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Forum topic by northwoodsman posted 10-02-2020 01:54 PM 374 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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northwoodsman

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10-02-2020 01:54 PM

As I read posts asking questions about techniques, or what tool to use for a specific task, or see people that are in need of a tool for a project and can’t afford a new one I often find myself looking at their profile to see where they live to see if I could/should reach out and offer assistance. The majority of the profiles are missing the person’s locations. I do not recommend adding your address but how about a city (or near “xx”), county, or metropolitan area. Every few years I organize my shop and I recently listed a bunch (20 or so) of high quality small power tools for sale that were in like new condition and had no bites so I was trying to find someone local that I could just give them to. I would have preferred to give them to a user on this site that I know has an interest in woodworking and wasn’t just going to resell them for a profit. Please consider adding your location if you feel comfortable.

-- NorthWoodsMan


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John Smith

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#1 posted 10-02-2020 01:59 PM

North – this is an issue on ALL forums all over the internet.
even with senior members, with years here and thousands of posts,
they still refuse to put even a smidgeon of location in their profile.
even in my area, “Central Florida” covers a few hundred square miles.
jus my Dos Centavos on that.

John

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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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pottz

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#2 posted 10-02-2020 02:19 PM

i agree with you often members ask for help or are selling something and we have to ask where they are located,a simple city would be of benefit and not reveal exactly where you are.i also have recently tried to donate some tools and pay the shipping.i was sucessfull on the first two but the third went unanswered.i just wanted to help someone with a lack of funds get something they needed.will i try again,maybe.

-- 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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Rich

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#3 posted 10-02-2020 02:54 PM

So what? It’s their loss, not yours.

Sharing too much info online today is a very dangerous thing to do. I’ve had losers on here create fake accounts simply to troll me—more than once. Imagine if they knew my phone number, or could figure out where I lived or who I did business with?

I used to have much more detail about me in my profile. Events have transpired on here that made me think better of it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Rich

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#4 posted 10-02-2020 02:57 PM


i agree with you often members ask for help or are selling something and we have to ask where they are located,a simple city would be of benefit and not reveal exactly where you are.

- pottz

I frequently mention that I live in Tucson, AZ when I’m discussing climate issues in the shop. However, I don’t see the need for someone to be able to simply look up information about me on my profile. If they want to know something, they can ask, and if I want to tell them, I will.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 10-02-2020 02:59 PM

I like long walks on the beach and, oops wrong forum!

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#6 posted 10-02-2020 04:28 PM

I guess I am kind of dumb. I have my name and location.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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pottz

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#7 posted 10-02-2020 05:44 PM



I guess I am kind of dumb. I have my name and location.

- Arlin Eastman


dont worry arlin i gave up stalking people last year,too much work. ;-)

-- 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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drsurfrat

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#8 posted 10-05-2020 08:27 PM

I wish members would give a general location. I would offer to help/give something if I know someone was local., but don’t bother when i can’t find out. I don’t think it’s unsafe to post which region or state (or even country) you live in.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#9 posted 10-05-2020 08:41 PM

You know what else would be cool? A way to search for other members in our local areas to make contact with them.

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pottz

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#10 posted 10-05-2020 10:06 PM



You know what else would be cool? A way to search for other members in our local areas to make contact with them.

- BurlyBob


yeah i always wondered how many members are in the socal area.i wont hold my breath, changes on this forum happen at a glacial pace.

-- 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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northwoodsman

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#11 posted 10-06-2020 01:52 PM

I also follow another website closely regarding another interest/hobby. The moderators are MUCH more involved. When people start name-calling and being nasty towards each other they lock the post, it’s still available to view but no more snarky comments. If you start dropping f-bombs your post are deleted and you get a warning. They will even ban you. Anyways that’s not my point. You can search for members by state. Several times a year different areas of the country have get-togethers, picnics, or spend a weekend together enjoying the hobby. They even have swap-meets.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#12 posted 10-06-2020 04:38 PM

Recently upgraded my dust collector. I had an old, in good shape, Penn State 1 hp dust collector that I wanted to give away or pass on to someone who might use it in some way. Had a hard time doing that.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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