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Site prone to crashing on every browser. Why?

No crashes for me.

Firefox on my laptop - Chrome on my phone and tablet.

about 18 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

New York Michelin

Fair enough.

I do strongly recommend Little Pepper in College Point. It's a bit of a haul if you don't have a car but the food is teriffic. Not a glamour spot by any means but well worth a visit.

1 day ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

New York Michelin

LAN Sheng is one of the 2 best Sichuanese restaurants in NYC and richly deserves its star. (The other is Little Pepper in College Point.) You might not like that cuisine but that's a separate issue from the quality of the restaurant.

They're going to keep their star.

2 days ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

FWIW I haven't noticed any spam on my home board - Manhattan. On the other NYC board, Outer Boroughs, there's one spam post . No one responded to it and it's quickly sinking to the bottom of the date sorted list.

2 days ago
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Long before the recent changes there was a short list of posters that I worked hard to avoid.

Reply posts not allowed with Firefox?

I don't think that's an issue specific to Firefox. It has occasionally happened to me using Chrome on mobile devices.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Sadness

Good point. I have CH friends who've gotten great tips from hounds in other cities.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Sadness

Really well put.

The other thing about the early days is that we were new at participating on a food board. We got tips, we shared tips, we posted about our experiences and other like minded people responded. It was like falling in love for the first time.

Even if all those posters were still around we wouldn't be posting with that same level of wide eyed innocence. And as you said, the uniqueness of Chowhound has been diluted due to the large number of alternative information resources on the web.

It's *still* the premier source of information on ethnic cuisine. That's not a bad niche to fill.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Sadness

See ya!!!

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Sadness

Perfectly said.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Reply posts not allowed with Firefox?

I'm a Firefox user - works for me.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

It will be days before I can forget that picture. I deserved that for being a smartass.

Aug 27, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

"How would any of it be verified, anyway?"

Sworn affidavits. Receipts. Polygraph tests. If necessary, waterboarding.

Piece of cake.

Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Thanks.

I participate on a food board where some members get comped meals or meals where certain dishes are comped. The convention is to mention it up front - you get it out of the way and then get right into the review.

BTW, I thought your review was terrific. I don't question your objectivity at all.

Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Could you supply some good reasons why the comp information shouldn't be mentioned up front?

I'll give you three reasons why it should.

Knowing a meal was comped alerts the reader and they can keep the information in mind as they work their way through the review. Mentioning it at the end isn't as effective.

Acknowledging a comp up front actually increases its credibility. The reviewer is demonstrating their honesty.

Mentioning the comped status of the meal prominently also sends a message to the restaurant that the reviewer is attempting to be unbiased.
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I'm not directing any of this at TheOffalo or his review. I'm looking at this as an abstract discussion of how comped meals ought to be identified.

Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Knowing if a meal was comped is useful information. I can think of plenty of reasons to include it.

I can't think of one legitimate reason to omit it.

Aug 27, 2014
Bob Martinez in Los Angeles Area

User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

I want pictures. Preferably in a swimsuit.

Aug 27, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

STINGY TIPPERS .....BY STATE

I agree. Fortune mag is assuming that Square end users and businesses are representative of the general population. I live in NYC and I've never seen the Square app in a restaurant. I don't doubt it's being used - I've had friends mention it to me but its market share is tiny. siu

I'd love to see the tipping percentages on MasterCard and Visa.

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

Dylan Prime in lower Manhattan would work. Then walk over to Chambers and West Broadway and catch the 2 or 3 to Barclay's Center. It's a 10 or 15 minute ride.

DP has an upbeat buzzy atmosphere that would lend itself to a bachelor party.

Aug 27, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Best tasting broth sold in a store?

Give Knorr a try. I like it better than the other store bought brands. I find it richer and more balanced.

Aug 26, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

I quoted a post you made *two days ago* in this thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986245

I figured you'd remember it.

Aug 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

I do. That advice was given to me by the OP. Fair enough. Then it ought to apply to them as well.

Aug 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

Excuse me back. I think it's only fair that you follow your own advice.

Aug 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

Let me quote what a very wise poster said a few days ago.

You.

"I recently fell and hit my head really, really hard. After a short 'recuperation' it only hurt when I toughed the spot. So I didn't touch that spot :) I'd say if you get in certain not straight on positions and that's when it causes the problem...then don't do that :)"

If you don't like threads like that, don't read them.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Right. They were disguised as hot dogs.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

The US government also told us Iraq had WMDs.

Read threads vs. unread threads

You know what's really funny?

You could say the same thing about the blue hearts and the Q&A thread format.

Aug 20, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Read threads vs. unread threads

Yep. The grey background morphs to near white white when I tilt my screen back.

You wouldn't see this in the screenshots since, by definition, they reflect a viewing straight on viewing angle.

I'm giving up now and will let some other people weigh in.

Aug 20, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Read threads vs. unread threads

On my laptop screen I find the amount of contrast changes depending on the viewing angle. From straight on the previously viewed threads are greyed out and easy to identify. But if I view the screen from a higher angle (think sitting up straighter in a chair) the background changes from gray to white like the unread threads. The thread title, however, still isn't in bold print like the unread threads which is a good thing.

In the past there were two things that identified previously read threads - the gray background and the un-bolded title. Now one of them has been compromised.

This isn't the biggest issue in the world but the previous settings worked fine - no one ever complained about them. The new design works less well.

Aug 20, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Acadia Parish on Atlantic. Great cajun.

Aug 19, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs