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Forum topic by PRGDesigns posted 12-03-2012 07:23 AM 2115 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2012 07:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question communication

After seeing several posts from “Newbies”, I usually check to see where they are located. Much to my dismay, frequently this information is left blank for whatever reason. You don’t need to put down an exact address or even the name of a small town that might identify you, but please put down at least a nearby metropolitan area, a State, a Country, or a Continent. No one is asking for your SSN, credit card numbers, birth date, or bank account.

Why you ask would anyone need to know where you are located? So that anyone reading your posts has some frame of reference for either the comment, the inquiry, the project, available resources, etc. We have some international LJr’s who build awesome projects but struggle to describe them in English. Knowing they are posting from an international locale, gives you some frame of reference on their descriptions, etc. and how honored we are that they post in a non-native language for the rest of us to enjoy.

Enjoy the site, but please post your general location for the rest of us.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 07:52 AM

sadly ….its not only newbies that donĀ“t give the infomation


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#2 posted 12-03-2012 07:56 AM

I agree, the more information about you the better

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 09:20 AM

Ya, as soon as I put in my information I am gonna be swarmed by fellow wood workers looking for my high end pine 2×4 cut offs. You know the real good ones stamped with fancy words like “Stud Grade”. Actually I am hoping to update my info and pics soon.

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 11:37 AM

sure ..i agree to..all my info has been up for 366 days .when i joined..


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#5 posted 12-03-2012 04:09 PM

Reincarnation, multiple personality individuals, alternate ego, etc.

While there are many honest newbees who haven’t gotten around to entering this information, there are many others as indicated above, IMO.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 07:59 PM

I don’t often agree with HM, but on this occasion I do.
I once received a PM from a member about another member. This was more than a whine. The guy who messaged me had traced the location of the other member by looking up the telephone number on the other guys website, did a virtual drive by in Google Street View and proceded to tell me the worth of this guy’s real estate. He told me he’d done all this like it was some sort of community service.

Now if that isn’t f*cked up, I don’t know what is.

I’m not trying to paint the picture that all Lumberjocks are stalking maniacs with a chip on their shoulder, but there are members out there with dubious thought processes.

I’m satisfied to know that you lot live at the end of my telephone wire and vice versa.

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 08:11 PM

I’m English, I speak only English, but I try as hard as I can to be understood in American. I hope Y’all all appreciate how hard this can be. Theres no point trying to enforce any sort of geographical requirement as people would just BS the info, however it would be nice if non English speakers gave the rest of us a point of reference.
For the record I live near but not in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 08:40 PM

My post was just for general locales and not specifics to avoid the situation renners mentioned, which is why I suggested even a State or at least a Continent. I want everyone to feel as welcome as I did when I joined just a short amount of time ago relative to others who have been on here from inception. Since we now know where BigYin is, are we all going to rush out to stalk him? Not hardly. Since I have lived in so many states and travelled extensively by vehicle in the upper Midwest of the USA, I was always on the lookout for woodworking resources, i.e. local lumber mills, tool stores, etc. If I know somebody’s location, I may even be able to direct them to some of those resources. One poster stated they couldn’t find a specific hardwood in their area and I knew better. I posted 2 specific vendors in the area that I knew had the materials they were looking for. Knowing that Benji Reyes is in the Philippines lets me experience his project from his frame of reference for his inspiration, local resources he used, etc.

I appreciate all of the assistance other LJr’s have given me and would like to pay it forward so to speak by providing a similar level of assistance when it is warranted. I believe having a general idea of where someone is provides a world of knowledge about what they can expect from their woodworking experiences. Knowing a LJr is in the Pacific NW vs the Phoenix, AZ area lets you know right off the bat that humidty, or lack thereof, is going to play a big role in how wood will react. Won’t make a difference on the HP of any given tool or a blade/bit selection, but it will for a wood inquiry.

What I try desperately not to do is infer that my way is the only way to do it, as I have seen some uninformed LJr’s do in their posts. I try to only offer my advice as having worked / not worked for me as the case may be. I am constantly striving for continued process improvement in everything I build. My brain never shuts off, thus my insomniac postings at all hours of the evening/night CST/CDT. How can I do it better, faster, cheaper (buying a quality part for less money – not substituting an inferior product to save money), or different, to meet buyer’s expectations.

To all LJr’s, if you are going to make an inquiry on the Forum, please provide your general location for those of us who give a darn about a possible response. It has gotten to the point where I may just go on “strike” so to speak and not provide whatever potential response I may be willing to share unless they are willing to share a location. Thanks for letting me vent.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 08:47 PM

All I know is that by posting location honestly, I have been able to meet other LJs face-to-face and call them my friends.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 08:57 PM

Ditto HM. If I hadn’t reached out to others for help, my fancy CNC would be gathering dust, like a lot of the other WW stuff I bought every time I had a fight with my EX. I appreciate my mentor on the CNC and the other LJr’s who have provided me with inspiration for projects, ideas to improve processes, etc. and try as I can to provide credit where credit is due so they know how much I appreciate trusting this forum to communicate with.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 09:35 PM

I’ve benefited greatly from LJ comments, rantings, and advice – Lord knows, I’ve asked for and received more help than I’ve given; though, I’m trying hard to balance the equation. However, there are too many “Off-Topic” comments, too many interlopers who want one thing, and are then gone.

I wish this site had some supervision, some butt-kicking and tough-love when necessary. LJ remains my go-to site for woodworking; however, we collectively need to ensure that quality is nurtured and reinforced.


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#12 posted 12-03-2012 09:52 PM


Interesting that we’re discussing identifying location – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – some excellent friends live in your neighborhood; some several thousand miles away from where I call home. This is why it’s good to see things like this.

I do agree that individuals who want to hide their location would simply misrepresent where they live – you can not legislate morality or truthfulness.


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#13 posted 12-03-2012 10:24 PM

+1 for adding general location. When I first joined lumberjocks I was amazed at how many members there were nationally, but I was bummed to see that there was basically nobody in the Albany NY area. I’m betting there are a few dozen people in the area that just haven’t updated their profile. I’m curious what the statistics are for the % of lumberjocks that post a location vs the number that do not.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#14 posted 12-03-2012 10:29 PM

BigYin, as a native Texan that doesn’t sound like one, I can only apologize on behalf of my country for what we’ve done to your language.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#15 posted 12-03-2012 10:54 PM

Agreed! I would like to know the general area of where somebody is writing from, and I feel more friendly with those who do not seem to be hiding or paranoid. It takes just a moment to enter a city or state.

I live in Chicago. Where do you live? I promise I won’t stalk you unless you!

I have been made to feel more welcome here at LJ than any forum I’ve ever been on. Even got PMs from fellow members when I disappeared for a while… not once, but a few times. That is the nature of this forum… friendly.

A simple matter of letting fellow members know where you’re writing from – just a general geographical location – is a small way of making one’s self a part of the community.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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