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Forum topic by Monte Pittman posted 02-24-2013 01:58 PM 1895 views 0 times favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Monte Pittman

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02-24-2013 01:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor resource question

OK, I’ll admit to being bored this morning. I started going backwards through the most active list. There are 522 PAGES of “members” who have never made a posting here. For those who don’t want to do the math, that’s 18, 270 members that have signed up that never speak to us. I realize that there is a large portion of them that are spam and I wish there was a way to delete them. But there are many that are legit and just don’t talk to us. I realize that I talk more than most. It’s my second favorite thing behind woodworking. But not talking at all I just don’t understand.

As far as the spammers go, why does it seem that most are for weight loss? Are they trying to tell us something? I also found the sam girls picture used on 17 of them. Come on spammers, at least be original.

Back to topic. How do we draw the legitimate ones out of their shell? If for no other reason than they are new friends to meet.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 02:16 PM

...or, have you niticed those members with 1686 days in the site and 3 comments? lol
could say that there are members here just waiting to be fed…..perhaps people with a deep desire, a wish, or simple curiosity about trying woodworking someday, so they believe they do not have anything to offer here…..

I have noticed other members, they talk, talk and talk, but they do not have any real projects.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 02:19 PM

There are several who do more talking than woodworking. All opinion and no substance.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 02:20 PM

To take the math slightly farther, that’s about 1/3 of the signed up ” members” that never talk.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 02:38 PM

Hey, I’ve only been here a couple months and even I notice that a bunch of them will ask a question and never respond to their own thread wether they liked (or even bothered to READ) the responses.
They’re like lightning, a flash and never to be heard from again.

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 02:44 PM

Monte- IMO this a great website for information, project ideas and showcases, reviews, and forums. Not perfect, as you point out, but the good outweighs the bad. Glad to be a member despite the flaws

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 02:58 PM

Quote: ”There are several who do more talking than woodworking. All opinion and no substance.”

I hear that condition described this way: “All hat and no cattle.” But maybe we all started with a hat…

I take your point, Monte, and it is interesting to ponder the why. Two categories that came to my mind:

1. People for whom English is a second language. They may glean lots of information but be reticent about posting.

2. Genuine introverts who aren’t interested in interaction but are able to find adequate information to solve challenges.

I am curious to read more posts on this thread.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 03:02 PM

Lee, excellent point. The language barrier. I would encourage those folks to use the translation tools now available onthe IInternet. We have members that do. It’s not perfect but it works.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 03:06 PM

I do not think that this is our issue but of the owner of this site’s issue.
You remind me a Poppy Kat’s post yesterday about old posts, why to concern yourself with something which is not your issue and you can nothing about?

-- Bert

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 03:22 PM

hey Monte, maybe, unlike you and me, THEY are in the shop, instead of chatting it up here on LJs.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 03:29 PM

I’ve noticed a fair number of the “favorites” on some of my stuff are by people who have been here for a while, but with no, or only a few posts in a long time of being a member. Just looking for ideas and projects to copy, or get inspiration from, I suppose

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 03:42 PM

I have a friend that turned me on to this site. We were both shop teachers at one point and went through college together. He has never posted on this site and is very reluctant to do so, but he has been a member here for a long time.

He knows that I have posted several times and he has been here when I have posted and he has always warned me against it. I’m sure he is the minority, Let’s all hope, but there is some credence to his thought pattern. His concern is that he does not like to share a lot of information about who he is, where he is and what tools he has. He feels there is someone lurking that could be relatively close and gather a lot of information about him and his location and end up loosing it all in a night raid. I have tried to convince him to comment, smart guy with a lot of experience, and just don’t give out a lot of information. he is just not comfortable with it.

I’m certainly not saying That I think LJ’s are like that, but he has cautioned me enough, that I’m a bit cautious. I’m an avid woodworker, for almost 30 years now, and just recently joined LJ’s, and I enjoy it.

I have two other friends that are also members, but have pretty much walked away from it, feeling that some have made LJ’s a dusty facebook account. Posting their activities every day, etc,etc and it takes too long to go through the postings so they have lost interest. The are all avid woodworkers and very computer literate so that is not their reason for losing interest.

There are 5 of us in this group, I’m the only one that is active on LJ .

Sorry about all the discontent, but I thought I would share his information with you.

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#12 posted 02-24-2013 04:00 PM

I still compare this site to a corner bar…there are always a few regulars that prefer to listen (we used to laugh at my grandfather…we think he thought he had a lifetime limit on words and he didn’t want to waste them).

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#13 posted 02-24-2013 04:21 PM

I just make it a point to:
... never read anything from the people who never post anything.
... ignore the posts from those who post frequently with nothing but bickering and negativity.
... enjoy the post of Lumberjocks who obviously enjoy their woodwork and have a positive outlook
... enjoy good people with a common interest
... read only stuff that is of interest to me and ignore that which is of no interest…life is too short to waste time.

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#14 posted 02-24-2013 04:22 PM

I think mosquito has hit it on the head. You have to be a member to be able to save projects as a favorite which makes sense but probably leads to a lot of members that sign up but don’t comment.

I’m one of those long time members who didn’t post for a very long time. I’m a beginning woodworker and I have saved some projects as inspiration / something to hopefully work towards but I rarely have the skills or know how to give advice here. I sure that there are a lot of people in the same boat.

Personally I don’t really think that the projects that I do are unique or so nice that they need to be made public.

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#15 posted 02-24-2013 04:34 PM

Some people don’t have a lot to say. I browse around every now and then but mostly keep quiet because I don’t have something new or unique to add, share, or contribute.

Forums are a great source of information, and so a lot of time non-posting members sign up so that can view images. Or maybe they sign up so that they can follow or subscribe to threads of interest on an ongoing basis.

For me, I’m not going to share a project unless it’s uniquely designed or something I am especially proud of.


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