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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 1308 days ago 1075 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend that I sent to our web site so he could look it over and join. He sent me an e-mail saying it wouldn’t let him join/sign up as we were full and couldn’t take any new members. Is this true or did he just punch the wrong key?

Anybody have any answers for this?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington



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Gregn

1642 posts in 1585 days


#1 posted 1308 days ago

I believe Martin has suspended new memberships for a while due to the problems with a few individuals and some of the things that were being posted. Not sure when he plans to open up for new memberships.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Russ

356 posts in 1679 days


#2 posted 1308 days ago

I think Martin needs to look at that as the screen says new memberships will reopen in December. Unless he plans on doing it in the next 3 days.

-- Russ

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 1308 days ago

I heard the same as gregn. They had some people who were booted off for posting ” not so good comments” and then they signed back on as a different person and posted porn. The only way was to boot them off and shut down new membership until he can be sure they will not return. I did see that we were at 22,641 for a long time and that last time I looked it was 22,640 so one left and no one else got on.
Maybe the thing to do to insure good quality people is to have every new member sponsored by an existing member. It is a real shame if a good woodworker cannot join this great site.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TJ65

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#4 posted 1308 days ago

I think the time may be right in asking Martin to flick that switch and allow the newcomers on. As surely enough time has passed since there was a problem .

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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WoodArtbyJR

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#5 posted 1308 days ago

I have seen some very questionable postings and I can see why this was done. If it helps, I have NO PROBLEM in following Jim Jakosh’s suggestion in having an existing member vouch for a new member. I would even go one further and ask the presenting member to place his/her membership on the line if the person they vouched for did something objectionable. My thoughts, my opinion. I am pleased that the administrators did something to squelch a problem. NOW, let’s go make some saw dust and or chips and thanks all for the input & info.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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Russ

356 posts in 1679 days


#6 posted 1308 days ago

I don’t think we need to find ways to exclude folks from this community. Rather I think Martin should find a way to address these issues. We are a community that enjoys sharing our passion. People shouldn’t be excluded because they don’t know someone on the inside. IMHO

-- Russ

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Rustic

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#7 posted 1308 days ago

Martin Has done what he has done for the integrity of us all Whatever he decides is fine by me

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1308 days ago

I’m sure this is an issue Martin is working on. It is in his best intrests to see LJ continue to grow.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Russ

356 posts in 1679 days


#9 posted 1307 days ago

I PM Martin asking about this. He said he’ll have to move it to January because he wants to do it next week.

TopamaxSurvivor I agree with you.

-- Russ

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BigTiny

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#10 posted 1307 days ago

It’s sad that such measures become necessary, but the more successful a site becomes, the more tempting it is to those with ill will in their hearts.

A possible way to “police” new members would be to enforce a probation period during which any postings would have to be seen and approved by a volunteer member assigned to such duties before they were seen by all and sundry. After their probation is done, they become full members like the rest of us, providing none of their posts were of a distasteful nature.

Not sure if the program here would support such a system, but if it does it might offer a safe way to open the doors once more.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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TopamaxSurvivor

14609 posts in 2278 days


#11 posted 1307 days ago

It was long time members who got out of control. You would have to monitor every post, that becomes a real labor intesnive issue unless you screen electronically. I’m sure there are issues with that too :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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WoodArtbyJR

428 posts in 1567 days


#12 posted 1304 days ago

Topamax – it saddens me to learn that it was ‘long time members’ that were the culprets. EVERYTHING is governed/ruled (sometimes over corrected) by the actions/misdeeds of the few. My friend Ed (from your neighborhood) will eventually be able to join. It just may take some time to get this ironed out first.

Steve Donnelly – I do agree with everything you said. The problem is, how can we give constructive criticism on a project that someone posted and is very proud of. Sure, their skill may not be as high as some other members of this community but they have still poured a lot of hard work into their project and think it’s a ten. The projects submitted are not submitted for competition, they’re submitted for show and tell. If we start tearing apart the submission, I believe we will loose people. It’s a fine line to walk here. I don’t have the answer. I’ve learned a lot from this community and have met (cyber wise) a lot of very nice, VERY SKILLED people with the same passion that I have. I guess the main thing is to keep making chips, saw dust, keep posting those projects, keep posting blogs to ask those question and sharing our skills and process discoveries.

Happy New Year EVERYONE

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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