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    Rant on the negativity in some threads.

    Just a little rant. I apologize but I have to get it off my chest. It always seems like when I find something really cool after a little while the masses find it and it goes to crap. I was a lurker on this forum for some time(started backpacking last year) and when I decided to switch to a hammock and found this forum I was immediately impressed with the generosity, positivity, and general good will in this forum. I have never experienced anything like it in any other forum. I just had to become a donating member. Normally in other forums all I see is a thread started by a newb followed by at least 3 posts calling them an idiot for not using the search function. I hope this isn't a trend, but I have noticed more and more negativity in some of the threads lately. I wish I didn't have to post this in the members only section because 9 times out of 10 if you care enough to donate you care enough not to be a jerk. Thanks for letting me rant. Happy Hanging!
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    Thank goodness for the great Moderators here or things would go to heck in a handbasket quick. We've all seen that in other forums.

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    As a moderator, I can tell you that we've noticed just what you have. In the past, this forum has been small enough for the mods to talk one-on-one to disruptive members, or to make nudging posts to try to ease the friction. Unfortunately, the forum has grown so quickly that we just can't 'be everywhere at once'. And many of the incoming members haven't been 'hanging around' long enough to see that it can be different....

    You can help! When you see outright negativity, use the 'report post' button to draw a mod's attention to it. Or if you're a long-time-member here, use your best soothing tone to re-answer the question or comment in a more friendly way without 'calling someone out'...lead by example, so to speak.

    It will also help if everyone tries to stay on topic! Most of the friction is coming when topics go astray from their original purpose... And that applies to some threads that don't really belong on HF, but folks post here anyway. Even if it is well meant or fun, some topics just tend toward friction or excessive distraction...

    We're doing our best to keep HF friendly and on-topic! But this is ALL OUR community...so help us out...

    (And don't be offended if a mod asks you to stop doing something, or even removes your post. There is a good reason if we do. We're just doing our volunteer effort to keep things smooth).
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    As a moderator, I can tell you that we've noticed just what you have. In the past, this forum has been small enough for the mods to talk one-on-one to disruptive members, or to make nudging posts to try to ease the friction. Unfortunately, the forum has grown so quickly that we just can't 'be everywhere at once'. And many of the incoming members haven't been 'hanging around' long enough to see that it can be different....

    You can help! When you see outright negativity, use the 'report post' button to draw a mod's attention to it. Or if you're a long-time-member here, use your best soothing tone to re-answer the question or comment in a more friendly way without 'calling someone out'...lead by example, so to speak.

    It will also help if everyone tries to stay on topic! Most of the friction is coming when topics go astray from their original purpose... And that applies to some threads that don't really belong on HF, but folks post here anyway. Even if it is well meant or fun, some topics just tend toward friction or excessive distraction...

    We're doing our best to keep HF friendly and on-topic! But this is ALL OUR community...so help us out...

    (And don't be offended if a mod asks you to stop doing something, or even removes your post. There is a good reason if we do. We're just doing our volunteer effort to keep things smooth).
    Right on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    (And don't be offended if a mod asks you to stop doing something, or even removes your post. There is a good reason if we do. We're just doing our volunteer effort to keep things smooth).
    Y'all are pretty good at this. I don't take it personally and I hope no one else does either. Just keeping us on topic, in TOS and still the friendliest forum on the internet. We're still the go-to resource for all thing shammocking. Ain't that beautiful?
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    It is still better here than any other place I have ever been, internet or otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    ...

    We're doing our best to keep HF friendly and on-topic! But this is ALL OUR community...so help us out...

    (And don't be offended if a mod asks you to stop doing something, or even removes your post. There is a good reason if we do. We're just doing our volunteer effort to keep things smooth).
    2 points AS.

    Thanks Mods
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    Hey, Mancat don't let it ruin your good attitude! It comes and goes. This is still the best forum here even if it is down lately it will heal. Happy Trails, Two Tents
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    I am very grateful for this forum and all those who contribute to it. I would not be a hammacker without y'all. Im just going to make sure I do my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    It is still better here than any other place I have ever been, internet or otherwise.
    Exactly right. The mods here must be doing a fine job. The attitude and willingness to share information here is the best I've seen.

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