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A short while ago I posted a thread for Lumberjocks to tell us their tricks and tips they use in woodworking. I know that after 60 years of woodworking I certainly have found small things that make woodworking easier and more precise. Even the woodworking magazines have a "tips & tricks" area. I wrote out one of my favorites and two others added theirs and that was the end of it. I thought with all of the lumberjocks here there would be a wealth of information to pass along. Alas, there is no interest.

Please. tell me WHY!

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One thing these forums lack is "sticky" threads that are marked
to occupy the top slot on a subforum due to their broad
relevance to the topic of the subforum. While this does
prevent duplicate threads, it can also consolidate lot
of acquired wisdom which can benefit people getting
started in the given field enormously.
 

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Sure it is a woodworking site, but that does not mean you will get great responses for woodworking related topics. I am not exactly sure why? I do several topics related to woodworking/cabinet making/ wood shop experience, and I typically get my faithful few that I have long ago found to be who I see as friends who will respond. Otherwise many of my threads will go largely without many if any at all comments. That said, there really are great folks that are members her willing to help and always happy to be a friend for me, and for that, I am grateful for the site. It is discouraging to put time and effort into a thread to get 2 or 3 responses, but that is just the way it is. It is absolutely nothing personal, just the way it is. In business, I learn to think of things in the light of, "it's just business, it is not personal, just business." So that lack of response on your thread is "not personal", it is just what it is…

Be encouraged by the quality friendships that can be made on this site rather than being discouraged by the lack of responses to a thread.

I am probably being too lengthy here, but I do believe the "no response" folks either feel they lack the knowledge for a proper response, feel the posts have already covered the subject matter well, or just may have been simply not seen by those who really would be interested by the subject matter.
 

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Loren, I agree. This website should have a "sticky" like you say. When a thread has a lot of interest in some other chat sites it is often promoted to a "sticky". My "tips & tricks" has little interest here. But maybe it will pick up. I surely would like to hear what others have found to be a help in their shop.

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there was a time some years back
when all you had to do was go to the pulse page
and find posts that were recent
sometimes just 2 or 3 pages
would take you to up to a week back

now with so many members (91,000 +)
and so much activity
you have to go back 10 to 15 pages
to find something a week old

most only come from time to time
after work or over coffee

so there is just to much to keep track of

as they said here

'nothing personal'
 

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There really is no such thing as tips, in my opinion. Learn your craft academically, and build on your hands-on experience. To seek only 'tips' as an excuse for not developing a foundation of knowledge, well… that's not going to help you.

Never mind the slick magazines that promise to make you a cracker-jack benchman by reading a solitary article on tips, tricks, jigs and other snake-oil.

Most experienced woodworkers feel this way, I'm sure, and probably didn't want to respond for that reason.

That's MY tip!!
 

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Since many of us have been doing this for some time, what we know does not "seem" like tricks to us. We just take it as common knowledge.

I agree with the others that it may just be too broad a topic to draw the right attention.
 

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I believe most people here are happy to share their tips and do so on a regular basis. It's hard to pick my brain and write down my best tip or tips. What I prefer is to look at the threads and see things that interest me, such as how to make a breadboard end or something of the like and follow that thread. I can give my tips and also learn others. I would rather read about tips in context than read a long list of tips one after the other. It's definitely nothing personal on my part. I'm sorry that your idea didn't work out.
 

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Traffic in genera is way down = = and those that have been here a few years recall already dozens of tip threads, and just search the old ones, rather than recreating the new.

The only old topics that find new life, are things like Sawstop and Festool arguments…. or somebody praising "Minwax Polyshades" :)

Those always draw a response.
 

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Most of us have a lot of tips and tricks that we've learned from other people or naturally during the course of working. Oftentimes we don't realize that the everyday stuff we do is something others don't know and just assume everyone else already knows it.
 

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I'm guessing a lot of people come here when they are looking more for entertainment than enlightenment.

It's just the way it is.

By the way, I did read the "tricks and tips" thread. I just didn't have anything to say there. I'm not experienced enough to have any particularly interesting tips.

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Please. tell me WHY!
Easy … I didn't see your post. I'm not sure I would have anything to offer, though. Most of the time when I offer what you might call a tip or a trick, it is in response to a specific question or problem someone is dealing with.
 

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Planeman, I didn't even see that thread until today, but now it's in my favorites and I'm watching it. Usually I only look at my LJ homepage which only shows a handful of threads with recent activity. If I'm lucky I'll see 2 or 3 that pique my interest. I'm sure I miss a lot of other really great threads, but unfortunately I just can't keep up with the forum.

Also, like others said, a lot of the time some of us need a little more specific prompting before something clicks in our heads and we realize that we do have something relevant to share.
 
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