[NOTE: We've moved this discussion from the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/685167 -- The Chowhound Team]
A while ago I proposed to the Chowhound staff that they start a Nassau/Suffolk category since Nassau and Suffolk have little in common with New Rochelle or Buffalo.
They responded that they have no plans to do that.
Made sense to me but wadda' I know!
They really should. I live in Queens but eat in Nassau often since many of my friends and family live there. The combined population of Nassau/Suffolk approaches 3 million. More than any city but for NYC, LA and Chicago. It should not be mixed in with the rest of NY State. I stopped going on that board because it was too confusing.
I pretty much almost stopped in 2006 after 5 years on Chowhound.com and changes were constantly being made before that and after. Some for the better, some not.
I came back 'regularly' last year and found the same situation that was printed in Newsday:
What makes things even worse is that almost all Long Island posts mention in the Subject line either Long Island or a town or something to let us know. The rest of the state lists a name of a restaurant as if EVERYONE is supposed to know about some remote backwoods gustatory marvel in the vast state of NY. If you want to know about where to eat on Long Island, you gotta sort through the entire state of unlabeled posts about some place that is at least a 4 hour drive away and over $100 in gas and tolls.
And this from me, a Chowhound who has driven 3 and a half hours to upstate NY for dinner and 4 hours home... $100 in tolls and gas alone, plus the cost of dinner... (it was worth it)... but I could search a lot more easily on another board, not the Long Island Board or nassau/suffolk board.
"he rest of the state lists a name of a restaurant as if EVERYONE is supposed to know about some remote backwoods gustatory marvel in the vast state of NY. "
Not true. If/when people do post a subject line (and this includes plenty from LI) without a location, the subject line gets changed as soon as we find out where it is. That's why you'll frequently see a "where is this place?" query and then that query disappears once there's an answer.
It takes extra work for people to ask and then flag the post to get a moderator to change the header; your accusation about other threads outside of LI not indicating place simply aren't true. Go look at the headers in NY State and you'll see that I'm correct.
Otherwise, I agree with you that Nassau and Suffolk probably would be better off as part of Outer Boroughs, along with Fairfield County, CT being annexed to NY State.
yes. yes. yes. you Are correct. first we open the subject. then we post a query as a reply asking where it is in NY state. then we flag it. then, after a short while. mods add a location.
aaand, that isn't Always true. I have flagged a post for a location and the mods lambasted me for it.
i'm not mapquest or google maps. I know my area, before the bridges. It's an island.
it is interesting that they clumped all the "new board requests" together on Site Talk. Ireland DOES deserve its own board.
I get it if you choose a geographical area. I don't mind Long Island as part of the Outer boros, but Long Island would get even more lost there than on the greater NYState situation we have now.
As for "Fairfield County, CT being annexed to NY State", I've seen the post and threads. They may have a point.