You know, I really liked the old chowhound. The text-only interface, the small, dedicated group of users, the nested boards, etc.
And then the redesign came, and it was pretty nice. I'm a web designer myself so I have no problem with flashy interfaces.
And then, perhaps lured by the new site's ease of use, came a horde of internet stumble-upons who are decidedly NOT chowhounds. Each and every day (at least on the Manhattan board) there appears another first-time poster who prefaces their question with "I'm not an adventurous eater and here are the food I don't like..." They don't search the site; they don't search google; they don't ask their friends; they just post--blindly--and ask the board's seasoned members to direct them to the lowest common denominator. Maybe you should hit up the the Olive Garden, Times Square branch to take out an ad. Talk about synergy!
The masthead that appears at the top of every page says "Chowhound: For Those Who Live To Eat." When was the last time that was actually true around here?