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kitchengoddess's picture

I know that a lot of you are unhappy about the forum changes.  I know a lot of people have left.  I know that there is another forum that people are using that as you guys tell it there is a lot more action but I like it here.  I love cooking and I find inspiration from all of the posts whether it be newbies asking questions or seasoned (even professionals) posting invaluable information.

I would love this to be a happy place.  I would love this to be a safe place for people to ask questions (whether it means that the question has already been asked before).

I come here to see, learn, laugh. 

Place help me make this a happy place.

Pielove's picture

Happy Place! (post #70861, reply #2 of 12)

Oops, somehow my reply got posted twice.  


Pielove's picture

Happy Place! (post #70861, reply #1 of 12)

kitchengoddess, that sounds like a great idea to me.  I think it will happen slowly, by accretion of a new community, but I am okay with that.  I enjoy your comments and I'm grateful that Gretchen stops by to answer questions too.  Maybe I'll start a topic or two so we can chat!


RDA's picture

Hope (post #70861, reply #3 of 12)

Dear kitchengoddess,

With people like you still around, there’s hope that the forum can survive and (eventually) thrive once again. Thank you for your positive attitude and willingness to adapt, even if the system isn’t perfect. We all appreciate it.


liamsaunt's picture

sounds good to me (post #70861, reply #4 of 12)

I was not around before Cook the Issue...well I was, I have had a paid subscription to this site for around four years, but I never knew there were forums here!  I don't know what happened to make everyone leave, but I'm glad that pielove posted about the Cook the Issue challenge on egullet and then pointed me to these forums.  Egullet had a huge forum implosion some years ago and a lot of people left, but the site has rebuilt itself into a smaller but still extremely interesting and informative community.  Maybe the same thing will happen here.

kitchengoddess's picture

I find it really sad and (post #70861, reply #5 of 12)

I find it really sad and irritating when people are a bit harsh to newbies or when someone puts up a snarky comment.  I understand that people are unhappy and don't want to be here anymore but then go in peace.  We'll miss you...and lots! but I don't think is fair to those who still want to be around.

Some of the newbies don't even know that you can search for a question that may already have been posted or really a simple answer and a kind direction is all that's needed.

Sigh...I am glad that there are a few of you on my side of the fence.

kathymcmo's picture

I'm glad for you, truly, but (post #70861, reply #6 of 12)

I'm glad for you, truly, but this is not a happy place for me anymore. I'm back today for the first time in many weeks, and although I'm glad to see a few more posts have been made, as I try to work through them I find it so incredibly tedious to navigate. For instance, I'm trying to read the posts in the Cooking Discussion folder.

But after I've read the messages, I have to scroll way back up to the navigation bar again, and then reopen the (folder? section? not sure what it's called anymore) that I already had opened twice before. It's a PITA. And when I come here, I don't learn anything anymore, except what you and pie are doing, it seems to be your personal site. I don't mean that in an offensive way, but it's like having only two people do all the talking all the time.

I really don't get, and by now accept that we will never be told, why Taunton doesn't/didn't put at least some minimal effort into making this site function at a bare minimum level, like the vast majority of other cooking sites do. The only thing I can conclude is that I am no longer welcome here.

So the place I've moved on to is a place where I learn, laugh, argue, share and feel a sense of community. But not this place.

PS And one more thing, this site runs soooooooo slowly, the lag time between hitting a link or a post button and having the action take place is painfully slow. Again, that makes it inhospitable for anything more than a quick glance.

kitchengoddess's picture

:( (post #70861, reply #7 of 12)

Hi Kathymcmo,

  I am sorry to hear that you are not finding this a happy place anymore.  I do miss all the expertise that left, I can't lie, but I haven't been here for as long as some of you had so the changes for me were not that drastic and I haven't found it as difficult to manage.

Mostly I still feel a sense of community here.  There may only be a few of us here regularly but hopefully others will come.   Whomever chooses to participate I just hope for a positive environment.  It truly upsets me when I have seen some of the newbies ask a question only to receive a snarky reply which I don't think is fair.

All the best.

GretchenTHE FIRST's picture

Please point this out to me. (post #70861, reply #8 of 12)

Please point this out to me. There have been snarky replies to SPAM/ads. I am not at all sure I have seen a reply to a question that has been poor. Please point it out.

If you are talking about replies to Taunton, we have worked that out.

kitchengoddess's picture

No, to newbies (post #70861, reply #9 of 12)

Hi Gretchen,

  I mean replies to newbies.  We were all there at one point.  One that stands out (and I don't have the link) is a person being told rather abruptly to search prior to posting a new question.  Not all the newbies know that they can search to see if the question has been asked before.

Dashx's picture

kitchengoddess, thanks for (post #70861, reply #10 of 12)

kitchengoddess, thanks for posting.  I was a lurker for years, and have only occasionally posted.  I find this forum can be valuable, and sometimes I do have something to offer that might be helpful to someone else.  I had just decided to start posting more often when I dound this thread you started.

I'm a self-taught cook, with much encouragement from an older sister.  Fine Cooking was a magazine I could relate to.  I've had so much success with the recipes; more so than other magazines I've used.  My skills have improved, and I have learned to really enjoy cooking.  I entertain casual groups often. 

For this community to grow and become vibrant, it needs interested users willing to participate and treat each other respectfully.   I'm interested, and I'm looking forward to participating and getting to know you all better.

Pielove's picture

excellent (post #70861, reply #11 of 12)

Hey DashX, that is great!   Welcome!  I look forward to seeing what you're cooking up!


kitchengoddess's picture

I agree (post #70861, reply #12 of 12)

I agree with you.  We need to all come here to share our joy and passion for cooking.  I am also a self taught cook and by no means a professional.  You will find lots of people with a great deal of experience and willingness to help out.  I don't always suggestions to make but do post on a regular basis.

Welcome from the shadow of lurking.  I look forward to your posts.