gave up’er from ChefTalk
still lurking on Cooks @ CIS - it’s wasted
on sabatical from DiscussCooking after watching the last cast iron bash
semi active @ netcookingtalk - but it’s pretty slim pickings
spiceplace.com - exists, dormant
so, I’ve seen a few. admin’d a few 600+ msg/day sites. I have opinions.
hopefully this place can be a plain ole cooking site - pull up a computer and have some coffee. cooking, recipes, techniques, questions, different foodstuffs, new stuff, interesting dishes from other cultures, the hardware, baking - the list is
the sub-boards by city / city block / etc are very valuable, but to a limited group. this is sorta’ like ‘nature’s way’ - it’s not bad, it’s not good,
it just is. I read wailings about no traffic on Board X - well, how many new restaurants open in a city in a year and how many people are going to post about them here? Yelp already exists - this place is not likely to replace it anytime real soon now. but it could, btw. Yelp has it’s issues however if this site sees hundreds of thousands of new users, those issues come with that traffic, and the ilk of that kind of traffic.
this becomes even more critical as the number of sub boards increases. I do enjoy a good road trip - but I do not enjoy having dozens of totally uninteresting new messages about the latest burger joint opening in 135 cities pop-up on my “New Posts” list.
personal attacks regardless of how sweetly posted should be deleted immediately and the poster banned for life on the second event. there is nothing that kills a discussion board for newbies like stumbling into some poor sap getting his butt flamed. they have no desire to be subject to that and simply go away.
I would also recommend an ultra-strict “family environment” - the F* this and F* that has already started. if it cannot be expressed without profanity, it should not be posted. see newbies, above; they likely aren’t thinking they just walked into a porn site. I am not any kind of nut-case prude - but profanity laced message boards just create an environment of “anything goes” - and that’ll bite.
for the management: never proffer the excuse the moderators cannot possibly read all the messages every day. in the event no one has noticed, the plain old ordinary run-of-the-keyboard users read all the messages, why cannot a “moderator?” CH suffers from “employee moderators” - folks - it ain’t
their call. they have not been selected for their ESP ability to absorb the community spirit - and they probably want to keep their job.
need moderators? solicit some sensible sounding volunteers. spread them over the world’s time zones - this is not rocket science.
mechanicals: if you’re going to have ten thousand sections, a user has to be able to establish a list of sections they wish to read/follow. the “Community” option of the old CH was a disaster - every new message from every section on a list. total complete waste of user’s time and generator of much unhappiness / user frustration / user dissatisfaction.
and a function none of the mouse club softwares have caught up with:
- the user gets a list of “new posts”
- the user clicks on the first new post and reads it
- somewhere on the screen is an arrow, a box, some indication for “next”
- the user clicks on that
- the user is not taken to the next new post on the previously shown list; the user is taken to the next post in the section / board of the displayed message.
it’s certainly “the most efficient way to waste time” and is about as un-user-friendly as can be imagined. regrets, it’s not a configuration issue - it’s a pretty serious programming issue that all the usual forum software ignores.