Dear Chowhound team:
Thank you for your hard work updating the site. While change is always difficult, I am sure we will all look back in a year, and see the benefits. As a product manager type person, I particularly like that you launched with a minimal feature set... but room to grow. I hope you are looking at the various requests and talking to your customers. I am sure many are (overly) eager to help.
A couple of features on my wishlist (in priority order):
1) Information about the last post, on the boards' frontpage. I want to know who started the thread, but I also want to know who last posted and when.
2) Some type of email feed that says "send me updates to threads I have subscribed to". And yes, I want to automatically be subscribed to threads I have posted in.
3) A way to subscribe to threads without posting in them. The reason - I may want to bookmark a post that was particularly useful.
4) Polls! Allow posters to have polls within a thread. So there would still be responses, but polls as well. I.e. The topic could be "what is your favorite dim sum place in Boston and why?" Posters could vote and/or post why they voted the way they did.
That is just the list off the top of my head. Good luck.