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Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

about 7 hours ago
MplsM ary in General Topics

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

It's on the Home Cooking board. Sadly it's in the Q&A format which can not be changed, "... we're not able to switch a post from the Q&A format to the discussion format."

about 8 hours ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

The formats don't just translate one to another. I think that's why the Food Quests board was sequestered. Once a Q&A always a Q&A.

A script to copy posts and update the database is needed (my guess). Quagmire.

about 8 hours ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Ongoing Feedback for New Conversation Types

Yes please. My previous suggested rewording is: "Discussion: Our community exists to discuss food. Jump right in!" Maybe a little hackneyed, but "Discussion: The web's food experts are ready to debate" is way too intimidating. Who are these experts? Well, ok we all think of ourselves as experts but if I were new to Chowhound I would never think to bother to "debate" with an "expert."

about 8 hours ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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My Chowhound Wedding

Holy moly - stunning! And it looks like you had fun planning. That's my kinda wedding cake.

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and belated congratulations.

about 10 hours ago
MplsM ary in Home Cooking

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Agree with everything except the heart. I use it because I have high hopes they will choose one of the many, many options from Font Awesome (which is what they're using). The thumbs are just sittin' there waiting to be used.

No matter, my recommendations will be counted and will still be there should they use another symbol. Not so with all the foot stompy +1's.

about 16 hours ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

I wanted to point out something that's buried in the huge announcement thread. Sorry I don't remember who brought this up, but thanks for pointing out that the "New Community Conversations" banner has screwy wording.

"Discussion: The web's food experts are ready to debate" This is intimidating. I may not want to debate. I may have a simple question. If I wanted to ask a simple question I guess (if I didn't know any better) I'd hit "Q&A: Ask the community a question." Sounds friendly... community, right? This is bass ackwards.

Better wording: "Discussion: Our community exists to discuss food. Jump right in!"

As for the Q&A I'm sorry to say I can only form snarky or silly suggestions, so I'll leave this for others to suggest better wording.

about 18 hours ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

I also truly believe they keep making the same mistake by keeping the mobile and desktop designs parallel when they should be split using an app for mobile. Staying with the Responsive web design is wreaking havoc on desktop and mobile users. Splitting the design has the advantage when redesigns are planned and rolled out - they can deal with one user group at a time. I dunno.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Beer Camp

Sorry this is off topic but I had to read this thread based on the title as I was envisioning, ya know, Beer Camp. Beds made out of cases, capture the keg, beer pong (duh), shuffleboard with giant beer caps, duck duck beer. Beer camp.

Still, good luck in your quest!

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Beer

Easy way to remove a pan lid?

Genius.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Cookware

Easy way to remove a pan lid?

That was going to be my suggestion as well.

When the pot is cooling add a spoon or something to provide a vent.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Cookware

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

You all probably think I only stirfry, but with my tooth yanking last week I had to forgo spicy foods. So tonights dinner was a really spicy stirfy. With cashews. Unbelievably satisfying.

Another thing I'd been avoiding is beans, since the skins seem to hide themselves everywhere in my teeth. Sorry, TMI. Anyway, for lunch I had a whole cup of black beans with salsa. Too many carbs but I just could not help myself! I feel iron rich enough to donate a pint.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Horrible iPhone presentation

Same on Chrome, Android - no i.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Makeshift Poll: what would have been better than the new Q&A format?

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.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

Ah. Thanks for letting me know. I was responding to LindaWhit's wanting a sticky on every board.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

I asked the mods to create a new thread to continue the discussion from this huge topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983655

Never heard back and that thread is so huge it will not let me post a response to c oliver if that response contains a picture.
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LindaWhit
I *REALLY* wish that when changes were made to the site, they wouldn't just post it on Site Talk. So many people don't come here. A sticky link posted on every board would be helpful to let more people know what changes have happened.

RE: LindaWhit
MplsM ary
It is kinda plastered on every page though.

RE: MplsM ary
c oliver
How so, Mary?

RE: c oliver
MplsM ary
I tried to upload a pic. Because this thread is so overloaded I waited a half hour and had to give up.

The announcement is there on the right margin: "New Community Conversations Are Here." It's everywhere.

RE: MplsM ary
c oliver
Are you talking about the not-new feature (supposedly) that takes you to your first unread thread?
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And so, I am attaching a pic here. See above ^

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

But it's the same few people making all the noise.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

I tried to upload a pic. Because this thread is so overloaded I waited a half hour and had to give up.

The announcement is there on the right margin: "New Community Conversations Are Here." It's everywhere.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

It is kinda plastered on every page though.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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What is happening with the EDIT feature?

This is a great example of the Q&A trap mentioned in the huge thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983655 Hopefully a real world experience spells out the Q&A folly for Chow Engineering and Chow QA to read. I'm sorry you had that experience but am ever so glad you came back to share how difficult the Q&A format is to use.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

I've done both in-house and independent software and web development. My take on these changes is that they did not go far enough when it comes to layout. The layout for this site is still staid and old fashioned.

This site is unlike any other CBS Interactive site where the focus is usually something more tangible, i.e., CBS News, CBS, tech, games and music. All these are new product/news oriented. There is money to be made with these types of sites which have message boards as a nice little addition. Not so for Chowhound where content is created by users.

Chowhound is an anomaly. I also think it's a pain in the ass and a drain for the CBS Interactive tech team. This worries me. We all seem to think we own this site, but it just ain't so. I just hope Chowhound lives on so we can do battle for another rollout of changes.

Meanwhile, like everyone else I will voice my displeasure at things I perceive as not useful or silly and hope to be heard.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

Yesterday I sent an email to the mods asking for another/part 2 announcement thread. No response and no new thread.

1 day ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

It's a font... Font Awesome http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awe...

Anyone good at using and writing styles using the Stylish extension? If so you could do us all a favor and switch out the heart for a star, checkbox,thumb or what have you. Those of us familiar with Stylish could then use your style. Just a thought.

2 days ago
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Here's What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like

Glassware

Glass to hold water $5
Clean glass to hold water $7
Crystal glass to hold water $10
Clean Crystal glass to hold water $12
Glass spit shined by a famous chef - market rate

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Introducing New Conversation Types

Good tip!

Also if you click on the poster name on the right (or the date if it's a thread that hasn't been updated for awhile) it will take you to the last post posted.

I tap them both like mad on my phone before I remember it doesn't work on mobile - yet.

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

I hate to be a stick-in-the-mud about this, but all these +1's have grown this thread to where it's unloadable for some people. Couple that with the fact that the +1 posts won't be converted to Thumbs Up or Attaboy, Recommend or whatever it is people want.

I think we all get the point that as a group we all pretty much hate the stupid heart connoting love for posts we agree with or commend, but for me it's looking more and more like spoiled children throwing a fit and that fit is affecting usability.

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

Uh... Hate to remind you that you hearted in the preview threads. Sorry.

Photographic evidence will be destroyed in exchange for many small, unmarked bills. :)

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

POLL: Specific NEW Features That Bug You

Discussion post format

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk

POLL: Specific NEW Features That Bug You

Photo Story format

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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POLL: Specific NEW Features That Bug You

Link post format

Jul 26, 2014
MplsM ary in Site Talk
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