We released four changes to the way discussions work today that I wanted to describe to you here. These are not huge changes, but they may be slightly confusing initially for users, especially those of you who are used to the way "already read" has worked historically.
1. As a logged-in user, when you've read an entire discussion, that discussion will now be in a fully collapsed state. In the past, it was in a fully expanded state. We have changed this in order to make it clear that collapse works to help distinguish what you've read. You can expand a fully collapsed discussion by clicking on the + button at the top of the page.
2. We have added a new feature that allows users to hide nested replies if they choose to. You can do this by clicking the > next to the number of replies at the top of the discussion. Logged-in users will have "show all nested replies" as their default. If you would like to have a "hide nested replies" as your default view, you can set that yourself in your profile. Go to Profile, then click Settings, then click Chowhound. On that tab, you will have a choice about your "Default View."
3. When you reply to the original post on a discussion, your reply will now show up to you at the top of the page. If you view the page again, it will appear in chronological order with the other replies. This is only for replies to the original poster.
4. We have moved the login to a stand-alone page which is secured. This is as added security measure to protect user e-mail addresses and passwords.
Thanks for your continued feedback, and for being loyal users of Chowhound,