Observations #14: Final

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Blog entry by Russel posted 05-22-2010 04:17 PM 10154 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have to say that in my time on LumberJocks I have learned things that I never imagined. The access to knowledge is the most remarkable feature here. Additionally, there have been quite a few folks I’ve interacted with who have become as good a friend as cyberspace will allow.

I have nothing but thanks for Martin and his work here and folks who made this place what it is.

When I was a kid we had a taunt that went, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It was meant to remind us that words can be ignored and by themselves they do no damage. An adult understands that.

Unfortunately, LumberJocks has been flooded with children who whine and cry if somebody says something they don’t like. They cannot handle people who think or act differently then they do and therefore look for way to stop people from being individuals.

We now have a “Block User” option where we don’t have to be adults. With this new feature, we can block someone from commenting on anything we post. We can say all kinds of bad things about them and they have no recourse. We now have the ability to silence differences and disagreements.

How silly is that?

LumberJocks is not what I joined nearly 3 years ago and, unfortunately, it’s not a place that’s particularly fun to be anymore. It’s sad that the children have come in and have no respect and therefore, Martin has to childproof the site. I don’t think I’ll spend much time here anymore.

And, just so I don’t have to put up with the whiners, I’ve blocked those who said that they agreed with the whole blocking nonsense.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 04:26 PM

Totally agree!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 04:27 PM

It is a sad day when you have to add a block button to a websiite of MATURE adults.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 05-22-2010 04:30 PM

You have been here Muuuch longer than I have but as far as the blocking thing is concerned you must not have had individuals contacting you 20 -30 times a day like I have and others, I know in the past that have been asked to stop sending you PMs that won’t stop. I’m sorry to disagree with you on this subject and hope if you stop posting for a while you will be back soon and share your thoughts and projects at a future date.


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#4 posted 05-22-2010 05:24 PM

This website is amazing and I have learned so much here in a short time.
It is very addictive to scroll though the projects and the roll the dice feature.
LJ’ers as a whole are far more welcoming and friendly than the ‘professionals’ on a dental site I now only visit sparingly. It has had a block user function for a long time and even had a few lawsuits threatened and members restricted from posting via threat from legal action.
LJ’ers have it good

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 05-22-2010 06:37 PM

i think LJ’s is the best site ive came across and i think that the blocking button is only for the smacktards that seem to get in to every forum based site not for the mature adults.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 03:34 AM

i under stand , my friend .
your growth in wood working ,
and your innovative designs ,
are something i will surely miss ,
i hope you come and visit soon .

-- 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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#7 posted 05-23-2010 12:11 PM

The short time I’ve been here, I remember those days Skarp. When I first started using computers. All we had was amber and green monitors. Any games I played were only text games, nothing like what they have now. Nor do we have the programs that we have now with being able to use Sketchup. I still prefer to use the old paper thing, and go for it piece by piece, until I like it.

You will be missed..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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