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Mar 13, 2014 05:49 AM

Not eating out or just not posting?

Seems like traffic on this board is way down. The other day I asked for recent experiences with Ray's to the Third and got only one response. I've also noticed fewer new topics and generally fewer replies.

Are people eating out less or just not posting as much?

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  1. When the whole Chow site was redesigned a few months ago, posts severely declined ... don't know why.

    1. Interest, for sure, has waned!
      Baltimore posts are practically nil!!

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      1. re: Hue

        True, I assume every post now is about DC.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Sort of a u-turn but I've always wondered why Baltimore and DC were combined into one board. I guess the Powers-that-be assumed that lots of people will drive 40-60 miles for dinner (downtown to downtown, more if you live north of Baltimore/south or west of DC). I love Baltimore but get there maybe once or twice a year and rarely go just for a meal. I go to NY more often than I go to Baltimore. Sample size of one, I know.

          1. re: Just Visiting

            Same here... I would go to NYC to visit a restaurant but would not do the same for Baltimore.

        2. re: Hue

          Funny, but I seem to notice that there are more Baltimore posts (that don't interest me).

        3. I have noticed this lack of posting also. Hope we start seeing more.

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          1. re: knitone

            Maybe it's because of the weather. Nationally restaurants have been hit hard by this harsh winter.

          2. I totally agree with you--there doesn't seem to be the interest of "posters", especially in the Baltimore area. I can't believe that it is just a manifestation of the changes in the Chowhound format--I agree with wayne keyser, that the redesigned format is not as agreeable as the previous.

            Then again--we can't blame the newer format that was implemented a while ago. Perhaps lifestyle changes, etc. are a contributing factor, which is definitely my situation.

            Having been accustomed to dining out about 3-4 evenings, it was fun to post my observations and then receive responses. I recall "WhiteMarsh John" was very enthused about the opening of P.F. Chang's in the White Marsh area--he has not posted anything in quite some while. Same with "Hon" She always recommends "Mamma's on the Half Shell." Haven't heard much from her.

            I hope to one day resume my dining out experiences, budget and lifestyle permitting.

            Okay--all of you Chowhounds--let's liven up this board--Spring is upon us--no more snow, no more excuses to stay at home. We don't want Baltimore to revert to the dining wasteland that it was decades ago. FoiGras

            1. The harsh winter weather may be a reason for lack of participation.

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              1. re: Mister Big

                Mister Big--yes I agree with your observation with regards to this past winter--BUT--the Chowhound postings have been very sparse over the past few years--and it could be accountable based on the "new" format.

                I am hoping that all of us can get back on track and make this a "go to" for dining out opinions and suggestions. I truly believe that the dining scenario in Baltimore is becoming much more sophisticated and adventuresome.

                I would gladly try every new option that the Chowhounds have suggested. Looking forward to all suggestions and opinions--Baltimore is Best--tell me if you disagree. FoiGras