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#1 posted 03-08-2012 11:36 AM

Bob Collins has a point. Restoring woodworking machines certainly isn’t wood, but we all like it because as woodworkers we are interested in woodworking machines, and presumably in woodworking techniques, even though the material we are working with might sometimes be some other material. On the other hand we do get a lot of woodworking projects that are actually home improvement projects which should probably be posted on the HomeRefurbers site. This doesn’t bother me. I think that some (maybe many) members just feel that they are with their good friends and want to share something, which in some cases happens to be more social and less woodworking or not strictly on subject.

As Larry points out it is better when folks follow the rules. I’m sure we all get annoyed with some of the things posted, especially those that aren’t within the bounds of site policy, but I figure that I don’t have to read what I don’t like and so I just pass it by. Occasionally I get PMs or posts on my home site from some Nigerian swindlers posing as girls who find a 72 decrepit man ‘interesting’. I just block them and forget them. David is also correct in reminding us that with almost 40,000 members its bound to be a little chaotic.

My suggestion is to be glad they are participating in the site and not crazy on drugs, drunk or committing heinous crimes. Personally I think bad behavior is best rebuked by just ignoring their posts. Those folks will soon learn that to get any attention they will have behave themselves. I Also agree with Sam that individual complaints are best directed to Martin. I have done that in the past and he has ‘fixed’ it every time.

I think it would be awful to lose folks like Larry who has contributed so much to the site and inspired so many others because we are thoughtless with our posts. The first question we should ask ourselves before posting should be ‘is this really woodworking related, and will anyone besides myself actually be interested in it?’, excepting of course those ‘off topic posts’ on the forums.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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