“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
― Alan W. Watts
Guys - if you have good input for or against the chatroom, then please post it and we'll consider it. But any more no-content posts about draconian moderation or links to grumpy men in videos don't add anything to the chat debate, so they'll be removed. We like to keep the forum content-rich and respectful. We're just grumpy that way.
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IMPOSSIBLE JUST TAKES LONGER
Well, if the shoe fits...
Just jeff, my initial post was done in a spirit to try and make these forums a better place and more consistent with a forum and not a wiki which you seem determined to make this site into. The second post about the "grumpy old man" was intended to be funny, however it appears that funny is not something acceptable to this site.
Lock the thread, delete the thread, do your worst. I'm done here. To the original poster - Keep up the hard work banging your head against the wall. Someone will drag these old farts kicking and screaming into the 21st century someday.
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
I do not care one way or another. I do not use the chat, at all I do not like it, however some people do.
I use another site that has a wide range of people using and viewing with ages from early teens to late 80's. There is a chat, but somehow it is not used very much, you might have 800 or 900 people on line and 6 people in chat. Almost always people in chat are irritated with something that someone has posted on the main board.
As one of those "older" guys, I am truly sorry a previous poster quit on a different thread. As to chat, I'm moderately for it. It can be an enhancement just like gathering around the camp fire to do what people do when in small groups. This can be a great thing. Also could be expanded into impromptu teaching sessions, and all those other interesting things. I did a quick survey at work today asking a lot of folks from 20s to 50s. Out of approx 2dzn no one was a current chatter, a couple had IRC in college, most had been on a forum at some point and about 1/3rd were currently members of a forum. This wasn't scientific, just interesting. Guess this is what you can do if you don't quit
I have to interject on this a bit.
Another forum I belong to and am on frequently is Hookahpro.com and it is setup almost the same as this (so i think that the chat box at the top of the forum page would be very easy to make happen, but thats an outsiders perspective....) and it has a chat box at the top of the forums page, and i use it frequently. On the box itself it says "Ask your questions in the forums. The ChatBox is for small talk." and for the most part, thats how it works. every once in a while someone will ask a quick, simple question and itll get answered but 99% of the time its just for general BS'ing around and talking whatever, or asking direct questions (ie: "Hey REV, how you liking that new tarp?" ). Normally its "user enforced" that no major questions go answered, and I know that I have told several new users who were asking real questions that needed long answers that the chat box was not the place for it and to post in the forums. I know that the guys here could keep most of the talk on the forums and just have a place to chat back and forth with each other in an easier format.
Id like to have it here, even as a test run, just to talk with some people about different topics, and the same rules would apply (language, politics etc)
Give a man fire and he's warm for the night.
Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life. Dante
I had posted my simple opinion to a simple poll earlier in this and find myself going back to this after covering almost the same thing in another thread.
Hike your own hike.
Hang your own hammock.
Hate your old Hammock Forum.
Hope you find happiness Neagling.
Sorry your OP got highjacked Chard.
Mods please feel free to delete my rant if necessary. Getting a little on in years and find it a little bit harder to restrain myself at times.
Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.
Not sure how much if at all I'd use a chat forum option here but wouldn't hurt to have it available. There's obviously some interest out there. Not sure how much more work it would require by the site owners/mods to implement and maintain?
there was a time i would be all for chat... in a way i would like to see it in the donating member section
but i can live without it
i find PMing friends the best way to chat off topic and this way we don't all need to be online
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