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Food Quests -- a "solved" icon?

Kris in Beijing Mar 22, 2014 03:40 PM

The following Food Quest:

has been solved.

Is there an icon to indicate that?
A Check mark perhaps?

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    sedimental RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 22, 2014 03:47 PM

    No. It is not solved. Now the OP wants directions to the store.
    Can someone just give him a ride there? Lol.

    1. greygarious RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 22, 2014 04:11 PM

      Other boards are full of solved questions, too, and have nothing to indicate this. It's a fine idea, but I predict that TPTB will frown on the suggestion, as their priority is maximum traffic to the site rather than keeping comments relevant.

      Lack of indication that a quest has a resolution is a minor problem, considering that the Food Quest board's very existence is of questionable merit. As far as I can see, there's no topic there that couldn't/shouldn't be addressed
      on a pre-existing board.

      1. hill food RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 22, 2014 04:31 PM

        it does seem like it's a board that is going to be a can of monkeys trying to keep it on anything resembling an individual purpose.

        1. MplsM ary RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 22, 2014 04:57 PM

          Food Quests looks like beta testing run amok.

          1. c oliver RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 23, 2014 09:41 AM

            If ever there were something that belonged on a regional board (I'm guessing Manhattan?), it's that. I honestly do not get the point of this board. Unless it's to generate traffic from those who are CHOW not CH users.

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            1. re: c oliver
              ratgirlagogo RE: c oliver Mar 23, 2014 12:33 PM

              That question in particular. If they don't know where Garden of Eden is vis-a-vis Union Square, I guess they've never looked for Aquavita in Whole Foods or Food Emporium, also nearby. The format of the Food Quests board is not for me - I prefer to pick things up in a more back and forth, conversational way as we do on the CH boards. But I assume that it is designed for people who like the more directed approach of an online tutorial, so I just don't go there and assume that people who do, like it there.

              But a question like this doesn't seem very well suited for the online tutorial format.

              1. re: c oliver
                Kris in Beijing RE: c oliver Mar 23, 2014 12:45 PM

                IMHO, I think Food Quests was an attempt to have a board that was a "genuine home foodie" in depth board-- brew your own beer, make your own sourdough bread, cheese, Sous Vide with a Crock Pot...how to do some long term project that requires multiple steps, trial and error(s), and deep research.
                Or, a Cooks Illustrated research process as lead by one Hound and ameliorated by other 'Hounds.
                My Dad used to be on both a Woodworking BBS and a Car Repair SIte that had these kinds of threads-- guy posts dilemma and his 3 unsuccessful tries so far, others come in with their suggestions, guy comments again in a week or two after he's had some garage time.
                But I'm not sure CH has the culture for that -- again, I wish the MODS would mock a Food Quest to show us how it's designed to be run.
                Further, the name -- if I were a Newbie 'Hound, I'd certainly post my "I wanna find this great bread I had once in some deli but I don't remember the name."
                Or maybe that "Name this Chef Show" thread that's been around since 2009-- I'd label THAT as a Quest!!

                1. re: Kris in Beijing
                  hill food RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 23, 2014 12:53 PM

                  yeah, but 'Home Cooking' already covers the DIY questions and honestly I can't think of a category to add to the existing ones. maybe split some of the regionals, but there's not enough traffic to warrant what hasn't already been done.

                  suffice to say FQ is not being saved in my preferred list.

                  1. re: hill food
                    Kris in Beijing RE: hill food Mar 23, 2014 01:08 PM

                    It IS on my fav list right now--
                    partially due to its train-wreck nature at this point,
                    and also as I've posted a query about takoyaki which has generated ZERO replies-- so it dropped off the "Big List" a long time ago, but it still might be seen by folks grazing the FQ board.
                    Maybe I should ask MODs to change the algorithm so Quests pop up to the top once a week, even if they have had no activity?

                    1. re: Kris in Beijing
                      c oliver RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 23, 2014 02:21 PM

                      Why don't you try reposting on HC and see what your results are? A little side by side.

                      1. re: c oliver
                        Kris in Beijing RE: c oliver Mar 23, 2014 06:26 PM

                        Hmmm... even a locked "pointer post" would be fine.

              2. c oliver RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 23, 2014 02:59 PM

                And here's one that clearly shouldn't be there:


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                1. re: c oliver
                  greygarious RE: c oliver Mar 23, 2014 04:19 PM

                  There aren't any that don't fit nicely into one of the other boards. Of course the flag option on FQ, unlike on all of the other boards, does not allow them to be *moved*, just *REmoved*. And as far as I can tell, none of them have been removed. They just sit there putrefying, save for an occasional passer-by poking at them with the toe of their shoe.

                  1. re: greygarious
                    hill food RE: greygarious Mar 23, 2014 10:12 PM

                    yep like a dead rat on the sidewalk.

                    1. re: greygarious
                      Jacquilynne RE: greygarious Mar 24, 2014 07:30 AM

                      We can't actually move posts off of the Food Quests board right now, because the posts are in the Workshop format that we are testing on that board.

                      We have emailed some of the people who've posted there, though, and let them know about other boards where their question is likely to be more on point.

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                    miss_belle RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 26, 2014 07:35 PM

                    A new poster showed up on another board asking about gruyere doughnuts and was told they were called gougeres and was directed to the Food Requests board.

                    She started a gruyere donut thread over there - got a few responses and came back and said Thanks!

                    Her Thanks response now shows -3. There is something wrong with the voting format here if you are trying to attract new posters.

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                    1. re: miss_belle
                      c oliver RE: miss_belle Mar 26, 2014 07:43 PM

                      I'm hoping this is just a trial and, as such, can be deemed not a success and go away.

                      1. re: c oliver
                        miss_belle RE: c oliver Mar 26, 2014 07:47 PM

                        I know there has been talk of "plants" on that board but I'm still willing to give the benefit of the doubt.

                        And yes I agree. It should go away.

                        1. re: miss_belle
                          c oliver RE: miss_belle Mar 26, 2014 07:50 PM

                          I should emphasize that I LOVE change. Love it. But this one just doesn't seem to be working.

                      2. re: miss_belle
                        Chris VR RE: miss_belle Mar 27, 2014 05:03 AM

                        " miss_belle about 9 hours ago
                        A new poster showed up on another board asking about gruyere doughnuts and was told they were called gougeres and was directed to the Food Requests board."

                        I don't think that's what happened. Looking at her time stamps, I think she posted first on the Cheese board at Mar 15, 2014 09:04 PM about Gruyere Doughnuts (in response to a post from 2013 mentioning them). She didn't have any response. She then posted at Mar 16, 2014 03:37 PM on the Food Quests board asking about the doughnuts and Mar 16, 2014 03:38 PM asking about poaching pears (why there, I have no clue).

                        Then, (the way I read it) greygarious checked her posting history, and posted at Mar 16, 2014 04:01 PM to answer her on the Cheese board, suggested Food Quests is NOT the best place to get an answer, and suggested she'd get better feedback on poaching pears on Home Cooking.

                        I agree it doesn't seem very nice to have downvotes on someone saying Thank You but OTOH if people are voting on responses based on the criteria of whether or not they are a useful answer to the question being posed, I can see how a Thank You might get downvoted in that way. In a way, it actually shows the potential of the workshop format to really help zero in on useful content, but I do agree there are going to be hurt feelings, from posters (both newbies and veterans alike) who don't really understand the objective of the workshop format.

                        1. re: Chris VR
                          c oliver RE: Chris VR Mar 27, 2014 08:22 AM

                          I have no idea of the objective.

                          1. re: Chris VR
                            greygarious RE: Chris VR Mar 27, 2014 09:33 AM

                            You're right, Chris. Since FQ OPs seem to be either CHOW plants or total newbies, I did check Mrs. E Wood's
                            profile, realized what she was looking for, and suggested she search the term "gougere" and go to the HC board for more responses on both gruyere donuts and poaching fruit. Hope that she found what she needed.

                            1. re: greygarious
                              miss_belle RE: greygarious Mar 27, 2014 11:18 AM

                              Thanks Chris & gregarious. I stand corrected.

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