It's been quite fun and good mix at that, it's a forum to learn but also enjoy a bit every so often with the best camaraderie I can imagine, we are not the board of regents at Yale University and that's good.
Also, I'll just add that any time I'm full of carp, I actually want to know about it. That's part of the value of this forum -- being around people who know a hell of a lot more than I do about pipes etc.
Too much wisdom for an old fart.Ah, the exuberance of youth. If not in years then experience. It’s hard to know what and how much to say in a particular group and ours is not the average Internet forum. We are more akin to a shooting club or old time barbershop. Most people new to the group can’t see this and post like it’s any other forum. Then there is the need to contribute and belong. Most of us know what we know or think we so and like to share our experiences. We only have them for guidance and although in hindsight it may be misguided we want to share and contribute.
It falls to the old guys to set the standard to gently guide and support the new guys and show them how to behave and their responsibilities as gentlemen. Careful guidance and patience is key. For instance bragging runs counter to this. Discussing the size of collections, Stables, cellars and the like. I am guilty of this and a wise man once told me it was better to smoke a single cob and one tobacco that you know and enjoy like an old friend than have a thousand pipes you never get around to getting to know much less understand.
As we grow and new members join it’s up to the more senior people to lead the way and continue the efforts we know and love.
I don’t like your post. Doesn’t mean I don’t like you personally as I don’t know you. Speaking as a new guy but not for the new guys and a paid “patron”, I find this folderol ineffective towards your goal. The new “blathering” pipe smoker doesn’t know what you are referring to as everyone who speaks to something believes they have something to add. If you had mentioned specific examples or perhaps messaged these offenders directly you might get more of what you’re after.This is also a place where people come to learn. The community is not a given, and none of us are entitled to it. It is the result of our collective actions. Therefore, I think a little “do I really need to post this?” running through the head periodically (or regularly for some folks) is in service to the community.
If you don’t know what you’re talking about don’t reply to the thread regardless of the topic. It’s disrespectful and immature.OK, this is an excellent piece. But on the topics of city ham, piknik boots and pocket protectors are we able to speak freely and without fear of reprisals?
That's a very good point. An analogy would be, when was the last time you heard someone describe themselves as being less than a great driver?...everyone who speaks to something believes they have something to add.
You smoke Falcons full of GH, ergo you are 42.3 percent cranky. It’s just science.That's a very good point. An analogy would be, when was the last time you heard someone describe themselves as being less than a great driver?
Me, I have learned that the least I can do is not post prior to pain meds if the arthritis is acting up. I'm still embarrassed about that...Mr. Cranky!
If you don’t know what you’re talking about don’t reply to the thread regardless of the topic. It’s disrespectful and immature.
I couldn’t agree more. What we say about others says more about us than anything else. Some are attracted and others repelled. “So it goes…”I don’t have much to say on the OP, other than it’s worth taking in.
We don’t need hackles raised and spurs out.
Responses in this thread say a lot about the posters.
Let’s just leave it there, and everybody fiddle sticksing kumbaya or whatever.