3 Forums, 4 Facebook Pages, 3 Twitter Pages. 8 actively monitored and quite busy email addresses. No capacity to take on any lonesome cowboy projects.
I've put a link up to SPA
, despite my obviously tainted reputation there. Expectations for a return link are scaled down on this end, so no matter what happens, I can be surprised but not disappointed.
RE: Resource Directory - Example On Gliderforum.com
Fun project, but it's a lot of work and depends on members to help with growing it.
So, for experimenting on Gliderforum.com the yearly supporting membership contribution is just $15.00 and For Sale & WTB Topics are completely free to registered users. Like here, I have no interest in running a site that limits peoples ability to post links (even though they hurt the site tremendously by leakage) and I have no interest in telling 50-80 year old successful business people what they can and can't discuss.
Members change the course of this site by taking ownership in it. Post. Set a goal of just one post per day! If you got no seaplane topic to talk about or already know everything, talk about other things you care about, so that people have a chance to get to know you. I ask people I know and trust for advice first. Go through the thousands of unanswered topics, dig out an old one and breathe new life in it. The next thing would be get-together style events.
I think that the demeanor of people here is much softer (nicer) than it could be. I don't know if they do it out of mistaken respect for me or if they simply don't want to show personality. We have been lucky in that we have a bunch of members who never ever talk down to people when talking about seaplanes
, unlike some of the Cult Figures and Seaplane Gods out there. Helpful, open minded people you can slap with pretty much anything you think. They'll give you an honest personal response, often in much shorter ways than I do. They'll get on the horn and call others, they'll get on the machine and write a support letter for seaplanes nearly 3.000 miles away. They seek to do business and refer business to companies who support our page
I cannot take absent or departed members very personal, a lesson I had to learn in the first few years. After 5.5 years, there are maybe 10 members who's absence or silence I do
take personal. Having the baby you taught to walk and worked hard for badmouthed and stonewalled, or compared to "cold toast" isn't exactly feelgood stuff. I made the mistake to let this stuff grind me down. Once.
Rajay, let me assure you, the quality of this forum is the reflection of our active members. I appreciate every single one of them.
I often have unpopular opinions but I live and breathe by the text beneath my signature.