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Tester's notes

It is a shame that we're not seeing tester's notes on CP picks all of a sudden. I would love to know whom to thank for giving something a try and saying nice words about it.

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asked over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

cynthia, they've been moved. Look down, after the recipe. I think I like them much better up top.

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HalfPint

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks for the heads up! I didn't even think to look elsewhere in the recipe. Though I still like it up on top. They make good headnotes for the recipe :)

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HalfPint

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added over 3 years ago

I saw that too and was really sad because those notes have good info that can be extremely helpful to anyone else interested in trying that recipe.

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sdebrango

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added over 3 years ago

I am glad to hear that testing notes are there, I was sad not to see them but also prefer them on top.

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AntoniaJames

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added over 3 years ago

I agree! If I could only see one or the other of the author's headnotes or the tester's review, I'd want to see the latter. But with the abbreviated format, really, both should be visible. The tester's notes are buried, in the last place where they'll be of any use . . . . which is at the top, where people who have not yet decided whether a recipe interests them can read the review to determine whether even to scroll down to look at the ingredients, instructions, etc. ;o)

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AntoniaJames

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added over 3 years ago

P.S. I'd really like to know what the user interface designer/decision makers on the FOOD52 team were thinking when they made this change. ;o)

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QueenSashy

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added over 3 years ago

agree with all - i also like them better on the top...

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added over 3 years ago

Agree with you all. For all of the reasons cited here, I prefer the tester's notes above the recipe too.

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drbabs

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added over 3 years ago

Another vote for keeping the testers' notes at the top of the recipe. Thanks for bringing this up, Cynthia.

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creamtea

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added over 3 years ago

Count me in for keeping notes at the top. I actually like reading both the tester's notes together with recipe author's headnotes.

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added over 3 years ago

I completely agree. The testers' notes are easier on the eye directly at the top of the recipe, and is more time-saving for busy cooks.

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added over 3 years ago

Top.

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fiveandspice

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added over 3 years ago

Yes, yes, definitely top. It's extraordinarily confusing to find them hidden at the bottom, if you find them at all.

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added over 3 years ago

I agree. At the top again, please!

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added over 3 years ago

My vote is with the majority! Top, please!

I thought it was a glitch when I saw them at the bottom...

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added over 3 years ago

I want it at the top, too! :)

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added over 3 years ago

Community comments (other than testers) also amplify the recipe. Many valuable suggestions, variations and questions turn up there, and some second thoughts or amplifications from the cook. All this input is so helpful!

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

Oh, Susan, what great thoughts; thank you!

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

It's always interesting to read how a testing cook has modified the recipe for what she/he had on hand in replacement for something called for. Recipe testing is supposed to follow rigid rules, but life is rarely successfully rigid.

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added over 3 years ago

Oh, I love this Hotline thread, such great feedback!!! I like to see the notes up top, too. :)

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added over 3 years ago

This seems like a pretty universal wish for the testers' notes to return to the top of the recipe.

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added over 3 years ago

And while we're at it, why the change in the search box from "COOKS" to "USERS"? I like COOKS better! USERS just sounds so wrong!

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added over 3 years ago

cbc, I wonder if there are actually more "users" than there are cooks. It seems that in recent months many new members have signed up, but they don't have a recipe archive. When there are contests posted here and all you need to do is leave a comment on the post, you can see multitudes of names that one may never see otherwise. I am just guessing, but "user" may be a more representative term for the viewership(??)

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added over 3 years ago

I actually like the notes on the bottom of the recipe instead of above the headnotes. The reason being that if the recipe is submitted to another contest at some time the headnote and recipe are the focus instead of someone else's opinion even though positive.

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added over 3 years ago

That's a good point if the cook enters numerous contests. But neither the headnote nor the tester's notes are usually written out in totality. A user needs to click on the "more" link to read the entire headnote or review.

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Pegeen

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added over 3 years ago

I agree with Top vs Bottom - it's helpful to have all my information in one place and not have to go scrolling around. And I appreciate the More/Less function. To the very talented and hard-working Food52'ers... perhaps more UI testing before making site changes? It would probably make your lives easier, when all is said and done!

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added over 3 years ago

I see your point, Bevi. Maybe there's a better word, though? Members rather than Users? Because you would have had to sign up to be listed there. Or..?

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added over 3 years ago

I don't know - maybe "viewers"?

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

Anyone can be a user of anything on any site, but here, to be among Cooks reinforces the notion of the community. Users is bland, generic.

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added over 3 years ago

I agree, Cynthia. What was wrong with Cooks? Users is a bit too IT-ish, I think. I was taken aback by the change, tiny though it is. Again, that menu choice is of Food52 members, cooks of all skill levels -- experienced cooks, fair-to-middling cooks, beginner cooks, and even aspiring cooks.. Cooks. Not users.

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added over 3 years ago

Good point

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

It does seem very IT-ish, which may be why it seems so generic to me. Cold, even. Cooks is a warmer term, maybe a group one wants to be part of.

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QueenSashy

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added over 3 years ago

If Cook was not appropriate, how about Foodie? Anything but User please.

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added over 3 years ago

Hooray! The tester's notes are back at the top of the recipes! Thank you, Food52, for responding to the preferences of your community!

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added over 3 years ago

Now about that word "Users"...

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AntoniaJames

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added over 3 years ago

Seeking to understand before seeking to be understood . . . I'm with you on finding "Users" to be quite sterile, but I could see how people who don't consider themselves cooks (yet) but are interested in the site, learning, maybe becoming cooks eventually, etc. might be put off by "Cooks." "Members" would work for me. We are, a community after all, the individual units of which are, of course, members. It's not as pleasant as "Cooks," but considerably better than "Users." And with all due respect, I would never (ever!) want to be described as a Foodie. ;o)

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pierino

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added over 3 years ago

I'm with AJ on the label "foodie". It's like the sound of fingernails on a blackboard. I'm a "cook". I don't call myself "chef" except on those occasions when I actually am cheffing. At least with the term "cook" it's all inclusive. If you don't cook, why are you here? But a "foodie"? Ick!!

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added over 3 years ago

Foodie?? Oh, no, no, no! :-) But I do like "members" because, as I think I mentioned above, one does have to be a Food52 member to be on that list.

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added over 3 years ago

Yes to "Top" and No to "Users". But the new recipe collection for sorting saved recipes is FANTASTIC!

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drbabs

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added over 3 years ago

Please, not "foodie." Bring back Cooks! Or if that's not all-inclusive enough, I like Members, too.