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Old 05-01-2008, 09:56 PM   #11
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Goodweed, I think it's a good idea. Starting out is daunting enough. But to have to search all over makes it more daunting. And you'd have to know enough, not only about food/meals, but about the Forum to know enough to look furthur and where to find what you need.
The Z's got a good idea how to make it work I think.

First I agreed, then I disagreed, and back and forth. Then I remembered when I started out. (They didn't have computers back then, but that's beside the point.) I had all the basics down and a couple of specialties, but wanted to explore. This forum would have helped, but you can get sidetracked just trying to find your immediate need for answers. Yes, cookbooks help, but too clinical, and often times, not very visual. (I don't mean photos, but words of real people, who you get to know more than some anonymous author.) And cookbooks don't usually come in meal format.

You got my vote
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:15 AM   #12
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I guess I just do not see how this would be different from all the existing forums we already have. Give me an example of the thread titles we might expect to see in this new forum. The only one I can think of is "I need ways to prepare inexpensive meals" or something like that.

One thing we try to do when creating new forums is think if there are already areas of the board that cover those topics. We understand that we have a TON of forums already and it can be very daunting to new members or members who are not comfortable on computers to be able to navigate the vast amount of information that DC contains. We try to not have any redundant sections of the board as that just adds to confusion. We also look to see how much activity a forum will have. We do not want forums that only have 10 or 20 posts in them. that just adds to clutter and makes things harder to find. Those 10 or 20 posts usually can be put in existing forums just as well.

With that in mind, What types of threads would you think would go into this new forum that could not fit in existing forums?
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:40 AM   #13
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I guess I just do not see how this would be different from all the existing forums we already have. Give me an example of the thread titles we might expect to see in this new forum. The only one I can think of is "I need ways to prepare inexpensive meals" or something like that.

One thing we try to do when creating new forums is think if there are already areas of the board that cover those topics. We understand that we have a TON of forums already and it can be very daunting to new members or members who are not comfortable on computers to be able to navigate the vast amount of information that DC contains. We try to not have any redundant sections of the board as that just adds to confusion. We also look to see how much activity a forum will have. We do not want forums that only have 10 or 20 posts in them. that just adds to clutter and makes things harder to find. Those 10 or 20 posts usually can be put in existing forums just as well.

With that in mind, What types of threads would you think would go into this new forum that could not fit in existing forums?
Maybe this doesn't have to be a forum per se, but rather a resource with strategies for those new cooks who need help stretching their grocery dollar, while still being able to prepair healthy and yummy meals. I like "The Z's" idea. The idea of this forum would be to create complete meals rather than learning how to cook just one item of a meal. It would help people put together differing food items and teach them some strategies for shopping, picking out the foods that should be in their homes, and how to put them together quickly without sacrificing quality.

I know this is a tall order. And I definitely see your point about the existing forums. But there is really no forum that addresses complete meal production, an all in-one-place forum where someone can quickly get ideas for dinner, or lunch, or even healthy snacks for after-school.

That's why I'm putting the idea out for everyone to chime in on. If this would be valuable, then it should be here. If it is more trouble than it's worth, then it shouldn't.

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Old 05-02-2008, 08:40 AM   #14
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I agree with pacanis, I dont think another forum would be necessary.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:48 AM   #15
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I am not opposed to the idea. I just still do not see how it would work. What would the type of thread titles you would expect to see be?

There is no area for complete meals because it would be too hard to find what you are looking for. If you have multiple dishes spanning different types in the same thread then everything gets lost a week after it is posted. You can always post your meat recipe in the appropriate meat forum, your starch recipe in its forum, your veggie recipe in its forum, your dessert recipe in its forum and then have links to those recipes within the posts. That way you would have your complete meal. For instance you could have a Ribs recipe in the post forum and in that thread there could be a link to a recipe for black eyed pea salad in the beans forum. a year from now when you remember that post and want to find the recipe for the black eyes pea salad you will know to logically look in the beans forum for it. You may or may not remember that is was in a thread about rib or a forum about how to cook inexpensive complete meals.

Like I said, I am not against the idea. I am just having trouble seeing how it would work.

What thread titles do you expect to see in it?
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I am not opposed to the idea. I just still do not see how it would work. What would the type of thread titles you would expect to see be?

There is no area for complete meals because it would be too hard to find what you are looking for. If you have multiple dishes spanning different types in the same thread then everything gets lost a week after it is posted. You can always post your meat recipe in the appropriate meat forum, your starch recipe in its forum, your veggie recipe in its forum, your dessert recipe in its forum and then have links to those recipes within the posts. That way you would have your complete meal. For instance you could have a Ribs recipe in the post forum and in that thread there could be a link to a recipe for black eyed pea salad in the beans forum. a year from now when you remember that post and want to find the recipe for the black eyes pea salad you will know to logically look in the beans forum for it. You may or may not remember that is was in a thread about rib or a forum about how to cook inexpensive complete meals.

Like I said, I am not against the idea. I am just having trouble seeing how it would work.

What thread titles do you expect to see in it?
You just had to ask the hard questions, didn't you. I like your ideas about linking recipes together. I guess the techniques forum could include shopping, flavor pairing, nutritional pairings, etc, as well as purely food preperation techniques.

Of course, anyone else who would like to see the new forum, chime in. I'm having trouble fleshing this idea out.

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Old 05-02-2008, 09:23 AM   #17
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Then should we also have a forum for expensive meals and another for not too expensive/not to cheap meals?

I think we can get it done within the existing forums with informative titling.
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