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What a dreary place this is.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Brian, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Seriously, this place is just plainly dull.

    I belong to a " Watch" forum. A forum for those with an interest in watches, it isn't elite, Casio and Seiko, PP to Cartier.

    The motoring section is very strong, we have owners of everything from genuine super cars to Fiestas. Nobody seems to adopt attitudes. One guy is restoring a Caterham7, every week he posts really interesting progress reports. Another iin Holland restores some very exotic machinery, his detailed progress reports make fascinating reading. Motor bikes feature hugely, both in the motoring section and the for sale dept, I have often been tempted.

    The photographic section is well supported, real advice freely given. At the moment we have a " Street Photography" section going. The standard of submissions make the average seen here abysmal.

    A very popular section is the for sale facility. At the moment the items include three different Porsche, a couple of Mercedes, a fistful of BMWs, maybe forty watches, from a broken Casio to a £19,500 PP. There are also a few cameras included a very nice Fuji X100T outfit, complete with the two lenses, spare batteries etc etc, I think it's about £700. And a Leica Monochrome, that I am trying to ignore.Some Armani jeans, a Barbour jacket and a rather expensive air rifle etc etc.

    Shoes are also a subject of great debate as are dogs. I think the doggie thread started by yours truly has reached the 1000replies.

    The Sale section is free to established members and operates very successfully on trust built up,over time. Although free the website provider does operate a charity via Virgin. I think in the last year we raised over £10,000.

    One reason the sale section works so well is that members are vetted. Vetted on length of time and number of posts .

    I was wondering just why my "Watch" forum can be so successful whereas this one just seems to drag on and on. A bit like the shocking cold I can't shake off.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
  2. mike_j

    mike_j Well-Known Member

    I'll have to 'watch' that forum
  3. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    So you can tick it? Or are you just trying to wind us up?
  4. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I'm curious. What's to 'debate' about shoes? Or dogs for that matter? (For the record, I have moved from thinking high heels work for every occasion to thinking that they are the work of the devil and while I love the idea of a dog, actually owning one would be more work than I'd be prepared to put in.)

    I think this forum sometimes takes itself a bit too seriously. Perhaps it's because the nature of photography as a pastime involves people trying to 'get better' at it so there's a large number of people looking for advice and a larger number of people all too willing to dispense it. Reading a lot of advice can be quite dull!

    Until the new forum design, posting images was a bit of a faff so it always slightly amused me that this photography forum actually had so few photographs. What's the deal with your street photography section then? Is it a free-for-all-dump-your stuff-here and everyone says they like it, is it for advice or exhibition or what? Or does it not matter? I am always working on various photography projects but hardly ever post them here because other than appraisal (I already know what's wrong with them) or exhibition (which has always struck me as bit pointless if people *can't* critique at all) I wouldn't know where to put them. Also, the size restriction applied to this forum means that I have to specifically resize anything that I want to post and as I wouldn't resize that small for anything else and as my projects rarely produce a single image but a 'body of work', that's another faff that I can't be bothered with. I may be incredibly lazy but I have learned to live with it.
  5. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    What size restriction is that? ;)
  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    What do you expect, Brian?

    This place is populated by photographers who, by definition, are dull, boring, non-creative and just plain uninteresting.

    Obviously a forum for watch collectors will be populated by much more interesting, exciting and creative individuals.
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  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    10000 posts about dogs and you say THIS place is dull? ;)
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  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    max 800 pixels?
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    We only have restrictions now for the comp, and then only so we can compare pics equally.
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  10. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Actually I did add one too many noughts.

    Yes indeed.

    In fact I belong to a forum devoted to stamp collecting which makes this place look like a graveyard. Oh and a model railway one which is a hoot.;)
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
  11. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    That I did not know. Seems reasonable. Thank you for the heads up.
  12. Cuthbert

    Cuthbert Well-Known Member

    Brian, are you on RMWeb? I'm quite enjoying that one at the moment.
  13. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Good answer!

    This is basically a single interest forum, the only real deviation from that being here in the lounge. Brian mentions watches, now I cannot understand the obsession quite a number of people have with them. I never wear one, I just use the clock on my mobile phone, which is more accurate than most watches anyway. As long as it tells the time is (and always has been) to them.
  14. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I have the impression that philately is a hobby that is gradually dying, certainly none of the people I know who are under sixty have the least interest in it. I certainly haven't.
  15. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Yes I am. But I haven't done a lot recently.
  16. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    Hardly surprising. When did you last send a letter and when did you last receive a piece of mail with an adhesive postage stamp on it?

    One does not have to collect physical objects. Some folk, in my childhood, used to just write down the things they "collected", such as train numbers, car brands or (a very odd one) private bus operators. Twitchers just collect the names of the bird species they "clock".

    So perhaps stamp collecting will be replaced by a new hobby of maintaining a tick list of e-mail providers. I'll swap you a @yahoo.ru for an @gmail.ca
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  17. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Yes it is to some extent. Nowadays it would seem that anything that doesn't involve a touch screen is old hat.

    I always find it a little sad when people state they have no interest in a subject.
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  18. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I suspect you're very close. One of my main specialisms over the last 20 years has been the application of personality profiling models to business situations, so since I have one eye or ear on what people say and the other on why they say it and what it implies about them, I'd say personality differences would account for a lot.

    I have a friend who is an avid watch collector (high end) and he is very gregarious, chatty and a real people person. Photographers seem in general to be more focused, introspective and dedicated. We did debate that very thing at my last club in reviewing the kinds of events to have in the programme, because the real social stuff was failing miserably. Can quite believe that other interest areas attract more people who want to interact socially and do so through sites.
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  19. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Latest on the watch forum sales corner.

    Lego Sopwith Camel £95 very tempted but my PPL is long expired.
  20. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    That rotary engine makes them an absolute swine to fly.

    "If you can fly a Sopwith Camel, you can fly anything!" - James Bigglesworth

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