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Feb 13, 2014 03:28 PM

Release Notes Feb 13, 2014: New Food Quests Board

Hi everyone,

As of today's release, we have a new topical board on Chowhound called Food Quests. Here's the link:

The description reads "Ideas and advice for all your food projects," and we've created this board to further connect our community members when they are diving into a new food project. So, if you're embarking on a new food adventure, whether it's making your own cheese, butchering meat, brewing your own beer, or learning how to can homemade jam, this is the place for you.

We realize there is some overlap between this board and some of our other topical boards, and we think that's okay. This board is really meant for do-it-yourself projects, and we're encouraging folks to try out this board and start brainstorming and exchanging ideas with others who regularly take these on.

In conjunction with the launch of this board, we're also trying out a new format for Chowhound. Check out this Site Talk post to find more information about this format, which we're calling "workshops.":

For the time being, all posts on the Food Quests board will be in this workshop format while we test it out and continue to develop the tools and features. So if you see a topic in Food Quests (or any discussion marked with the red lightbulb icon), you'll know it's a workshop as opposed to a regular discussion.

Eventually, the plan is to roll out this workshop format as well as regular discussions across all boards, meaning that when you start a new discussion on any board, you'd have the option of choosing which type of discussion you want to start.

Feel free to ask any questions about the new Food Quests board here. For questions or comments about the new format (workshops), please check out this Site Talk discussion.

Dave MP

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks! I've added this link into my original post, too.

    2. So if I'm making chicken soup for the first time, I come HERE to ask questions, rather than Home Cooking?

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      1. re: CindyJ

        We're not strictly limiting the contents of Food Quests so you could post there, but whether you'd want to depends on whether you view making chicken soup as a major project or something you just need a decent recipe for and then you'll toss it off for dinner tonight.

        I could certainly see Chicken Soup as a Quest -- if you wanted to learn about making stock, for example, and developing flavors in soups and other aspects of it as a project.

        1. re: Jacquilynne

          I guess I don't really understand why, say, making stock wouldn't still be on HC. Are y'all going to move such general topcs to FQ? TIA.

          1. re: c oliver

            As Dave noted in his introduction, there will be overlap between Food Quests and existing boards, as there is now with Home Cooking and Vegetarian, Special Diets, BBQ, Kosher, etc. There isn't a single right answer to which board something has to be on to be correct and we don't plan to move things unsolicited. As the board gets more established, we may offer to move things if we think they'll get better answers on Food Quests than on Home Cooking, but even that's likely to be a ways off.

            1. re: Jacquilynne

              This trend toward Balkanization of cooking topics is uncalled-for and fraught with confusion. If this is your attempt to segregate serious postings from the in-crowd, puerile, boozinnuendo chit-chat, it is misguided. The latter needs culling, not the former.

              1. re: greygarious

                "the in-crowd, puerile, boozinnuendo chit-chat,"

                Just have to tell you what a way with words you have, gg! Well said.

                I also am unclear as to the point of it.

      2. I really dont get the title of the Board - to me a food quest is when I go out to find something obscure - and ingredient or a food - but here its being used for basically a cooking project. Why not call it "kitchen workshop" or something similar - or even "cooking quest"

        Its also hard to understand why this topic has been separated from the Home Cooking Board unless the site is just trying to figure out a new way of managing threads.

        Im troubled by the voting down - recommending a contribution ought to be good enough here without dissing others..

        1. I'm sorry to bump this thread with a repetitive comment, but I still don't understand this board. Can you all explain it more clearly? How do you determine the difference between a "quest" and a simple "anyone have a good recipe" question?

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          1. re: NonnieMuss

            I didn't make the board nor do I plan to frequent it, but I imagine it's for quests like -" I want to make the best lemon bars ever and these are the recipes that I've tried and how I've combined them, but something is still missing, any ideas?"

            The HC board is the place for - "I'm looking for good lemon bar recipes." The place-based boards are where you find - "Where can I get the best lemon bars in ****?"

            1. re: 512window

              I see what you're saying and that's probably the case. However if I search on the Home Cooking board for lemon bars then any that are on the Quest board aren't going to show up. I hate to yuck their yum, but this seems in every way counter-intuitive.

              1. re: c oliver

                You'll also note that many "quests" are from people with little or no Chowhound history. Think we're confused... just imagine if it's your first post on or exposure to Chowhound. Icky.

                1. re: MplsM ary

                  Okay - glad to know I'm not the only one. As an aspiring cheesemaker, I thought it sounded like an interesting idea for a board. But one man's sandwich seems to be another man's quest. C'est la vie.

                  1. re: MplsM ary

                    I feel really bad for those new posters, whose questions go largely unanswered, partly because their questions really aren't suited to that board.

                    1. re: Chris VR

                      I think that ties in with Nonnie's post above. What qualifies as a quest for one person is just Home Cooking for many of us.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        I'd say most, and practically ALL. It wasn't broke but they decided to fix it. I wonder how many of those newbies asking their questions on FQ found it on their own, and how many are plants, or friends of CHOW staff who were requested to use that board to help it along. For myself, I can't imagine any reason to ask there rather than on HC or other topical boards.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          I was trying to be nice :)

                          I just took a glance at the board and don't see anything there that doesn't perfectly fit on HC. Unless there's something I (and you and others!) are missing, it seems not just silly but just wrong. Seems like almost every post on CH, cooking or eating out, is either a quest or an answer to a quest.

                          1. re: greygarious

                            Well like I said, I'm interested in cheesemaking. I've hung around the cheese board some, but it's about 95% other cheese-related topics, so if i could specifically find the cheesemakers on the quest board, I'd be happy to "workshop" or whatever it wants me to do. But it doesn't seem to be working the way it was intended to.

                            It is true that many of the posters are new or their first post is there, but more of the posters are either regulars or have been members for awhile without being too active. I counted.

                            1. re: greygarious

                              I just looked at a new post there from a new poster. About sous vide-ing shrimp. Had this been on the HC board I and others would see it. Stupid.

                        2. re: MplsM ary

                          Hence the restaurant searching problem happening over there.

                          I think the word quest is the biggest problem.

                  2. Could you put up a "planned"/plotted/ fake FOOD QUEST so CH'ers could see an ideal use of the Board?

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