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Old 05-17-2007, 04:01 PM   #15
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Words games and such never bothered me! I'm not really sure I understand how they'd get any anybody's way. There's always gonna be stuff that doesn't pertain to me, so I just subscribe to the threads I'm interested in. Seems pretty simple, right?

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Old 05-17-2007, 04:09 PM   #16
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Seems harmless enough to me. If I was paying to read the posts, I might feel different. Sometines I sit in the Airstream and do crossword puzzles!
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:13 PM   #17
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Sometines I sit in the Airstream and do crossword puzzles!
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:25 PM   #18
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:59 PM   #19
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If the Forum descends into social messages, gossip and cute but empty one liners flying across this public space, ........This may not concern the donít-rock-the-boaters ........but it should concern Andy R, the owner. Sergei
RIGHT ON!!....... My point precisely, I wish I would have said that! Thank You. Bill
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:10 PM   #20
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I understand where you're coming from, but I think the games (which are kept to a minimum) also serve to keep people coming back and having fun with their friends, even after their done with their restoration. I am done fixing up my trailer, and those tech posts don't interest me much anymore, I'm mostly here for the socializing, camping tips, etc.

Perhaps the problem is more one of not being able to customize the portal page to be most useful to each individual user?
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:40 PM   #21
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I am done fixing up my trailer, and those tech posts don't interest me much anymore, I'm mostly here for the socializing, camping tips, etc.
I'm FINALLY done, too!!.....I hope. And I have posted a lot about what I have run in to on my 76 Sovereign. But, I continue to be keenly interested in what problems, repairs and discoveries other AS owners are having. WHY? Because I know that "tomorrow", that may be my problem, as well. I've learned a lot from this Forum and I am distressed to see this site of rich information about AS's turn into a non-Airstream related "social" bulletin board! Bill
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:44 PM   #22
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With a board this size it is inevitable that there are theads that you wont want to see a second time. Maybe at some point we will have more individual controls over this, untill then- this is what we have.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:21 PM   #23
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If the Forum descends into social messages, gossip and cute but empty one liners flying across this public space, people who have something to say and something to learn about AIRSTREAMS will drift off to a place more useful to them.
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I think Sergei has pegged it. I don't log on as often, or post as often as I used to because of the useless pap & babble.

I think the general level of discourse has been degraded. I kept hoping the word games will taper off and disappear without someone needing to bring it up.

Yeah, I skip over them. But I miss some interesting threads because they scroll off the bottom.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:55 PM   #24
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But I miss some interesting threads because they scroll off the bottom.--Quote

It's a simple route to go to the menu line, click on Quick Post, click again on Today's Posts where you'll find all 80-100 or so that have been posted the past 24 hours. That's a lot of reading, lots of techy posts too. Screen out the "don't wants" and linger over the "interests-to-me." This forum serves thousands of streamers who each have his/her own purpose for joining. Enjoy what is so freely offered us ~G
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:02 PM   #25
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In the end it's a community. Yes it has a purpose, yes there are off topic conversations. This isn't designed as a purist type place, or at least that's what my take on it is. The fact that this thread even exists is proof that the site isn't censoring or restricting anyone's comments or opinions. One could easily consider this thread worthless babble, yet it too does serve some purpose and since it isn't personally attacking anyone, so be it.

I say, live and let live, read what you'd like, don't read what you don't want.
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:06 PM   #26
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I don't log on as often, or post as often as I used to because of the useless pap & babble.
The other side of the coin...I actually log on more and post more because of the word games and other social aspects of this forum.
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:29 PM   #27
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Some of us just don't always have something technical or Airstream related to ask or add. Once we have no questions to ask should we go on our way or lurk until finding a thread to post our expertise? For me that would be very dry, much akin to a manual or service call...social messages, gossip and cute but empty one liners flying across this public space is what has led me to becoming acquainted with many of the forum members and to attend several forum rallies. All work and no play makes a dull time of it, but then you might not want to inquire of members who got red marks in deportment in their formative years.

Sometimes I log in, take a look around, skip the axles and the tires questions, may not even see much new since my last log in and then a simple post to a frivolous game gives me a lift. I made a connection with others that are here, and we are all all together, but not. (Is that what Kevin says???)

How about someone become a vendor and personally forward only relevant posts with specific key words and subjects to account holders, kind of a concierge of Airstream web browsing? Or if the interface could accommodate that so much the better. I do wish I could search posts further back by member of volume posters and that my old karma was still available for me to see.
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:35 PM   #28
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Playing Devil's Advocate for a moment...
When you attend an Airstream rally, do you discuss the weather, crack a joke, or share a recipe for chili? What you see on the portal page is nothing more than these things, they are just congregated in one spot for all to see, instead of under an awning while drinking an adult beverage.
Yes, in one spot it may be overwhelming, but could you imagine getting 20,000+ people together in one place. and telling them they can only talk about one part of their lives? How long do you think those people would stay in that spot, before getting bored, and wandering off?
We can delete the entire Off Topic area, and require that there be no posts that do not directly pertain to Airstreams, and Airstreaming. If we did that, there would be a lot fewer people here, and a lot less information, as they would go where they could post their thoughts, and not "just the facts, Ma'am."
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