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JustineR | | Mar 18, 2009 12:15 PM

Later today we will release a series of enhancements to the site. Please note, links below will not work until we launch...

* Contextual Recommendations: We are now presenting contextually relevant suggestions of related CHOW & Chowhound content on story, recipe, and Chowhound thread pages on the site. So, if a user is reading a thread or story about cheese, they will be able to easily view additional content about cheese. We hope that this will help users to discover additional content that might interest them.

Examples:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/518970
http://www.chow.com/stories/11316

* Auto-Tagging & Tags Pages
We have added 5,000 new tag pages to the site, that collect all content related to a given keyword on one page. We are linking to these pages from the contextual recommendations module described above, and also within the body of the text on the story & recipe pages.

Examples:
http://chow.com/tags/cheese
http://chow.com/tags/dungeness+crab

* Changes to Search
We've moved the site to a new search system, with improved relevance, and cleaner design. The main changes you will notice are:
- Advanced search options are now in the right column, rather than in the center where they were before. Functionality is the same.
- You will not see the details of board, date and poster on the main "All Results" tab of search, but it is all available under the "Boards" tab.
- Text search options such as User:Username and Board:Boardname are no longer available, we will restore them in the next release, in the interim, searching by username in quotes should return all posts for that user.
- If you have bookmarked searches, they will no longer work, so you will need to reset them.

Examples:
http://search.chow.com/search?query=s...

We are going to be improving and refining these features over the next several weeks, so please let us know if you have any suggestions or notice problems, or there are tags you'd like to see added to the site. We really hope that you'll enjoy these new features, and that this will help you find what you are looking for and discover additional relevant content you didn't know was on the site.

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