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Release Notes for 3/3/14: Larger Photos, Plus Updates to Workshops

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As of today's release, there are a few changes to both Workshops (the new posting format on the Food Quests board) and Chowhound as a whole.

Site-wide changes:

1) We are now displaying larger photos in original posts and top-level replies, both on discussions and workshops. The first photo you upload will appear full width, and subsequent photos will be displayed as thumbnails. Photos uploaded to lower-level replies will still be displayed only as thumbnails. The photo modal will continue to work the same way.

On workshops:

2) Some posts on Workshop pages will be hidden when the page is initially loaded. There are two ways that a post can end up hidden:

a) The total vote count goes below -3. Once a post reaches -4 votes, it will be hidden. The only exception is if that post is chosen by the original poster as their favorite response, in which case it will remain at the top no matter its vote count. If a post goes from -4 back up to -3, it will be automatically unhidden.

b) The original poster has the ability to hide any post they choose. If a post is hidden by the original poster, it will appear with an x next to it. It can only re-appear if the original poster chooses to unhide it.

In order to see hidden posts, a user will have to press "Show Hidden Posts" at the bottom of the page, and the hidden posts will be revealed. If a post is in a hidden state, commenting on that post is disabled.

Thanks,
Dave MP

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  1. So you're essentially allowing someone to do an "Ignore" on a thread (although not permanently on a poster; just a specific post).

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Hi LindaWhit—I'm not sure I follow what you're saying here.

      1. re: Dave MP

        b) The original poster has the ability to hide any post they choose. If a post is hidden by the original poster, it will appear with an x next to it. It can only re-appear if the original poster chooses to unhide it.
        ~~~~~~~~

        If Poster B responds to Poster A, and Poster A has an unspoken intense dislike of Poster B, the OP (Poster A) can hide that post - regardless of what valuable information might be in that post for others to read.

        Childish? Yes, it definitely is. But I would suspect that it could happen.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          That's on "workshop" pages only as I read it. And I don't go there.

          1. re: c oliver

            Yes, I know. But if that format moves elsewhere throughout CH...

    2. I liked it better when all the photos posted to a thread were in one place.

      Any chance you will reconsider this?

      1. The new photo up top thing is nice, but need it be so BIG? I usually am running on a pretty large 17" laptop and it appears huge on my screen... can't imagine what it would look like on a larger screen.

        1. And when you say new larger photos what you really mean are new LARGER AD IMAGES!

          Great.