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Old 12-20-2007, 07:19 AM   #1
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I am an active member of a few different forums, and lately I have been noticing the large differences in their “personalities”. Some forum’s are strictly combat. Statements of opinion are met by vitriolic personal attacks. These forums tend to be automotive, which may attract a younger audience. Some forum’s are dry and antiseptic, and really lack personality; occasionally good for some basic information, but not much more. Fiberglassrv is, to me, almost the perfect forum. It is populated by warm, interesting people, who will go a long way to provide information they have gathered through personal experience. You can express your own experience without fear of attack So what’s the magic? Certainly, the Moderators are critical. I suppose the forum subject attracts a specific population. Opinions?
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:33 AM   #2
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I think what makes this forum special is the moderators attitude and knowledge. Knowing what they are talking about really helps which encourages others to ask questions without fear of being made to look stupid.
Keep it up folks.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:25 AM   #3
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" I think what makes this forum special is the moderators attitude and knowledge"

And a little SOAP goes a long way.
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:14 PM   #4
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Flying monkeys. Gina (the moderator) has them. We fear them.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:05 PM   #5
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Thinking a little more seriously than just flying monkeys, I think it really helps that many of us actually go to fiberglass gatherings and physically meet one another "face-to-face" now and then. People tend to be more civil when they have physically met many of the the people they're interacting with.

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Old 12-20-2007, 06:28 PM   #6
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I am an active member of a few different forums, and lately I have been noticing the large differences in their “personalities”. Some forum’s are strictly combat. Statements of opinion are met by vitriolic personal attacks. These forums tend to be automotive, which may attract a younger audience. Some forum’s are dry and antiseptic, and really lack personality; occasionally good for some basic information, but not much more. Fiberglassrv is, to me, almost the perfect forum. It is populated by warm, interesting people, who will go a long way to provide information they have gathered through personal experience. You can express your own experience without fear of attack So what’s the magic? Certainly, the Moderators are critical. I suppose the forum subject attracts a specific population. Opinions?
great post.. and i totally agree
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:30 PM   #7
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Yes, I try to leave the monkeys at home when I go to rallies.

Thank you for the compliments. We like to keep things on an even keel here.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:48 PM   #8
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I think the central theme of this forum has a lot to do with it. There's a rarified quality about our fiberglass trailers that makes those who frequent this forum, a closer-knit group of individuals with a singularly unique common trait... we are blessed with a common experience, we all know how much enjoyment these little eggs produce and readily want to share in our joy.

I'm not one who has much use for discussion forums but I make a visit here daily to read new stuff and learn more and more.

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Old 12-20-2007, 07:32 PM   #9
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As well as the care offered by the moderators I wonder if "camping" is common thread that gives a openess and welcoming feel. When I go into a campground I feel like I leave a harsher world behind. There are people of all ages with a respect and gentleness enjoying the outdoors. We leave behind our campsite and possessions and head to the beach with a common level of trust that is accepting of a common set of values and respect and a minimum of fear. I get to see young children: learning to ride bicyles, playing games, enjoying the playground and making new friends with children a campsite over etc.; seniors join in nature hikes and interpretation programs; young couples enjoy themselves and also offer a wave to people walking by.

I also suggest that with smaller rigs, we spend more time outdoors, connecting with others sharing the outdoors and a similar interest. That feeling just gets translated into words and intonation , on the digital forum.

Makes you smile doesn't it. Just can't beat camping.
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:52 PM   #10
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Hi, all - this forum is definitely a "kinder, gentler" place than, for instance, another forum specific to a certain brand of FGRV. The folks there often feel free to really get in each other's face over ideas that, in the big picture, aren't earth shattering or anything. I would be very intimidated to post there, in case anyone thought I was completely ignorant, whereas here I feel comfortable to display my lack of knowledge. After all, the only way to learn is to admit you don't know something. Respect for the other members and concern for all seems to be the rule here rather than the exception.

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Old 12-21-2007, 02:57 PM   #11
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Merry Christmas everyone.

The comments here make me feel so good. It is exactly why we started this site and put up with all the Hacking and issues that have come up.

I’m glad so many people find this work of love so enjoyable and comfortable.

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Old 12-21-2007, 03:09 PM   #12
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Merry Christmas everyone.

The comments here make me feel so good. It is exactly why we started this site and put up with all the Hacking and issues that have come up.

I’m glad so many people find this work of love so enjoyable and comfortable.

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YUP- - --certainly enjoy this site... and A Merry Christmas back at ya Larry
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:27 AM   #13
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...Respect for the other members and concern for all seems to be the rule here rather than the exception.
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I have often wondered about this question myself. I think ConnieB answered the question.
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Thinking a little more seriously than just flying monkeys, I think it really helps that many of us actually go to fiberglass gatherings and physically meet one another "face-to-face" now and then. People tend to be more civil when they have physically met many of the the people they're interacting with.
Sadly, I have to disagree with the above. I have been a member of a Usenet RV group for almost 15 years, and some folks there fight tooth and nail in cyberspace. We have actually held campouts where folks met one another, and while most were more civil after meeting one another, several actually got worse, coming almost to physical blows. However, I still enjoy that group even if the vast majority of posts are Off Topic -- It's kind of like a family; even though it may be dysfunctional, it's still family
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