This site is set up for everyone who wants to engage in thoughtful discussions about anything related to food, drinks, and cooking. Its a week-old site, we have quite a lot of users who joined in the last few days. If you like what you see so far, you can help Hungry Onion get to the critical mass needed for lively back-and-forth discussions we all love by:
- Start a thread (or a few!) about a topic you are excited about- restaurant you visited where you live or on your trips, cooking techniques, wine, whatever you are passionate about!
- Share the site/ threads on social media- ex-CH groups, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. People may retweet etc.
- Spread the word! Email your friends about the site. Let your friends know on social networks.
- Write to your local food writers/ journalists/ bloggers.
Why am I setting up Hungry Onion? Why Now?
It started when the forum that I used regularly to read about other like-minded people’s adventures in food got a face lift and turned into something unrecognizable. There were talks from other folks about migrating elsewhere. One evening, I just decided to give it a try and put a forum together as an alternative. Here are some thoughts on what I am trying to make Hungry Onion to be:
A site that is easy to use and uncluttered so it lets participants to share their thoughts very easily and encourages free-flowing in-depth discussion. In addition, it will also be user-friendly in the sense that it will be sensitive to the needs of the users.
For-profit companies put the interest of shareholders (profits) first since the shareholders are the owners. The model is geared towards reaching out to a bigger audience and maximizing ad and partner revenue. Eventually, the model over-commercializes the forum content and alienates the core user base. This site will put the interest of the users first.
A knowledge depository for the knowledge contributors, not in a corporate setting
When companies need to maximize profit and reach, they may change the UI, dumb down the site, or do something that makes the access to the knowledge base much more difficult than before. Users may have little say in decisions. On top of that, the knowledge is owned by the companies (even though its contributed by everyone!).
The knowledge on this site will remain out of corporations. I expect that if the site gets enough traction, the core group of users will be highly knowledgeable and passionate about food. I am trying to bring control of the knowledge base back to the knowledge contributors with this site so that down the road, there is less risk to the collective accumulated knowledge.