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Administrative Announcement - Looking for Local Experts Around-the-World: Countries, Regions, Cities,and Cuisines (e.g., Australia, Guangdong, Singapore, Barbecue) - Similar to What We're Doing with Andy Hayler

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On 7/13/2018 at 1:53 PM, DonRocks said:

Sigh. Sometimes I think there's no conspiracy; the other times I'm awake.

On 7/13/2018 at 2:09 PM, Rovers2000 said:

What a joke.  They won't be, but Eater and the City Paper should be embarrassed.

I have a question: Am I paranoid? Jeez.

I don't think I'm going to be able to rest silent much longer - there's a fine line between being deliberately optimistic (which I always have  been), and ignorant: I am most certainly not the latter, never have been.

Request to all members here: Please continue leading by example. When possible, find the original source (no need to examine government documents), and quote in the form:

Jul 17, 2018 - "Nice Guys Finish Last, or Do They?" by Ben Dover on DiceyDining.com

Or, if you don't want to break up your writing, you can put it in your text like this. <--- Warning, NSFW!

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On 7/4/2018 at 8:47 AM, DonRocks said:

The website is back online after several days when a simple backup request by me wasn't being answered - I kept trying and trying to get an answer, and took the website down because I didn't want any members to lose their new posts (not everyone reads these Administrative Announcements); however, I heard from the President of Invision last night, and everything is going to be fine.

Bottom line for everyone: The "Unread Posts" feature for people is going to be reset to where it was as of June 23rd. I could have it reset to June 27th, but that will cost me $150, and I don't see that being much of an advantage. So, in a couple of days, you may notice that your "Unread Posts" will be reset to everything written here since June 23rd - you can easily solve this problem by clicking on "Mark Everything Read," but then there's the opposite problem: Everything on the website will be marked as having been read. The only "correct" way to do this will be to go in and churn through the posts individually. I hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone for more than a few minutes (they're sorted in reverse-chronological order, so the new ones will be at the top).

Happy July 4th everyone - it's nice to have you back, and I hope you enjoy the holiday!

My backup request still isn't being addressed. Something is very, very wrong, and I have a feeling I know what it is.

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Anyone going to London in the near future?

Andy Hayler is the greatest fine-dining critic in the world - more experienced, and every bit as talented, or better, than I could ever hope to be - even if given unlimited resources.

Why should we trust anything less than Andy?

We shouldn't. This guy has my total respect.

Are there any volunteers out there who will help me make this a better world for American diners traveling to London?

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If you're the best in the world at your sub-specialty, write me here, and we'll work out something where we'll link to your website for all the threads we have in your area of expertise. It'll be a win-win-win-win for you-us-readers-diners. Anyone out there the best in the world at your specialty? donrockwell@donrockwell.com is the email address you seek for a ton of PR and web traffic to your website.

Burghound? Want to do Burgundy?

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Would everyone like me to do with DC what Andy Hayler is doing with London? I'm painfully aware that we had an "On Demand" review section here, which I simply couldn't fulfill - not because I didn't dine at the restaurants (I did, multiple times), but because I was simply too badly injured to be writing restaurant reviews (if y'all only knew what I've suffered through over the past ten years, you'd understand, but I doubt that anyone will truly ever know). Anyway, I'm perfect capable to write "dcdining.com" - style reviews for what are supposedly the most important openings in the DC area - we could do this by vote, or I could use my judgment - either way is okay with me. Please chime in here and let me know - don't worry about the costs: Dining costs are my burden, and the only reliable reviews are ones written by someone who pays their own way. 

I'm at your service, my brothers and sisters.

Kind regards,
Rocks

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8 hours ago, DonRocks said:

Would everyone like me to do with DC what Andy Hayler is doing with London? I'm painfully aware that we had an "On Demand" review section here, which I simply couldn't fulfill - not because I didn't dine at the restaurants (I did, multiple times), but because I was simply too badly injured to be writing restaurant reviews (if y'all only knew what I've suffered through over the past ten years, you'd understand, but I doubt that anyone will truly ever know). Anyway, I'm perfect capable to write "dcdining.com" - style reviews for what are supposedly the most important openings in the DC area - we could do this by vote, or I could use my judgment - either way is okay with me. Please chime in here and let me know - don't worry about the costs: Dining costs are my burden, and the only reliable reviews are ones written by someone who pays their own way. 

I'm at your service, my brothers and sisters.

Kind regards,
Rocks

YES, please!!

 These reviews, IMO, are the most trusted. They are not paid for, and enlist more objectivity which translate in trust. 

Bring back your reviews, as I do enjoy reading them and will use them as a beacon for visiting spots in the DMV.

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A request to all our posters, which will make everyone think I have Tourette's (or equivalent):

1) Please try not to leave blank lines at the end of your post. Just hit FWD-DEL and hold it down to eliminate blank lines. Same thing when using quoted text - one double-space is great, but please don't leave too many blank lines.

2) Please try not to leave "naked links" such as this: http://nationalgeographic.com, and put them inside of words like this: National Geographic Website

Thank you! This will make my life much easier.
Rocks

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3 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

A request to all our posters, which will make everyone think I have Tourette's (or equivalent):

1) Please try not to leave blank lines at the end of your post. Just hit FWD-DEL and hold it down to eliminate blank lines. Same thing when using quoted text - one double-space is great, but please don't leave too many blank lines.

2) Please try not to leave "naked links" such as this: http://nationalgeographic.com, and put them inside of words like this: National Geographic Website

Thank you! This will make my life much easier.
Rocks



Here's an example of the above with both problems: http://washingtonpost.com

 

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3 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

A request to all our posters, which will make everyone think I have Tourette's (or equivalent):

1) Please try not to leave blank lines at the end of your post. Just hit FWD-DEL and hold it down to eliminate blank lines. Same thing when using quoted text - one double-space is great, but please don't leave too many blank lines.

2) Please try not to leave "naked links" such as this: http://nationalgeographic.com, and put them inside of words like this: National Geographic Website

Thank you! This will make my life much easier.
Rocks

Here's an example of the above with neither problem. Washington Post Website

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7 minutes ago, Bob Wells said:

I had not heard of Takumi until it came up in a Yelp search this very afternoon.

And now you know why this website may not be around a year from now.

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On 3/2/2019 at 8:52 PM, DonRocks said:

And now you know why this website may not be around a year from now.

Hope that's not the case. DR.com is one of the first sites I go to when I turn on my laptop in the morning. Not sure how I've missed the excellent Takumi thread.

Regarding Yelp, the key is that it's an app. When I am on the go and on my phone, I used mostly apps to conduct business. Yelp to find a restaurant (and it got me to the right place in this case; you don't see people mocking Yelp much these days); Fooducate to find out deets on a new food at Costco; MyFitnessPal to find out the calorie hit for something I'm thinking about ordering, Amazon to get reviews and prices on something like an unusual chocolate bar that I'm considering, etc etc. That's how my world works now.

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2 hours ago, Bob Wells said:

Regarding Yelp, the key is that it's an app. When I am on the go and on my phone, I used mostly apps to conduct business. 

The dining guides are easy to add as a one-touch, home-screen bookmark (which isn't an app, but it's quick and easy to use).

1) Bring up the second post (make sure it's the second post) in the VA dining guide on your cell phone: 

https:// www.donrockwell.com /topic/2342-virginia-restaurant-guide-best-restaurants-in-virginia/?do=findComment&comment=342444

2) Click the bottom-center icon (the square with the up-arrow), then click on "Add to Home Screen." IMG_0577.PNG

3) Title it whatever you wish (in this case, "VA Dining Guide.") IMG_0578.PNG
4) You'll now have an icon on your home screen. IMG_0579.PNG

I have all three local dining guides (DC, MD, VA) clustered in one folder. IMG_0581.PNG

You'll have thousands of restaurants, all ranked within neighborhood, that you can access within a few seconds - threads, websites, Twitter and Instagram pages, and a Google map for navigation.

Can't beat the price. :)

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If someone wants to turn this into an app, get in touch with me - I can sketch out the logic for you, but I don't know the programming language.

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Don -

 Here's a suggestion for the Dining Guide.  Can you just list the geographical areas without the restaurants below them?  In other words, instead of having the heading of Penn Quarter and then having 15 restaurants below that, and then a Chinatown heading and 20 restaurants, etc, you would just have:

Penn Quarter

Chinatown

Federal Triangle

etc.

The problem I'm trying to solve by suggesting this is the endless scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.  Especially on a phone.   I sometime burst out laughing at how many restaurants there are and how much scrolling I do.  Often only to find out there there's a "page 2" that I have to start scrolling through!!  ;-)

I see the value in having the geographical headings and all the restaurants listed below them because that would eliminate one click.  (You wouldn't have to hit Chinatown and then Bantam King.  You'd just click on Bantam King).  But only have to scroll through 20 geographical areas instead of 2000 restaurants is appealing as well. 

Any way you can do both? 

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23 minutes ago, Bart said:

Don -

 Here's a suggestion for the Dining Guide.  Can you just list the geographical areas without the restaurants below them?  In other words, instead of having the heading of Penn Quarter and then having 15 restaurants below that, and then a Chinatown heading and 20 restaurants, etc, you would just have:

Penn Quarter

Chinatown

Federal Triangle

etc.

The problem I'm trying to solve by suggesting this is the endless scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.  Especially on a phone.   I sometime burst out laughing at how many restaurants there are and how much scrolling I do.  Often only to find out there there's a "page 2" that I have to start scrolling through!!  😉

I see the value in having the geographical headings and all the restaurants listed below them because that would eliminate one click.  (You wouldn't have to hit Chinatown and then Bantam King.  You'd just click on Bantam King).  But only have to scroll through 20 geographical areas instead of 2000 restaurants is appealing as well. 

Any way you can do both? 

I know what you're talking about: an index to an index. It might be extremely clumsy and slow, because a separate post would need to be made for each neighborhood - still, that might be better.

I could also put closed restaurants in a separate area, which would condense the sheer size of it.

(Even in the best of circumstances, it won't happen in March, but I won't forget this.)

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46 minutes ago, astrid said:

Quick note to everyone, given that this website is designed for the long, long, *long*, *Long*, *LONG*, *LONG* term: If you would, will you please make a screenshot of whatever link you link to, and upload it as a screen shot? For example, this:

Screenshot 2019-03-18 at 22.37.31.png

... because one day, it will no longer be on these other websites such as Amazon. :)

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Sorry - the domain name expired at midnight on Friday, and I've been out of town this weekend for Matt's senior recital. There wasn't much I could do about it once it happened, but I'll make sure it doesn't happen going forward.

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