Shrinking Violet

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Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 21:44

A lot. Muddle - but cost isn't the issue here (this has been a lovely forum, free to all-comers).  It somehow seems to show a lack of respect when the people involved aren't, seemingly, taken seriously.

I, for one, respect all the hard work that is put into this forum from GW.  They run the forum with a refreshingly light touch, and only step in when absolutely necessary.  And as a result, with a few notable exceptions, the board users offer respect to the board and to other members.  The odd spat is part and parcel of life in the world of the internet, and generally all is well.

We aren't all grumpy reactionaries - we are bound together by a love of plants/gardening/wildlife.  The ability to interact easily with each other is the glue that holds us together.  Suddenly it seems like someone has found a way to dissolve the glue! ((poor analogy, perhaps.  Or a very poor "purple patch".  But heartfelt, nonetheless).

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 21:22

In the triumph of hope over experience, I have tried and tried to navigate around the forum.  I am not finding it easy - and other comments on this thread and others indicate I am not alone.

Do you know what this reminds me of?  the BBC.  People complain (random scheduling/re-scheduling of programmes for example) and the answer, when there is one, is that they recognise everyone's pain, sympathise with the issues, but that they know best, and that the poor punter is wrong and is last on the list of consideration.  Remember "Mumblegate"?  The Beeb said it was our ears that were at fault not the programme sound. 

True, I haven't seen a response yet from GW team - but the lack of response (and it always takes the Beeb an age to respond as well) makes me feel that the end-users are at the bottom of the heap - that we'll get used to it or will be replaced with new posters.  Hmmm.  Not a very happy place to be at the moment. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 19:10

I've come back today and I have really, really tried to make head or tail of it all.  It's confusing.  It's hard work - and after a busy day in the garden, the last think any of us wants or needs is cerebral hard work.  Sorry - but I just loathe this "new" format.

On the "old" forum, you could roll the cursor over a thread and get the first few lines of what the thread was about.  Now you have to go on to the thread to decide if you want to follow it.

I used to read more than I posted - but this has become tedious.  I have been decorating son's flat for the past couple of days:  I had much more fun and interaction watching the paint dry. 


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:33

I did the only sensible thing with the one I inherited when we moved - I paid someone to come and dispose of it for me.  It was worth every penny!

Your new-look forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:05

It's horrible.  I've been away for a couple of days, and come back to find this!  I'll try to persist, but it's a wretched layout and hard to navigate. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 23:23

AlexX - I see you are in North Devon.  I am in Mid Devon.  So both of us are in rural areas, sufficiently distant from the problems in the south east.  But many people see problems around the corner - you refer to housing, and infrastructure, and those are clear concerns.  I am aware of a certain amount of burying of heads in the sand because we are so distant from the Westminster Village.  But I hope that people are sufficiently engaged with the future to try to make some sense of the issues posed, and that whatever the outcome after the referendum, we can move forward in a positive way.

For my part, I think I worry even more about the prospect of an American President - arguably the most influential person on the planet - being a rich loudmouth (not to mention a funny hairdo LOL)

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 23:08

No-one said that Turkey had been promised full EU membership - but it is what they are aiming for - and much of the appeasement from the EU in general, and Germany in particular, realises that some sort of deal has to be done to try to control the refugee/immigrant problem.  Thus far there seems to have been some success when looking at numbers.  Whether or not it is a long-term solution is another matter.  And whether or not extending the EU borders is in everyone's interests is yet another debate.  I worry about the future:  short-term political expediency is not necessarily an appropriate solution imo.

Thompson & Morgan - damaged plants received

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:32

I, too, had problems with T & M.  I ordered plants from the Daily Telegraph which turned out to be T & M (lillies) and I was unimpressed.  Never again!

But I did risk an order with Garden Express, and the plants were (are) superb and really good value.  Hostas are doing well.  The Hellebores (offer of three Hellebore Niger for £3 was fantastic value) are superb plants, too.  The rose looks healthy, and I have high hopes for a lovely display in due course.  Of course, I may just have been lucky . . . . . .

Guerilla Gardening

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:25

Wonderful!  It's people like you who really do bring out the very best in community spirit!  If there was a local spot that I could indulge in  I would - but it's all very rural or well tended.  Well, except for next-door's front garden - but that's another matter entirely

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:07

Trying hard to keep out of any acrimonious debate but . . . .   when was Turkey in Europe?  Istanbul = yes.  The bulk of the country = no (or so I was taught in Geography many moons ago).  So do we want a non-European country to be guaranteed full rights in the EU?  Is the geographical closeness to areas of Middle East conflict in our best interests?  And is the cultural divide too much for long-term assimilation?  I worry about the future. 

The voting date gets closer.  I still have to make up my mind.  I don't have any facts from fractious politicians.

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