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by CharlieM1958
posted 02-08-2012 01:48 PM


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#1 posted 02-08-2012 01:55 PM

i too check ‘home’
and ‘who’s on’

as a means of updating the pulse

don’t look at projects that much anymore
as i get notices from so many ‘buddies’
with so many new posts and members
it’s hard to keep up on everything

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 01:59 PM

I also go to the project page to view all postings added since I last logged in. It’s the best way to see them all! I dislike having the most popular projects put forward first, and believe some people won’t bother to seek out all new project postings as a result. Hey, at least we haven’t seen any new threads lately complaining about people flooding the projects page with turned pens, etc.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 02:06 PM

I agree with you Charlie 100% Thanks for bringing it up, I thought I was the only one.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 02:07 PM

I tend to just go to the project page and glance over everything until I find what I like. I try to friend people who do works that interest me so I can just follow the email link straight to it. As for the home page, at first it was interesting to see what was most popular, now it has become a game for me to try to figure out how they come up with the top 15. At first it seemed that those with the most views and comments ranked highest. Now I couldn’t even guess what gets you there.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 04:58 PM

The problem is YOU Charlie.
As the site grows it gathers bulk and speed. Meanwhile you are getting older and slower and becoming almost an old fart.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 04:59 PM

When the homepage changed I changed my LJ bookmark from the homepage to the forums page, as that’s mostly what I use here. Every so often I remember about the projects and go look at that page, but I don’t look at them nearly as often as I used to when the Most Recent Projects feed was on the homepage.

I don’t really have much interest in the “most popular” projects…they are usually way out of my skill level so I don’t get the feeling of “hmm, that’s a good idea, I’ll give that a try” that I often get from some of the more basic projects. Just went to look at the homepage’s top 15, and nothing made me want to click on it. Looking at the most recent projects for right now, there’s a bench, chopping board, marking gauge and “garbage can rolling island” that all look interesting enough for me to want to see more.

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 05:27 PM

i also just use the pulse…i find it brings up most of what i’m interested in …otherwise i just go looking when i have a few hours to spare(not many of those around at the moment)

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 05:32 PM

I just read with an RSS feed. It shows all the posts and projects (but not the replies) If it catches my interest, I click on it and read more.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 05:45 PM

I agree with you also, Charlie. I just see what’s on the home page mostly new that the format has changed.

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#10 posted 02-08-2012 06:14 PM

Charlie,

I can hardly keep up with all of the post anymore. Guess I’m just an “old fart” as Roger pointed out.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 02-08-2012 06:19 PM

Just like Dennis, I agree 100%.... I thought I was the only one also….

I still prefer the old format but that is just MHO!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#12 posted 02-08-2012 10:08 PM

hey Charles … my start page is from my Buddy email notifications… very rarely do I visit any other way .. I’m a project person so I look at the projects and read the blogs and forums in the email

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 02-08-2012 11:55 PM

Hey Charlie:

I just always start at the front page, look at all the projects that suit my fancy, and try to comment on them at least a little….I know I appreciate it when someone comments on mine….I then check “Who’s on LJs”, and move on down to the forum topics and read the ones of interest…comment ,if necessary, and move on to the next page….I usually don’t go past about the 4-5 page unless I’m looking for a specific topic…. that’s about it….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#14 posted 02-09-2012 01:32 AM

Charlie, I too do as you do with the home page. Since the change, I find it takes a lot more time to see what I used to see so I tend to just shut down and go elsewhere. I am a visual kind of guy and little thumbnails don’t catch my attention very well. My having a slow computer, back country internet and time constraints the site has become more of a chore than a pleasure. Great site but…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#15 posted 02-09-2012 01:44 AM

I’m with you Charlie.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#16 posted 02-09-2012 03:30 AM

I don’t look at that top 15 deal on the Home Page but just go directly to the projects so I will be sure and not miss anything since I checked last.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#17 posted 02-09-2012 03:38 AM

Same here. I was looking at all the projects each night or couple of nights and now see what is at the top 15 are and head to the forums.

-- mrg

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#18 posted 02-09-2012 03:46 AM

I click on the Projects Tab every time I get on LJ. I do not look a the top 3 or the top 15. They hold no interest to me. I want to see everyone so I can see that one I may want to make some day.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#19 posted 02-09-2012 01:39 PM

being a newbie to LJ and not knowing the old format, i cant relate to this post. i am still learning to navigate the site but find it easy to see what i want to. i know how we get set in our ways and are resistant to change, but i think the site rocks so far. i have my LJ home site set in my favs, not sure why, maybe thats the page it sent me to when i joined. i love the projects, (after all, aint that the end result we are all looking for?) and with almost 60,000 projects to look at, i may be here a while<g>. maybe i will get set in my ways of viewing the site in a few years and will have to reluctantly ‘change my ways’.........

see y’all around the sawdust pile….....millzit

-- .......now cut that out!

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#20 posted 02-09-2012 03:45 PM

I actually have learned to like the new format. The new projects come so fast that I end up missing some, at least I get a view of some of the more popular projects that I may have missed.

I end up using the home page projects to check on one that catches my eye and then go to the projects page to check out everything posted since I last checked in.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#21 posted 02-09-2012 10:49 PM

well, i guess i have discovered a ‘peeve’......there are tags on a side bar on the projects page and when i click on say ‘tables’ it takes me to a page of table projects. there are 292 pages of table projects! i started looking because i wanted some ideas on a table project for the house and got tired on page 25 or so and decided to look more later…..so, how do i get back to page 25 without going though all the previous pages i have viewed? am i missing something?

-- .......now cut that out!

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#22 posted 02-10-2012 12:07 AM

Millzit,

You can get close to it by going to http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/table/by/date/page/25 ...whether that is really where you left off or not will probably depend on how many tables have been added since you last looked.

To get to any other page, just change the 25 in the URL to a different number, except the first page which is just http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/table .

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#23 posted 02-10-2012 12:29 AM

thanks elizabeth, i didn’t even think about the url thingy. on to the browsing<g>

-- .......now cut that out!

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#24 posted 02-11-2012 04:18 PM

I’m with you on this one. I, too, don’t care about a popularity contest. I go directly to projects to be able to pick and choose what I want to see, not what everyone else is commenting on.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#25 posted 02-11-2012 05:59 PM

First up – I confess I never, ever, go to the home page. My bookmark is to my personal home page, thence I generally go to Forums to see what’s being talked about. I take the RSS feed for forum topics. I have my own interface for project viewing, so I always view them all.

OK, so now I will comment.
My worry about putting the “most popular” projects on the home page is that it’s something of a self-fulfilling prophecy – because those projects are there, they get more clicks, so they become more popular ….

I really think “The LJ Gods” should look into coming up with a system that allows a LJ to go back to the projects page where (s)he left off – be that an hour, a day, or a week ago. If you can be dropped at the right start point (ie where you left off) it doesn’t take long to “flick through” to the current time, inspecting the ones that look interesting (automagically in a separate tab would be best). There are just sooo many great projects it’s a shame to miss any of them.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#26 posted 02-11-2012 06:12 PM

I like that idea of returning to the last project page you looked at, KnickKnack!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#27 posted 02-11-2012 08:53 PM

Of course, being a newbie, I go to the homepage. I find I like the “roll the dice” button. I use it now more than the tags to look at projects. It also give me a feeling of each LJ’s individual tastes. It would be nice to be returned to the last project page you looked at, esp if it was from the tags. No matter which tag I clicked on, it would take me to that last page. Wonder what that would cost?

-- .......now cut that out!

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#28 posted 02-12-2012 02:29 AM

I never use the home page. I have the projects page bookmarked to load as soon as I log on to my browser. I also wonder how they pick the most popular. I saw a Daily Top 3 a while back that only had one picture and about 5 words to describe it.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#29 posted 02-12-2012 02:42 AM

For those wondering how the Top 3/ Top 15 is determined, here is the blog post where it was originally announced:

http://lumberjocks.com/msojka/blog/26471

It is a combo of views, comments and times favorited. This is just me, but I think that if something gets Faved several times, even if not viewed or commented on much, that tends to push it up. That is just an observation though.

I am in the camp that rarely goes to the home page. First page viewed is projects, and I keep going back until I see something I’ve seen before, so as not to miss anything. Then check the pulse, then whatever else I feel like seeing after that if I have time.

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#30 posted 02-12-2012 04:02 AM

i not sure i was here when this change occurred but i intentionally look at projects at least once a week and i rate them on my 5 star scale

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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