Over on the midwest board, we've been innundated with nearly identical running update threads every two weeks.
On the 15th of the month, a "Mid-Month Update" thread is posted. At the end of the month, a "Month End Update" thread is posted.
Here are examples:
January 15th: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360254
February 2nd: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366799
February 15th: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/371383
March 2nd: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/376744
March 16th: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/381651
April 1st: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387121
April 15th: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/391923
April 30th: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396842
These threads seem to go against the posting etiquitte that is at the top of every board, in particular, the section on chattiness that can be found here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36760...
While it is interesting to hear where people ate in the last two weeks, more extensive reviews are now being put into those threads, rather than threads about specific restaurants and/or cuisines. (Here's a recent example of someone holding back a review until a month-end thread is started: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396650 - thankfully the poster was talked out of it.)
You state "Chowhound's goal is to help people find great chow right now." However, these threads are making it increasingly difficult to accomplish that. Because so many restaurants are mentioned in those threads, they are showing up in search - but with little information about the restaurant than the fact that somebody was there, and their singular experience. Not to mention that you have to dig through dozens of posts to find the one opinion - and then do the same for others who ate there in other two week periods.
Perhaps these threads are a result of Minneapolis/St. Paul getting more traffic - at times we seem to dominate the midwest board, so these boil things down and keep us out of Indiana's hair. But, these bi-monthly digests are replacing real discussion and content - I can tell you that I'm visiting (and contributing) less since these threads started appearing. They're just too hard to keep track of, and have so little staying power.
I've reported the threads, and posted in them asking the same questions above - and nothing has happened (except my posts being deleted). I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way about these threads. Can The Powers That Be either contain these threads, or explain the value they add to Chowhound?