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Forum topic by dakremer posted 04-12-2013 02:38 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dakremer

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04-12-2013 02:38 AM

A while ago (like 2 years ago) I started a forum topic asking if the Shop tab section was going to get updated to flow better and be more user friendly. I’m pretty sure I got feedback from the admin saying that it was in the works. That was 2 years ago. What happened???? Every tab at the top takes you to a page that is coherent and fits in with the rest of the website. Then you go to the Shop section..and WHAM….a feeling of discontent hits you in the face like a cold wind!! It’s like it was an after thought and thrown together in 5 minutes, then forgotten.

I LOVE seeing other’s shops. However I find myself not going to that page simply because of the poor layout and navigation and the feeling of not being on Lumberjocks anymore – it doesn’t fit. That section could be a huge hit, with more people posting pics and writing descriptions of their shops if it were presented in a better way (like the rest of the site).

PLEASE fix this. I want to see shops!!!!!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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superstretch

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 02:50 AM

It would be cool if people could post iterative updates.. so you could see the transformation some shops undergo.. like MINE IS CURRENTLY… hehe :D

Also, better a cold wind hitting you in the face than a warm one.. if you know what I mean

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 03:02 AM

def agree with wanting to see more shops. Be a lot easier to steal ideas for my shop…i mean get inspiration.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 03:07 AM

I don’t use any tabs right of “Forums” although the “Classes” tab is a nice little section. But Jocks, Videos and Shops aren’t very useful as-is.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#4 posted 04-12-2013 03:44 AM

Well if you think about it, maybe we should not have a shop tab. To see one’s shop you just go to their site and click shop and if they have one listed, it shows the pics. To have a shop tab means it has to get organized some how and I think it is by the Jock in the order they are on the Jocks list ( maybe…)No it is not by that order!!. To have a bunch of flags in some of the crowded areas is a futile effort to find any one of them so I think it is best to go to someone’s shop through their home site.
What might be nice is to go to one’s shop from their home page and have mores space for about 12 photos to give a complete picture of some of our shops. I’d vote for that and just remove the shop tab.
My 2 cents worth, Doug!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-12-2013 06:05 AM

I agree 100% Dak. I remember your post on this topic. You got the usual feedback from Ms Somebody that she would look into it and the subject was never heard from again.

I know more about brain surgery than web design. I confess that I am lucky to get signed in BUT is it really that hard to make improvements to a web site?? The shop section seems to be a favorite to many and asking for improvements seems futile.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see an icon of some kind that showed if a person had posted any photos without having to drill down to find out they have not? And as suggested, an icon to show any updated info about thier shop or updated photos

It must be too costly or too time consuming or too hard or too much hassle or too inconvenient to try to make improvements to an already pretty good web site. Don’t most of us try to make improvements to our wood working projects???

kcco…............................

-- mike...............

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559dustdesigns

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#6 posted 04-12-2013 08:08 AM

I agree with everyone’s comments, but is there a way to get the 55% to 80% (with no workshop content) of the members to post something on there workshop page. That’s half of the problem. I like to see shops and wish there was a better place to view them but the members have to spend the time to post pictures of their workshops too. I personally need to improve and update my shop page but I do have more then nothing at all.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 04-12-2013 08:44 AM

it is on the list…and yes, it went on the backburner as other priorities went to the top of the list.

We have a few ideas of how we’d like to change it but haven’t nailed down that perfect fit.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 04-12-2013 11:58 AM

Like redryder says it’s frustrating to go to someone’s homepage and click on the “workshop” link only to find out they haven’t posted anything there. As a fairly new guy here I enjoy looking at all the other folks shops. I spend a lot of time looking at folks profiles, and I ALWAYS click on their workshop link.

So how ‘bout something like make the “workshop” link be “non-clickable” until they have something there. That way, if it’s just the brown text you will know they dont have their shop posted. But if you see a blue “clickable” link, you can go and peek at what they have.

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Picklehead

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#9 posted 04-12-2013 12:24 PM

Redryder, are you really a brain surgeon? People keep implying I should get some work done. Maybe we can set up a barter. ;)

On the original point, I had never even visited the shops tab. Just did. I see what you mean!

MsDebbieP: This is a great site. Thanks for making it happen for all of us. If it were a complete piece of crap we wouldn’t even bother to suggest any improvements, we’d just move on somewhere else. It’s like many of our projects, where we know we could fix that one little mistake. (But we usually just turn it around so it’s on the backside ;)

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#10 posted 04-12-2013 12:34 PM

As it is, “Shops” is useless to me.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#11 posted 04-12-2013 12:41 PM

I agree with Jim J. Although, it would be easier to see shop pics just by simply clicking on the shops link, of course.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#12 posted 04-12-2013 01:00 PM

I don’t post pictures of my shop because it’s just a garage full of my stuff. It’s not of any use to anyone.

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#13 posted 04-12-2013 01:12 PM

I love to see other people’s shops. When I see a project that I like I also like to see what kind of shop it was made in so I often go to the shop page. There is no doubt in my mind that it could be much improved and become more friendly. However, I’m still glad that it is there.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Rick M.

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#14 posted 04-12-2013 03:06 PM

I clicked on about 10 shops and only 1 had pictures. Honestly though, this would be a very low priority to me. I’d rather have the ability to follow blog series. Now that is useful.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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dakremer

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#15 posted 04-12-2013 03:16 PM

you already can follow blog series

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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