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CH has changed - WHY?

For discussion of this change, go to: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9993.... Not a glitch, unfortunately. And, unfortunately, the title of that thread doesn't indicate that it's about this problem, but it is.

But you CAN CHANGE BACK to the regular view:
Here I am copying and pasting directly from gaffk, who has been posting these instructions in various places:

"Hover over your avatar on the upper right side of the page (next to where it says 'Hi, Mister Big.'

"You'll see 'My Profile,' 'Settings' and 'Sign Out.'

"Click on 'Settings.' This will take you to your Settings tab. From there, click on the 'Chowhound' option (along the line that reads 'Newsletters My Boards Account Chowhound.'

)

"Then you can select the 'Collapse Previously Read Comments'

"And yes, it took me a few minutes to find it. It would have been nice if the change announcement had included that bit of instruction as many of us have been here for years and haven't changed our settings ever."

28 minutes ago
mselectra in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I want to point out that I'm not one of the usual suspects who often participates in Site Talk threads complaining about changes to CH, making suggestions, etc. I've been in CH a while, but I'm not as invested as many other users who are active here, I shrug at the silly blue hearts, for example.
I feel that strongly about this change, that I started participating in this thread fairly early on yesterday. The change really runs directly counter to what has appealed to me about CH from the beginning. Yes, some of us are able and willing to take the time to figure out how to switch our settings to what should be the default in the first place. But the change seems to suggest a larger change in philosophy behind the site. Or, at least, a lack of understanding about how most users approach Chowhound, what makes it special.

And, I and others have said already, but it is too hard for users to figure out what's going on. PLEASE note the many people who are still coming on here confused, and the way other Site Talk threads have been "hijacked" with questions about this change (ie: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9869... ), and the fact that users, not Chowhound Team people, are the ones taking the time to try to explain.

Pat, Deborah, and all -- yesterday can't have been easy.

But please, the very least you all could do is change the name of this thread, to help users find it and find the fix.

42 minutes ago
mselectra in Site Talk
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site forgetting "read" posts

Oh dear, yes, that's a bad glitch.

about 12 hours ago
mselectra in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Definitely think missing Melanie's point here.

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Agree with gaffk -- my guess is a lot of people are likely wasting time trying to fix this problem at this moment, without realizing it was done on purpose or it occurring to them to look at site talk. And, if they do come to site talk, may not realize to look at this thread, since the title doesn't seem related to the problem.

Plus, if I were a new user, I'd be less likely to get addicted to Chowhound with this new format. I just can't figure out the point of the change, except I guess it was just too hard to support such a "complicated feature." Was the slowness of the site actually a problem that needed fixing?

site forgetting "read" posts

Yes, except for the pagination and "see all" at the bottom. I think a lot of people are still going to miss the fix, since the other thread about it has a misleading title....

about 16 hours ago
mselectra in Site Talk
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site forgetting "read" posts

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9993... is actually about this problem, even though it's not clear from its title.

about 16 hours ago
mselectra in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Oh also -- I really think you should put a stick on the top of every board about this. I think many/most users probably are clueless about site talk. It took me a while to think to check here (especially since it seemed clearly like something had gone wrong with my computer, never would have occurred to me this had been done on purpose!) -- and I do check on site talk fairly regularly to see what's going on.

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I made the change in settings back to collapsing read posts -- but it is NOT defaulting to "see all." [Edit: sorry, I think I was one of those confused by the pages still listed and See All being highlighted even after I made the change, seems to not be paginated now.]

The default should be collapsed read posts and see all -- and this change as something users can choose in settings if they're indeed having trouble with slowness.

The collapsed read posts and nesting within threads is a main reason I spend so much time (more than I should I'm sure, and mostly as a lurker!) on Chowhound -- it's so easy to pop in and out of discussions. There are other sites with good, maybe better, content out there, but they're not as easy for me to read, because the whole discussion is one long list, and I don't remember when I last checked in.

So, I haven't complained or been much bothered by changes that have been irritating other users, but this one really irks.

New posts not highlighted?

FYI, this has happened to me too, although I think it's been a while. In addition to searching as you suggest, I've done a ctrl-f for, say, 2014, if it's an older thread. But of course, that's a pain. Thanks!

1 day ago
mselectra in Site Talk

A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

magic -- I did get some very good, helpful and friendly, advice on traveling Ottawa recently. But, yes, to do some research before posting my query, I waded through a lot of Toronto posts (that made me really want to spend some time there!)

Dec 13, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

I read this thinking that SamuelAt knows that many of us are waiting eagerly for the Roz holiday specials. This one might not rise to the usual standard, but it's a good enough filler for now. I do appreciate how, instead of framing it as "hey you guys, here's another Roz story," Samuel writes in the "asking etiquette question" genre. It's sort of like an epistolary comic novel (I did say sort of).

And I hope that's not insensitive, since I do understand that these are real people in actual complex relationships among each other.

I don't see a problem for asking for help cleaning up, among close friends at this kind of dinner party. But Roz sitting alone on the couch in front of her tree while everyone else cleans makes for an evocative closing image of this chapter.

A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

ElsieDee -- Just realized you had participated in that thread! I figured it's worth re-posting now and again, at least for a sense of history. It seems to have been from right after Jacquilynne, who I thought was amazing, had taken over, too. And reminds us a lot of posters have been active for a long time!

I'd be interested in the current Chowhound Team letting us know how much has changed or stayed the same (other than the loosening up of moderation, which they've been clear about) -- especially since the questions/complaints about moderation seem a bit perennial.

Dec 10, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk
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A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

I realize this is super dated now, but if you haven't read or listened to this interview with a moderator, it's worth it, at least for some CH history: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3780...

And, I seem to remember Jacquilynne occasionally using site talk to explain how moderators work together, for example, as Elsie Dee mentioned, consulting with each other before deleting a post -- as well as how they're chosen, that they are volunteers, etc.

No idea how much of that would still be accurate info.

Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

I thought you were the hip, harried, TDQ mama....

I just got around to making pressure cooker turkey stock from Thanksgiving bones, first time doing that, will see how it turns out. Certainly faster.

Dec 03, 2014
mselectra in Cookware
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Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

At the dinner party I mentioned downthread someone was suggesting pressure cooker risotto. I'm going to try soon!

Dec 03, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

Suggestions for a long Washington weekend

I like NY2DC, which drops at Dupont Circle, so don't have to deal with Union Station. Like better than Bolt or Mega, personally. I think Vamoose (maybe) drops in Bethesda or thereabouts -- or at least there is one that's supposed to be good that does, I think one of the Hasidic owned ones.

NY2DC gives you a free bottle of water -- to make the post somewhat food/drink related....

Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

I really wasn't prepared for the extra time to get to and come down from pressure - good you're figuring that in.

Found myself at a dinner party the other day with a lot of people I'd never met and the first topic of conversation was how much everyone loves and uses their pressure cookers - so, I'm thinking it is indeed the hip thing these days!

Dec 03, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

Great Italian Deli in DC/Baltimore Area

I live in 20009, and it's a pretty quick drive to The Italian Store (note, drive, not wmata), because I can jump right on Rock Creek Parkway. Eastern Market is a longer haul (whichever form of transportation). I haven't been to A Litteri in ages and ages -- but I bet it would take me longer to get there than over to The Italian Store. Will have to experiment sometime. I think A Litteri and The Italian Store are comparable sorts of places, no? But I don't know of anything around here comparable to Italian delis of the Northeast, as I remember them....

ETA: They do need to check out Eastern Market though!
And, I do suspect it's worth a trip to Baltimore, following Hue's advice.

Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

FYI, here's a discussion I started a year ago that was really helpful to our pressure cooker decision: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926237

Different circumstances than yours, but might be worth a read. We've mostly also used it for beans. It was great for mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving this year -- using hippressure website, mashed potatoes is her intro lesson. I also really like the discussions on that site.

The release time is the biggest challenge, I agree. Takes some experimenting. I'm finding to keep at pressure less time than various charts suggest.

Dec 03, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

Bethesda suggestions?

Not really an ice cream parlor, I suppose, but there is a Dolcezza Gelato in Bethesda, and their gelato is great.

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

We only use Swings coffee beans now, too spoiled for anything else -- since Each Peach, a little gourmet shop, opened in Mt Pleasant, DC, a couple blocks from us, and carries them. I didn't realize they were that hard to find. (Sorry, not about NoVa breakfast.)

Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

This thread would be so much more fun and easier to follow if it weren't in the really annoying Q&A format! Even if all the responses were easy to predict from a long-time NAF lurker ;)

I did "ask a clarifying question" -- which it turns out doesn't post. Which was: Will there be others at this gathering who might appreciate the OP's pie? If so, seems like it would be less awkward to have asked and to bring it. But if it's only bf's mother and father and neither of them will eat any of it -- well, that does seem awkward.

Happy Thanksgiving prep everyone!

Recommendations please for DC, impromptu visit

Hi -- I will predict that you'll get better responses with a little more info, like where you're staying, where you'll likely be spending time, where you're coming from, approximate budget, and means of transport.

"Must try" is hard in the DC area.

But I will say it's worth getting Ethiopian food while you're here. And though I haven't been in ages and ages, I'd still guess it's worth breakfast or lunch at the Market Lunch counter at Eastern Market. Those are *my* two standard suggestions to new-to-DC visitors. I also do think it's worth getting a half-smoke with chili at Ben's, but not really for the quality of the food, and so many chowhounds will disagree with me.

ETA: I'm thinking Just Visiting and I were typing at the same time...

And ETA again, Rasika also would normally be on my short list, which I forgot but dinwiddie reminded me.

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

I was agreeing with you, so replied to you, and then added my own thoughts (as happens in conversations) -- and did use Millerag's name when addressing her directly. Karl also replied to you to agree. But I didn't mean to confuse :)

Nov 11, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

Yes, agreed. But, Millerag, please don't say it's up to the "girls" only in the younger generation. Presumably there are some "boys" there too who are just "play(ing) around and having a good time" who could help out, no?

French door refrigerators...

Merci mikie and chowser -- this is a helpful discussion that I'll certainly come back to when we eventually start looking seriously.

I actually like the idea of having a smaller interior in the fridge part, if I can have either a bigger or better organized freezer.

Oct 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

French door refrigerators...

Thanks! Will definitely measure carefully etc when looking for real. And, yes, it's getting the doors fully open and not banging counters and walls that would worry me. Don't really see why would need more than the one door we have now, that opens towards wall at end of kitchen just fine.

That KA is beautiful, I get the bragging. Bigger than I'd be looking for, I think...

Oct 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

French door refrigerators...

Well, as long as I'm reading through this thread, I'll ask a question, too (although it'll be a while before getting around to buying a new fridge, much as I'd like to - out of a desperate need to procrastinate today, I've somehow found myself researching refrigerators).

Will definitely want a counter-depth and think I'd want bottom freezer, for the better organization than current top freezer. Doesn't seem like there are many if any counter-depth bottom freezers that doN'T have french doors, but with our very small galley kitchen and with the fridge at the end in the corner, I'm nervous about having a door that opens towards the small counter and stove, that would block at least the counter when open, rather than just one door that opens towards the wall.

What's the advantage of the french doors, is I guess my question?

Oct 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

Place for one night friend meet-up

Ha! Well, we appreciated the James Taylor soundtrack, (which I now don't remember hearing except in the restroom).... Sophia Loren and James Taylor, makes for a good date.

We had the restaurant week menu, which was extended into September (and I just saw is still on the website), and the three appetizer and three entree choices perfectly fit each of our three tastes, as we ended up ordering one of each. That meant pork (not lamb) chop for me, which I certainly enjoyed.

It really was a chatty meal, too, took us a while to order because we were talking and looking at photos on our phones, etc. Then we realized we'd taken too long (were going to something at Lisner) and had to get the check paid in a rush. Service handled all that with aplomb.

Potterstreet, have you decided where to go? Hope you have a wonderful visit and catch up with your friend.

ETA: Since you mention drinks in the OP, I do think Ris has very good cocktails, too. So do other places recommended here as well, though.