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Features links are just links to discussion links? Link link link link.

This may be an old thing, but I just noticed it. There was a link something like "Stretch your pizza shaping skils" and called it "cooking tips". So I clicked the link, and instead of an article or recipe it just said - want to learn to shape your pizza dough? Click this link, then that link took me to a discussion on the topic. This happened before - the feature was something like "How to solve this problem", click link, click link, then there was a big discussion of said problem, but with no solution.

Can the features/stories/blogs be labeled more clearly? If it's just a link to a discussion, maybe that could be under a different category?

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  1. I too have been keeping my eye on that "Features" description so as to skip those posts. I get mad each time I get tricked into clicking on one. I assumed it was some kind of way to boost the post count. They used to have something similar on the side, not mixed in with everything else.

    1. Thanks for the feedback—we definitely understand what you're saying here. Some of the things on the Features board are full stories created by our Editorial Team, while others are much shorter posts which go out in our newsletters.

      We're working on some ideas to improve this experience, so we appreciate the feedback and we'll hopefully have more updates soon.

      1. Here's an older discussion about the changes in what used to be called The Digest, the feature that highlights what's interesting and current on the Chowhound message boards for the e-newsletter, that might give you more insight to why it's set up that way.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6791...

        1. It would be nice if the CHOW Features headings that condense a Chowhound thread with appropriate link read: CHOWHOUND Cooking Tip instead of Cooking Tip. If included, this would give credit to the community and informs the reader where the link will lead.

          I'm glad efforts are being made to creatively merge CHOW with Chowhound but I'm disappointed in the subtle lack of clearly communicated authorship when it comes to many CH contributions filling the pages on CHOW.

          1. I was just wondering, since these recycled posts of existing threads add nothing to Chowhound, why do they keep sitting on the top of the Chowhound Discussions list for prolonged periods?

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            1. re: MGZ

              If I became aware of this website via CHOW and did not know there was a community called Chowhound, those features/links would send me to the Chowhound community. So, what is now called Features (and CHOW has been highlighting CH content for some time under many titles, right) helps promote this community and highlights topics that might just tickle a newcomers fancy :)

              1. re: HillJ

                I realize all that, Hill, but what I'm asking is why does it sit at the top of the CHOWHOUND Discussions page? It's not going to drive traffic from Chow to Chowhound if it's on a Chowhound page.

                1. re: MGZ

                  That looks like a bug to me. The time clock each time I've refreshed in the last 10 mins has stated 26 mins, 4 mins, 10 mins and 2 mins in that order when reply count has stayed at zero. Obviously there's something wrong with that item.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Perhaps it is some sort of glitch. It does seem odd that the new "Features" threads are the only ones that don't descend though. It doesn't, however, seem odd that they do for relatively long period of time without getting any replies.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      I'm not seeing that. The one that was "stuck" resolved many hours ago.

                      I've set page view to "last reply", are you using "date" and seeing a different sort?

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        No. It's on "Last reply". That's why it seems weird. I've noticed it over several days now and on three different computers (two different browsers). It requires a new "Features" thread to be posted and it will sit at the top with zero replies for a while as the other threads to other boards move in the usual fashion.

                  2. re: MGZ

                    What Melanie said. Happens from time to time. And while it's hung up, it does drive traffic here. To a specific link/thread on CH.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Actually, I think I get it, it appears designed to drive existing Chowhound traffic to a Chow page.

                2. re: MGZ

                  Thanks for reporting that MGZ, it's definitely a bug. We'll look into it.

                  1. re: DeborahL

                    For what it's worth, it's still happening.

                3. http://www.chow.com/food-news/146018/...

                  Here's an example. I started out at the Main page of CH and the OP took me to the CHOW Blog for a discussion CH's had on coffee beans. Once at CHOW the link takes you back to CH. So to CH's this is redundant if you already participated or read the thread but for people visiting the site via CHOW this link would take them to CH and perhaps be introducing them to the community for the first time. Either way, it bridges to two sides of the site together. Which is what I'm assuming is the point.