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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 07-19-2008 02:42 AM 1346 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2008 02:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: blogs forums rules guidelines

I’ve been noticing a lot of users (new users in particular) are starting blogs to ask basic questions. I’m not complaining really. I just think some people aren’t differentiating between the two. Some people put a lot of work into their blogs and its a shame to see their posts get pushed off the front page so quickly. On the flip side, people are asking questions, but as more discussion takes place, they don’t get bumped to the top like they would if they were being asked in the forums.

I’m wondering if anyone thinks it would be a good idea to move the forums up and the blogs down on the front page. Maybe this way, people won’t just post on the first thing they see. For example, Barlow is selling lumber and every time someone inquires or comments on the quality, it gets moves up for new users to see all over again. someone with a question would get the same bump every time another person weighs in.

Again, I’m not really complaining (although it sure does sound like it). I’m just putting this out there so people can see what they are missing by posting in the wrong spots and to see if anyone else thinks it is worth trying to correct for.

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 04:11 AM

I agree with you. It’s no big deal, but people do seem to be using blogs for things that seem to be more appropriate for a forum topic. I guess there really are no slear cut boundaries as to which is which, though.
Another idea is to have blogs move to the top of the page as they are commented on, just like forum topics.

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

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#2 posted 07-19-2008 04:57 AM

I think this should have been posted as a blog…

jk… I totally agree with you. seems like every once in a while there is a post under the wrong umbrella.

Maybe some guidelines for posting that are more visible, and readily available to educate people the difference and purpose of each type of post.

just my 2 cents, if anyone that has a say in this is reading.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 07-19-2008 05:03 AM

I agree. I also think the project page should only be used for finished projects.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 07-19-2008 04:06 PM

You had me for a second PurpLev. I was thinking “Great, I posted to explain the differences and I don’t even understand what the difference is myself” lol.

Charlie, I thought about your comment on the blogs moving back to the top. I can see pros and cons to that. While it would keep the most viewed blogs at the top, it would also cut out the opportunity for someone like me to have his 15 minutes of fame. I know that sounds selfish, but I do think it is nice that everyone’s documented experiences can be learned from.

Trifern, I couldn’t agree more. IT is getting bad when the “roll the dice” option is bringing up a set of table legs or a chest with all the drawers missing. I can understand posting if it isn’t “finished” (stain, poly, shellac, varnish, etc.), but incomplete is no good.

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#5 posted 07-19-2008 04:11 PM

You’re right, Hokie (and Trifern). So you guys throw another monkey wrench into the discussion. We are really talking now about all three things:

What is a project?
What is a blog?
What is a forum topic?

My 2 cents is that instead of posting something incomplete as a projectt, folks should hold those thoughts and photos, and post the whole thing as a blog when they are done (or in installments as they go along). (If they also want to post the finished project as a project, that would be fine too.

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

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#6 posted 07-19-2008 05:22 PM

First of all, I love this site.

I agree with all of the above.

Charlie—Your 2 cents are right on the mark.

Please don’t let our rambling discourage woodworkers from posting projects, thoughts, questions, ets.. It is my main source for learning the craft.

Who gets all the ‘2 cents’? Do they go into a kitty for end of the year party?

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#7 posted 07-19-2008 10:05 PM

Ohhh…what the heck. I don’t mind being the devil’s advocate.

Blogs have given everyone access to a big potential audience that they may well, or may well not deserve.
Ego- showcases, if I may be so blunt. Consider if you really have the necessary talent to command the attention of others. Would anyone be necessarily interested in the minute details of your project or daily thoughts?

When I first started frequenting woodworking forums blogs were rare or nonexistant. I came to these forums as a source of information/learning from those who’d been doing it a while. That’s still what I look for. Participate, ask questions, and observe. Learn from those who have something to offer. It takes some time to discover them, but I’ve seldom thought I could learn much from someone whose experience level only matches mine.

My opinion only.

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#8 posted 07-19-2008 10:16 PM

I see a blog as a place to show progress and document your work. A finished project should be shown in a project forum. I know that other people’s blogs have helped me visualize the work and processes that went into some major projects. I am glad that both blogs and other formats exist on this site since they are different ways of showing and expressing.

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 07-20-2008 01:25 AM

I agree with the gentleman known as MottHunter (though I have no idea what a Mott is or why it should be hunted). I’ve always looked at blogs as a way to document individual/personal thoughts and progress. The projects are the place to say, “Look what I did” and get some feedback. The forums are the community where there’s lots of interaction; questions/answers, tutorials, ideas and just plain talk. Each aspect provides us with the tools we need to be a complete community, and not simply a library.

(sarcasm on) And since my way of thinking is typical of all rational individuals, that’s the way things should be (sarcasm off)


-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 07-20-2008 01:48 AM

Russel has spoken! (-:

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#11 posted 07-20-2008 03:47 AM

(good-natured ribbing on) Russell, I wouldn’t call that sarcasm. I’d call it self-delusion. (good-natured ribbing off)

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

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#12 posted 07-20-2008 04:13 AM

Russel – Haven’t you ever heard of Mott the Hoople? They should be hunted for some of their songs.

They did have some good ones though. One of the only R&R bands that sang with an English accent.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 07-20-2008 05:00 AM

I’m glad this was posted. I’m learning my way around, this helps tho.

Also, Russel, this might clear things up:

(facetiousness ON)

Mott can refer to:

The Mott problem of quantum mechanics.
Mott (live oak) (or motte), a term used in Texas for a copse or small grove of trees.
Mott (album), a 1973 album by the British band Mott the Hoople.
Mott the Hoople, a 1970s English glam rock band.
mott: a stake used as a target in the game of quoits.
a corporation or organization:

Mott’s, a food company that produces apple-based and other food products.
Mott, Hay and Anderson, merged to form Mott MacDonald, civil engineering consultants.
Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Ruth Mott Foundation
Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust
a location:

Mott, North Dakota, a city in the United States.
Long Mott, Texas, a community in the United States.
Elm Mott, Texas, a community in the United States.
Mott Haven, Bronx, a neighborhood in New York City.
Fort Mott (New Jersey), a military fort built on the Delaware River following the American Civil War.
Fort Mott (Vermont), a picket fort used during the American Revolutionary War.
a person with the name of Mott:

Basil Mott
Charles Stewart Mott
Edward John Mott, British soldier
James Mott
John Raleigh Mott
Lewis Freeman Mott
Lucretia Mott (also known as Lydia Mott)
Luiz Mott
Nevill Francis Mott, British physicist
Stephen Charles Mott
Stewart Rawlings Mott
Valentine Mott

(facetiousness OFF)


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 07-20-2008 05:48 AM

We should probably call Steve “The Mottster”

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 07-20-2008 05:53 AM

He sure provided a mottfull of information. Thanks…I think?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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