Tens of thousands of users visit the CHOW Community every day to talk, debate, and exchange ideas about great food, recipes, and restaurants.

Some users want to start a real debate around something they care deeply about. Other users want to share photos of their meals, whether home-cooked dishes or a delicious experience they’ve had dining out. Many users share links to articles and resources they found somewhere else online. Finally, lots of users tap into the power of the Community by posting questions that they would like to have answered.

It’s been great to see how the Community uses the boards to achieve such a wide variety of goals. Today we are launching new Community features to acknowledge these trends, and offer our users new formats to better support the conversations already taking place on CHOW.

We’ve entitled this launch “Conversations,” since it’s focused on trying to address the needs of all these different types of conversations that occur on our site every day. “Conversations” includes three new products that complement regular Discussions. Today, we are launching Photo Stories, a format that celebrates photo-centric posts; Q&A, an option that speaks to users who want to ask a question and get a prompt answer; and finally, Link, which elegantly renders shared links for discussion. You can learn more about these new features here.

We’ve only just begun with our effort to support new types of content. Your feedback matters a lot to us, and is very valuable to the success of the site. Although we’ve been testing these new features with a small set of users over the past month, we definitely don’t feel like our job is done. So please, share your thoughts with us in our Site Talk thread.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these new features. Happy posting!

The CHOW Team

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