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Old 04-06-2005, 08:43 AM   #31
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:41 AM   #32
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Old 04-06-2005, 11:50 AM   #33
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Tex,

For the most part I agree with your analysis. What I love about this board is that it doesn't take itself to seriously. I get a tremendous kick out of some of the irreverent comments made on this board and I understatnd that they are mostly made in a joking manner. The problem with emails and message boards is that many people read the same message in different ways. I think there the emoticons help convey the message. I think that this board has been set up properly and we just need to move some of the clubhouse banter to either the general section or the blue room. If this is done right we can have the best of both worlds, a place where we can share our BBQ stories and knowledge with each other in the proper sections and still have a place to hang out with each other too. I think that this board for as young as it is has done a great job with trying to please everyone and Greg, Bruce, and Bill should be commended for it. I just hope that it can continue to be a place to go that has fewer rules and regulations from the boards we have all fled.

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:55 AM   #34
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Very interesting analysis. This is my favorite board, in fact it's my homepage. I think we are at a crossroads. Greg has done a good job of listening to everyone, and it's his decision what happens.
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Old 04-06-2005, 12:39 PM   #35
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Very interesting analysis. This is my favorite board, in fact it's my homepage. I think we are at a crossroads. Greg has done a good job of listening to everyone, and it's his decision what happens.
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:58 PM   #36
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Thanks for the input everyone...again, I welcome your perspetives when it's done like this. Everyone...or at least the majority of you want to see this board succeed and so do I.

While I would love to be all things to all people I do realize that is not possible. We grow, I try new things and some work and some don't. I refuse to live inside the box and not take risks...wether it be for gain or loss I will take them!

My goal for the board is simple...provide a place that is a little more than locker room and a little less than the Iron-Fidst boards...the problem is trying to find that middle ground...but that is what I want to and will do...with your help!

Bruce and myself will try to continue to curtail the off-topic conversation in the cooking and recipe sections...if this means more deletions then so be it...everyone is an adult and can handle it...I ask that if you are going to make a funny retort to something in the cooking section to think twice about it...it will be brought back on topic. But I don't expect hard feelings for me or Bruce for doing that! If you are, than perhaps it is best to go somewhere else and leave us alone!!. I have 2 other section for stuff un-related to BBQ! The GD section for cleaner non-vulgar stuff and the Blue Room...

Again, I appreciate all the people who have registered...I would like newbs to find this place too, which will happen in time as Google and the other engines pick it up...but for now...bare with me...suggest things to me and be patient.

Remember, this is the internet...it's not life or death! THANKS AGAIN!!!
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:02 PM   #37
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First, thanks for the input Shawn. This was done in a very professional way and I apreciate that and since this is my site I would like to explain a few things regarding what you said:

1. I agree...at this point there is not enough real Q talk going on. I don't have a better excuse than that except as the weather warms it might increase...I HOPE IT DOES!!

2. I would also enjoy more sharing of Q or grilling adventures. It wouldn't have to be just with pics...I also enjoy reading text of someone's cook. I try to do this evertyime I make something and I encourage others to do this as well.

I think the layout right now is fine...I am not going to copy the TVWB format to the T and hope that the success translates here. I think there is a great knowledge base here and the members are willing to share any and all of the information to anyone who asks...it's not a clicque or group thing IMHO!

3. Please keep this point in mind...this site has been up for almost 3 months...that's it! The other big 3 boards have been up for years. It's hard to compare this site with the others because the water hasn't been tested as long here.

Also, I agree that gaining new members is crucial to growth...and while I can't say that the members here are all newbs, I can say we get new members on a regular basis...yes, there are more dominant personalities here than others, but it is like that on the other boards as well.

4. I am testing different things here so I am not lumped in with the rest of the boards. If things get a little heated in here sometimes please know it is not my intention to have anyone get offended. I will make sure what is to be shared is done so in the correct way so as not to offend anyone. There are other rooms for that kind of stuff...

I am in this for the long haul...I love to smoke and grill and provide a place for all those who like it a long with me to have a place to share. If anyone else has something they would like to share with me, please do so...I prefer it via email or PM but this was was fine too!!

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Greg, first let me express my thanks for the time and energy you dedicate to operating this site. Much appreciated.

My comments were somewhat frank, what I was feeling at the moment and I hope they were understood to be within the context of Nick's original question. So in response to your point #1, I agree and want to clarify I meant AS OF LATE, there hasn't been much Q talk. Thanks for your tolerance.

About the pics, I emphasized that because I think they are a great communication tool and they seem to get a good response, but I agree with your statement about text only BBQ posts as well.

About your copying TVWB and site layout comment, I wish to clarify I was not suggesting doing so, only pointing out in my opinion what best generates traffic for TVWB. This site has never seemed to be to me a WSM site. We got some real pit masters here who tolerate us WSM infidels

In response to the three month comment .... yup, and I think this place has done fantastic in three months .... again, Nick's question was 'what is happening lately'. TVWB seems to me to have been rather slow lately as well. I meant what I said when we were chatting on Yahoo a while back, ya got a good thing going here .... it will come along.

About Newbs, just to clarify, I was referring to new smokers, people trying to learn Qing rather than experienced at Qing new board members.

Tex, I loved your post, in part you articulated much better than I some of what I was trying to express ... the clubhouse stuff was right on with how I was feeling.
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It was decided a while back that so as to not clutter the polls, discussion would be kept in the "General Discussion" forum. There use to be a statement the that effect around here somewhere...
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Whats the deal with not being able to post relpies to Polls? just asking
It was decided a while back that so as to not clutter the polls, discussion would be kept in the "General Discussion" forum. There use to be a statement the that effect around here somewhere...[/quote:12dzfufd]

To add on...if you see a poll you wish to comment on...bring the topic as Bill said, to the GD section and start a thread...we wanted to curtail off topic stuff there too
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:56 PM   #40
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Uh, Cap'n? Tex Law is in Houston?

Shawn, I will be posting alot more on BBQ as soon as I take delivery of my new pit in two weeks! Then, I can actually start cooking again!!!!!!! Not having Susan certainly hurts us in this regard because she actually "cooked" on a regular basis! I will be doing alot of large group cooking in the coming months and will try to take photo's and regale you all with my adventures! Woodman
WoodNewbOfNewPit: I anticpate hearing the details of your acclimatization.

Wish I could be there to check out the results!
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