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Disappointing Participation ! #204925 09/29/11 02:01 PM
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I have been the moderator for the Welcome Mat Forum for several years now and continue to be amazed at the lack of participation from the existing Forum members in welcoming new members.

True, the majority of the new members do not participate in the Forums and may have joined to sell their collection or a relatives collection, just to say they are members or feel they have to join to be able to read and post something if they want. It is not our business to know why they have joined!

But, they have joined and deserve a welcome even if they do not post or care to replay to our welcome. I have been observing the members that do post a welcome and it has been averaging 3-4 members that do participate regularly with a welcome while there have been an average of 45-50 members and non-members that view, but, for some reason do not think it's important enough or is a waste of their time and efforts to extend a welcome. I know when I joined years ago and got my welcomes from the members at that time I immediately felt a warm feeling that I had stumbled across a group of friendly collectors and lighthouse friendly people.

Things have changed a lot and we no longer chat the way we did, no longer have the spirit of Harbour Lights (Bill and Nancy) to look forward to seeing, the economy has taken a bite out of our lives and collecting spirits and many of the then members have either passed, run out of room and money or have lost the interests in lighthouses. BUT, it doesn't cost a cent to post a welcome and it only takes a couple of minutes to make these new members feel some warmth to the Forums.

I'm not making this post to insult or make anyone feel bad and it doesn't require a response with the reasons that you don't make a welcome post. Just think about it the next time you are viewing the new members and remember how YOU felt when existing members welcomed you. I just felt I had to get it off of my chest with the lack of participation I'm have been observing.


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Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #204933 09/30/11 08:27 AM
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Well said, Rich.

:) Bob

Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #204937 09/30/11 10:39 AM
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I agree Rich !!!


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Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #204953 10/02/11 10:11 AM
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Obviously my post hasn't helped at all. On the last 2 new members we have 18 and 25 views but only 2 and 3 welcomes(and we all know who those posts were made by. Verrry disappointing but also verrry predictible.


Rich
Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #204958 10/03/11 08:27 AM
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Life goes on, Rich.

:) Bob

Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #204961 10/03/11 11:01 AM
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Unfortunately not a lot of postive HL news lately. I suspect most CF members rather not say anything if they can't say anything postive.

As for lighthousing, with the price of gas, many less trips to post pics of.

And welcoming new members has fallen off too. How many of the new members are new collectors? Or are they older collectors trying to find a market to sell off there collection?


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Harry Wishlist: Tinicum Rear Range, Miah Maull Shoal, Finns Point, Bergen Point, Cross Ledge, Old Ambrose Lightstation, Romer Shoal, Barnegat Lightship, Liberty Lightship.
Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #205313 11/04/11 01:16 PM
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I haven't been around much in the past few years but I still like my lighthouse collection...unfortunately, when I find a light I like and get the bug to maybe want to purchase, I can no longer find any new releases at what few dealers are left around here in the SF Bay Area...what few dealers are left can't move the inventory they have so they are not ordering the newer pieces...Paul's close-ups are very nice but I want to SEE and TOUCH the light I'm interested in...if I can't, I become easily discouraged and lose the interest to buy...takes the fun out of the thrill of the hunt...and then there are those ridiculously high prices...on the positive side, I like the smaller footprint sizes...just my two cents for the day...

Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #205318 11/05/11 11:14 AM
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I put up a trip about 2 weeks ago. Even you didn't respond Rich????????????? halo

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Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #205320 11/05/11 06:00 PM
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Bob - I only get on about once a day to check new members. Other then that there is nothing really to comment on like the years gone by.


Rich
Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #205347 11/08/11 01:39 PM
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Hey I responded!


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Re: Disappointing Participation ! [Re: flacoastie] #205357 11/09/11 01:06 AM
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I am so glad you brought this up. This is a really great new opportunity for me.

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