I'm excited to see where this site goes - let me mention what will keep me here

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  1. Mike1625
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    Randy,

    First, thank you for all you do. I mentioned before (and I don't expect you to remember it) that my life - and I mean my whole life - is better off as a result of information that I got from websites you have started.

    I signed up the first day I heard about this site (and want "original member designation - wink wink") because of your name behind it, then when I got here I found many people who I have respected on other sites and blogs here as well.

    Here is what I offer - always polite, warm, friendly posts. My willingness to share any information I have for the betterment of the community. An active role in keeping up with topics of interest.

    Here is what I want from a site that will compete with flyertalk for my time - (assuming both sites have similar information ... if the best information is always at one place, that site will win ... and I know that I can't make that judgement until a base of information is built up here). I want to feel like information is available to me, and not just a group of friends who talk in code and share deals among themselves.

    For example, I usually pay for domestic tickets and use miles to fly internationally. When good deals come up that may benefit me to buy an international ticket I don't want to be told to read 200 pages on how to fuel dump on the ticket. I want to be able to ask a question in someone else's area of expertise and get an answer - knowing that I am a pass it on sort of person, who may never help the person who helped me, but I will in turn help someone else. I don't want to read about a meeting in chicago that if I attend I learn secrets, but if I can't make it, then I am out in the cold.

    I want to offer all of what I have to the community and feel for the most part the community has offered what it has to me.

    Mike
     
  2. Gargoyle
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    I think you've picked up on what many of us are hoping for here. It does get difficult to balance between F.A.Q.'s, stickies, making clear info available, having a question asked for the 30th time, and giving warm welcomes and helpful, friendly guidance. I've got a feeling Randy et. Co. have been studying this issue for quite a while, and are trying to build a good solution. Suggestions like yours, and participation from folks with your attitude, will definitely help make this a unique place.
     
  3. Unicorn
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    Nice post Mike. I like your avatar, Rockie isn't it?
     
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  4. Mike1625
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    You got it, Rocky - (the Bull) - USF's mascot
     
  5. Randy Petersen
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    This is all we ever want and with this in mind, I return the same and pledge to work toward this goal for every member. Thanks for the compliments, you are far too kind—but it sure does feel good to hear those things ... pass it on.
     
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    I agree with Mike sentiment about there are secret inner cycle in FT, if you are not part of it you will never get the info. however we also need to balance it out between who is here to contribute and benefit or just take advantage of the system.

    Randy had a great idea of having Amb program in FT and these Amb are very good in giving out info to the newbies as well oldies. Hope we see that program here.
     
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    I wonder if there's a way to encourage each of us to be 'everyday ambassadors'. I can tell that each poster on this thread already is, but perhaps within this new "incentive for participation" structure at MP it can be somehow quantified/rewarded?
     
  8. kiwi
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    I think that is the idea behind status levels on MP and how likes contribute to earning MP status.
     
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    I like the lack of snarkiness. I serve as a mentor to new gardeners at our community garden, I enjoy sharing my wisdom and experience about what works and doesn't always work based on my experience with the garden's soil and microclimate. I would like to see the same thing being cultivated (hah!) at MP. I also love learning from others, so this is great for me. A new garden, hopefully without a lot of noxious weeds is how I see MP right now, we just need to keep the momentum going.
     
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    I think this is the most important thing to building a community - being helpful and not judgmental, sharing experiences and reading/learning from others' experiences, without any sense of - as you say - snarkiness.
     
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    Can you come to my house? [​IMG]

    I agree with this statement as a consumer of information. Unfortunately, I've already started to see some snarkiness appear from some members that are just continuing their (old) ways. (You ever get the feeling that you want to just reach through the interwebs, slap someone, and tell the to shut up or go home?[​IMG]) Snarkiness is good humor is one thing; snarkiness just to be negative is totally unacceptable.

    I was hoping that I wouldn't need an "ignore poster" function here, but I am ready to use it when implemented.[​IMG]
     
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