|Forum topic by jdmaher||posted 03-27-2012 04:52 PM||2838 views||15 times favorited||18 replies|
03-27-2012 04:52 PM
It’s hard to find lumber. It would be nice to have a trustworth list of online sources.
I have a handful of local sources, but each is about an hour away. Traveling to check out what’s available is usually a 3 hour investment – EACH. Of course, I never find what I want on the first trip. And I can’t go out everyday. If I need something, its usually a week or two before I’ve sourced it.
I like the idea of online sources. I’ve had some limited experience buyiing from online sources, with service ranging from good to wonderful, quality ranging from pretty good to acceptable, and price ranging from good to great. But I’ve heard horror stories about the experiences of others (including a recent thread about a well-advertised source).
I’ve come to rely on the advice I receive at LumberJocks. So, I wonder if it would be possible to get together a list of recommended sources. I’m thinkin’ about wood, and I’m sure that’s a common need. The same idea could apply to any number of needs, but we pretty much all use wood – so I think that’s a place to start.
I’m imagining a mechanism where a LumberJock nominates a source – based on personal experience. Then, at least two other LumberJocks “second” that nomination – and the source gets a “Recommended” tag. After that, each source is given a ”+” or ”-” based on the experiences of other LumberJocks. The pluses and minuses are tallied and shown. Lots of pluses could result in better tags – “Often Recommended”, “Commonly Recommended”, “Highy Recommended”. My personal preference would be that 3 minuses causes a source to lose their tag – permanently; I know it seems harsh, but this is America and we play baseball and “three strikes . . .”.
Such a mechanism would rely on the careful and honest consideration of the LumberJocks, but this whole “community” relies on that premise. I’m comfortable with that.
What do you think? Is this an idea worth pursuing?
-- Jim Maher, Illinois