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Ice Cream, Fresh from the Cow

Man, that sure does look tasty. I might have to make the trip up there one of these days.

Jun 23, 2014
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Horseradish-Herb Rib Roast with Mushroom–Red Wine Sauce

Great recipe! I cooked it for my family on Christmas and everyone was amazed at how it turned out. The wine sauce went fantastically with the rib roast. I would highly recommend this one for anyone.

Dec 26, 2012
dotspotter in Recipes

New Chowhound Design Coming Next Week

Your implication on this is that no one likes the new functionality, but is based on 1/2 dozen users who don't like it. Like I stated before, the users who have stake in the argument are going to be the loudest group, which makes polling for feature inclusion unfeasible. I am not saying that you are not right, I am saying that you can't infer the opinion of the whole by 6 people, and you will never get an even turnout for a request for an opinion.

Think for a second about the group that uses the username of the last reply user. They have a niche way of using the site, and that information makes the site much more usable for them. On the other hand think of the user who that information is not relevant to, who including that information on the page just makes it that little bit more busy. The first user is going to be upset that the information is gone because it impacts how they use the site directly. The second user is likely going to be less motivated to chime in even if they do have an improved experience because they either have no vested interest, may not conciously recognize that the change is improving their experience, or just might not think it is worth the effort. But as a whole, with the combination of features as they are, they have a vastly improved and much more concise user experience. We found that removing these names was favorable for the latter. However, we also are trying to cater to the individuals who use the reply username as a tool.

There are an infinite number of ways to display the information at hand, and probably an infinite number of ways to use it. You can't make every user 100% happy all of the time, but you can try to balance it as best you can. We found that the page becomes less cluttered by removing these names for the general user, but because they are still useful to some we are trying to balance keeping them around for as long as possible.

I hope you understand that we aren't trying to do this to make your user experience worse. We are on a tight rope working to make the site as awesome as possible for as many Chowhounds as possible. And to do this we sometimes need to make tough decisions that some Chowhounds don't like. This is always a hard thing to do.

Jason
CHOW Eng

Dec 07, 2012
dotspotter in Site Talk

New Chowhound Design Coming Next Week

MacGuffin -

Unfortunately no, we don't think that polling is a way to get an accurate opinion or standpoint from the community. In situations like that, you end up usually with responders who are driven to respond, ones with stake in one aspect of the change, and largely silence from the other side. In the interest of obtaining as unbiased of an opinion in the changes that we are implementing, we have done extensive user testing.

Also, putting each feature up for polling doesn't look at the design as a whole. The new redesign is designed ground up as a whole experience to improve the usability and experience on Chowhound. This happens with all the features as a cohesive unit, not just some that were voted in and some that got the axe because they were too edgy. User testing also addresses this very well in that our testing is done with the product as a whole, not just 1 discreet feature.

As I said to John E., we are very aware of the feedback that you as a community are posting. It is an invaluable resource that does not ever go unheard. Thanks,

Jason
CHOW Eng

Dec 07, 2012
dotspotter in Site Talk

New Chowhound Design Coming Next Week

Hi John,

We are trying to create an improved user experience for all. I know that you think that the site is clean and super usable now, and we all respect that. Our motivation extends to unifying and simplifying other areas of the site as well as this, for example the mobile version. Please understand that we (chow engineering) are not redesigning this just for the sake of doing something. We are driven to make the experience on Chowhound second to none, and unfortunately it means that we need to iterate on the current design to make improvements.

Please understand that we do listen to the community's feedback, yours included. If a change is overwhelmingly disapproved by the community it will most likely be addressed. Your feedback and opinions are absolutely valuable.

Jason
CHOW Engineering (not IT)

Dec 07, 2012
dotspotter in Site Talk

Peaty Scotch for my dad's birthday

Lagavulin 16 year is my personal favorite, very nice peat profile but not super overbearing.

Oct 23, 2012
dotspotter in Spirits

The Testing Thread

We need some kitty balance! :)

Jul 29, 2012
dotspotter in Site Talk

The Testing Thread

Sorry bud, no can do...

Apr 04, 2012
dotspotter in Site Talk

The Testing Thread

I was sorta hoping you could put in something like <script>alert(document.cookie)</script>

Mar 15, 2012
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The Testing Thread

Thrice and done.

Jan 19, 2012
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The Testing Thread

Once more

Jan 18, 2012
dotspotter in Site Talk

The Testing Thread

Notify

Jan 18, 2012
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The Testing Thread

plus 1 on the best engineer - AL!

Dec 15, 2011
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The Testing Thread

Try another post.

Nov 23, 2011
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Best bites in the Quarter?

I second Three Muses

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Three Muses
536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Oct 27, 2011
dotspotter in New Orleans

Why does everyone hate Jacques-imo's

I have never heard anyone say they don't like it. I think it is amazing!

Oct 27, 2011
dotspotter in New Orleans

Muffin Pan Popovers

These are delicious!

Sep 30, 2011
dotspotter in Recipes

Angeline's in Berkeley

Definitely one of my favorite haunts in Berkeley. Try the fried alligator if they have it!

Sep 29, 2011
dotspotter in San Francisco Bay Area

Test recipe TTT

Jul 20, 2011
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Baked Tortilla Chips

Jun 27, 2011
dotspotter in Recipes

Smoky Mushroom Jalapeño Poppers

These are amazing...

Mar 17, 2010
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