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    A new function designed to actually let you conduct a poll. We could call it, 'poll.'

  2. Letting Food Quests die a natural death and dropping the whole issue as a failed experiment.

    Side note - it's occurred to me that we can now post non-Q&A format discussions on the Food Quests board. So quick, someone think of an awesome food quest so we could have one cool topic in a format that's actually conducive to discussing a 'food quest' on that board before it bites the dust.

  3. A Q&A function that lets you see who is recommending posts, or that lets you respond to posts within the thread, or wherein posts are organized in some manner that makes sense.

  4. Is this at all enjoyable for anyone else to read? Because posting to this thread has been quite self-indulgent and strangely unsatisfying at the same time. Is that my fault or the format's?

    (I know the format doesn't allow you to answer my questions, fellow Chowhoundians. I've been digesting these issues in my mind, only to excrete them here, and flush them down the metaphorical toilet of this format, trusting that someday months down the line they'll help make the Jersey shore smell just a little bit worse... again, metaphorically)

    The Q&A format could use some of those goddamn heart icon things to cheer up the mood. Why is the posting format that most needs a little extra love the only one not to get it?

  5. What if clicking on the Q&A option to start a thread just automatically linked you over to Yahoo Answers?

    That way your question could be addressed by people who don't resent the format in which it's asked.

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    It seems as though I've inadvertently discovered a new use for the Q&A format:

    My own personal Twitter feed on Chowhound.

    What's that sound? Do I hear the mods collectively rejoicing?

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    Re: some other post in this thread (guess which one, it's more fun that way).

    No. You are wrong. And I question your judgment, intellect, and fashion sense. You will die unloved.

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    It's occurred to me that this format makes it harder to correct another poster's punctuation, spelling, grammar, or word choice. Your free to write with little fear of censor.

    (ooooh, does that 'censor' bother you, Pedants? And look! That's the wrong form of 'your,' sitting up there all smug and unassailable)

    But - a disturbing thought: Are the Pedants perhaps a necessary part of the Chowhound ecosystem? Will the Q&A board, in absence of natural predators, over-populate with 133t-zebras, nomnom-bunnies, and sammie-squirrels? Given time to flourish, might the Q&A threads someday read as follows:

    "?Q&A
    Y mah fruti pbls no tast goot at brekkie?

    10 - lolz, u no addn tha milk.

    8 - Chek dat dayt on milk. Prolly sowr.

    5 - 1 time i 8 a bol o catfud cuz it wuz next to mah cpn crnch n iz drunk -mAyB u do 2, mang?"

    Perhaps the English language truly is dying and we will see it first hand here on the Q&A format of CH. We ignored the warnings. The Great Disintegration is ahead of us.

    And after that... war.

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    Also, why don't the replies I've already read gray out and collapse in this format like they do on the real Chowhound? You have to read through all the responses every time you open a thread you've already read. I'm having to infuse my posts with a lot more subtlety and literary merit to ensure they have enough replay value.

    See if you can spot which of my posts is loosely based on Homer's 'The Odyssey.'

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    Revamping the look and feel of the site to highlight content. Make it more flexible, and yes a little bit flashier. Of course how that could be done is anyone's guess.

    The thing that could have been done (a LONG time ago), and still should be done is to separate out computers from mobile devices. Yes, folks, I am talking about an app. Had the design been split as it should have been, I think we'd be seeing a whole different site. As it is now many things are being done to accommodate mobile users and it's screwing up everything for everybody.

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    Another use of Q&A would be for games. You can write out a food related story over a series of posts, but out of order. And people can try to upvote the answers to get the story in correct order.

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    Another use of Q&A I just thought of:

    Threads of dubious value that would have surely gone to hell were they posted in a discussion format. An example I considered posting on the cookware board (but didn't because I'm being nice/sober/lazy): "Vote on the most overrated kitchenware." Responders could (and surely would) claim that everyone who buys Le Creuset pots or All Clad pans or Japanese knives is a dipshit sucker who can't really cook, and it would be too much of a pain in the ass to make a real argument of it.

    Hurt feelings all-around, but no way to vent them except to be cruel to your family and pets.

  13. I support Poll for easy yes/no, A/B type questions. Q&A is misleading because it implies a dialog. Which isn't really possible with this format. Even votes for Cookbook of the month, where you'd think Q&A could work, evolve into interesting/amusing discussions.

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    What the hell is that 'Select this Answer' button? Does it mean that I can only vote up one result on a thread? Is it expressly designed for polls or does it show up in all Q&A format threads? If the former, is it triggered by using the word 'poll' in the title? Given that asking questions in the body of this kind of thread is completely useless, should I start another Q&A thread to better explore this topic?

    This thread's already a mess and I'm the only one posting

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    Looking over my prior postings and realizing that many, many posters want to be my Valentine. I'm seeing a lot of anger on the newly reformatted chowhound... but I'm also seeing a lot of love.

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    TeRRet wrote:
    <<Another use of Q&A would be for games. You can write out a food related story over a series of posts, but out of order. And people can try to up vote the answers to get the story in correct order.>>

    Ding ding ding! We have a winner! I love this idea and it is honestly the best use I have seen for the Q&A threads. I could kill major time on that, especially if you could down vote.

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    TeRReT: "Another use of Q&A would be for games. You can write out a food related story over a series of posts, but out of order. And people can try to upvote the answers to get the story in correct order."
    _________
    You could also use it for the 'Am I Hot Or Not' version of the What's For Dinner threads. See who made the best looking dinner tonight in descending order ;)

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    I do not want to read every post 5, 10 15 times to sort through answers. Why can't you ask questions in discussions? That is what normal people do or maybe the question is used to do.

  18. Heh! I'd follow your q&a "feed", Cowboy.

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    Better would have been to just leave things as they were.

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    <A Q&A function that ... lets you respond to posts within the thread>
    I like this idea but that would make them...wait for it... 

    DISCUSSIONS!

    <or wherein posts are organized in some manner that makes sense.>
    One of the CH IT people said they were working on a fix for this. The sort order should eventually be by the posts with the most up-votes.

  20. I just wanted to say I may have found a new favorite poster.

    This is genius.

  21. <Also, why don't the replies I've already read gray out and collapse in this format like they do on the real Chowhound? You have to read through all the responses every time you open a thread you've already read.>

    Because, once they fix the sorting glitch, all q&a posts will sort, in descending order, by posts with the most up votes.
    It would be nice if we had the option of sorting by date also like other sites offer. http://www.reddit.com/search?q=askcul...

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    <It's occurred to me that this format makes it harder to correct another poster's punctuation, spelling, grammar, or word choice. Your free to write with little fear of censor.>

    Also harder for you, as the OP, to steer the thread in ways that encourage posters to... wait for it... it's a really unusual idea... hold on to your hat... answer the effing question!!

    Said non-responsive comments will also be highly likely to include snark of all kinds, shitting all over the poor saps who chose to give you what you wanted, thereby ensuring even less participation. But the bullies who are out to show what a crap format it is will have taken another bold step towards proving their point and that's all that really matters in the end.

    Not that I've seen this happen or anything. I'm just saying.

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    As pointed out just above in this thread (but who knows where it will be tomorrow?), though it is harder to engage responders in a Q&A format, it is still very easy to harass the shit out of the OP.

    Which raises the question: can I effectively bully myself? I think most would agree that I've thoroughly crapped up this thread by now. How much more Cowboy-on-Cowboy violence will the mods put up with?

  22. cowboy, you've give a perfect example. Thanks.