|Forum topic by kolwdwrkr||posted 05-29-2009 07:09 PM||1891 views||0 times favorited||53 replies|
05-29-2009 07:09 PM
So I was searching around peoples profiles a little bit, mainly guys who have been here for a long time and are on the 1st and 2nd pages. Guys that have posted a lot of comments as well as projects. I’ve noticed that several of the people have gone. People like Rikkor, The Timber Kid, Thos. Angle, Mot, PanamaJack, Don, Bill, Paul D, Bob Babcock, jeanmarc, Frank, bigbuck, Greg Mitchell, and on and on.
I can understand some people may have had a busy month. But we are getting into numbers from 45 days to over 200 days. Curiosity has killed this cat. Where did everyone go? Where were the goodbyes? And more importantly what was the reason? I understand that a lot of people have had health problems and I’d hate to think that people left because of things happening on LJ’s. Of course I have thought about calling it quits here on many occassions, and can name a few others who have as well. But the site is a joy to be on, even if there are a select few that cause problems with each other. Take Allison and I for example. I don’t want to fight with Allison. She does an excellant job with the intarsia she does. Brings up some decent conversation that we tend to have our indifferances on but that’s the way it works. Hopefully she can forgive me for all of my rants, as I forgive her for hers. We are all supposed to be friends here, and share our experiences. Even if we don’t see eye to eye all the time. Allison and I do have dissagreements, but we are both Lumberjocks and in my opinion should be able to see past the small stuff and carry on as friends.
And that is what I hope some of the people who left can do if that was the problem. They have posted some great projects, and I know they can be of great value here on lumberjocks. I want to take this time to invite them all back. Give us a second chance to make things right and better. More enjoyable for you. If not, please write why you left. Maybe you are to sick to do woodworking and don’t think you can contribute. Well that’s not true. You still have the knowledge of the work, and at the least, can contribute to the coffee lounge.
A post was posted earlier about the coffee lounge. I think the coffee lounge is the reason why people want to leave. It can cause anger. But to have a community that is friendly you need to know more about the people involved. More on a personal scale. That is what makes us friends. I know you do beautiful work, but who are you? The coffee lounge helps us figure that out. It tells us when someone is feeling under the weather, as well as gives an opportunity to get things off of our chest that aren’t related to woodworking. Take that away and people leave to find a venue to do so. We do woodworking in the garage, shop, etc. We don’t woodwork on the computer. We help people, tell stories, search for information, joke, and take jabs. This site is the perfect place to do it all.
So come back soon. We all miss your projects and experiences that we can learn from.
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