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A 2nd Open Letter to the Moderators: How do YOU tell if your site is being spammed?

OK Jacqui. I know this is not a winable point, or really one worth winning. Being deleted is not my favorite thing either, so I'll let it rest.

about 4 hours ago
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A 2nd Open Letter to the Moderators: How do YOU tell if your site is being spammed?

In all of this I've really had nothing against Naked Wines themselves. I belonged to Laithwaite's for a time and thought the opening deal was a decent value. After that, nope.

I certainly get that the mods can't prove any connection between all these posters and a nefarious purpose, but I DO wonder how they're all finding the topic on their own. I guess I'll have to unfollow this topic too, or renew my Xanax prescription. ;o)

about 4 hours ago
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Mobile text size with new format

Playing some more. The text size of topic names gets larger when I go to Replies and then back to Last Reply, but if I refresh the page (while in Last Reply) the small size comes back.

about 8 hours ago
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Mobile text size with new format

Dear Tech Folk, I took the plunge and cleared cookies and data. The first time I used by homepage icon link to CH the next was correct size.

BUT I am also having a very long loading time on this site and the first reply I wrote just wouldn't post, so I rebooted my phone. Now the font size problem is BACK.

I'm now going to try to see if this will post. I started having long loading delays on CH with the 700 post locked topic about the new changes. Been a mess ever since.

****** PS: 4-5 minutes later and it still hasn't shown as posted on my phone (loading circle still rolling) but it HAS actually posted. I'm editing it on my laptop.

Arghhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

about 9 hours ago
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Mobile text size with new format

I'm not going to clear all the cookies and data in Safari until I can find out what ELSE that will do, so I tried deleting my home screen link which took me directly to my MY DISCUSSIONS page, then rebooted my iPhone. That didn't change anything BUT, in the process, I have found that if I switch from LAST REPLY to REPLIES or DATE those views are in the correct size font AND, when I switch BACK to LAST REPLY..... IT is also then in the correct font size. It's only going directly to LAST REPLY where I see the font problem.

Hopefully this is of some value to the techs.

about 11 hours ago
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Mobile text size with new format

I'm always reluctant to do mass clearing because I don't want to lose passwords and links. IOS Safari cache is cleared by clearing all "cookies and data". Can u tell me what else I'm going to lose.

about 24 hours ago
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Hmmmm...... I hit the heart icon and I'm still alive, though I may have lost a few IQ points.

1 day ago
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Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

Well ...... A 700 post topic can do that.

In fairness I am grateful (or my thumb is) to be able to click on the number of posts in a long topic and be taken to the latest post I haven't read (it works most of the time). If that existed before, I was unaware).

Also , I just read a Q&A topic where someone was looking for a quick restaurant rec on one if the regional boards. The format worked perfectly for that need AND it occurred to me that, in spite if the possible negatives, a major positive is that it can avoid thread drift if used as intended.

1 day ago
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Introducing New Conversation Types

I'm beginning to get really annoyed at the fact that this topic is now so big that I can no longer follow it on my iPhone. The blue heart thing , for me, is just an 'oh,well', but it seems to have ignited a sh*tstorm of controversy that may sidetrack the more serious problems with this new release.

I could care less, really, if the symbol is a thumbs up, a heart, a star, or whatever. I'll repeat a point I've made before... the Food Quest board format signaled (to me anyway)a move on the part of this site to try to increase usership by simplifying (and IMHO dumbing down) the conversational aspect of what goes on here. I suspect this is related to the apparent fact that a younger demographic seems to have a much shorter attention span than us old fogies.

Example: My son has developed a really great social media app that works sortof like Facebook, Instagram, etc.. When my wife and I (and his girlfriend's parents too) started using it we were all struggling with 'how to's'. I asked my son and his staff why they didn't provide a more extensive help function... and their answer was that their target demographic didn't need or want it. So, here's this investor-funded business that has (to some degree) written off a segment of its potential user base (IMHO the 'older' segment)because they don't want to seem dumbed down or slow down users by crowding the app with help functionality. Get my point?

It will be interesting to see if this topic (now approaching 700 posts) has any specific impact. I am skeptical due to the references being made to pressures on the site to increase users and revenue. That's reasonable to expect as this is AFIK not a non-profit. Just as we go on and on about how to 'fix' Food Network (on the Food News & Media board), I'm beginning to think this is really about the same thing... the audience for what most of the people posting in this topic come here for is not big enough to be financially scalable for a business the size of CBS. Sorry! It just may not be.

Just my 2¢. I hope I'm wrong.

Jul 27, 2014
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Introducing New Conversation Types

WOW!! That explains a lot Melanie. It does make sense that costs of operating the site pushed TBTB to find a method to keep up posts but avoid 'conversations' that get into moderating needs. I almost feel badly, now, that I just "replied" to a Q with a post that was really a response to someone else's post (which wasn't really an answer either).

I spend time on another board where replies aren't nested and you use a 'quote' format to address a specific comment from another poster. Sometimes it's confusing just who is responding to whom, but the quote includes the name(s) of the posters being quoted, so it works.

Jul 26, 2014
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Introducing New Conversation Types

>>"dumbing stuff down in the service of attracting new (and dumber) users,"<<

I'm not sure the word dumber is all that fair but ever since the Food Quests debate started I've said I thought this was all about generating users. Everything I know about advertising rates and website valuation says that's what has to happen.

As with the continuing topic on 'how to fix the food network' I just think quality (as perceived by what is unfortunately a minority audience)suffers in the name of attracting a larger market.

Jul 26, 2014
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Long Island/Queens diners?

Don't want to cause the OP to get less input but this topic just led me to the info that the Scobee Diner (Little Neck) closed in 2010. Wow! I grew up maybe 3 miles away and that true 'railcar' diner was there back in the '50s. Think it was called Twentieth Century, or even something else back then. Real diners are a rare and wonderful breed.

Jul 26, 2014
Midlife in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mobile text size with new format

Also seems to load pages more slowly than before. Wonder if it's the added 'buttons' and icons.

Jul 26, 2014
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Mobile text size with new format

On my iPhone the listing of latest replies in My Discussions now has the topic titles in a font size that is half of what it used to be AND considerably smaller than the 'conversation' icon, the # of replies, or the date (which BTW doesn't always fit in the screen).

I won't pile on to the huge new topic taking issue with this new release, though I'm not pleased with what I've seen so far. I just have enough trouble reading the small screen without this new wrinkle.

Jul 25, 2014
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

I'd really be interested in knowing more about this. Not that ABC rules always make sense, but they're usually pretty clearly spelled out.

Jul 24, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

Hey! I LIKE In n Out! But the patties are pretty small and there's no way you can get them medium-rare. Won't happen. 3x1, 4x2??? Remember Rodney Alan Rippey??? "Too big a eat!" I did once see a photo of a 15 patty burger they made for someone. OUCH!!

Jul 24, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

I wouldn't be so quick to blame this 100% on the ABC without more info.

Jul 24, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

"Google it"

Huh. Without a search word it looks almost like standard Google screen. I guess I'm not snarky enough. ;o)

Jul 24, 2014
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"Google it"

So did I. Can anyone explain how it's different from Google itself?

Jul 24, 2014
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"Google it"

>>>" If the only answer I have (or care to give) is to the basic question, I just skip by the post and hope that someone who can/wants to answer all the rest of the question will reply."<<<

Yup! I agree 100%. Though I do have my moments when I think "Really?"

Jul 24, 2014
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"Google it"

I think it's pretty certain that people come here for ANSWERS. Though the feeling of community is nurturing, I'm not that sure they really care if the answers come directly from people so long as they come.

Jul 24, 2014
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"Google it"

I think you're partially wrong. I don't agree that pointing you toward a specific Google-originated search result is snarky. Rather it seems as if someone is doing some basic Googling to help get you started. If you take that as as insult, so be it.

Condescendingly saying "Google it!" IS snarky however.

IMHO concluding that Google is useless is short-sighted and incorrect. I use both boards AND Google searches a lot when I'm looking for information....... And I don't accept he answers from either one as gospel without substantial experience with the source.

Jul 23, 2014
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

That's odd. Haven't they been doing this event for years? Maybe something with the change of ownership at Wally's?

Jul 23, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Where's my change!?!

I realized my error right away and thought I'd edited my post. I guess not. Sorry. I agree that this is wrong. I'd be pissed too.

Jul 22, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food
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White Pinot Noir

That's certainly how it appears from their respective sites. And I'm wrong about Novy being a 'second' label, so my conclusion is that White Pinot Noir is something they take seriously. Doesn't mean everyone finds it worthwhile, but I wouldn't simply dismiss it as White Zin's sister.

Jul 21, 2014
Midlife in Wine

How cell phones slow down restaurant service

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Food Media & News

White Pinot Noir

Oh, we'll. Brain fart I guess. But I HAVE had PN Roses that were very good. Should have known the 'Jason Police' would be watching.

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Wine

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

Notes:

1. I 'recommended' the post that concluded eating only 33(was it?) mozz sticks in over 12 hours is kinda wimpy.

2. I've had the TGIF mozz sticks (though I was much younger then) and think calling them "garbage" is rude.

3. The OCD part if me thinks there's something wrong with the math. 6 sticks per order times 7 orders = 42 sticks total. Not eating ANY of the last order is unfair to TGIF. there also appear to be 3 sticks unaccounted for.

4. I can't believe I actually read the whole article, but ....... it was free!

Jul 19, 2014
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White Pinot Noir

Did you leave it out in the sun by accident? :o). The last PN Rose I had was Miraval Perrin Jolie Pitt and it was pretty darned great.

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Wine

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

I'm not sure there's anything that posters here really get to tend. What did you have in mind?

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk