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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Forum Posts


This week, I'm changing things up again, all with the intention of casting the spotlight on a tremendously valuable, but sometimes overlooked area of the site: our forums! Much like Facebook groups, the forums area of our site is where members can post questions and draw on the collective expertise of other members to get answers in no time flat. But unlike Facebook, our forums are neatly catalogued and easily searched. So, even if you lose track of a thread, you can quickly find it through our Advanced Search function (under the magnifying glass icon in the main navigation line).

Below are links to the ten forum topics that were hottest* (most viewed, liked, and commented on) this week. Admittedly, they are an odd bunch of disparate topics, but they do bear a couple of things in common: (1) they are rich in input from many Cookie Connection members and (2) nuggets of wisdom are embedded throughout.

I realize that this Spotlight doesn't lend itself well to singling out particular members (after all, so many of you contributed to each of these topics), nor is it particularly colorful (in the photo sense). But I encourage you to take the time to explore each of these links and then to venture into our other forums not listed here. Along the way, you're sure to find several valuable gems to add to your cookie treasure chest of tips and techniques. You'll also witness a wide variety of successful approaches to our craft, which I hope will be as eye-opening as they are interesting.

So, without further ado, here are those top ten links. Congrats to all who contributed to the rich dialogue within each!

1. Introducing Our August 2020 Site Artist

2. SugarDeaux Quick-Dry Royal Icing

3. Drying Cookies in the Oven

4. Tip Sizes Across Brands

5. Air Bubbles in Cookies

6. Cookie Freshness in Heat-Sealed Poly Bags

7. Transferring Images onto Cookies

8. Who’s on Etsy? Roll Call!

9. Royal Icing Won’t Dry

10. Quick-Drying Royal Icing with a Fan?

One housekeeping note before I leave you to read these posts: I will be out of town next weekend tending to some personal business, and will be unable to post a Spotlight. I aim to resume Spotlights on August 15, so I encourage you to post your latest and greatest cookies to the site in the meantime. You might just get featured! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone. Don't forget to check out all of our forums, and feel free to add your two cents when you do! 

* As a reminder, a word about how the rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo (or post). The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos (or posts) are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos (and posts) are added to the site.

So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.

To check out our other hot lists, at any time of day, visit our Hot Spot, also found in the site's main navigation line.


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