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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:31 pm
by opabinia51
This has got to be the funnest thread we've ever had.

(I'm laughing and smirking so much as I read the posts that people are looking at me)

Anyway, yes I agree. I could care less what gender a person is. All I care is that there is pertinent information on a website and that it is easy to find.

For this reason, I really like this website because if you ask a question: it is easy find your question again and easy to find an answer.

I really like the fact that we found that STICKY option where we can post the answers to commonly asked questions or especially pertinent information.

I hope our community likes this site as well. I'd love to hear what people think about the site.

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:39 pm
by grandpasrose
Scott - I am pretty flexible, I can be whatever you need me to be - just say the word! :lol: :lol:
Val

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:11 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
Just got back from a trip to Garden Web and the revolt is on! The new policies state that any post becomes the intellectual property of said site, and some of the regulars have had it. I have dropped some heavy thoughts on there, but never thought I'd lose the rights to my own thoughts by doing so...Seems a darn shame..

I sure do miss Spike...

I will try to post an invite to a bunch of the old guard, but that'll get zapped. I'll do some e-mailing...If you are just dropping by here from there no one is more bummed than me...

Scott

no more Garden Web

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:29 am
by kec01
Yes, the revolt is on and I'm one of those who is bailing on that site and iVillage.

Hope I can keep learning and sharing about gardening with all of you!

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:16 am
by grandpasrose
You're more than welcome to join the forum kec!! Feel free to chat, ask questions, or enlighten us - we're a pretty friendly gang, so jump right in! That's what it's all about. 8)

Val

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:43 am
by The Helpful Gardener
My buddy Herb from GW Japanese Garden Forum posted here. Talking to some of the other crew and even trying to get Yama (ghosted by Cady) to write an article for us. Here's hoping...

Scott

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:03 pm
by koiboy01
Hi,
I too have left Gardenweb never to return, I have posted their for about five years but reading all the rubbish and the auguments of some of the posters ,also all the pop ups and adverts they will eventually kill it off themselves, you just ask yourself who needs it ,not me.
George.

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:13 pm
by grandpasrose
Hello George, and welcome! You are certainly more than welcome to join in our forum, the more the merrier! We have tried to make a casual, friendly place for freshstarters and experts alike to feel comfortable. I hope you enjoy it!! Welcome aboard!! :wink:

Val

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:19 am
by The Helpful Gardener
Hear Hear! :D

Glad to have any of the old guard here, George, and you certainly fit that profile! 8) May your gardens be an inspiration to others; we are happy to give you a place to show them off...

Scott

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:24 pm
by Herb2
I'm posting this here because I don't know where else to put it & I can't find an e-mail address for the webmaster or anybody else at the forum headquarters.

This morning I got 2 e-mails from Scott - they were headed 'Topic Notifications'.

When I clicked on the links in the e-mails all I got was a message saying -

"The topic or post you requested does not exist".

Yet when I went to the threads concerned ("Capturing Nature" and "Outdoor Rooms") there were the replies! At least I assume they were the ones.

Then I noticed that George had remarked that some of his postings were being deleted.

So, taking all this together, it makes me enquire - is there some kind of computer glitch at the HG site?

Herb

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:24 pm
by grandpasrose
Hi Herb - I have alerted the webmaster to your post.
Regarding being able to contact anyone, at the bottom of a post by the person you are trying to reach, there are two buttons - one says profile, the other says pm(private message). You can use these to contact that person. Hope that helps! :wink:

Val

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:52 am
by Grey
Hey Herb - we have had some odd glitches lately, but the webmaster's been working on them. Sorry for any confusion. Just part of the fun of a forum I suppose! :lol:

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:08 pm
by FairyDust
webmaster wrote:evavega,
That's a great post! I appreciate all feedback from our members, and if you feel there's room for improvement feel free to send a PM to any of the moderators or myself.

In fact, most if not all the changes we've made to the forum this past year has been in response to community feedback. So keep it coming!

Among the things we are vigilant about are:

Keeping this forum easygoing, relaxed, and comfortable
We are focused on making this community a comfortable place for people to ask questions about gardening or express their opinions. Courtesy to one another is promoted and we have zero-tolerance for any member who is being rude to another one. If you see any bad behavior feel free to report it to one of the moderators by PM and we'll get on top of it fast.

Community Focus
We are intent on building a community focused on easy to find information, as well as cultivating the friendliest environment for gardeners to come together and discuss what's on their minds.

Well Organized Forum Threads
Most forums do not adequately moderate their forum threads. The result is epic size threads diverging into a myriad of off-topic discussions. The signal gets lost in the noise. Those kinds of threads are difficult to read and ultimately lose value to those members who want to research gardening by simply reading the posts.

It's a lack of moderation for keeping threads on-topic that causes that to happen, but not here. Keeping posts on-topic is so important that we'll cut a discussion out of a thread and create a new discussion out of it. Being a moderator here is not a symbolic role, it's a real responsibility. I'm proud of our mods because they do a lot for keeping this forum focused.

Noise Free Forum
We are also vigilant about whacking any posts that are self-promotional or created solely to promote a product or another website. We want our members to be able to click on a post and read helpful information. We don't want them to find a marketing message.

Most forums ignore self-promotional posts, choosing to focus on quantity of posts over quality. We are focused on creating a quality community for gardeners.

So if any member feels that they have a good idea for improving the community, please PM one of the mods or myself and we will definitely consider implementing the advice.

Thoughtful Moderation and Member Participation
Although Scott does a lot on the forum, the moderators do an amazing job in making sure everything is running smoothly. But of course the heart of this community is the members themselves. I can say with confidence that the great majority of our members are really nice people who enjoy gardening and have great questions, advice, and comments to contribute.

While Gardenweb may be big, I think their moderating style has less focus and purpose to it, resulting sometimes in a wild west atmosphere that turns some people off.

As comprehensive as Gardenweb may be, we feel there is room for a forum like ours that focuses on quality by encouraging threads focused on the topic of discussion, keeping out useless marketing posts, and promoting a comfortable place for nice people to congregate and discuss gardening.

Our ears are open to whatever advice you, the member of this forum, want to contribute in order to help make this a nice place to hang out.
I just wanted to say that when I was on here last night reading, I was thinking to myself that wow this really is an awesome forum. Its very helpful, everyone is very nice and its clean. You don't need to sift through a lot of garbage to find answers. That is rare on a lot of forums. It always seems like a forum is either rude (especially to new people), or full of off topic posts which turns a thread that could've held some good information, into a junk thread instead.

I just wanted to say thanks to you moderators who keep this forum in such great shape and for everyone being so friendly. This is the best gardening forum I have found, hands down! :D

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:29 am
by grandpasrose
Thank you very much Fairydust! I'm glad you enjoy the forum that everyone, Scott, Roger, Grey, Opa, Newt and Grandpasrose, try hard to keep comfortable yet informative! It's not just us, but the great posters like yourself that make it a great place to be! Thanks for the pat on the back, it's nice to hear! 8)

Val