Ottawa Foodies Overview


BROWSE - Access vendors/foods by list: top 10, new, category, location, etc.
* Combine tags: e.g. view all Japanese restaurants in Kanata.

REVIEWS - Gives you a list of the latest REVIEWS
* You can manage the page and mark it "read" when you've completed it

FORUM - Where discussions happen.
*Changes since your last visit are highlighted
*Threads are streamlined to show only those comments you haven't read (pink bar)
*Archives - Grouped by All or Category, and then Year and Month

WIKI - A resource tool, there are currently 4 Categories:
*Events - Foodie Events in Ottawa, and out of town
*Links - A list of interesting food related sites
*Recipes - Recipes that other OF's have shared
*Travel Recommendations - Info on great out of town foodie things

PROFILE - Your personal page
*Allows you to send private messages to other OFs (Conversations)
*Shows Comments from other OFs
*Shows your Favourite Vendors and Foods
*Shows the list of Things "To Try" that you have compiled
*Shows a list of your recent Reviews
*Shows Photos you have recently submitted

Also,

You can always PREVIEW a post before you SUBMIT it. You can EDIT or DELETE any post until such time as some one comments after you (as long as you are last in the thread).

VENDOR / FOOD Pages - You can vote "Thumbs Up" or "Thumbs Down", everyone gets one vote. You can change your vote at any time (ie from Thumbs Up back to Netural, or to Thumbs Down). There also is a "Star" and a "Push Pin"... the "Star" means it is one of your FAVOURITE things, it will change colour to Yellow when activated (again you can change it back to Neutral if you so wish). The "Push Pin" means it is something TO TRY and will change to Red when activated (like the others you can deactivate it). When either of these are active, they show up on your PROFILE PAGE as Favourite Foods / Favourite Vendors or on your List of Things "To Try".

NEW VENDORS (or FOODS) can be added. VENDORS are marked UNAPPROVED until they are verified (name, address, website info, etc) by Fresh Foodie. The one who created a NEW VENDOR can EDIT the entry until such time as the NEW VENDOR is either APPROVED or a REVIEW is submitted.

-- Thanks to user Food&Think for writing this section!

FAQ

  1. Why this site?
  2. How can I be a good OttawaFoodies citizen?
  3. What are those numbers in gold/silver/brown circles next to an item?
  4. How does the voting system work?
  5. Where can I find a restaurant's address?
  6. How do I add a new food or restaurant?
  7. I'm looking for food "X." Can you help?
  8. I don't understand when I can edit or delete stuff. What gives?
  9. What are the warnings/stars under a user's name?
  10. What fancy stuff can I do in my comments?
  11. What's the whole friends/fans thing? I don't want friends!
  12. Some guy keeps bugging me. What can I do?
  13. I heard foodies are snobs. Why should I be one?
  14. Why say "vendor?" What's wrong with "restaurant?"
  15. This site is ugly!
  16. How can I ask questions or give feedback?

  1. Why this site?
    Here are some of the things I was looking for in a food site:
    • Connections - tell me where to get the foods I like
    • Scoring system - find out which foods/restaurants are most popular
    • Photos - nothing beats food porn!
    • Lists - favourites (foods, vendors, foodies) and wishlists (foods, vendors)
    • Search - powerful, fast and easy search capability
    • Web links - THE most comprehensive source of links to Ottawa restaurant/vendor websites
    • Smarts - informative, intuitive, simple on top, complex underneath
    • Accuracy - no duplicate entries and constant sanity checking
    • Fun - a playground for people who love food

    Hopefully you'll notice other little niceties along the way. The Wikipedia lookup link to help you learn more about a particular food. The "See also" recommendations for a restaurant's other locations or a food's peers.

  2. How can I be a good OttawaFoodies citizen?
    Here's how you can contribute:
    • Give thumbs up to all your favourite vendors and vendor-food connections. Mark your favourite foods with a gold star.
    • Add vendors that are not listed, especially if you like them.
    • When you are impressed by the food at a particular vendor, create a new connection so others know where to get that food. Give the connection a thumbs up and post a review if you like.
    • Take pictures of the great food you eat and post them along with a review.
    • Report any errors or omissions. There's a feedback form on every food/vendor page.
    • Check back often to read new comments and contribute your thoughts.


  3. What are those numbers in gold/silver/brown circles next to an item?
    Those are the ratings. They are based on a weighted calculation that takes the age of the vote into account. This means that ratings will favour newly recommended items. If you notice a favourite vendor is rated too low, try refreshing your vote by clearing and then re-clicking your thumbs up!

  4. How does the voting system work?
    Each user can give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to any vendor, or food/vendor connection. This lets you recommend French Fries at McDonald's but not McDonald's in general. If you don't feel strongly one way or another just don't vote. You can also add a vendor or food to your Favourites list, thus increasing its popularity.

  5. Where can I find a restaurant's address?
    Just below the name you'll see a link called "Contact". Clicking this link will do a Google lookup for you. Google does a far better job of keeping the info up to date than we ever could. For those few places where Google doesn't know the address, I've entered info manually in the description.

  6. How do I add a new food or restaurant?
    There are two ways to do this. There is an "Add vendor or food" section at the top of the REVIEWS page, where you can search for your item and if nothing is found you are given the opportunity to create it. The second way is to type the name into the "Add food" or "Add vendor" form in an existing Vendor or Food entry.

  7. I'm looking for food "X." Can you help?
    Sure! Just add the food (see previous question). Any food that isn't connected to a vendor will show up in the "Foods to Find" list on the BROWSE page. Someone who knows where to get it will add a vendor to it or add a comment to it.

  8. I don't understand when I can edit or delete stuff. What gives?
    The short answer: Don't worry about it. Long answer: You can edit a food/vendor that you have just added until it has been approved. Subsequently it is locked and can only be changed by an administrator. There's a feedback form on every food/vendor page where you can request changes. You can delete any comment you've made as long as nobody has posted a follow-up comment. You can delete any public comment on your profile at any time. You can delete sent private messages (from your profile page) if they haven't yet been read by the recipient.

  9. What are the warnings/stars under a user's name?
    Some users come here to gripe about a single experience or to promote their own (or a friend's) business. We have a number of ways to detect unreliable posts and this text is our way of warning you.
    Some exceptionally great posts will be marked with a GOLD STAR.

  10. What fancy stuff can I do in my comments?
    Comment text can use the following decorators:

    Make **bold** text. --> Make bold text.
    Make //italics// text. --> Make italics text.
    [[u123]] --> Create a link to user 123
    [[f123]] --> Create a link to food 123
    [[v123]] --> Create a link to vendor 123
    [[F123]] --> Create a link to forum topic 123


  11. What's the whole foodies/fans thing? I don't want friends.
    When viewing a person's profile you have the option to "Add favourite." This typically means that you have similar tastes to that person and are interested in reading their comments and seeing their favourite foods and vendors. They will show up under "Fellow foodies" on your profile and you will show up under "Fans" on their profile.

  12. Some dude keeps bugging me about pepperoni. What can I do?
    If you really aren't interested in his cured sausage then just block him. Click on his user icon to get to his profile then press the "Block this user" button. Now he can no longer send you messages or comment on your profile. If only real life were as sweet as this!

  13. I heard foodies are snobs. Why should I be one?
    No, no, no... you're thinking of gourmets. They are cold and miserable people who don't actually enjoy eating most of the time. They also fall asleep during sex. Foodies are happy fun-loving people who savour every meal and spread joy wherever they go. :) As usual, Wikipedia says it best:
    "A foodie might easily get caught up in a taco hunt--a search for the best taco stands and trucks in an area. But this would not be an adventure for a gourmet..."

    That said, we're all a little bit snobby, even if it's Burger King vs. McDonald's.

  14. Why say "vendor?" What's wrong with "restaurant?"
    Because we aim to track all food sources, including those which are not actually restaurants: farms, grocery stores, bakeries, sausage vendors, chip wagons, etc.

  15. This site is ugly!
    Yeah. Sorry about that. I'm a programmer not a graphic designer. Anyway, if you think it's ugly now, you should have seen it before wifey gave me her input!

  16. How can I ask questions or give feedback?
    The preferred approach is to log in and click on the "Report an error" link on any vendor/food page. If that isn't possible then you can send email to info@ottawafoodies.com