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Thread: Quilting Board Objective

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    Some may not agree with this message and I will probably get banned from this message board, but here goes anyway.

    I joined this message board back in April 2009, when admittedly there were fewer of us here. Back then, it seemed nearly all the messages were quilting related. I've always tried to read each and every post daily in both the Main and Pictures sections. And tried to make appropriate comments, including assistance and encouragement.

    Lately, I feel we've gotten away from this being a Quilter's Message Board. There seem to be too many posts with general sewing (Bow Tucks bags and clothing) and other hobbies (Antique sewing machine repair and needlepoint). I am finding it increasingly difficult to read all the posts now and am less inclined to do so, as I have no interest in these other activites. If I did, I would join a message board for those activities.

    I sincerely feel, we need to get back to this message board's original purpose of quilting and eliminate many of the non-quilting related posts.

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    I just joined in Dec. 2010, but as far as I can tell, speech is pretty free on the Board, so I doubt that you will be banned, you are entitlted to your opinion.

    I can imagine that things have changed. With 250,000 users, the site is probably very different than it was when it was smaller. Your goal of reading every post is probably unrealistic now.

    I also don't care much about new babies, most old sewing machines (although I love to look at FWs) or Bow Tucks, but I find that I can pretty much ignore them from the titles, or click, then quickly click away if the post is not interesting.

    Sorry that you're feeling bad about QB. The joy is that you can participate or ignore, as you see fit.

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    I personally enjoy the variety the QB offers!

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    I just read the unread topics that interest me. I don't have enough time to read everything. But I don't want others who do enjoy them to miss out :-D :-D I appreciate the fact this is a multipurpose (or as my gs would say...poopymulpis) board and that the members are so diverse.

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    I check "Unread Topics" & depend on the titles of the posts to determine which ones I will read. Time is limited, so I don't even attempt at reading all the posts. I think the moderators try to move things to the correct category if posted incorrectly.

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    I think for the amount of members and the amount of messages this forum needs more sub forums. With the variety of topics you discussed. I click on main and I go and open all the new topics in a new tab by the time I get to the 2nd page the first page already has new or bumped up topics.

    But I am not the board owner/manager or moderator so its not up to me. I am just thankful that those that are them have this board for us to use and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    Some may not agree with this message and I will probably get banned from this message board, but here goes anyway.

    I joined this message board back in April 2009, when admittedly there were fewer of us here. Back then, it seemed nearly all the messages were quilting related. I've always tried to read each and every post daily in both the Main and Pictures sections. And tried to make appropriate comments, including assistance and encouragement.

    Lately, I feel we've gotten away from this being a Quilter's Message Board. There seem to be too many posts with general sewing (Bow Tucks bags and clothing) and other hobbies (Antique sewing machine repair and needlepoint). I am finding it increasingly difficult to read all the posts now and am less inclined to do so, as I have no interest in these other activites. If I did, I would join a message board for those activities.

    I sincerely feel, we need to get back to this message board's original purpose of quilting and eliminate many of the non-quilting related posts.
    I don't think you will be banned for stating your opinion. I am sorry that you aren't enjoying the board as you once did. I am one of the guilty ones, as I have posted non-quilt pictures on this board.

    Perhaps there are members that quilt and only quilt, but for many, our love of fabric spills over into other areas, such as home decor, handbags, and garment sewing. I really enjoy seeing the many different things our members sew.

    The solution might be for all of us to really make an effort to put our posts under the correct catagory, and to title them more decriptively so all of us can read the posts that are of most interest.

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    You can go into "my profile" and set your selections. If you only pick "main" and "pictures" then that's all you'll get. Give that a try and you won't have to look at the things you're not interested in.

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    Janet wrote..."The solution might be for all of us to really make an effort to put our posts under the correct catagory, and to title them more decriptively so all of us can read the posts that are of most interest.'


    I think that's a good idea and I plan to be more careful where I post and in the subject box be clearer about what I'm posting. We don't want any members to feel the message board is too much for them, or others to feel their off the topic stuff can't be posted here - there's plenty of room for everyone's needs.

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    I do not try to read all the posts ... Just the ones that are of interest.
    I do think there are times when some things get posted in the wrong category ... but figure its probably because they are new, or just a bit challenged when it comes to the computer "stuff".

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    If you stick to Main and Pictures you will get mostly quilting related stuff, for some it is their only social outlet thus the variety of topics, in your profile you can choose which topics you want to see. I still enjoy the camaraderie on the board and even though I do not know the people personally I do look for certain names. We are like a big family

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    Maybe the mods can set up a 'other quilting items' for clothing, bags and non traditional quilt items.. But I can only imagine the more work it puts on them already..

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    I think you have a right to your opinion. I, myself, enjoy the variety of topics......which are mostly related to quilting and sewing. I click on unread topics and browse through the titles and just click on what might appeal to me. I don't read each and every one.....don't have the time for that. But I respect your feelings....

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Maybe the mods can set up a 'other quilting items' for clothing, bags and non traditional quilt items.. But I can only imagine the more work it puts on them already..
    I think Admin has to do that or maybe Particej has some insight.

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    I personally enjoy the variety, and I can choose weather to read or not read. I like the fact that its sewing in general because I sew more than quilts. However I do see where it could be "annoying" to some. The people here have a vast amount of knowledge and its nice to be able to share that info all in one place. Hoping they dont change the way it is now. But if they do I guess we'll have to deal with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Maybe the mods can set up a 'other quilting items' for clothing, bags and non traditional quilt items.. But I can only imagine the more work it puts on them already..
    I think Admin has to do that or maybe Particej has some insight.
    Poor PatriceJ.. More on her plate.. SORRY PATRICEJ!!!!! :oops:

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    I'm sure you won't be banned for stating your opinion. I'm a farily new member and love the variety of topics offered here. I love to quilt but I also love to craft, etc. It's always fun to read what others are up to. I don't have the time to read all the posts; I generally only open up ones that interests me. I hope this Forum stays as it is.

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    We have dealt with changes all along. Some good some well not so good. But we learn to adjust.

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    Although I do agree that there's more people and more topics, and I used to read all the topics, but now I go to the Main topics, and there you can chose if you want to read quilt related, general chit chat, etc., but I do think that topics such as the bow tucks are included in the quilt related, but I just will pick for example: quilt related, then I'll read the topic list, then pick what I want to read about. I still find interesting topics, although I don't always reply to everything.

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    You are surely entitled to your opinion. However, this board has changed over time. The only time we don't face change is when we're six feet under! :)
    I suggest you either limit your access to only those topics you prefer, or just "go with the flow."
    Personally, I applaud the fact that some threads have taken on a life of their own. ie: Vintage Sewing shop. Those who have taken on unofficial Moderator status on those threads put in a lot of time to answer many, many questions from readers. I'd hate to see that kind of dedication go to waste.

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    I really enjoy a variety of topics, but I respect your opinion too. I love vintage machines and enjoy pics of them and another favorite topic of mine currently is estate and yard sale finds. I love quilting and that will always be my reason for being here, but some other topics do add spice.

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    Much time and thought has been put into how to break things down on this board. Some love to learn about others lives and see all the new babies and wedding photo's and others do not. Maybe if we could divide the "Pictures" section into two categories that would help some. maybe a Quilt only category and and everything else. I don't know how hard this would be to do. It would be up to Patrice or Admin to change the settings

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    I only read things in the Main forum, nothing else, and even then there are a great deal of non-quilting topics...like, um, this one. :lol: I agree with you fully, mytwopals, but things are never going to go back the way they were so we either have to adapt or move on. Life is like that. I miss gas at 23 a gallon, too. ;)

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    gee ... thanks for all the ideas.

    i was getting bored with only 23.5 hours worth of stuff to do every day. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    for the time being, we won't add any more real sections. the board is big enough and complex enough in that regard.

    it wouldn't matter if we did. no matter how many specialized sections we had, we would always find topics in the wrong place and/or with cryptic titles.

    human beans. what'cha gonna do wit' 'em? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    they are my peeps and i luvs 'em. ;-)

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    I am very happy with the board. I just read the topics I am interested in and sometimes get surprised and learn a lot of new things.

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