I have just been made a maintainer of this community. I hope to see it become more active and useful to us, and have begun by going through all the posts back to 2002 and tagging
almost all of them. I hope to see future posts using this LJ feature to help organize things by subject. If one of the older posts has no tags, it is because it isn't exactly relevant to this community, but might be useful or interesting to someone.
Some terms have multiple tags for the same thing because it's hard to get a standard name for a definition, because of transliteration or multiple languages sharing the same item. I tried to use the most common Wikipedia
spellings, if possible. As well, for country identification, Google was used to identify where the dish might typically come from, such as Indonesian
for Nasi Goreng and Malaysian
for Sambal Ikan Bilis. If there are more cultures involved, by all means, let it be known! As well, tag suggestions are welcome.
I did remove one or two random posts that were absolutely useless, as they made no sense and had no comments. One ancient recipe post
has a bad link, but I did manage to find an archive page and posted it in the comments. Generally, if there are comments and some sort of conversation going on, the post should survive.
I'd like to have some sort of glossary available for those ingredients and terms that are not common to English available. I may start working on one soon, but for the meantime, please explain what things such as kecap manis
might be, for those of us who didn't know that it was a sweet thickened
soy sauce used in Indonesian cuisine. Although it is easy enough to google every single thing you don't know, it helps to have a general description of the unfamiliar items to aid in the visualization of the recipe.
One last thing, I feel that the general design of our main page is quite plain and boring and rather basic. Does anybody have any layouts they recommend? I'm going to take a look at a few different themes. It's about time we had a sidebar and better graphics!