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Launches & Releases: Chow.com Eating Chowhound?

News on erstwhile food message board Chowhound from the Wall Street Journal:

As anyone who's ever scanned the site knows, Chowhound's plodding, primitive message-board software makes Craigslist.org, the famously no-frills online community bulletin board, seem state-of-the-art. No more. I got a sneak peek at the new site and found a highly polished graphical interface and infinitely more user-friendly message boards... Within a month or so, Chowhound will become part of a much broader new CNET food Web site called Chow.com, although Chowhound.com will still be accessible as an independent site. The people at CNET say they also intend to broaden Chowhound's horizons; currently it centers mostly on a few big U.S. cities.
No content on Chow.com yet, but a place to give them your email address is functioning. N.B. also coming with the Chowhound redesign: "a new requirement that users register to post messages." Expect a commensurate drop in post volume, offset with a likely rise in signal to noise.
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