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any sour cherries yet?

They seem to be starting to appear on menus. And crixa's amazing sour cherry pie has reappeared. But I haven't seen any for sale yet. Any sightings?

I'd really, really, really like an "ignore this thread" option. Please.

You're missing the point.

The point is, "mistakes" (and I did not think they were mistakes at the time) made long in the past should not be allowed to accumulate and, collectively, render your site useless to users. But that's precisely what is happening.

Until this is fixed, I'm out. Your choices in designing the sort feature were poorly thought through. And your decision to not implement some form of "ignore" button was stupid (for lots of reasons, including that it would give you all sorts of extra info on site usage).

Assuming you actually do want to increase usage and readership, I'd suggest looking at actual problems being encountered by users and fixing those actual problems. And doing so at a slightly higher priority than work on goofy 5-star rating systems and half-completed "mobile" sub-sites.

Or maybe I'm wrong and everything is going great. In which case, carry on.

Bye.

Nov 11, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

I'd really, really, really like an "ignore this thread" option. Please.

Nov 11, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

Commis -- Piedmont Ave. (Oakland)

"Gritty" seems to be a specific real estate term which means that the hipsters have arrived, displacing the artists but the developers have not yet moved in to displace everyone. So it's still being used wrongly, though differently wrongly than you might suspect.

Commis -- Piedmont Ave. (Oakland)

Yes, though it's not clear if there's any angle at all that it's visible from:

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=sa...

Tri-State area of Connecticut is not "Southeastern, CT!"

>"multiple discussions on the same problem doesn't get it any closer to the top"

Presumably the "engineer's queue" is ordered based on priorities established by whatever your equivalent of product management is. Two conventional high priorities for a product manager tend to be "low hanging fruit" and "let's not look like idiots". The third highest priority is often "people are complaining".

Since this has been a known, easy, dumb-looking mistake for almost three years now, it's pretty clear that the low-hanging and non-idiot priorities mysteriously do not apply. All that's left is the third. So unless CHTeam has an alternative suggestion, this seems like the only possible means available.

You've got some deep confusion in the Africa department as well.

Oct 29, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

I'd really, really, really like an "ignore this thread" option. Please.

When I suggested that over on this thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6494... there was a collective "aghast!" from the moderators.

The old system where ancient threads would bubble to the top of not the first page but the second and subsequent pages of "my chow" worked well, even though it was never clear precisely what the sorting criteria were.

Oct 29, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

I'd really, really, really like an "ignore this thread" option. Please.

It's depressing every time I log in to chowhound to find the pathetic "Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again" thread once again at the top of my "my chow" listing. Yes, it was a mistake for me to have, once, a long long time ago, posted something to it. But now I cannot make it go away.

There are about 10 equivalent threads that, every time I log in, are there at the top of the list. It's bad enough that, frankly, I've stopped logging on very much lately. Go ahead, Ms. CH Admin, check my login history. See if it isn't in a prefect inverse relation to the frequency of posts to the now-hopelessly-banal "What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?" thread that I mistakenly touched a couple of years ago.

Yes, I'm aware of the different sorting options. This is not a suitable alternative. "Sort by latest post" is almost precisely the right thing except it needs an option to prevent the turds from floating to the top. Which they constantly do.

Alternatively, returning to the old habit of deleting pointless, rambling, negative threads might also suffice. Unless what you're trying to cultivate here is pointless, rambling negativity. Which is what is happening. I couldn't be the only one driven away by this.

Oct 28, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

Burritos in Oakland?

Wow. Screwedup CH software ate all my place links. Let's try again ...

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La Calaca Loca
5199 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Los Cantaros Restaurant
5412 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA

Taqueria La Familia
2971 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Cancun
2134 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Burritos in Oakland?

Almost all the taco trucks have burritos on their menu. They are invariably huge and
if you get a "super" burrito you will not need to eat for the rest of the week.

Favorite non-truck burritos over here:

Taqueria La Familia -- Four or five filling choices that tend toward various stewed meats.
also good fish tacos.

La Calaca Loca -- Big hefty mission-style burritos. I've only had the carne asada. Pretty ok.

Cancun -- Little more expensive than the others. Great salsa bar.

Los Cantaros -- They have several locations. I like the one on San Pablo and 54th.

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La Calaca Loca
5199 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Taqueria La Familia
2971 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Vietnamese crepe in Oakland?

Anh Hong has large tables and one time I was in there and they had pulled together everything along the east wall and had a group of maybe 30.

In addition to the crepe and seven courses of beef, I've had the shaking beef and chicken curry and everything has been really tasty. Decent beer options too.

Restaurants for San Fran Newcomer

Yes definitely let them know we all call it "Frisco".

You're asking a question that, no joking, can best be answered by
"check the recs section of whatever guidebook they took with them."

What they should really be doing is figuring out what the particularly great
places are right in their neighborhood. Because one of the more pleasurable
things out here is the way there's generally something pretty great no
matter where you are. But if anyone's going to help with that, you're going
to have to spill a little more info ...

Glow-in-the-Dark Gin and Tonic Jelly

Well technically "glow-in-the-dark" means some form of chemoluminescence while the shine-a-black-light-on-it phenomenon is fluorescence. These are two very different things. "Fluorescent Jello" sounds just as tasty.

Fluorescein is an interesting addition to jello, but is not without some risks:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescein

Oct 16, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Recipes

This is Chowhound? In Austin?

Or at least the option of excluding "restaurants" that have no reviews.

Oct 12, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

Trader Joe's newbie

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitts...

Their appeal is based, in part, in creating a sense of "I'm getting exactly what I get elsewhere but they've just put their own private label on it." Which certainly feels good. Sometimes they get busted.

Oct 11, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Chains

Trader Joe's newbie

Because it has driven out the competition. And the techniques it has used
to drive out the competition have, it is possible to argue, been less than
forthright.

Oct 08, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Chains

Paw Paw??

Two weeks ago, there was a vendor selling paw paws at the Saturday ferry building market. Under a big sign that said "Paw Paw". I was rushed past by my coffee-seeking friends and intended to come back and get some but failed.

Paw Paw??

Since this thread has come back to life ... to steer it a little bit back towards topic:

PawPaw came and went. Replaced by Olivia which came and went. It is now Digs Bistro which has thus far only done the came part.

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Digs Bistro
1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

Trader Joe's newbie

Not true:
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1...

The word "happen" seems to suggest pure coincidence.

Oct 03, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Chains

Oakland the culinary capital of Northern California?

Well, Coi isn't dated upscale frenchy, though that's maybe the exception proving the rule. And even Patterson is making an oakland play.

Still, I walked past the new Quince last night and it looked stunning. It took a while before it hit me what the special detail was, something I haven't seen in a long time here on the east side: tablecloths!

New Restaurants Section: Please reply here if you would like to be able to edit Restaurant/Bar Pages

That user seems to have signed up around June 16th. What's odd about someone signing up and adding a photo? Maybe he works there? There are well over 1,000,000 user accounts here and not all of them are actively posting things. Lots of people just read.

Oct 02, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

New Restaurants Section: Please reply here if you would like to be able to edit Restaurant/Bar Pages

Working for me now. Thanks!

Oct 01, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

What's Your Favorite Food Movie?

Since this thread apparently will not go away .. and nobody's mentioned ...

Cool Hand Luke: "My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs."

Five Easy Pieces: "Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me
the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich."

Proposing in San Fran (flying up from L.A.)

This thread makes me want to get married to everyone in it.

My choice would be: Waterbar. It's nextdoor to Epic Roasthouse.
Has a fabulous patio in what is probably the single most spectacular
setting in the city -- right under the bay bridge. If you time your
proposal to about 1.5 to 2 hours after moonrise, it will be up there
above the bridge towers. And right there, not 50 yards to the north, is
Oldenberg's "Cupid's Span" sculpture: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/...

The place is ridiculously expensive. But what the heck, you're getting married.

Text Size

What os/browser are you guys using? On osx/safari this seems to be working fine, though yesterday's changes increased the default font size by 2 points for me.

Sep 30, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

Commis -- Piedmont Ave. (Oakland)

While I dislike Bauer immensely and although Commis is right at the top of my list of Best Things Eaten All Year, I've gotta say I agree with pretty much all of his criticisms. Some things are just not working. What makes that interesting is the things that aren't working aren't errors in the sense of, "the pianist was hitting wrong notes", they're questions of interpretation as in, "his heavy-handed playing of the rondo threw the piece out of balance", which say as much about the listener as they do the performer.

On a practical note, we've addressed the overpriced wine issue on both visits by getting bottles from the middle of the white list, most of which are reasonable and well suited to the meal. The reds though are out of control.

How To Stop Following a Thread

That solution comes with its own problems. Threads you posted to months or years ago which you are, in fact, still interested in will then not pop to the top of the listing and you will probably miss them.

Not being able to flush a thread with an "ignore this topic" button, no matter how you have them sorted, is a significant annoyance.

One other thing that might work could be to hit the "report" link under your
post(s) in the dopey thread and ask the moderators to delete your post. The system doesn't notify you of additions to threads that you've been deleted out of. And if enough people did this, the moderators might have better luck than we've had convincing the CH developers that it's an issue worth fixing ...

Sep 29, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

New Restaurants Section: Please reply here if you would like to be able to edit Restaurant/Bar Pages

"Save" button is not working for me. I click on it and nothing happens.
Safari/OSX/ latest everything. This page:
http://www.chow.com/restaurants/55099...
The rest of the editing features appear to be working.

Also: "Cancel" button does function.

Sep 29, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

"SPECIAL COVERAGE" still not right

Fixed in today's site update. Thanks!

Sep 29, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk

Right column content drops below left column

This is quite remarkable. On the PRECISE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
of this problem report -- it is now fixed! Thanks!

Sep 29, 2009
Chuckles the Clone in Site Talk