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Forum topic by Maximum posted 02-21-2017 02:07 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Maximum

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02-21-2017 02:07 PM

There are over 3,000 unanswered posts. Occasionally I will go out there and try to reignite a few. A lot of them could be answered by the talent we have on this site.


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 02:36 PM

You’re right. We could at least acknowledge the post even if we feel inadequate to answer the question.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 02:58 PM



You re right. We could at least acknowledge the post even if we feel inadequate to answer the question.

- Gene Howe

Sounds like a plan … just beware of the resident trolls!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 04:54 PM

I’ve made it a bit of a hobby of trying to answer some of the older posts. Some folks have taken strong exception to it so now I try to preface my responses with something like “Old Post” or some such so that the folks that are bothered by such things have a bit of warning. It has been interesting when a topic I’ve re-ignited gets a lively discussion going; it is to be hoped that the OP gets to see an answer finally. I am with you on this Gene if you want to make a go of it :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 06:13 PM

There are those who will argue if the sky is blue. If you feel you can give some advice, go for it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Kelly

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 06:46 PM

It’s simple minded to whine about the age of a post when the information is valuable. By necessity, it ignores the main purpose this and similar sites exist – information. As such, it speaks poorly of the whiner, not the one who revived the post. I’ve been known to mock the mockers on more than one occassion.


I ve made it a bit of a hobby of trying to answer some of the older posts. Some folks have taken strong exception to it so now I try to preface my responses with something like “Old Post” or some such so that the folks that are bothered by such things have a bit of warning. It has been interesting when a topic I ve re-ignited gets a lively discussion going; it is to be hoped that the OP gets to see an answer finally. I am with you on this Gene if you want to make a go of it :-)

- Mark Shymanski


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Rick_M

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#6 posted 02-21-2017 06:46 PM

Sure if you know the answer and it’s relatively recent. No point in digging up ancient posts to validate the poster or answer questions the person probably answered for themselves months or years ago. On any forum you’ll find the more technical the question, or the more specific experience it requires, the fewer people will reply. I try to only answer questions from experience but sometimes I might specify, “I’ve read” or “I’ve been told,” if I think it may be helpful.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 02-26-2017 06:22 AM

Hello Folks,

It seems that in trying to clear out the old posts I have upset some of our fellow LJs who must have complained to Cricket. Her request follows:

“Cricket

Please don’t bump really old posts.

—“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.”

So I guess I will be laying off on trying to answer these, although I have to admit I am incredulous that someone would complain about such an innocuous activity.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Rick_M

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#8 posted 02-26-2017 07:35 AM

I complained. I messaged you first and you made it clear that you had no intention of stopping. You weren’t helping anyone nor were you trying, you were bumping unanswered posts from 7 years ago that are no longer of interest to anyone like a tool swap meeting. It clutters the feed and drives down new posts, you made it clear that you don’t care. I don’t know why you came back after a long absence to cause trouble but you seem persistent and I’m sure you’ll test Cricket.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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pontic

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#9 posted 02-26-2017 02:38 PM

Max; Do you want us to go back and try to respond to,unanswered posts? Or are you going to time an unanswered post out. Like drop it if no response in 6 weeks and leave it up to the OP to repost if it is important to him/her?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 02-26-2017 07:31 PM

I am glad Rick that this forum is so important to you, and you have obviously a lot more woodworking skill than I judging by our respective projects.

That evening that I answered 6 or 7 ancient posts, the meeting one was admittedly a silly one to respond to but it was in the handful that I had selected. Another ancient post, “http://lumberjocks.com/topics/15997”, I responded to had what I believe is a positive response so I guess I have one win a bunch of ignored ones and one I got ‘hauled before the principal’ for. The amount of negativity I got for something I thought may be amusing, at least to the OPs who finally have had their post responded to, at worst I thought it may be a minor distraction for the rest of the LJs here. I agree if I had done thirty or forty at one sitting it would have been very annoying, but I guess a handful was too many. Lesson learned.

Rick I hope that you will accept my ‘Buddy’ request as I think you have some incredible projects and I can use all the inspiration I can get:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Rick_M

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#11 posted 02-26-2017 11:33 PM

I’ve moderated on 2 forums and have seen a lot of people who try to cause trouble in sneaky ways. This forum has had it share of troublemakers, if you are not one then please accept my apology for accusing you of being one.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 02-27-2017 12:23 AM

No worries Rick I most certainly want to keep LJs a place to enjoy learning and sharing about woodworking.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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