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Thread: An Observation and Confession

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    An Observation and Confession

    Way off topic but, these things happen when activity goes low . . . Any of you who have been around a while already know this but, Family Woodworking is a really great on line forum for woodworkers (and probably metalworkers and backyard chefs too but, I don't really go there). I must confess that as we have had a pretty big slowdown in activity here I have been surfing other forums to get my fix of woodworking discussion, build ride-alongs, tips and project ideas.

    How soon one forgets how rude, argumentative, posturing and self-important a lot of those folks are. After following a particularly negative thread for awhile (its like a train wreck; horrible to see but, you can't look away ) I dug into the main antagonist's posting history as a source of 'out of shop' amusement. This guy pretty much had something judgmental to say about almost anything yet, had not posted a single piece of work himself. Such is the bulk of most other forums I have tried to find a positive experience in.

    My holiday thanks to Vaughn, Larry and all the rest who saw a need, broke from the pack and put in the time to establish this wonderful site. Now lets all get out to the shop and make something, break something, clean something or mess something up and put it in a thread so all of us can share in the success, failure, brilliance or stupidity .
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    Amen and amen!

    Even I got some sawdust in yesterday, but you'll have to look on the turning board for a picture.
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    Glenn I've noticed the same thing...this place may be a bit slow right now, but it's Family!
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    I don't go to any other forums. I signed up a long time ago to the router forum and pen turners forum but haven't visited them in quite some time. The main reason I belong is because of the people first, WWing second. This is generally a very polite place to be.
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    I participate regularly on 3 forums and pop in on 2 others.

    Smaller forums notice the slowdown more. Family to me is mid sized.

    Larger forums I think don't notice a slowdown - and they move too fast for me.

    This is a unique place out of the places I frequent, in that is is a well documented operating forum. To me that is a huge plus.

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    As my woodworking has been on hiatus for the last few years, my interest in other woodworking forums has waned to the point where this is the only one I frequent. And I come here more for the family than the woodworking. The fact that we all have a common interest in wood is a bonus, but to me, this place is just like hanging out with friends.
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    Well, since we're confessing, I spend most of my days on other forums posting negative feedback to their users and creating none of my own posts to help drive you all here.

    Honestly I do belong to a few other forums, but hardly ever post anywhere else.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Well, since we're confessing, I spend most of my days on other forums posting negative feedback to their users and creating none of my own posts to help drive you all here.
    Bwaaaa-haa-haa-haa.
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    I think instead of confessing we should invite a few troublemakers from other forums(there are other woodworking forums?) to liven things up here a bit.
    Its been my experience here, the way to get everyone to post is either a good internet flame war, or other topics I don't care to encourage.

    but I forgive you all for whatever sins you feel you need to confess for.
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    I only participate in one other woodworking forum - Wood Central. I've known its owner/chief moderator, Ellis for many years - way before FWW existed. His forum is quite well moderated, and nearly everyone over there acts 'gentlepersonly.'

    Still, though, it doesn't have the 'family' atmosphere that exists here, and here is where I spend most of my online time.
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