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Blog entry by woodklutz posted 07-21-2012 12:18 PM 6311 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box I refer to is Pandora’s, when opened as “off topic” it releases all the ills that permeate this once fine site. By nature we are all curious, so we open the forum and are subjected to non wood related BS and name calling.
I have noticed many long time members no longer posting and giving valuable opinion and advice. I notice many of our former overseas members no longer showing up.
Yes there is freedom of speech and we all have an opinion that someone does not agree with, but keep it off this site.

“off topic” should have a qualifier i.e. “political” so we would know before to open or ignore.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#1 posted 07-21-2012 12:20 PM

Have to agree with you^^^
Thats so true….

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 01:35 PM

Although relatively new to this site, I agree that the “off topic” label needing further classification – so as not to waste a very valuable commodity (called time). I have stopped opening all “off topic” links just so I can enjoy the beauty and wisdom of those that still contribute.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 02:29 PM

This discussion would likely get more attention if posted in the site feedback forum. A forum post is moved to the top of the list every time a new comment is made. A blog post moves further down the list as each new blog post is added.

Additionally, the team working on the site is more likely to look at the site feedback forum for input such as this.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-21-2012 02:31 PM

I agree. This site is not nearly as enjoyable as it once was. I still post some of my projects and view a select few from other woodworkers who have work I enjoy.
I never click on an off-topic forum anymore after checking it out once or twice.
I find myself drifting farther and farther away from Lumberjocks as it slowly spirals downhill.

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#5 posted 07-21-2012 08:01 PM

I competely agree also. I used to love coming on to Lumberjocks but I am dismayed by the shameful postings and comments of some of the so called “contributors” in the forums section. They are in the minority but they are unfortunately the most active and spoiling this site for everyone else. This is a wood working site, it is not a place for bigots spouting their ill-informed views on politics or religion. I am grateful for the likes of The Woodwhisperer, Stevinmarin, etc. for their continuing contributions but like Greg I find myself drifting away from Lumberjocks.

-- Stuart

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#6 posted 07-22-2012 12:43 AM

OOPS ! Seemed to have stumbled into a blog I thought was about making boxes. I wouldn’t have entered here if I knew it was about site bitchin’. Maybe the blog title was a mistake, it should have been Bitch Building. Perhaps this blog should have been in the appropriate forum, I too understand what is like to go to a thread and find out it is not what I wanted, but I can live with it.
I don’t like political or religious threads because they can get out of hand easily, but I can understand that with an election coming up, some people will be caught up in the political fervor and maybe run out of people around them to sound off their opinions, so they want to let 45,000 LJs who and what they should vote for …..very sad.
In retrospect, some of the “off topic” threads are very good and interesting, that is if you are interested in making friendship, exchanging ideas, talk about future projects, lumber and tools alerts, family and illness news, and also have some fun thrown in for good measure.
All in all, I find this site to be representative of the real woodworking community and not just an exclusive club for pen makers and cutting boards etc.
As Charlie would say, you have the option of looking at a post or not, and yes perhaps an additional descriptor might help.

2-1/2 cents worth.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 12:51 AM

roger, and all else…..

Just remember that the last item out of Pandora’s box was a thing called hope.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 07-22-2012 01:36 AM

Dallas, I have faith that the hopes of the guys here will be charitably met.

There, I got all three in. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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