How to avoid tiny conflicts

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 01-31-2007 03:33 PM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to react to tiny issue that happened between Dick and Cabinetman yesterday.

(Now I see that you explained it together here. I’m happy for that – thanks!)

Coffee Lounge is here for off-topic discussions – as the description states ”Need a break from all the standing and wood dust?”. So there is nothing wrong with posting something that is not 100% woodworking related there. Just don’t overdo it, please ;) On the other hand, it’d be unacceptable to post only off-topic entries to the blogs, projects or other forum topics.

Secondly, everybody can enable or disable the email notifications in the Account section or even remove anybody from the buddy list.

I know that the growth of our site will result in many challenges. One of them is the growing amount of notification emails. I’m aware of this problem and am already researching and thinking about the best way to solve it. In the end it must be easy to stay in the loop with the activity on the site while keeping the number of generated emails at minimum. Some additions to our Pulse may be the way to go (like read/unread activity, filters to view just your buddies’ activities etc.). It just takes some time and right now I’m paying attention to Awards voting process and other related issues.

Don’t forget that you can contact me anytime with any question or concern through PM. I’m always happy to respond as many of you can confirm. If the feature request or idea is good I will add it to LJ todo list.. on the other hand if I think that the feature is beyond the scope of LJ I will let you know as well since I like the openess. Just try to avoid any offensive responses, please. PM to Martin is better ;)

I think that such a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere of this forum is the result of having projects gallery as the core feature. I’ve discussed this with Mark DeCou few weeks ago. When any new LumberJock is so nice to present his work on this site he/she deserves the respect for it. And when you are reading any post you can immediately check the author’s work or activity log on the site. Hopefully this positive attitude will be the main characteristic of each proud LumberJock forever.

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#2 posted 01-31-2007 03:42 PM

I agree Martin, me posting my messy shop in projects, although funny, was the wrong forum. I’ll be more careful from now on. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 01-31-2007 05:10 PM

Maybe Martin could move some of the non-project posts to the proper forums, if possible.
Otherwise we could be getting an overload of non-project postings.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-31-2007 06:30 PM

Should Martin have to review every single post to make certain it is appropriate to that topic? I think that asks too much of a site moderator.

What’s more, in cabinetman’s defense, he did post his comment under a non-woodworking forum topic. Nobody is forced to read every blog entry and every single comment on every single forum. By way of example, I saw his post and chose NOT to click the hyperlink. As a result, I didn’t waste but one second of my day reading something I didn’t care to read and it didn’t “put me out”, so to speak.

In a perfect world, each of us would have the wherewithal to know when something we want to write should be a blog or a forum topic (a blog entry when you’re writing for yourself, just to have your words and comments down on “paper” and a forum topic when you’re posing a question to others for advice or posting general information for their benefit) and when and where to appropriately post comments.

Alas, even is not Nirvana. Regardless of what rules are established, we will always have members or guests who make an errant posting or forum or comment. (And sorry, but because is no Nirvana I’m going to pass on the PC use of a different term for female lumberjocks. It’s a waste of keystrokes and, to be totally honest, I couldn’t care less about being politically correct.)

I’ve pondered this dilema a bit, more often when I see a comment on one of my blogs that is totally unrelated or out-of-place. At the moment, all I can do is ignore the comment and hope nobody else comments on it, thus creating a non-related discussion under my project or blog post. My first thought was to request from Martin the ability to moderate my own blog, with the ability to remove comments that were unrelated to the entry. It has some merits, but it also has a chance for abuse (though not much, and one could only abuse one’s own blog, so… the damage would be minimal if it were).

... ok, I didn’t have a second thought. I’ll have to think about what other options might provide an adequate solution.

But while I do feel Martin might be able to monitor posts and move non-related comments or posts to the proper area today, in six months, if growth on continues as it has over the previous six months, that will be close to impossible. In any case, I don’t think it fair to ask such a thing of him.

That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth (probably not much more than $0.02).

-- Ethan,

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#5 posted 01-31-2007 08:19 PM

In my defense. I didn’t realize I was opening something from the coffee shop forum. I opened it not as an email, but from the pulse list. I thought it was a project comment.
Our differences have been straightened out, & everything is fine now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 01-31-2007 09:49 PM

Good Idea on the pulse read/unread… lots of e-mails…. I’ve stopped adding buddies because the pulse lets me keep up to speed (besides my wife gets to the e-mail first I’m checking the RSS feeds anyhow.) The e-mails were great when the response time was slower between posting as feedback… Once again, I think you’re onto something Martin.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 01-31-2007 11:23 PM

As you will probably have noticed, I like to comment on most things posted on LumberJocks. My style is to be as straightforward with my comments as I can be without being offensive. Because my writing style tends to the formal, I sometimes come across in a stiff, some say supercilious manner which is definitely not my intention.

A mentor of mine one advised me to write letters, place them in a hold tray, read them a few days later to make certain the letter correctly conveyed my message, then post it. Of course, taking this approach when commenting on LumberJock entries would not make sense and would certainly lose the immediacy that this forum provides.

On other sites I where I post, it’s possible to go back and delete posts. If you posted something that you later regreted, it would be a way of retracting the comment.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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