Yesterday I started my research ahead of building another stool.
As is my custom, I started by doing a tag search on LJ and looking at the many stools that have been posted here – some excellent work and some great ideas for my own project.
However, I was shocked by the number of people who’d posted great work and hadn’t been on site for a long time. I’m not talking about people who’d “just built a shelf” (no offence intended to shelf-builders), or had posted only a single project, I’m talking about people who obviously are, or were, seriously into woodworking.
Try it – look at the last 2 pages of projects tagged stool
David – 11 projects – last post 512 days ago
Don – 56 projects – last post 69 days ago, before that 219 days ago
Kaleo – 23 projects – last post 913 days ago
schroeder – 59 projects – last post 36 days ago, before that 87, and before that 202 days ago
bryano – 25 projects – last post 521 days ago
Proclamator – 5 projects – last post 603 days ago
mjpierson – 16 projects – last post 443 days ago
Thos. Angle – 54 projects – last post 110 days ago
edgar – 3 projects – last post 1788 days ago
Bob Babcock – 14 projects – last post 1271 days ago
MattD – 7 projects – last post 582 days ago
Tony – 37 projects – last post 74 days ago, before that 184 days ago
leonmcd – 9 projects – last post 221 days ago
The last 2 pages have 25 projects.
Listed above are 13 people.
That’s over half of those people that are, broadly speaking, no longer here. They may, of course, be “lurking”, but in any event they have gone silent.
On page 17, 11 of the 15 jocks are “no longer with us”, and it goes on.
Elsewhere on site, at least a couple of discussions are underway as to whether “non-shop talk” is driving people away. I cannot, obviously, tell you why these people are no longer active – for all I know they have all died (although that seems somewhat unlikely) – but I can lament the fact so many talented people are no longer part of this community.
And I cannot help but wonder why?
-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence."