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pottz

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06-17-2020 12:44 AM

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did anyone notice that we just recently passed 300000 members,quite a milestone,but what is reality.how many members are actually active?id say it’s a whole lot less.if you look at the list of jocks there are hundreds or thousands of people that joined and never posted even once,why,you can look for doing nothing so why join if dont want to participate.i always do what i can to encourage new members to post projects,join the conversation or just pick our brains for knowledge.this place is a hell of a bargain in my opinion,so why dont more participate.now before you say anything i know this place can be a little rough on a newbie so maybe we all need to be a little more gentile and welcoming? hey if your new here speak up and let us know how you like or dislike the forum,lets make this the greatest place for a woodworker their is.i think it already is!peace jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.


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#1 posted 06-17-2020 12:48 AM

yeah, I noticed it a couple of weeks ago that it was getting close
and was going to watch it – but as life goes, it fell to the back.
congrats to the winning 300K ticket !! (Admin can probably point him/her out).

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 06-17-2020 12:59 AM

If you were around right before Martin sold the forum you might remember that thousands of new accounts appeared every day, almost none of which ever posted. A bunch more are spammers. Some are socks.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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pottz

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#3 posted 06-17-2020 01:02 AM

hey at least sorajo cz cares the guys on here 24/7-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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John Smith

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#4 posted 06-17-2020 01:16 AM

Edit:
I didn’t think of how many of the members was TED !!!
or the new group: WoodWork(xxx) or WoodWorking(xxx)
there’s a few thousand right there.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 06-17-2020 01:26 AM

Well Pottz, I agree totally about this being a great site. If it weren’t for several individuals here that greeted me and my sometimes silly projects with open arms I know I would not have learned as much as I have in the last 6 1/2 years.
Gheeeezz, I had no idea I had been here that long, it seems like yesterday. I guess that’s the way it is when you’re having fun. However, the fun I’ve had and the friends I’ve made here pale to the lessons learned and advice freely given by those friends and that includes you Pottz

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 06-17-2020 02:21 AM

WOW, pottz, I had not been looking at it lately. I knew we were over 200,000 but never knew we hit 300k. I just lookled at my number of days and I found out I have been on here over 10.5 years. I remember when I stumbled onto Lumberjocks when I was looking for instructions for setting up a lock miter bit. There were 13,000 members then.
I think this is the very best woodworking site on the net. I’m a member of a couple others and they don’t seem as friendly and helpful and are more critical of projects that some guys spend a lot of time on and are real proud of and need encouragement instead of criticism. Also, I try to clean off all the silent projects when I have time. I see that there have been over 100 views on some of these projects and not one comment so I have to at least leave one to get it off the silent projects list!

Cheers, my friends…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-17-2020 08:54 AM

What a peculiar thing to talk about. But, I guess, we’re talking about it.

Yeah. I went and looked. Come June 28th, I’ll be here five years. It seems longer, somehow. I feel like I’ve known some of you people for a very long time. I’d like to get a word count on all the stuff I’ve posted here. That’d make it seem a lot longer to you, too. There were, as I recall, about 140,000, when I darkened the doorstep and began spewing my piffle.

It means the world to me – having this place in which to spew. No one in my own family is interested in what I have to say. You, however (most of you, anyhow), seem to lap it up with glee. There’s no accounting for taste, I reckon. Or, low standards. I really am a horrible waste of molecular material, you know. I don’t know how you put up with me. (Some have disappeared, inexplicably.)

I’ll add to the conversation, now, after a little recap.

One-hundred-sixty-4 of you, so far (Grumpy was #1; Honorable Bob Wemm was #2, etc.), have been with me through a lot of stuff.

It started with this.

You’ve been witness to 215 Projects; 91 Blog entries; You’re responsible for 364 items in my Favorites; You walked me through countless crises, including the loss of my mojo (This encompassed several entries, of which this is one – I honestly don’t know whether I ever finished it.) You helped me, in ways unknowable to any of you, through the creation of what remains, to this day, one of my very favorite Things, ever, for so many reasons (It began here, and is the point behind all these ramblings; You were there with compassion, and understanding, when I didn't kill myownbadself; You showed me a true kind of humanity, and kinship, when I posted this. As usual, I’ve gone into deeper weeds than I set out intending to. I’m getting distracted. I need a new paragraph.

Where was I?

Oh. Yeah. I wanted to suggest (by way of “adding to the conversation”), that we follow Wilson’s lead (along with VIMH), and post a link, in this thread, to your very first project. I know. I could simply spend the next seventy seven weeks or so, going through my Buddy list, looking them all up. But I think it would be much more meaningful (for me, at any rate) to read what you have to say about your journies.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

Something “peculiar” just became (for me, at any rate) a pretty important deal.

When I say, ”...all the world , to me,” I mean that, with all my heart. It’s a simple thing, to be sure, given all the tragic crap that’s occurring on an international scale, right now. But, maybe, some simple things will serve to keep us centered, in some way.

Which represents another “crisis.” I’m losing my bloody mind, right now. I know, largely because of you all, that I’m not alone.

Grumpy, GMan, my first Buddy: I still see you waving, whenever there’s an eclipse.

-- Mark

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littlecope

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#8 posted 06-17-2020 10:00 AM

I noticed, and wondered why nobody mentioned it
There were just -over 6,000 members when I joined, but they were growing rapidly! Much was made out of, “Who is going to be #20,000?”, but little out of any later significant numbers (they were reached and passed so quickly!)
In any event, congratulations to the Lumberjock Community! Still, some of the most decent, kindest, and just plain nice people on or off the internet

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 06-17-2020 10:43 AM

That is a mile stone. I noticed 250k, but nothing was said. I do like the friendly nature of LJ. Great ideas all the time! I remember “Jim” welcoming me. That set the tone for me.

-- Petey

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 06-17-2020 01:13 PM

I stumbled upon this site in 2012. After lurking for a few weeks I saw that this was a great site with a bunch of friendly and knowledgeable people. I joined right away and never looked back. I learned more on this site over the years here than I ever knew about woodworking. It’s been 7-8 years now and glad to see this site is still here and hope it keeps growing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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RCCinNC

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#11 posted 06-17-2020 01:38 PM

Mark, my apologies to you for not quoting all of it!...But what you said here I found exceptionally poignant.

Something “peculiar” just became (for me, at any rate) a pretty important deal.

When I say, ”...all the world , to me,” I mean that, with all my heart. It s a simple thing, to be sure, given all the tragic crap that s occurring on an international scale, right now. But, maybe, some simple things will serve to keep us centered, in some way.

Which represents another “crisis.” I m losing my bloody mind, right now. I know, largely because of you all, that I m not alone.

- Mark Wilson

I’m a relative newbie compared to most of you guys, and not a particularly prolific one at that,...
but I’ve appreciated this site for both its educational value and as a source of comfort these last few months. Made some friends, met some unusual people, ( not necessarily mutually exclusive ; ) ) and wondered, sometimes with amazement, at the incredible talent out there which would have remained hidden from me if I’d not found this site. Glad to be here, and yes…especially now.
LJ is a wonderful community.

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#12 posted 06-17-2020 02:00 PM

300,000 + 1 Duck!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 06-17-2020 02:32 PM

I am a noob round these parts as well, cant even recall how I found this site. I am truly grateful that I did find it, the best one there is! I have met some truly remarkable, funny, and cool people here, and hope to meet some more.

Thank you, Lumberjocks!!!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#14 posted 06-17-2020 10:17 PM

well when the site turned 10 YO I thought is appropriate to recognise the first 10 members and set about finding them, with I must add help from other LJs with knowledge of data bases, (Mark Wilson comes to mind) I did also contact the administrators and was discouraged from doing the task.

As a result I ceased work but before I did, I managed to find the original 10 members and attempted to contact them.
Some had expired (Harvey) for instance and others could not be bothered in supporting my activity. On a positive not I did get good feedback from the members that showed interest, Karson, Mark Du Cu for instance and Roger both still active members.

Never got a reply from our resident 24/7 member sorajo cz who seems to have fallen asleep at his PC.

If I am still around in the 20 Year date I may do the same and see what develops.

I could never find out the answer as to what happened to the first 4 projects.

Have a look here if you interested in the history of Ljs

https://www.lumberjocks.com/robscastle/blog/82770

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 06-18-2020 12:22 AM



well when the site turned 10 YO I thought is appropriate to recognise the first 10 members and set about finding them, with I must add help from other LJs with knowledge of data bases, (Mark Wilson comes to mind) I did also contact the administrators and was discouraged from doing the task.

As a result I ceased work but before I did, I managed to find the original 10 members and attempted to contact them.
Some had expired (Harvey) for instance and others could not be bothered in supporting my activity. On a positive not I did get good feedback from the members that showed interest, Karson, Mark Du Cu for instance and Roger both still active members.

Never got a reply from our resident 24/7 member sorajo cz who seems to have fallen asleep at his PC.

If I am still around in the 20 Year date I may do the same and see what develops.

I could never find out the answer as to what happened to the first 4 projects.

Have a look here if you interested in the history of Ljs

https://www.lumberjocks.com/robscastle/blog/82770

- robscastle

I’m not sure when DaveR signed up, but I know he was teaching me sketchup in 2008-2009
before the porn picture epidemic hit, and he left.
He was a generous person. He even took time to skype with me over the phone to help me with SU

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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