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    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
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    Well Andy is a pretty messed up kind of guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post

    Aidan's site is in addition to, not a replacement for CPUK.
    why are there two UK-based CP forums??
    that seems really redundant and pointless..
    one would serve the hobby much better.

    I know there are even more..ICPS now has one..totally unnecessary.
    Im strongly against fragmenting hobby forums into lots of small, less active forums,
    when instead such a small, niche hobby as CP growing could be served perfectly well with only two CP forums for the entire world..

    this forum, more "USA based"..(but all are welcome)
    and CPUK..more "UK based"..but again, all are welcome.

    no other forums are necessary.
    its not that big a hobby..

    (well..two "english speaking" forums anyway..there is probably a German CP forum, a Japanese CP forum, etc..thats different.)

    NFL football or Nascar probably have several billion discussion forums each,
    and all can be busy..
    but I dont see the need for that with CPs..

    Scot

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    Aidan's set up his own forum, which he's entitled to.

    There's no monopoly on forums

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    I don't believe the ICPS forum is unnecessary, and not only because I'm a moderator :P It's a nice in addition to the listserve, which tended to discuss more advanced topics, but many people (like myself) find frustrating to use since it's so old school and doesn't really have an interface beyond the form of a chain letter. It's meant to be more professional and adult, without the endless questions that are posted over and over on other forums... like this one Let's face facts. This forum is full of newbies asking newbie questions. There's NOTHING wrong with that, but there needed to be a place that was more professional where people could go and discuss more advanced topics after they had already built a foundation of knowledge. The flood of newbie questions (not that we ALL haven't asked them when we were new) is discouraging and a real turn-off for some people.

    It's not a competition. Most people post on multiple forums. EVERY forum has it's pros and cons and those will vary from individual to individual. For example, I don't visit CPUK very often because it seems too stringent.

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    yeah, I know there is no "monopoly" on forums..

    im just saying..just because you CAN make a forum doesnt mean you SHOULD..
    if the topic is already covered, a new forum is pointless and redundant.

    and it dilutes knowledge and sharing of knowledge..
    some newby might google "carnivorous plants forums"
    and find there are 10 of them..they pick one at random and post a question..
    weeks and months go by..no answer!
    they think "bummer..I guess no one is interested in CPs on the internet..I dont have time to try out all those other forums, join them, post a question, only to have the same thing happen...one of those 10 forums might actually have some people on it, but which one"?

    meanwhile, if 8 of those 10 forums never existed in the first place,
    the newby would have immediatly found the two active forums, and would instantly be happily posting away in an active discussion community..

    I know..its just a pet-peeve of mine..
    you dont have to agree..

    if a new forum isnt necessary..dont make it.
    just because you can, doesnt mean you should..

    Scot

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    It's meant to be more professional and adult, without the endless questions that are posted over and over on other forums...like this one
    And how is that controlled by the ICPS Board?? While there are many long-time CPers who are familiar with the ICPS and implicitly understand that Board is meant to be more "scientific" in scope, there will always be people new to the hobby who won't understand those implied rules and who WILL post annoying newbie questions. I've seen topics like that posted there myself. What do you do? Delete the posts and tell them to come here to ask their endless newbie questions?



    Tolerance and education of the young and/or inexperienced is the best way to foster interest in plants/CPS which can guide someone from "ignorant newb" into a scientist studying plant genetics or steering someone into a conservation-oriented career. If the learned are not generous with their knowledge and do not pass it on, the future of CPs will suffer.

    I thank goodness for all the experts and scientific folks who answered all my endless questions...and still do!--here at TF and other venues. Knowledge isn't meant to be owned...its meant to be shared.

    And that's just a pet peeve of mine. lol

    But that said...people will go to whatever forums that appeal to them. Some forums might die off from lack of activity but each one offers a little something different so its like a nice smorgasbord of CP info from which we all can choose.
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    Nope. If I were to answer, I'd tell them the answer and tell them to search next time, and explain how they'd get their answer infinitely faster if they put a little (practically none, let's be honest) effort into it. Considering the ICPS forum is brand new, there's not TOO much to search for, but Google is always good.

    I really think you took what I said the wrong way lol. I didn't mean that as an insult to this forum. I said it, quite simply, because it's the truth. There are a lot of newbies here and they tend to ask the same things over and over without searching. Nothing wrong with learning, but when you can find the answer to 99% of those "newb questions" within 60 seconds of searching, it's just lazy to ask a question that's already been asked and answered over and over. We are all guilty of that at least once or twice when we were new, but most off us grew out of that VERY quickly. It's like people think the search button is just for decoration or something.

    I'd also like to point out that not everyone new to this hobby has the above profile. It's always refreshing to see someone who researches for themselves instead of posting and letting other people answer their questions, but it seems these people are few and far between. It's sort of like, build a man a fire and you'll keep him warm for a night; teach a man how to build a fire and he'll stay warm for the rest of his life. Although, setting him on fire would also accomplish that :P

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    I like diff forums. At almost every board, I don't mind helping newbies until my fingers fall off from typing, but at one particular board, I get furious if I see a question from one. It's all in the crowd. Certain atmospheres attract certain people. I don't like posting at CPUK because neps are the only thing I grow, and CPUK is sooooo slowww in the nep section (and hardly anything good is posted there). ICPS forums used to be good only for taxonomic discussions, but those have now moved to another board where they're wayyyyy more productive (more people talking besides just me and Dave Evans).
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