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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 11-15-2009 07:28 PM 1199 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lumberjock membership is staggering due to a well run site and members from around all the world sharing their projects, technical information and freindship.
I have not been a LJ for very long, I love the site but I would like to see a list of Lj’s located in my neck of the woods instead of looking through the thousands of LJ profiles to get a clue.
If you could do a search and get a list of LJ’s in your particular country, povence or state, I think some LJ’s would like to know fellow LJ’s in the neighborhood and perhaps get to know each other (also a good source for borrowing tools :-)))
There are many original members that know where certain LJ’s are located and I see via the posts that they have become great friend and visit each other or attend shows together.
So, what do you think? Can we ask Martin if a location search list is a possible additional to this already dreat site?
Good or bad idea?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.



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drfixit

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 07:31 PM

type in your city or state in the search box. If it is listed in the users profile, you will get a return.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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Thomas Keefe

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 07:49 PM

I think this would be great. I live in the San Francisco bay area. I could probably get a good match on California, but testing all of the cities that are nearby becomes pretty tedious. Some kind of search based on distance would be really ideal. Thanks.

Tom

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 07:51 PM

drfixit,
Thanks for the response but can you elaborate a little as if I enter my state into the search box, all I get is a google page of blogs from my state – nothing like a memebr listing.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 07:53 PM

It would also be nice to be able to email LJ’s in your area about upcoming events and shows, maybe car pool or something. I often hear about shows/events I would have gone to if I had known about them.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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woodbutcher

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 07:54 PM

Roger Clark,
I see that you’re from the Republic of Texas! You’re welcome to borrow some of my tools, just be sure to pay frieght both ways!-LOL. Looks like drfixit already answered your question, so I just decided babble and and another comment to your blog! I guess all we can really help each other with is sharing information! Keep on keeping on.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 08:01 PM

Ken the “woodbitcher” – that’s a name mechanical enginners call archtects.
I like babblers, but you might want try drfixits “fixit” because it does not provide for me what I am wanting. Give it a try and let me know… Thanks

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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jlsmith5963

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 08:24 PM

Roger

I just attempted to search for ‘IL’ and got a multi-page result. The results list any occurrence of ‘IL’ no matter where it is in the LJ’s database. I then clicked on ‘blogs’ at the top of the page to further refine the search. This resulted in a listing of the blog entries that have ‘IL’ in them. Refining the search to blog posting does reduce (but not eliminate) the number of listings that aren’t related to LJ’’s member’s locations. From there you will have to scroll through the listings to determine which is which. Its not as clean a ‘search by location’ feature would be but the info is in fact in the search results. Hope this helps.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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FenceWorkshop

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 08:29 PM

Here is one way to search a site for specifics. Google “site:lumberjocks.com (Your City)” and it will show you every page that has your city mentioned on the page. If you live in Atlanta, you would do “site:lumberjocks.com Atlanta”, just like that. Hope this helps you find some people in your neck of the woods. Good luck and God bless.

-- Brent - http://www.fenceworkshop.com http://fenceworkshop.com/atlanta-ga/ http://fenceworkshop.com/raleigh-nc/ http://fenceworkshop.com/wood-privacy-fencing/

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hairy

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#9 posted 11-15-2009 08:36 PM

Click on yours, or anyone’s home, then click on workshop. Above the avatar is “View all workshops” That brings up a map, with indicators of LJ’s workshops. It is incomplete, but something to start with.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 09:59 PM

Thanks guys for all your suggestions, I have tried them but they don’t really deliver the simple listings that I am looking for. Another problem I see is that if a member has not posted anything then they will not show up on the methods tried. Remember there are some members who sit there and read the posts but never post anything, perhaps knowing of Lj’s in their area would “prod” them.
Being able to have the sort of search list I am thinking of would certainly identify Lj’s in our respective areas that could meet socially or technically, plus attemd shows as a group. BTW There is no suggestion of wife swapping here – sorry.
I now understand that you can get some information by the methods the guys posted which is incomplete and a confusing compromise. It would be nice to have a search button that you input: country, region, area, provence or state etc., then what you get is a listing of ALL the LJ’s within that area. Perhaps also a way to email the LJ’s in your selected area about show/meetings/workshops etc.

Would you like to have this facility?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Sawdust2

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#11 posted 11-15-2009 10:17 PM

There was a post a while back “Where are we all from?”

There were over 5000 views but only 305 replies.

It would thus appear that less than 1/400th of the members share your desires.
Stated otherwise: less than half the members cared where anyone was from and less than1% of those cared to tell anyone else where they lived.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 11-15-2009 11:14 PM

Lee,
That is so sad. I did not realize you found LJ’s to be so secretive or uninterested.
My blog was posted with the situation and requests I thought would improve the site – at least for me, if not others. Perhaps I should have not included the bit about borrowing tools – but that was just a joke that I presumed everyone would get.
I truly thought knowing there were LJ’s in my area I could ask them things like: Where is the best place to get wood locally?, Can I come visit and see your XXXXXX tool as I am thinking of buying that model? etc. – that sort of thing. The thought of having company at a show appealed to me otherwise I would not go and stand there like a dork alone.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Sawdust2

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#13 posted 11-16-2009 12:15 AM

I totally understood your post and what I thought you were trying to do.
And I agree that sharing your woodworking is wonderful.
I am fortunate that I have a number of friends who are woodworkers and they meet at my house on Wed evenings. We are able to share ideas and projects.
My point was that what you seek does not seem to excite a lot of LJ’s. Not necessarily sad, just not what you are looking for.

But if you look at the photos of the LJ picnics there are usually less than 10 folks and sometimes only 2-3. There have been a couple in Texas. Why don’t you search for Betsy’s posts? She might be able to put you in touch with some TX LJ’s.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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cabinetmaster

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#14 posted 11-16-2009 03:54 AM

I have to agree that there should be a better way to get a list a of LJ’s from your area. I had one heck of a time trying to get names and invite them to our LJ picnic in NC. And from that list I’ll bet I sent over 25 PM’s and got maybe 10 answers. I would love to be able to get together with LJ’s that live close by but it seems most don’t want to associate with others other than by the internet. What a shame. I’m glad someone addressed this because I have thought about it for some time and even had a PM with Martin about it once or twice.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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patron

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#15 posted 11-16-2009 04:15 AM

i too can see the benefit of this ,
but just like the home page for any given LJ ,
he or she sometimes don’t post anything about themselves
or where they are located .
privacy is evidently more important to some ,
than sharing their whereabouts .

in todays world it is an understandable problem ,
with so much scamming going on .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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