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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/17 19:54:38 (permalink)
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Here's what happens, someone takes the time to do a trip report, asks about where to eat, etc, then overnight the hot dog people post like crazy(not that there's anything wrong with that) and the trip reports and RF stuff gets buried never to be seen again.  It seems like the only stuff that stays on the 1st page is the pro and misc stuff.


I wonder if it'd help to have a direct link to the "posts since last login" version of the forums page right there on the home page either directly before or directly after the short list of new posts.  That's how I do most of my browsing and with the right filters I never see anything from the vendor/business forum unless I enter it deliberately.

At this point in time I don't think the software upgrade should be a major factor when it comes to participation.  It's a moot point for anyone who joined after the installation and the rest of us have had plenty of time to adapt, although I suspect there might be a few who refuse to go through the learning process simply because they're stubborn.  I write software for a living and believe me when I say that people like that do exist.

I don't mind if I make a meal or trip-related post that doesn't get much feedback.  I view the forums as a clearinghouse for food and dining information and that's my main reason for posting, although I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy the "off topic" section.

Brad

 
You callin me stubborn?  I take back my Brad for moderator endorsement  
 
My point is, it's not about adapting, the system is not built for a fast paced busy forum.  This is the only forum that I post on that has "Gang Posting".  Posts should be broken down by forum topic, IMO.  You should not have to block out certain forums, the site should be more user friendly and provide a sense of order.  Again, IMO. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/17 20:00:41 (permalink)
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 I blocked the hot dog people as soon as I found out how to. I recommend anyone else who is bothered by them to do the same. Sorry, don't like them. I'll never, ever order a hot dog from a cart, ever again.

 
And here I was going to invite you to try a new cart in Wilkes-Barre
 
And you would also be on my short list for a high paying moderator position
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/17 20:21:08 (permalink)
You going to meet with benzee's group at Mohegan on Nov 14th? I'll be there. Everyone should try the Italian spring rolls and brick oven pizza at Rustic Kitchen. I couldn't make it to Mt Airy today, MJ is on her spring break we had to go pick her up @ Philly airport.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/17 20:55:52 (permalink)
Stephen Rushmore Jr.

This is a really interesting thread - I am listening to you feedback, and it sounds like we need to be doing more to encourage people to post trip reports.  I really enjoy them and also guilty of not posting my adventures.


Stephen. Thanks for listening and I think your idea for a survey is great.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/17 21:01:32 (permalink)
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Regarding the hectoring, strong opinions, and personal attacks, take heart; this forum has always been that way. The mods have done a great job of toning it down to what you see now.

With all respect That does not make it okay. personal attacks are not acceptable. Strong opinions about roadfood are great! Like our famous issue with ketchup on hot dogs, and beans in chili, and the value of waffle house or in-n-out.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/17 22:17:31 (permalink)
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With all respect That does not make it okay. personal attacks are not acceptable. Strong opinions about roadfood are great! Like our famous issue with ketchup on hot dogs, and beans in chili, and the value of waffle house or in-n-out.

 
Oh, I know that. I'm just giving a bit of perspective. I joined over 6 years ago, and my first post was deleted by the mayor, for not being "roadfoody" enough, and I posted it in the off topic section! I tried a few other times, deleted my Roadfood bookmark twice, and then finally stuck around long enough to be tolerated. And from what I understand, I came along AFTER the REALLY BIG fights!
 
I'm just saying. The contention is borne from passion for the subject, and while the contention has died down, so has the passion, and the individuality. The whole concept of a place being "roadfood" is based very much on it being stubbornly devoted to being different and better, and the people who believe that tend to identify with it and consider it a virtue. And those type of people hold strong opinions and are not afraid to argue. Problem being, if you eventually get a site full of nice people who believe that all opinions carry equal weight and have the same value, you wind up with a site full of people comparing the weekend specials at their respective Applebees.
 
So you gotta put up with some people defending the core values of the concept, of the site, and sometimes those people aren't very nice. But their efforts are what has kept the site going from the beginning.
post edited by Mosca - 2010/10/17 22:26:34
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 09:34:22 (permalink)
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My point is, it's not about adapting, the system is not built for a fast paced busy forum.  This is the only forum that I post on that has "Gang Posting".  Posts should be broken down by forum topic, IMO.  You should not have to block out certain forums, the site should be more user friendly and provide a sense of order.  Again, IMO. 


I guess I'm not quite following you (but it's Monday morning and I'm probably a bit slower than usual).  What do you mean by "gang posting"?  Aren't the posts already broken down by topic as long as they're posted in the correct forums?
 
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 10:19:25 (permalink)
Mosca

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With all respect That does not make it okay. personal attacks are not acceptable. Strong opinions about roadfood are great! Like our famous issue with ketchup on hot dogs, and beans in chili, and the value of waffle house or in-n-out.


Oh, I know that. I'm just giving a bit of perspective. I joined over 6 years ago, and my first post was deleted by the mayor, for not being "roadfoody" enough, and I posted it in the off topic section! I tried a few other times, deleted my Roadfood bookmark twice, and then finally stuck around long enough to be tolerated. And from what I understand, I came along AFTER the REALLY BIG fights!

I'm just saying. The contention is borne from passion for the subject, and while the contention has died down, so has the passion, and the individuality. The whole concept of a place being "roadfood" is based very much on it being stubbornly devoted to being different and better, and the people who believe that tend to identify with it and consider it a virtue. And those type of people hold strong opinions and are not afraid to argue. Problem being, if you eventually get a site full of nice people who believe that all opinions carry equal weight and have the same value, you wind up with a site full of people comparing the weekend specials at their respective Applebees.

So you gotta put up with some people defending the core values of the concept, of the site, and sometimes those people aren't very nice. But their efforts are what has kept the site going from the beginning.

The Mods are doing a great job, I feel they let people express their passion before it gets personal. The Roadfood forum is full of passion, the Mods, like a referee at a prize fight, have to know when one fighter is being beaten down to much and has had enough,once the stretcher comes to the ring it may be to late. Passion is what great food is all about, stand up for what you believe in, fight for the right to say it, don't be cruel in the process....BillyB
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 10:27:35 (permalink)
I'm around but right now I am in the middle of the Mediteranean Sea heading for Alexandria, Egypt for a police escort 3 hours across the desert to the Pyramids. We are in day one of a 12 day cruise so my time online will be limited. Had pizza in Rome.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 10:28:53 (permalink)
Just MHO. I don't travel much, thus I don't get much Roadfood. HOWEVER, I do so enjoy my daily dose of Roadfood.com, whether or not I can use most of the info. Some folks get too wrapped up in the process, and not enough in the enjoyment. Keep up the good work.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 13:13:45 (permalink)
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My point is, it's not about adapting, the system is not built for a fast paced busy forum.  This is the only forum that I post on that has "Gang Posting".  Posts should be broken down by forum topic, IMO.  You should not have to block out certain forums, the site should be more user friendly and provide a sense of order.  Again, IMO. 


I guess I'm not quite following you (but it's Monday morning and I'm probably a bit slower than usual).  What do you mean by "gang posting"?  Aren't the posts already broken down by topic as long as they're posted in the correct forums?

Brad
Yeah, I'm not sure what "gang posting" is either.  Aside from the general cosmetics of the site it doesn't seem to operate any differently from any other site I go to.  How about some clarification and a description of what some of the different options are.
 
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 13:51:16 (permalink)
Ok, at the home page I go to: 

Latest Roadfood Forum Conversations

I click on [Show Me All Unread Topics]  and come up with all the posts mixed together in no apparent order, on however many pages it takes.
 
Then I click on "Today's Posts" and the same posts get rearranged in the order they were posted in.
 
I guess I could go to "All Forums" and click on each forum individually.  
post edited by joerogo - 2010/10/19 13:18:01
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 13:54:50 (permalink)
Joe, if you look again, I think you will find that the first view you saw was in forum order.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 15:47:43 (permalink)
I read most day's....just not much to post.  Since my bout with tongue cancer eating is not near as much fun as it used to be and that slowed down my urge to cook and try place's.
Sooo, I read and enjoy through y'alls postings.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 16:08:16 (permalink)
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OH SURE RUB IT IN!! 
 
Be Safe and ENJOY, Egypt is one of my favorite places in the world.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 16:55:34 (permalink)
I have greatly enjoyed this site ever since I registered.  I love reading about the places I haven't been to or the places I have been to but sen through another's eyes. 
 
The website change wasn't that big of deal for me, I have the home page bookmarked and from there I can choose where to go first.  When I hit the forums I start at the top and work down skipping the ones that don't interest me as much.
 
I was posting a lot and have made some great friends through RF, I can't wait until I meet more and more.  For me there are multiple reasons for not posting as much.
 
Family Health Issues - Mom had a stroke and I have been going there each day to visit and take care of her.  I have had some major health problems in the past year.
 
Loss of Income - When I owned the taxi company I was traveling all over the place and hit many RF places.  When the economy tanked and the gas prices shot through the roof.  It became uneconomical to operate anymore.  I fell back to catering and queing, but yet again the economy has hit this area fairly hard and less and less people are having things catered or fewer parties where a hog would be roasted.  It has been a real struggle.  I only made two trips out of the tri state area this year, when I usually got away 10-12 times for weekend trips or vacations.  There for I am not eating at RF places, heck I am not even eating at FF places anymore (3 months without FF)
 
Other Family Issues - Let's just say these have kept my head swimming, at times not sure which end is up or down.
 
I love this site, and I live through others adventures, I don't get time on my computer enough to post every day, I do try and check in once or twice a week.
 
I guess I need to win the lottery and then hit the open Road(food)
 
I do miss many of you when I don't get to the site often.
 
Just my $ .02 worth
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 17:22:09 (permalink)
CK, I understand about the family issues deal that can get to you sometimes. I hope things calm down some! At least we have our Wolf Brand to feast on all winter. :~)
 
If you do the "posts since last visit" deal... the posts will be grouped by each forum section.  Easy to scroll past the sections that are not of interest that way. I do that if it has been more than a day since I was here.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 17:32:49 (permalink)
face it. We can't have fun anymore. 
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 17:38:00 (permalink)
Why no Avatars, not that I particularly care.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 17:44:43 (permalink)
bill voss

face it. We can't have fun anymore. 

 
Who?
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 17:49:56 (permalink)
bill voss

face it. We can't have fun anymore. 


I totally agree with you, Bill. 
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 19:15:10 (permalink)
I'm a newbee, as you can tell by the number of posts.  It's such a pleasure to live vicarously through all your travels and noshings.  I just read the post of the uncle who took his nephews to Primanti Bros in Pittsburgh.  Have to share my story too.  I was in PIT over the summer and went down to the Strip District.  Found The Pennsylvania Macaroni company.  Wholly Cow!  What a place!  My sister couldn't get me out of there.  I have cheese and cured meats shipped to me in Denver.  Not knocking Denver.  It's great microbrew country, but when it comes to the "old world" cuisine, not so much.  I don't get to travel much eastward, so being able to get these delicacies is wonderful.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 19:17:20 (permalink)
Greymo

bill voss

face it. We can't have fun anymore. 


I totally agree with you, Bill. 

 
What?  You have fun with me.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 19:28:46 (permalink)
Member voting Present...I have been on the Road in Texas.  
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 19:45:18 (permalink)
chewingthefat

Why no Avatars, not that I particularly care.

Same reason a lot of potentially fun things don't work, because some people will choose a picture of Hitler or a dead cat, or worse yet, JoeRogo as their avatar. Face it, idiots ruin a lot of fun stuff.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 19:47:57 (permalink)
bill voss

face it. We can't have fun anymore. 


Care to elaborate on what fun is no longer allowed?
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 20:05:59 (permalink)
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chewingthefat

Why no Avatars, not that I particularly care.

Same reason a lot of potentially fun things don't work, because some people will choose a picture of Hitler or a dead cat, or worse yet, JoeRogo as their avatar. Face it, idiots ruin a lot of fun stuff.

 
Am I insulted?
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/18 20:40:38 (permalink)
I haven't been on this site in quite a long time, was kind of put off by the format change and loss of older posts. I will make a point of checking in more often.
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/19 05:57:36 (permalink)
bill voss
face it. We can't have fun anymore.  

 
Hey bill, wanna have some real fun?  Let's log in under assumed names and pretend to be hot dog vendors from New Jersey!
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Re:Where Did Everyone Go? 2010/10/19 06:14:30 (permalink)
I like the hot dog people!
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