We have a code release scheduled for 2pm tomorrow, January 18. There might be about 15 minutes of down time, but the site should be up and running after that.
We're launching email notifications, and coincidentally, someone asked about this a few weeks ago in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757506
The emails will be sent to the email address that you registered with the site (you can change that on your profile settings page if you like). If you're opted in you'll get an email whenever someone responds to a thread that you started or commented on. The email will say who responded to which thread, and will have an excerpt from the response and a link to click back into the thread. That way you can decide whether it's something you want to respond to without going to the site and loading the thread.
We know that many people want to be alerted when someone comments on a thread that you either started or commented on yourself. We also know that for really active users, getting emails for every thread you're active on would be overwhelming and annoying.
So we're launching the feature like this: users who post below a certain threshold (fewer than 25 posts over the course of your Chowhound lifetime) will be opted IN to the notification emails. And users who post above that threshold will be opted OUT. To be clear: really active users will not get unwanted emails. At any point you can go to the Notifications tab in your profile to opt in or out.
We hope it's a feature that helps with your Chowhounding -- if you're opted in, you'll be more aware of the activity on threads that you've created or commented on. Let us know how it works for you!