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Forum topic by hjt posted 03-23-2013 04:34 PM 1139 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2013 04:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unanswered forums project love help

What causes some posting to make the Top 3 or the Top 13, while others go unnoticed? I’m here to tell you that there are some incrdible gems to be found that are being over looked.

It often surprises me when I check out a hot, active posting to see that it has 1000’s of views and pages of comments. In the meantime, there are many great projects being posted with no or few views and zero comments. There are also many questions being posting in the forums that are in need of answers.

Here’s just one example of a gem I found recently in my quest to help the orphans of LJ…. I found this posting is a series of blog from our fellow LJ, Jay and now, 18 days later, still under 1000 views and only 2 commnts. I may be wrong, but in my mind, this lumberjock may be a future StarvinMarvin/MereMortal or StumpyNubs/BlueCollarWoodworking, yet most of us are unaware.

So let me encourage my fellow lumber jocks to find the hidden jewels and unanswered questions that exist all over this wonderful site of ours. Perhaps you will find a jewel, a little orphan that needs some love and let us all know about it here.

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-- Harold

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 05:10 PM

I always check the unanswered threads for the very reasons you mention. Sometimes the thread topics are uniquely interesting which leads me to believe I will learn something new if I inquire/reply something and get the thread going for more info – and for opinions which can lead to unexpected bursts of laughter. Ultimately the fate of the answered threads comes down to the vast number of Lumberjockers who may only have enough time to focus online on what they are most interested in.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 05:36 PM

You’re right. It’s really a darned shame so many great projects get posted without comment. It mostly, though, just a function of how big the site has gotten, and how many projects get posted.

When I got here over six years ago, there were only a few hundred active members. When you posted a project or a topic, it stayed on the front page for quite a while. Believe it or not, I used to be able to comment on virtually every new project that was posted.Now, new postings are almost immediately buried under newer postings. Even folks who try to take at least a quick peek at all new projects can’t possibly have time to comment on more than a fraction of those.

It also doesn’t help, IMO, that they changed the layout of the home page to show the “Top 15” rather than just showing the most recent. What happens is this: People who have a lot of “buddies” who get notification emails when they post something tend to get more views and comments. Those views and comments push them into the top 15, while some great projects never get much exposure because they never make it to the home page. Meanwhile, once you do make it to the top 15, you get even more views and comments, making it even harder for one of those “orphans” to break through.

Just my $.02

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

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 05:44 PM

Its pretty crazy how fast the front page changes. It can be frustrating. I think many just hang out and become regulars in some of the older subject specific threads like planes , etc.

Not sure there is a solution given how many members this site has. Seems to be several questions posted every 30 seconds and as you say, some interesting posts get buried in the deluge.

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 06:58 PM

Some days it takes going thru 17 or 18 pages to get to posts that are only 24 HOURS OLD. If someone takes a couple days 0ff from here (or Heaven forbid,,, a WEEK) they’ll likely NEVER see some posts that would have interested them because of time restraints (unless someone else happenstances to bring it to the top.)

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 08:39 PM

All very true. Thank you all for commenting. Charlie, I neverthought about the impact of the home page change and the top 15. But that is right, it limits new stuff from getting a viewing. And Joe; I’ve not looked, but wow! 17 pages to get to 24hour old project. I guess tht is a testiment to the wonderful site LJ has become. I’m glad that I’ve got jobs that finds me at the computer for hours so I can view the site.

-- Harold

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