduzzit

        Well. No. I look at the first page of the Chains board; when more than half of the threads are TJ threads I don't see much else. So no, I don't skip. On that board, I look every couple of days, and if stuff that interests me is supplanted by TJ threads, I just don't see it.

        1. re: jmckee

          Well, that's your choice. Its only as big of a deal as you decide to make it.

      2. Yes, Trader Joe's - or maybe Grocery Chains? I find the number of TJ postings annoying, too.

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I would be in favor of a Food Shopping board for threads about:

            grocery chains like Trader Joe's, Aldi, Wegmans
            experiencing remorse after buying an expensive cauliflower
            where to find particular items or brands
            whether or not to return sub-par apples
            how annoying it is that tuna only comes in 5 oz. cans now


            1. re: small h

              I think this is the best idea and makes sense since I never thought of grocery stores as "chains" anyway although they are that makes me think more about restaurants and coffeeshops

              1. re: small h

                I also like the idea of a Food Shopping board for the items you highlight and the Chains board can be about restaurant chains. For registered CH members and non members readers, this concept would assist in searching and posting more specifically rather than a mash up and the time involved in sifting through.

                Anything that can help streamline the sheer volume gets my vote.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Searching is easy you can search across or within boards... this idea is irrelevant.

                  Frankly I would rather see an ignore function so that a thread will always be marked as read or even an ignore by keyword ... that would solve the problem across multiple boards without having to keep creating another board. There comes a point where there can be too many boards. Reminds me of the discussion of academics who keep specializing.. they know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    Let's not muddy the waters here with examples outside the scope of this food site, it's challenging enough to make recommendations to the CH Team.

                    Searching is not easy if you aren't opening the thread or wish to bypass a specific topic on Chains and doesn't address the OP's question. I didn't bring up Search to find something; only to avoid a topic and nothing is irrelevant in the course of a discussion on Site Topic exploring options . Rather rude of you considering your own points/preferences are part of this discussion.

                    We have an un-function right now if you decide to remove yourself from a thread you no longer wish to participate in but to out yourself from a list of threads you have not opened on any board does not currently exist.

                    The CH Team has created boards that originated on a topical board (Cheese, BBQ, Gardening, Special Diet) and those boards are thriving.

                    So, cwd we may not agree btwn us but I do agree with the ideas being presented.

            2. re: Rene

              I find newspaper support of politicians I don't like annoying also, but I accept that the world includes things I'm not in sync with.

            3. I'm not a fan of TJ's and I do find the amount of repetitious TJ thread annoying and often repetitive. I would suggest perhaps a grocery board for TJ's and all other grocery type stores.

              Leave the "chains" board to restaurant chains, which honestly was my initial impression of the board.

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              1. re: jrvedivici

                After giving this some more thought I have a further suggestion I think might be helpful on this topic.

                Can TJ's have their own board, and can it be on yelp?

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  You're pushing it there, Junior.

                  I've been shopping at Whole Foods before it was Whole Foods. Namely, Bread and Circus Cambridge,1979. Organic, Non-GMO, Non-BPA - everything I want in my produce, meats, and seafood. It's an excellent store with people who know their products, can accommodate your needs, with very good service. The chain deserves its rightful place on Chowhound just as all the other chains do.

              2. I have made threads about this before...and have had the posts promptly deleted. Multiple times. I find it annoying. There should be board for grocery stores.
                You must have more cred with the moderaters as this has not been deleted. They don't take kindly to suggestions apparently. At least from me.

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                1. re: rochfood

                  I rarely go to the chain board but this would be a good idea, if there is traffic. There could be a chain restaurant board and then a "food and related" shopping board that could include chain grocery stores, ethnic market questions, supplies, etc.

                  1. re: chowser

                    Especially if separating them keeps OP's about seasonal items, discounts, specials and regional info in play further up the main page. With sheer volume a good deal of mashed up information slides down the main page quicker. Happens on the Home Cooking board when Recommends, not comments aren't keeping a thread in a current post position.

                    The Search function won't help if you don't know what information embedded in a thread you're missing out on.

                    So separating them might be the best of all possible options.