It’s tricky on on several levels.
If a board seldom has activity then it falls off the radar. The way people define and move through “their” area must be considered. Case in point being how upset many people in Southern Conn. became when they were no longer part of the NY area board on CH. Geographically the NYC metro area had more of their dining focus than the rest of their home state. When boards become unwieldy and need to be split I think it is key to consult the locals on the best way to do so. You’ll never please everyone but listening closely may help avoid bigger problems.
Not to keep harping on CH but many of their newer regional boards were created without respect to the way those who lived there think of the area. Visitors were confused by the oddly grouped/named clusters of states. Some areas had a few lone voices for a bit that finally just stopped. The division of the once vibrant Florida just killed it.
I noticed many of the regional posts are specifying their area in the title. As this site grows that will become very helpful - in searches and to assist the browser who has a more specific interest. If we set the tone now by adopting that format I think …too tired to find the words I want —as people join and observe then they will probably continue with an established format.
Off to sleep!