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Why Trending...

Surely I am not the only one who sees no point to Trending...on most boards it just the most recent posts which show up in the adjoining column. If its not, usually something is flaky.

Trending's predecessor in that column, Related Posts, was actually very useful, especially to newbies. It would be a big improvement if we could migrate back to that format.

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  1. Agree. And the "trending" ones for your thread are slow cooker rice pudding and BBQ chicken etc. Huh?

    1. There's considerable disconnect in both Trending and Related posts. I'm seeing both to the right of this thread. Separated by an Ad, of course. Related contains Two other Site Talk posts, which certainly make sense, but what's related about "Fresh Cherry Cobbler"?

      I won't even get into Trending which clearly has glitches, but is supposed to run on Recommendations, not recency, so older posts could suddenly trend if rediscovered.
      For the record, I'm seeing Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe, and Sautéed Bok Choy Recipe.

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      1. re: mcsheridan

        I'm just going to hope that CH addresses things like this (now and in the future) before rolling out more 'improvements.'

      2. I see both Related and Trending.

        But Related has a dead link which is to a thread that has been removed.

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        1. re: Kris in Beijing

          In a recent past what came up as Related Posts in the sidebar were past posts on the same topic. So if the post was on cobbler, old cobbler posts came up. (it embodied search logic) For example on the Italy board I frequent, If someone was looking for gelato places in Florence the sidebar would actually contain prior replated posts.

          Now what comes up on the sidebar is either uselessly duplicative (you would see the same list of posts just going back to the main Board page (Trending)) or inexplicable and random.(Related)

          I dont have a real objection to the concept of trending except that with the very light posting volume and light use of recommend its pretty silly.On the individual boards, Its a total duh..

          1. re: jen kalb

            Then can we blame you for what's currently "Related" on this page? Right now it says: Fresh Cherry Cobbler. :)

            1. re: NonnieMuss

              One of mine is "Frosty Chai Ice Pops" which btw I'm SO tired of seeing.

              1. re: c oliver

                Ha! Mine too. It's a gross picture and I'm sick of it. It is also on this page right now. Probably because someone posted that phrase!

                1. re: NonnieMuss

                  No, I have cherry cobbler now :) But, yeah, that chai one is just weird looking. Without a caption I doubt I'd know it was food.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    ChiPops one looks like toes.

                    If you click on either Chi or cobbler, you'll find that they are CHOW recipes.

                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                      And those recipes have a ton to do with jen's OP why?

              2. re: NonnieMuss

                The cherry cobbler and frosty chai ice pops have been the top positioned related article for innumerable pages these last few weeks. Those are Chow feature stories or recipes and this is a way of feeding more Chow content to Chowhound eyeballs, I imagine. It could be useful if the features that are pushed actually had some relation to the topic at hand, then the reader might be motivated to look at it. The way it is now, not so much.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  You're one that I can't count on to cut through the BS and tell us. Makes sense. Thanks.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    maybe I should be worrying more that the website is not being maintained appropriately than that it does not include useful features

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      Jen, that is my main concern. And it is a BIG concern for me. Chow is floundering and that's not good for Chowhound.

            2. Also related (and has been up there all week): "Added this post from http://chowhound.chow.com/boards", which is an old deleted post. I bet it's gotten more clicks than the frosty toe-pops.

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              1. re: NonnieMuss

                This could be true; I deliberately clicked on the deleted link twice on purpose, but only hit the chai pops once, accidentally. Absolutely no interest in chai in any form. Especially not when it looks like too many toes on one foot. :D

              2. A most extreme example...here's a five-year-old Chow blog entry with 0 comments, 0 FB "likes", 0 Tweets, 0 Google +, 0 Pins. It's Trending how?


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                1. re: mcsheridan

                  I'm not even going to look at it :) Stupid.

                2. Bumping this back up after 10 days of silence.

                  Engineering/MODs-- just change the name.
                  Remember when CH had "You Might Like" off to the side?
                  At least then, I didn't expect some sort of logical process like the term "Trending" implies.

                  The current choices to the side of THIS Discussion (Why Trending.... Jul 1, 2014 08:48 PM):

                  1) HOME>THE CHOW BLOG>COOKING TIPS>When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?
                  By Caitlin McGrath, published on Sunday, June 2, 2013
                  ZERO COMMENTS!!

                  2) HOME>RECIPES>Beer-Braised Pulled Pork Recipe
                  6 Replies (Latest Oct 15, 2013 by keyscook)

                  3) HOME > CHOWHOUND > LOS ANGELES AREA >Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?
                  44 Replies (Latest 4 minutes ago by yogachik)

                  1. Gotta love AdBlock Plus. I *only* see three "Related" posts. Two are on Site Talk, although they have nothing to do with the subject matter of this post.


                    (picture) Rediscovering the Bagel Before It Ballooned (CHOW article)

                    Flagging dilemma -- it's just a recipe. (Site Talk post on CH from Kris in Beijing on Apr 12, 2014 11:04 AM with 7 responses)

                    Global surveys? (Site Talk rworange post from May 30, 2009 01:43 AM with 4 responses)

                    1. I am seeing a lot of new posts that are from five years ago with nothing new added since. But they are coming up under current posts. Someone is purposely bumping them up...and it's silly because they are all related to Christmas and Thanksgiving!

                      1. Hey all, thanks for the feedback here. We're working on improving the right hand rail and hope to have something to share soon.

                        On discussion threads like this one, we currently have a Related module that attempts to find discussions that relate directly to the one you are viewing, and falls back to popular discussions from that board when needed. We plan to better spell out what type of result you are seeing each time.

                        The Trending module returns recently popular pages across the site, which can cause some duplication. This will be a focus as we improve the design and results. Hope that helps!

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                        1. re: patsully

                          At least for me, I don't see that it
                          "falls back to popular discussions from that board when needed"