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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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Old 12-24-2007, 07:08 PM   #14
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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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Old 12-24-2007, 07:39 PM   #15
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....I think firstly its the people and then the tie that binds us, our trailers!!

IF ya look closely enough at Larry's (above) posted pic, he's holding his 'Over The Hill' mug (typically) UPSIDE DOWN, rotflmbo!!!!!
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:56 PM   #16
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I have wonderd about that too, why this forum is so warm and welcoming.

This is the first forum I joined, and was surprised and dismayed how MEAN the next ones were. I vacated those sites -- fast!

Hey, maybe that's it -- FGRV owners can vacate unseemly sites fast!

Merry Crispness, all.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:29 PM   #17
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Again, when registering, use your real name, not a screen name (e.g., EggOwner). We feel it makes the website more friendly. If you're not comfortable using your last name, i.e. John Doe, then just use John D. Registrations with aliases or screen names will be removed.
The above is like a prime directive; such an elegant and simple rule. I think it is the root of our personality. An alias only helps you hide. I have nothing to hide, here.
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:41 AM   #18
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I was asked the name of the usenet group that is often on the other end of the congeniality spectrum from MFROG and it is:

rec.outdoors.rv-travel

I get to it through Google:

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.outdoor...r=&ie=UTF-8

Real names are not required.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:10 AM   #19
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Yes I have been a member of this group many years now AND IT IS THE BEST. My reasons are the easy to post format . The avitar thing , when I read a post I can quickly glance over and see where this person is comming from. The mixture of people Some forums are all grosley opiniated Men And of corse the monitors Bad taste posts don't last long. And i am sorry to say that I belive I missed my contribution last year and i will take care of that now. I would like to see this one last.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:55 AM   #20
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Part of the civility of this forum, I believe, is the thing that draws us together. Having a fiberglass trailer means a certain level of financial comfort — we can afford our small toys — but not the ostentatious wealth required to own some of the big toys. Of course I know there are individuals here who could buy anything they want, but as a general rule most of us are people of modest means who worked for and earned what we have, and are content with our small trailers because they suit us and our lifestyles. I think that means we each have self-respect, and respect for others who have "paid their dues."
And as others have said, the moderators are superb in keeping us on the straight and narrow so that when we do meet in person we mind our ps and qs (for fear of flying monkeys).
For whatever the reasons, this forum is the best - helpful, informative and friendly. Hope everyone has a great holiday.
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