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Apr 14, 2014 07:56 AM

Newbie here and loving it!

So I stumbled upon this site the other day by pure accident. Gotta love those google searches! I am SO glad I did though. I've had so many questions about techniques, knives, cookware, etc...and here is a place with info on everything! I'm already learning so much! It's so exciting! Thank you to everyone who makes this site so great! I can't wait to learn more and share what little I know as well!

One question really quick: on the discussions, to the left of the comments I've noticed the up and down arrows as well as a check mark. What are those for? I'm assuming the arrows are to rate an answer good or bad...and maybe the check mark is to select a best answer?

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  1. Welcome! I think you're talking about the Food Quest board? That's new, and different that the other boards. The arrows are for you to vote a response up and down apparently. The check mark designates the best answer.

    The rest of the boards you can just hit recommend if you like it but it's not so much like a contest. Recommend is recommended rather than saying "I agree" or "+1", just to make things go quicker.

    1. The Food Quest board is, in my and some others' opinions, just plain ridiculous and completely unnecessary. And those "quests" get few if any responses. And, hey, WELCOME!!!! Like the rest of us do, you're going to learn tons and teach everyone a trick or three :)

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      1. re: c oliver

        Yes, welcome, and yes, the FQ Board is a boneheaded experiment that seasoned Chowhounds detest.

        Figure out which board you think your question/comment best fits, and go there. The Chowhound search function isn't the best, though it's a LOT better than it was a year ago. If you can't find your answers there, a google search, adding "chowhound" to other keywords, may turn something up.

      2. I didn't realize the quest board was like a contest, coll...but I can see you may find that board pointless c Oliver. It looks to me like it's mostly being used for general topics...but I like all of it so far! Of course, I haven't been here long, so who knows! lol


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        1. re: AprilxJoy

          The "pointless" part is really that every topic there that I've seen (and I've only looked at it a couple of times) is covered on other boards. And those boards are frequented by hundreds/thousands of people. So if one posts on FQ, I'm guessing almost NO CHs will ever see it.

          1. re: c oliver

            Food Quests is a train wreck. And completely pointless. Its supposed to be "Ideas and advice for all your food projects", whatever that means. People are posting things on there that clearly belong on other boards, and as you say, no one is going to see them.

            I don't get it.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              I thought, and I know you will correct me if I'm wrong Dawg, but I thought the Food Quest board was a "trial" board for that format of posting. I thought it was more or less a testing ground for that page format, if it was a success they were going to make all the boards after that pattern?

              1. re: jrvedivici

                I frankly don't know what the Food Quests Board is supposed to be, jr.

                ETA: I just searched for and read this:


                It does say that they are considering changing the format of the entire site to match FQ, which I suppose means the "rating arrows"?

                It also provides more context as to what types of posts are supposed to be posted on FQ, and clearly the nature of the posts currently on that board are way beyond that vision.

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  Thanks for doing the heavy lifting on that, I suppose that is what I read to get the impression I had of the FQ board. I have only checked it out a couple of times and I'm not sure I have ever participated on it. I'm of the feeling if it ain't broke why fix it mentality. I like the boards just the way they are.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Imagine what the whole site would be if it went to that? No thanks.

                  2. re: carolinadawg

                    It does not say that we are considering changing the format of the entire site to match FQ, and we are not considering that. What it says is "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."

                    1. re: meshane

                      So, if I'm understanding correctly, the poster who starts a new thread would have a choice between the current format (with recommend, link, flag and reply buttons) or the "workshop" format, with the rating arrows, print, email, link and flag buttons, and the ability to post a comment? And the flag button would have the same functionality as it does in each current format?

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        Basically yes, that is the intention, although the workshop format will be improved based on how its currently being used and the feedback we're receiving on it. That could include changes to the flagging functionality on workshops.

                        1. re: meshane

                          I'm glad to hear that the workshop format will be improved, although I think eliminating it is the only real way to improve it.

                      2. re: meshane

                        If this *is* rolled out across all boards, I strongly strongly STRONGLY suggest that there be a default. I know I'd never ever use the "workshop" format, and would prefer all threads that I start be in the discussion format.

                        1. re: meshane

                          I could see how this may be useful for certain topics.

                2. re: AprilxJoy

                  I'd strongly advise you to consider posting on some of the more populated boards, such as Home Cooking or General Topics. You're posts will be more widely read, and you'll get more and better information.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    For instance, I see OP posted about a question on canned tomato sauce. Here's a google link to CH links regarding canning tomatoes. There's really rarely anything new under the sun. Just because I don't know anything doesn't mean the 'big kids' don't :)


                  2. re: AprilxJoy

                    It was MEANT for projects, e.g.: how to make my own home freeze-dryer. But the title confuses people who haven't been around the site before. Even for its intended use, it's redundant, as these questions have always worked just fine on the extant boards.

                    And unlike on the other boards, if you flag a FQ topic, the only option is to ask it be deleted. So if a veteran hound wants to flag as off-topic and suggest moving to an appropriate board, s/he can't do that.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      At the moment, we really can't move those posts, because the workshop format and the Food Quests board are bound together during this beta testing period. But we do try to keep an eye and email people who are likely to get a better response elsewhere and let them know they can cross-post if they like.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        Well, hello to AprilxJoy! There's not much information about cooking and food that you can't find on CH.

                        This thread got me curious about the Food Quests board. I'd seen the title, but hadn't wandered over there yet. So I just took a look. I agree with the others here-it's kind of a redundant forum, and apparently not used enough to get much input on each post.
                        My time is usually spent on General Topics or Home Cooking, but for a laugh now and then (and some haughty drama), I'll take a look at Not About Food.
                        Cookware has been a big help for the super specific appliance and kitchen tool stuff, and the local boards have been a big help to me for restaurant choices when traveling. Welcome to CH, AprilxJoy, and enjoy your stay!

                        1. re: kitchengardengal

                          Thank you! I've been enjoying those boards as well. So much information! Well, I haven't checked out 'not about food' yet. lol Thanks for the warm welcome!

                    2. I see what you're getting at. Thanks! I'll focus more on specific boards. Earlier I was exploring the cookware section. Lots of neat stuff there! I especially love how helpful a lot of people are here, providing links and additional info. :)

                      1. Welcome. Glad to see you've jumped right in. Your Food Quest topic on breakfasts would get a lot more play on the General Topics board:
                        Because the format is different, your topic can not be moved to that board, so you'd need to restart the topic again. If you have the article and you want to link to it, perhaps it could go on Food Media and News ( ) where there is already a topic on how the rest of the world thinks Americans have breakfast:

                        The view of all new topics from all boards: From there you can click "View Board List" to see a list of all the boards.

                        It's a big, beautiful Chowhound world here. Enjoy, and again, welcome.

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                        1. re: MplsM ary

                          Oh! Thank you so much! That is incredibly helpful ^__^