I am happy and surprised by the success of the Los Angeles board. I feared that breaking from our former venue would splinter our contributors and a relocation troublesome enough to seriously diminish our conversations. Wrong about that. Our board is active and interesting.
I also remember the period on Chowhound leading up to last fall and our escalating dissatisfaction with editing and site policy. Frustrating, especially how unresponsive management was to its audience and participants. I think some of the result is indisputable: Our board has contributions to almost two dozen threads in the last day, and that doesn’t count multiple responses. Our former board gets just one to two posts lately.
So I admit that my hesitance has proven wrong. I’m very happy about this. I give credit to robert and ipse (and others, sorry for omissions); san francisco and most in our region are doing well.
But what I miss about Chowhound, and still occasionally visit for, are the other boards. For me, interested in St. Louis and a couple other cities I visit. And I liked the stream of responses site-wide, where I would regularly find topics about cooking, food media or etiquette that I enjoyed and participated in. Chowhound still leads back east and generally, with less focus on restaurants. And if my perception is a guide, there is much less traffic overall.