Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:53
It honestly doesn't matter how many threads there are, they will start and finish as people lose interest thats just the way forums work. It's also not necessary to read every thread from beginning to end.
The best threads for information are going to be short and sweet. Others will be more social in nature. Gardening tends to be a solitary past time. You work on your piece of land creating the environment you want. we all have our own vision. This forum brings together many people with a common interest and diverse other interests and specialties. Think of it as your local pub, you wouldn't expect or want everybody in the bar being involved in every conversation.
This forum is bigger than your local pub with probably 100's if not 1000's of members and it is growing with members from all over the world contributing and learning. It is impossible to participate in a conversation with a 1000 contributors. Imagine a time where 1,000 people a day posted to the fork handles thread. Could anyone read all of them? So it's natural for other threads to bud and grow independently.
When brumbull started his GoodMorning Forkers thread it was in the early hours of the morning like brumbull i am also an early riser these days and living alone it was nice to chat and say hello and there are a few of us up and about early in the morning. I don't know about you but I haven't spoken a word face to face to anybody since yesterday morning, I don't mind but I have chatted with many friends all over the world.
The thread started off well and harmlessly enough until there was an outcry from sotongeoff bbbb but you can't use that term forkers that belongs to our thread fork handles, (originating from the late great Ronnie Barker, I doubt he would have a problem with that). Then there was talk of danger of cliques being formed, well that only happens when grumpy old men sit together. like the local bowling club or the golf club.
I get the feeling that Sotongeoff likes a bit of order in his life and comfort from his daily routine and finds it disturbing when that balance is upset.
Well maybe we should act like the adults we are and not small children. Nobody was elected supreme leader or gets to dictate what any of us choose to post and where we choose to post it. We can however choose to ignore particular posters if they irritate us too much.
I'm sorry to have to be so harsh but just like in nature seeds are planted and they grow and multiply. There are going to be many threads which not everybody will be personally involved with. If you choose you can select New Discussions rather than Latest posts or bookmark threads so you can come back to the ones that interest you (Ctrl D) but please stop with the trying to control and limit what members can and can not post. That is deeply unpleasant.
The Forum will probably get more Garden related posts once the weather starts becoming more conducive to gardening (still raining and blowing a gail outside). Untill then lets all try to play nicely together and not sulk for too long, and stop playing silly forkers and forge friendships through our common interests.
I hope everyone feels they are a valued contributor to this forum and will be for many years to come.