Stephen Rushmore Jr.
- Home page searches - You can now search restaurants, forums and recipes directly from the home page
- Proximity searches - You can now type in a city/state and it will show you the 30 closest Roadfood eateries
The site looks great, overall.
The above-named upgrades are wonderful enhancements. I cannot tell you how often I've looked at a state listing of reviewed restaurants for an area that I do not know well and wondered how far a certain town was from where I would be traveling. It usually required a number of clicks to pull up the map, and then adjust the map to a wide enough view to get the proper perspective, etc. This is fantastic.
Also, the new search navigation from the home page is a nice feature for new users, I think. It is also towards the top of the page and emphasized, so that folks know to check it out.
One new feature that you don't seem to mention is that the dates on reviews seem to be back - at least on user-submitted reviews. It was never a huge issue for me, but I sure understood why other people thought that this was useful (and missing information). I am sure that there are a few more things you are working on - and tweaks will continue, but if you are building a wish list for future enhancements, perhaps on each review, you can add a link to other reviews submitted by the same reviewer - or maybe something could be added to their profile page (with a direct link). I don't want to belabor the oft-discussed point of people trusting/not trusting user-submitted reviews, but, perhaps readers might be able to make a more balanced decision on the value of the review if they can put things into perspective of other places the same reviewer enjoyed/didn't like? Along the same line, I do like the easy distinction that one can make between a review done by a member of the editorial staff and user-submitted reviews. In my mind, there is a distinct difference.
Thanks, again, for all the hard work you've put into this project.